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Research Expertise

There is a diverse array of research undertaken within the Faculty of Arts and Education, ensuring we have supervisors with a broad scope of expertise.  

To find a specific area of interest, just start typing your topic in the search box. If you are a CSU Staff Member, you can also view a slide show/pdf of the broad range of work and research interests by staff in the Faculty of Arts and Education.

Name Content Expertise Methods Expertise Discipline
Alexander, Dr Donald
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Organisational communication internal and external); Public Relations; technology and communication; leadership and management communication; communication curricula development content analysis; case studies
Uniacke, Prof Suzanne
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Applied philosophy; ethics; philosophy of law; social and political philosophy Philosophy
Bacchus, Ruth
Literature; literary theory; reflective pedagogy; colonialism and post coloniality; especially India/South Asia; identity; subjectivity; feminism; post-structuralism; gender; sexuality; youth; childhood
Bell, Karen
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Post-conventional social work theory; gender; social justice; ecological social work; psychosocial aspects of assisted reproduction; rural health; rural service delivery; women's health; qualitative research; social work education; international social work and international mobility programs;
Bowker, Sam
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Research methods in art history and curatorship; learning in museum/ gallery contexts; portraiture and self-portraiture; war art; khayamiya (Egyptian tentmaker applique); Australian art; travelling artists; orientalism; anonymity in art history; tourist art; ancient art; nineteenth-century European art; Islamic art and architecture
Brain, Matt
School of Theology
Ministry; youth and children's ministry; mission; biblical theology Construction Grammar; Functional Grammar; narrative theory; poetic analysis; metaphor theory
Campbell, Tom
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political and legal philosophy; bioethics; global justice; human rights; business ethics
Candusso, Damian
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Sound; Sound Design; Sound Production; Film; Film Production; Spatialisation Surround Sound; Film technology; Documentary; Interactivity; Immersion; Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Music; 3D; 3-D; Cinema; Music Technology; Music Production; Screen; Television; Games; Sonification
Carroll, Dr Mary
Information Studies
Information infrastructure; Access and equity; Education in work place; Vocational education and higher education; Libraries and their role in the community; Libraries as social and cultural institutions; Impact of outside agencies particularly philanthropic agencies on the Australian education landscape
Clarke, Dr Deb
Teacher Education
Curriculum design; Community of practice; Legitimate peripheral participation; Bourdieu; Curriculum change; Practice-based education; Work-based learning; Authentic assessment; Health Literacy; Young People's Mental Health
Cohen, Daniel
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Free will; moral responsibility; self-control; ethical theory; population ethics analytic philosophy Philosophy
Crichton, Merrilyn
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rural sociology; water politics and social equity; rural and regional mental health; rural social inequality; rural communities; qualitative social research; Bourdieu
Clarke, Dr Stephen
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Applied Ethics; Medical Ethics; Professional Ethics; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Moral Psychology; Philosophy of Religion; Conscientious Objection; Human Enhancement; Cognitive Bias; Cognitive Science of Religion; Tolerance; Religion and Violence; Conspiracy Theories Analytic Philosophy; Naturalistic Philosophy; Empirically Informed Philosophy Philosophy
Dalgarno, Prof Barney
School of Education
ICTs and learning; Interactivity and cognition; Virtual worlds; Technology and teaching practice; Technology and teacher education; Educating the 'net generation' Mixed methods research; Case studies; Experimental research; Survey research; Quantitative and qualitative analysis
Danaia, Dr Lena
Teacher Education
Science education; Astronomy education; Teacher education; Transition (primary to high school and high school to tertiary); Teacher professional learning; Classroom practice; Curriculum development
Davidson, Dr Christina
School of Education
Digital literacies; Young children's social interactions at home and in educational contexts Conversation analysis; Phenomenography; Interpretive phenomenological analysis; Ethnomethodology
Douglas, Brian
Anglican theology; Anglican sacramental theology; especially Eucharistic theology; interfaith dialogue
Edwards-Groves, Dr Christine
School of Education
Literacy practices; Explicit teaching; Interaction; Professional development; Professional learning; Multiliteracies; Technoliteracies; Digital literacies; Practice architectures; Student voice; Multimodal writing processes Ethnomethodology
Fell, Bruce
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Media Literacy. Storytelling. Climate Change Hermeneutics. Phenomenology
Fenton, Dr Angela
School of Education
Early childhood education and care; Strengths approaches; Child protection; Health and safety; Child development; Emotional development; Capacity building; Parent-Educator partnerships; Children with complex needs; Resilience and well-being; Teacher education Cross discipline approaches
Garrison, Dr Kasey
Information Studies
Educational information services; Teacher librarianship; Academic libraries and libraries in educational settings; Children's and youth literature; Storytelling; e-learning and information literacies in educational contexts (schools and higher education); Educational informatics
Gottschall, Dr Kristina
Indigenous Australian Studies
Cultural studies; Subjectivity (gender; childhood; Indigenous); Post-structuralism; Post-colonialism; Feminist theory Visual and textual analysis; Discourse analysis; Alternative research methods
Gray, Ian
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rural community; sustainability; transport; regionalism
Spence, Dr Edward
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Media Ethics; Digital Ethics; Philosophy and Ethics of Information; Philosophy and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; Philosophy and Ethics of Computer Games; Philosophy and Ethics of Technology;   Media Corruption; Corruption; Hellenistic and Roman Ethics; Philosophy and Ethics through Performance
Haire, James
ACCC
Contextual theology; Asian Christian theology; Pacific Christian theology; Public Christian theology; interaction between Asian Christian theology and the theologies of other Asian religions; inter-religious dialogue; inter-religious reconciliation and peacemaking; Muslim-Christian dialogue; Muslim-Christian interaction; Pauline theology
Harrison, Prof Linda
Teacher Education
Early childhood education and care; Infant-toddler learning; Development and wellbeing; Assessment of quality in ECEC; Application of attachment theory to ECEC Longitudinal research; Quantitative research methodologies
Havea, Jione
School of Theology
Old Testament studies; biblical criticism; cultural studies; island hermeneutics; critical theories; Pacific theologies; talanoa theories
Hider, A/Prof Philip
Information Studies
Information organisation; Information retrieval; Information architecture; Online information behaviour; Informetrics; Valuation of library and information services; LIS education Questionnaire surveys; transaction log analysis; usability/protocol analysis; content analysis; contingent valuation and choice modelling
Higgins, Vaughan
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sociology of agriculture and food; environmental governance; sociology of science and technology; sociology of risk
Jenks, Gregory
School of Theology
Biblical archaeology; history of ancient Israel; Second Temple Judaism; Christian origins; Historical Jesus; the role of the Bible in progressive Christianity
Kennan, Dr Mary Anne
Information Studies
E-research; Data management; Scholarly communication; Information openness; E-participation; Informed participation Interpretivist approaches; qualitative research methods; Actor-network theory; content analyses
Langat, Dr Kiprono
School of Education
Teacher education; Workplace learning and development; International education; Critical pedagogy; Socio-cultural studies Ethnographic research; Case study; Critical discourse analysis
Letts, Dr Will
Teacher Education
Science education; Cultural studies of science education; Gender and sexuality in schooling; Teacher education theory and practice ethnographic methods; queer theory; feminist poststructuralism
Liu, Dr Jianxin (Richard)
Teacher Education
TESOL; New learning; Multimodality and multimodal assessment; Gender and masculinity studies; Cultural studies; China and Chinese studies; Post-structural and postcolonial theories
Jefferson-Buchanan, Dr Rachael
School of Education
Physical education (early childhood; primary and secondary); fundamental movement skills; dance education; dance analysis and criticism; dance and gender; dance anthropology; creative arts; the body; research on yoga in education; mindfulness; resilience; health and well-being; teacher education and professional development; international education; assessment in education; curriculum design; special educational needs Qualitative research methods; genealogical approaches; poststructuralism Physical education; dance; special educational needs; health; research on yoga in education
Liu, Dr Ying-Hsang
Information Studies
Interactive information retrieval; Organisation of information and knowledge resources; User-centred design and evaluation of information retrieval systems
Luck, Prof Morgan
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Philosophy of religion; metaphysics; new and alternative religious movements; video game ethics Analytical Philosophy Philosophy
MacDonald, Dr Amy
School of Education
Early childhood mathematics education; Primary mathematics education; Mathematics curriculum and pedagogy; Transitions to school; Researching with children; Children's drawings; Representations; Ecological theory; Bronfenbrenner; Prior-to-school and out-of-school contexts; Early childhood STEM education; Professional development for early choldhood educators
MacKenzie, Dr Noella
School of Education
Writing acquisition; Writing processes; Writing instruction; Early years literacy; Literacy education; Early reading instruction; Transition; Teacher morale; Teacher status; Teaching awards Qualitative
Mairata, James
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Narrative film theory; film history; narrative style; cognitive theory; emotion systems in cinema; 360 degree/VR narrative storytelling; narrative scriptwriting Cinema Studies
Masterman-Smith, Helen
Environmental sociology; sociology of animals; critical animal studies; sociology of work; labour history; political economy; social movement
McFarland, Dr Laura
School of Education
Early childhood education; Parenting; Parent-educator relationships; Teacher-child relationships; Families; Birth-two education and care; Attachment; Parental well-being and mental health Quantitative and mixed methodologies
McKinnon, Jennifer
ILWS
Social work; environment; social work field education; social impacts of climate change
McLeod, Prof Sharynne
Teacher Education
Speech-language pathology; Early childhood; Speech; Multilingual
Mlcek, Susan
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rural community development; community management; Indigenous ideas and issues; including cross-cultural competencies; volunteering; social capital; cultural capital; human services delivery; narratives from social work and human services; societal issues; for example: social inclusion of homeless people; marginalisation and isolation of refugees and migrants; sociology of education
Lymn, Dr Jessie
Information Studies
Collections; especially zines and other DIY and community collections; Archival practices; LGBTQI+ considerations in information studies; Research data management Qualitative research methods; Ethnography & autoethnography; Discourse analysis; Narrative; Queer theory & scavenger methods
Murray, Dr Libbey
Teacher Education
Early childhood; Transition to school; School adjustment; Kindergarten; Starting school; Learning readiness; Including children in research; Teacher-child relationships; Classroom quality
Myers, Ben
School of Theology
Systematic theology; history of Christian doctrine; patristic theology; contemporary theology; feminism and gender in systematic theology; Augustine; Origen; Karl Barth; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; theology of the Uniting Church in Australia
Neville, David
School of Theology
New Testament Theology; Gospels; Hermeneutics; Scripture and Ethics; Scripture and Public Theology
Ogden, Steven
Gender and sexuality; the body; theological anthropology; theologies of power and freedom
Overton, Neil
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Drawing; art history and visual culture; art theory; art prizes; drawing-to-design; art reviews; novelists; theatre history; film history; animation; performance art; gender; issues in contemporary art; drawing exhibition practice; newspaper illustration; cartooning; visual journalism; Surrealist poetry; fine art; creative industries; photohistories; biography; interviews; writing for the arts; curator
Owens, Dr Kay
Teacher Education
Mathematics education particularly transitions in culture and early childhood education; Geometry and measurement education; Visuospatial reasoning; Ethnomathematics; Evaluation research; Indigenous education particularly in Papua New Guinea and Australia; Curriculum evaluation; Human society and environmental education studies; Integrating ICTs in schools Mixed methods; Quantitative; Qualitative research
Pawar, Manohar
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social work and social policy; international social work; social development; social consequences of climate change and water; social work education; informal care and ageing; community development
Press, A/Prof Frances
School of Education
Early childhood education; Policy; Leadership; Integrated early year's services; ECEC workforce
Qayyum, Dr Asim
Information Studies
Human computer/document interaction; Digital libraries; Information and knowledge management; User needs; Information practices
Ragusa, Dr Angela
Humanities and Social Sciences
Social change; problems; inequality - class; gender; culture; sexuality; institutional and attitudinal change; environmental sociology; media; communication studies; leisure; work; materialism/consumerism; land use; migration; post-productivism; tree/sea-change; political sociology; social movements; social control/power; mental health; sociology of science; technology; Qualitative; quantiative; interviews; surveys; discourse/content analysis; critical; poststructural theory
Jamali, Dr Hamid R.
Information Studies
Human information behaviour; health information; Scholarly communication; scientometrics Quantitative methods; Statistics; Mixed-methods design; Qualitative data analysis
Rush, Dr Emma
Humanities and Social Sciences
Environmental ethics; professional ethics; sexualisation of children. Philosophical analysis
Segal, Alex
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Literary theory; literature and philosophy; modernism; romanticism; poststructuralism
Simmons, Peter
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Organisational communication; internal and external; Principles for professional communication of fairness and legitimacy; Human perspectives on coexistence with non-human animals; Strategies and tactics for communicating the future. Social media analysis; Surveys; questionnaires; interviews; vignettes
Smith, Dr David
School of Education
Online learning; Learning design; Educational leadership; Technology assisted pedagogy; Mobile learning; Information literacy and practice Mixed methods
Sumsion, Prof Jennifer
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Early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy; Professional practice and teacher education; Quality in ECEC; Integrated services and inter-professional practice; Feminist critical and poststructuralist perspectives; Deleuze Quantitative and mixed methods
Thompson, Dr Kim
Information Studies
Socio-cultural information studies; Information access; Information poverty; Usability analysis; Information society
Van Duinen, Jared
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Imperialism; colonialism; sports history; British empire; transnationalism; social and cultural history; historiography; history theory; Anglo-Australian history
Vigliante, Dr Tace
Teacher Education
Social justice education; Anti-racism education; Indigenous studies in higher/teacher education; Philosophy for and with children; Philosophical and ethical inquiry in teacher education; Capabilities Approach in education; Society and Environment (social studies) education
Wong, Dr Sandie
Teacher Education
Early childhood education; Inter-professional practices; History of early childhood; Participatory collaborative strengths-based evaluation and research; Historiography; Early Childhood workforce
Woodward, Margaret
Faculty of Arts
Communication design; heritage interpretation design; creative regions; creative industries; creative practice; publishing as art practice; souvenirs and tourism communication
Aernie, Jeff
School of Theology
Gospel of Mark; Greek linguistics; Pauline Epistles (esp Corinthian correspondence); Pauline Theology
Yi, Dr Zhixian
Information Studies
Management and leadership for information professionals; Change management; Knowledge management; Marketing techniques; Information needs and use; Digital libraries; Information technology use Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
Zundans-Fraser, Dr Lucie
Teacher Education
Inclusive education; Special education; Gifted education; Course design; Curriculum design; Collaborative practice; Higher education Qualitative research methods; Design-based research
Afzal, Dr Waseem
Information Studies
Human information behaviour; Information and knowledge management; Information communities
Anstey, Matthew
School of Theology
Biblical Hebrew language and linguistics; Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; Biblical narrative; lament; homiletics.

Adjunct Supervisors

The Faculty of Arts and Education would like to acknowledge the important contributions that its adjunct staff make, usually without financial compensation, to the supervision of many of our research students. A list of adjunct supervisors of research students in the Faculty of Arts and Education follows.

  • Dr Peter Adams
  • Dr Jill Fenton-Taylor
  • Dr Anne Lloyd
  • Dr Donna Mathewson-Mitchell
  • Professor David McKinnon
  • Dr Doreen Rorrison
  • Dr Peter Rushbrook
  • Professor Ninetta Santoro
  • Dr Ross Todd
  • Dr Umar Umangay
  • Dr Kirsty Williamson

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