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Charles Sturt University

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 ExpertiseDiscipline

Zundans-Fraser,  Lucie

Teacher Education

Inclusive education; Special education; Gifted education; Course design; Curriculum design; Collaborative practice; Higher education Qualitative research methods; Design-based research  
Yucel,  Salih

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Islamic Theology; Quranic Exegesis; Jurisprudence; interfaith relations and contemporary Islamic movements   
Yi,  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  
Winslade, Matthew

School of Teacher Education
Health and Physical Education; Health Promotion; Physical Activity; Professional Experience /Work Integrated learning; Intercultural and cultural competence; teacher education; School-university partnershipsQualitative research methodsTeacher Education

Villar, Oliver

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

United States-China-Latin America relations: great power rivalries, the rise of China, US-Colombian relations and politics.Critical security studies: international security and great powers; economic and resource security; territorial conflicts and cross-border security; grand strategy; intra-state conflicts, insurgencies and guerrilla movements.American foreign policy: counterinsurgency and counter terrorism strategy; state violence; civil wars and proxy wars.International political economy: capitalism, globalisation, class analysis and class relations between and within the First World and Third World (or Global North and Global South).

  
Vigliante,  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   
Velander, Fredrik

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Climate change and mental health; mindfulness; general mental health; community mental health; workplace mental health; addiction; organisational development; community developmentQualitative methods (interviewing, focus groups, survey development, literature reviews, evaluations); Quantitative methods (survey development, data extrapolation)Human Services
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; history of pulp fiction  
Smith,  David

School of Education

Online learning; Learning design; Educational leadership; Technology assisted pedagogy; Mobile learning; Information literacy and practice Mixed methods  
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  
Sertkaya,  Suleyman

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

S?rah of the Prophet (Biography of Prophet Muhammad) and S?rah Philosophy; Interpretation of Islamic Sacred Texts; Tafsir (Exegesis of the Qur’an) and Had?th (Prophetic Tradition); Islamic Theology; Radicalisation and Islam; Islam and Morality; Oral History, History of Islam and Muslims in Australia   
Rush,  Emma

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Environmental ethics; professional ethics; sexualisation of children   
Ragusa,  Angela

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Environmental Sociology; Media Studies, Advertising, & Communication; Cultural studies (animal studies, LGBTIQ); Social Inequality (class, gender, sexuality); Organisational Behaviour (institutional & individual change); Social Psychology (social/self-identity, attitudes); Human Geography (land use, migration, tree/sea-change); Social Control (power & deviance); STS (Sociology of Science & Technology) - education technologies, health/mental health; Leisure & work (materialism/consumerism)Qualitative & quantitative social research methods (discourse, content & narrative analysis; interviews; surveys; case studies) 

Randell-Moon, Holly

School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Indigenous media studies; critical race and whiteness studies; communications and new media; feminist media studies; education policy and the knowledge economy; cultural geography, creative cities, and digital infrastructureCritical and cultural theory; discourse analysis; textual analysis; case studies; ethnography - interviews; qualitative research – mixed methods; Indigenist methodologies 
Qayyum,  Asim

Information Studies

Human computer/document interaction; Digital libraries; Information and knowledge management; User needs; Information practices   
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   

Ozalp, Mehmet

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Islam in the West: Islam and West relations, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, social cohesion/multiculturalism in Australian and in the West, Islamophobia, radicalisation, citizenship and integration; Muslim Youth in the West: Muslim youth identity and identity formation, Muslim youth issues in Western societies and in Australia; Islamic theology and its contemporary applications in public theology; Islamic classical and modern history including contemporary religious, cultural, political issues in the Middle East  
Owens,  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  
O'Sullivan, Dominic

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Australian and New Zealand history; Australian and New Zealand politics and policy; Comparative indigenous politics and policy; Education policy and theory; Health policy; Social policy; Public theology/religion and politics Political science; history; sociology; indigenous studies; public theology; education
Neville,  David

School of Theology

New Testament Theology; Gospels; Biblical Hermeneutics; Scripture and Ethics; Scripture and Public TheologyMethods appropriate to the study of biblical literature, including historical, literary, and theological modes of analysisNew Testament studies
Murray,  Libbey

Teacher Education

Early childhood; Transition to school; School adjustment; Kindergarten; Starting school; Learning readiness; Including children in research; Teacher-child relationships; Classroom quality   
Munday, Jennifer

School of Education
Creative Arts, theatre arts; early childhood arts & technology; hybrid arts; multi-media; online learning and teaching; reflective practice; ePortfolio creation and processes; sense of self; sense of place; ethnotheatre; the T and A in STEAM (or the T in STEM)Qualitative methods, including Crystallisation; Bricolage; ethnotheatre.Theatre Arts; Online education; Early Childhood creative arts & technology pedagogy
Moorhead, Bernadette

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professional identity; newly qualified social work; early career social work; social work education; study abroad/international mobility programs; phenomenology; qualitative researchPhenomenology; interpretive phenomenological analysis; qualitative research methods; interpretivist approachesSocial work and human services
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   
McLeod,  Sharynne

Teacher Education

Speech-language pathology; Early childhood; Speech; Multilingual   
McGillion, Chris

School of Communication and Creative Industries
Journalism; Development communication; US-Latin American relations; religious sociology (Australia)Documentary analysis; ethnographyCommunication
McFarland,  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; early childhood environmental sustainability   
Masterman-Smith,  Helen Environmental sociology; sociology of animals; critical animal studies; sociology of work; labour history; political economy; social movement   
Mathews, Jeanette

School of Theology
Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; Biblical Performance Criticism; Biblical Hermeneutics; Hebrew languagePerformance Criticism; Historical critical methods of biblical interpretation; literary interpretation of the bible; advocacy interpretation of the bibleTheology; Biblical Studies
Mairata, James
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Film and television production and theory including narrative film style; cognitive theory and emotion research; Film HistoryFilm and television productionMedia Studies
Mansourian, Yazdan

School of Information Studies
Human Information Behaviour; Information Activities in Serious Leisure; Everyday Life Information Seeking; Information Grounds; Information Visibility/Invisibility; Information Literacy and Information SocietyQualitative methods; Grounded Theory; Ethnography; Thematic Analysis; Phenomenology; Discourse Analysis; Case Studies and Action ResearchInformation Science
Mahony, Linda
School of Education
Teacher practice; teacher education; emotional wellbeing; families; early childhood education; literacyGrounded theory 
Mackenzie,  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  
MacDonald,  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 childhood educators   
Lymn,  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  
Luck,  Morgan

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Philosophy of religion; metaphysics; new and alternative religious movements; video game ethics Analytical Philosophy  

Logan, Helen

School of Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education; quality; policy and policy history; educator well-being; leadership and pedagogical practiceQualitative research methods; discourse analysis; elite interviews; mixed methods design 
Liu,  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   
Lewis, Robert

School of Communication and Creative Industries
Acting, voice and movementVoice and speech; Accents and dialects; Actor training; Directing for performance; Integrative practices; Performance makingActing and Performance
Letts,  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 post-structuralism  
Langat,  Kiprono

School of Education

Teacher education; Workplace learning and development; International education; Critical pedagogy; Socio-cultural studies Ethnographic research; Case study; Critical discourse analysis  
Lamping, Sally

School of Teacher Education
Literacy: Adolescent and late primary; literacy acquisition among students with previously interrupted access to formal education; English education; critical and participatory literacy; critical pedagogy, metacognition, and teacher leadership; embedded literacy instruction in STEM programs; Montessori; Project Based Learning; culturally sustaining literacy pedagogiesQualitative; Participatory Action Research; Cross Discipline ApproachesLiteracy; English Education; Educational Leadership
Keskin,  Zuleyha

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Contemporary Islamic Studies; Islamic Spirituality; RadicalisationTheological methods; Content analysisIslamic Studies
Kennan,  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  
Jamali,  Hamid R.

Information Studies

Human information behaviour; health information; Scholarly communication; scientometrics Quantitative methods; Statistics; Mixed-methods design; Qualitative data analysis  
Iner,  Derya

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Islamophobia; Muslims in the West and Australia; Religiosity; Women in Islam and Muslim societies; Early 20th century intellectual debates in the Muslim world and its extension today; Early 20th century Muslim Women history Interdisciplinary study; mixed methods (Questionnaire surveys and interviews); archival research in early periodicals; research in Ottoman archives 
Hyndman, Brendon

School of Education
Social media; Media Influences; Technology-Assisted Pedagogy; Physical Education; Health Education; Climate Protection in Schools; Educational Technology; Educational Psychology; Social-Ecological Model; School Environmental Influences; Physical Activity Measurement; Active Play; School Playground Safety; Playground Equipment Strategies; Behaviour Change; Psychosocial InfluencesQuantitative Methods; Qualitative Methods; Questionnaire Development; Direct Observation; Intervention Research; Document Analysis; Student-Centred Approaches; LeximancerPersonal Development, Health and Physical Education; Teacher Education; Education Across Sectors (Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Education)

Holland, Travis

School of Communication and Creative Industries

Fan studies; digital media; television; communication; higher education pedagogyContent analysis; Social network analysis; Media studiesCommunication; Creative Industries; Media Studies
Holcombe, Jamie

School of Communication and Creative Industries
Photography (digital and analogue); Fine Art; Creative Practice; Practice-led research; Exhibitions and Curation; Art Theory; Photographic Melancholy; Urban Landscape; Tanka Poetry; Social Comment Song Writing; Photography/Musicology CollaborationPractice-led research; ExhibitionPhotography / Fine Art
Hider,  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  

Harvey, Robin

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Social Gerontology education; Mental health and ageing; Health promotion with older people; Age-friendly communitiesAuto-ethnographyGerontology
Gottschall,  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  
Gates-Stuart, Eleanor

School of Communication and Creative Industries
Creative Industries; SciArts; Visual Arts; Digital Video and Print Media; Interactive technologies – museum Installation; Science CommunicationCross-Disciplinary methods; Practice-led research; Interdisciplinary practice; Science-arts visual communication; Exhibition and Museum Installation, Models of Practise, Experiential Materials and InstallationCreative Industries; Communication; Science-Arts; Visualisation, Interactive arts; Innovation Practice
Garrison,  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   
Garner, Jane

School of Information Studies
Libraries and their role in correctional facilities; libraries and their role in the community; information poverty; access and equity; library services to the disadvantaged and underservedQualitative research; phenomenologyInformation Studies
Francisco, Susanne

School of Education
Workplace learning; Professional Learning/Professional Development; Adult and vocational education; Leading Vocational Education and Training (VET) pedagogyCase studies; The theory of practice architectures (analytical and theoretical framework); Action researchAdult and vocational education; Education
Fenton,  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 Qualitative methods including Case studies 
Elwick, Sheena

School of Education
Early childhood education; child development; teacher education; visual pedagogies and methodologies, ethical responsiveness; post-qualitative research methodology; researching with infants and toddlers; Merleau-PontyVisual methods; philosophical-empirical inquiry; phenomenology; post-phenomenology 
Edwards-Groves,  Christine

School of Education

Literacy education; English curriculum; Professional practice (Teaching and middle leading); Dialogic pedagogiesConversation Analysis; Action Research  (CPAR); Critical Ethnography; The theory of practice architecturesEducation

Douglas,  Brian

School of Theology

Anglican theology; Anglican sacramental theology; especially Eucharistic theology; interfaith dialogue   

Doherty, Bernard

School of Theology

Church history; Patristics; History of religions; new and alternative religious movements; world religions; religion and media; sociology of religion; Australian history  
Daylight, Russell

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Australian literature and culture; theatre studies; philosophy of language; semiotics; communication theory; literary theory; structuralism and post-structuralism; postmodernism; urban studiesQualitative and quantitative researchEnglish; Cultural Studies; Communications
Davidson,  Christina

School of Education

Digital literacies; Literacies; Young children’s social interactions; Classroom interactionsEthnomethodology; Conversation analysisEducation
Daniel, Graham

School of Teacher Education
Family School Partnerships; Children's experience of schooling; Early childhood research; Teacher EducationQualitative methods; (Phenomenology; Discourse analysis; Case study research); Quantitative methodsEducation; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Danaia,  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   
Cumming, Tamara

School of Teacher Education
Early childhood education and care; early childhood educators; early childhood practice and politics; well-being; workforce sustainability; policyQualitative and post-structural methodologies 
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   
Coruh,  Hakan

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Medieval Exegesis of the Qur'an (Classical tafsir); Modern Qur'an Exegesis (Modern tafsir); Contemporary Islamic thought; Islamic Legal Theories (usul al-fiqh) and Jurisprudence (fiqh); Islamic Theology; Radicalisation, theological ideologies, and counter-radicalisation; Comparative Theology and Interfaith relations; Nursian StudiesQualitative research methods 
Cohen,  Daniel

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Free will; moral responsibility; self-control; ethical theory; population ethics analytic philosophy  
Clarke,  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  

Cash, Belinda

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Informal care giving; spousal care; rural service provision; social policy; ageing in rural areas; mental health and well beingQualitative research; multiple methods; focus groups; interviews; critical discourse analysis; thematic analysisSocial work; critical social gerontology
Carroll,  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   
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; visual culturesObject-centered analysis; provenance and art historiography; visual analysis (formal, comparative, iconographic, semiotic and reception theories); postcolonial frameworks; subaltern or vernacular studies, as well as archival research and ethnographic studiesArt History & Visual Culture
Bell,  Karen

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Post-conventional social work theory; gender; social justice; epistemic 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/international social work; global social workQualitative methodsSocial Work
Bain, Alan

School of Teacher Education
Inclusive Education- learning and Behaviour foci; Inclusive Schools; Educational Technology; Educational Productivity Research; Teaching and Learning  (School and University); Teacher Preparation; School and Higher Education Reform and Improvement; School OrganisationQualitative and Quantitative research approaches; Evaluation ResearchInclusive Education; Teacher Education; School Learning; Educational Technology

Bacchus,  Ruth

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Literature; literary theory; reflective pedagogy; colonialism and post coloniality; especially India/South Asia; identity; subjectivity; feminism; post-structuralism; gender; sexuality; youth; childhoodCross-disciplinary methods; textual analysisLiterature; politics

Ansari, Masheed

Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

History of Islam and Muslims in Australia; Oral History & Migration History; Transnational and Transcultural Islamic Movements; Islamic Sacred Texts & Theology; The history of Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Culture; South Asian Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Islamic Studies & Religion & Society.  
Afzal,  Waseem

Information Studies

Human information behaviour; Information and knowledge management; Information communities   
Aernie,  Jeff

School of Theology

Gospel of Mark; Greek linguistics; Pauline Epistles (esp Corinthian correspondence); Pauline Theology