HDR interest areas

Becoming a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student at Deakin's School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) gives you the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest academics and researchers in your chosen field. 

With expert supervision and broad interest areas, you can pursue your passion and expand your knowledge base.


Our HDR interest areas

Find a supervisor and discover what projects current research students are undertaking.

PhD, master's by research and professional doctorate candidates in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences can choose from the following interest areas.

Anthropology

Our anthropology team is passionate about working with HDR students to further knowledge and understanding in a diverse range of subject areas. They're experts in their chosen fields and are prolific contributors to publications and conferences. Many have received international recognition for their work.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Associate Professor Rohan Bastin Civil war and the Sri Lankan social formation

Secularism and religious fanaticism in India

Egalitarian forms and social transformation in Australia
P, M
Dr Samantha Balaton-Chrimes Ethnicity and/or land in Africa

Indigeneity in global perspective
P, M
Dr Roland Kapferer Social media

Corporate culture, consumption/marketing and emergent state formations

Modernism/postmodernism

Technology, robotics, cybernetics and simulation

Anthropology of cinema

Animal anthropology
P, M
Dr Tanya King Natural resource management in Australia – commercial fisheries, water

Procedural justice, consultation and 'NIMBY' in rural and regional Australia

Environmental anthropology
P, M
Dr Gillian Tan Relational and multiple ontologies

Human/non-human relationships and critiques of the nature/culture binary

Issues in contemporary Tibetan society and culture

Ecology and religiosity in the Third Pole Environment (Himalayas)

Nomadic pastoralism and interactions with the state

Ethnography as writing and method
P, M

Current students and doctoral projects

Mr Martin Hardie Associate Professor
Rohan Bastin
Cycling, drugs, governance and law in the state of exception
Mr Christopher Speldewinde Associate Professor
Rohan Bastin
The new regionalism: a comparative study of two regional centres
Ms Tatiana Romanovsky Associate Professor
Rohan Bastin
Measuring voernance: a case study of Native Title in Victoria

Learn more about our anthropology discipline

Australian studies

Our Australian Studies Department is home to some of the country's most recognised authorities on Indigenous issues, and Australian history, culture and society. The discipline's reputation for excellence is reflected in the choice of one of its professors as the inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Professor Louise Johnson Urban and regional planning, including post-colonial planning

Global suburbs and building better Australian suburbs

Australian social, urban and regional geographies
P, M
Professor David Walker Australian representations of Asia, 1850 to the present

Map iconography in Australia, 1880 to the present

Memoir as history
P, M
Dr Tanja Luckins Australian cultural history

History and memory

Cosmopolitanism in Australian history

Popular culture
P, M
Dr Sarah Pinto Public and popular history-making

History and politics of emotions

Gender and sexuality in Australia
P, M
Dr Geoffrey Robinson Explaining NSW Labor's 2011 electoral defeat

The public career of Richard Crouch

Party politics and taxation and public expenditure in the Australian states 1911–40
P

Current students and doctoral projects

Ms Caroline Denigan Professor Louise Johnson Owner builders, housewives and homemakers: self-build housing and gender in Australia
Ms Piper (Chelsea) Rodd Professor David Walker War as nationalism: a comparative study of Australia and Canada

Learn more about our Australian studies discipline

Criminology

Deakin's criminology team has expertise in a wide range of areas. It's engaged in research projects covering virtually every aspect of the field including cybercrime, surveillance, policing, terrorism, organised crime, criminal justice, sexual offences and urban conflict.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Associate Professor Darren Palmer Surveillance

Policing

Social order
P, M
Dr Richard Evans Crime, justice and power

Policing

History, politics and social change

Crime and the environment

Surveillance

Disasters
P, M
Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon The partial defence of provocation

The offence of defensive homicide

The partial defence of loss of control

Homicide law reform

Sentencing reform

Intimate partner homicide

Mandatory and minimum sentencing policies
P, M
Dr Diarmaid Harkin Policing

Police use of force

Penal theory

Penal populism

State crime

Crimes of the powerful
P, M
Dr Adam Molnar
Surveillance

Technology, security and policing

Privacy and data protection

Security, policing and major events

National security

Militarisation
P, M
Dr Wendy O'Brien Human rights (particularly women's and children's)

Children in conflict with the law

Child sexual abuse

Crime and cultural texts (literary and cinematic)

Serious and organised crime
P, M
Dr Ian Warren
Privacy and criminal justice/law

Technology and crime prevention

Vigilantism

Violence

International and comparative criminology

Public order and disorder
P, M
Dr Chad Whelan Serious and organised crime

Terrorism and counter-terrorism

Security and crime prevention

Security and major events

Criminal and security intelligence
P, M
Ms Clare Farmer Alcohol related anti-social behaviour

Crime, young people and the role of the media

Exclusion, banning and behaviour based orders

Sentencing principles and reform (including mandatory and minimum sentences)

Criminal justice processes, human rights and procedural protections

Failures of justice
M
Mr Chris Linke Police legitimacy

Surveillance

Criminology

The fusion of civil and military responses to internal security problems
M

Current students and doctoral projects

Mr Morgan Burcher Associate Professor Darren Palmer Outsmarting the 'new' criminals and terrorists: network analysis and criminal intelligence
Mrs Clare Farmer Associate Professor Darren Palmer Police-imposed punishment: banning orders and the challenged to 'due process'
Mr Christopher Linke Associate Professor Darren Palmer Australian police memorialisation, commemoration and remembrance
Dr Michael Andrew Milgate Associate Professor Darren Palmer Evolution in the treatment of wrongdoing in early English law
Miss Jessica Alyce Saligari Associate Professor Darren Palmer Police response to situations involving people with a mental illness in Geelong

Learn more about our criminology discipline

Cultural heritage

Our supervisors are known for their subject matter expertise. Kristal Buckley was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the area of cultural heritage, and to education.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Professor Andrea Witcomb Museums: histories, theories and practices

The history of the representation of cultural diversity in the Australian collecting sector

Thinking about the role of affect in audience engagement in museums and heritage sites

Heritage as a basis for cross‐cultural understanding and dialogue
P, M
Dr Steven Cooke Memorial landscapes of war and genocide
  
Heritage and urban redevelopment
  
Sustainable cultural tourism
P, M
Dr Jonathan Sweet Heritage and development in the Asia–Pacific region
  
Museums: histories, theories and practices

Cross‐cultural pedagogy
P, M
Dr Linda Young History of historic houses as a species of museum

Victorian gold diggers and transition to civilian life in the 1850s–60s, especially via consumption of goods
  
History of Canberra
P, M
Ms Kristal Buckley Cultural landscapes, the associative values of land and seascapes, integration of natural and cultural perspectives

Intangible cultural heritage, community engagement and involvement in cultural heritage

Evolving cultural heritage practice in the Asia–Pacific region
M

Current students and doctoral projects

Mr Hendrik Berrevoets Professor Andrea Witcomb What late 19th and early 20th century market gardens can tell us about Chinese Australia ethnic relations, the development of horticulture and horticultural practices in Australia
Ms Lorinda Cramer Dr Linda Young Needlework and genteel identity in gold rush Victoria
Mr Soren Kemp Professor Andrea Witcomb Cultural heritage in Myanmar and the production of space and non-space
Ms Amelia Marra Professor Andrea Witcomb Understanding audience engagement: its forms and contexts
Ms Tanya Robinson Dr Linda Young Materialising identity through clothing in museums
Ms Karen Schamberger Professor Andrea Witcomb Collecting and exhibiting cultural diversity: a comparison of ethno-specific museums and regional, state and national museums
Ms Michelle Stevenson Dr Linda Young Snowflakes in a sunburnt country: the development, culture and significance of skiing in Australia
Mr Junjie Su Professor Andrea Witcomb Intangible cultural heritage safeguarding in the context of tourism: a case study of Lijiang World Heritage site
Ms Michele Summerton Dr Linda Young How did gold rush emigrants make homes in Victoria?

Learn more about our cultural heritage discipline

History

Stimulating and challenging HDR students to interpret and analyse past human behaviour, Deakin's History Department focuses on themes such as war and peace, modernisation and social change. It also covers colonialism, nationalism, internationalism, gender and the Holocaust in American, African-American, Asian, Australian and European histories.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Professor Sarah Paddle Missionaries and modernity

Colonialism and post-colonialism in Australia and China

Gender, missions and colonialism

Women's history
P, M
Associate Professor Keith Beattie US history

Film and history

Documentary studies
P, M
Associate Professor Helen Gardner 19th and 20th century history of anthropology in Oceania

20th century history of decolonisation of the Pacific

19th and 20th century history of Christianity and mission in Oceania
P, M
Associate Professor Christopher
Waters
Australian foreign policy in the age of appeasement

Australia and the decolonisation of the South Pacific

Diplomats and the art of biography
P, M
Dr Greg Burgess History of France

Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries

Citizenship, migration and refugee studies
P, M
Dr Joanna Cruickshank History of religion in Britain and Australia

18th century Britain

Gender and religion

History of Christian missions
P, M
Dr Tony Joel The politics of war memory and commemoration
  
Remembering the Cold War

Remembering sporting triumphs, tragedies and rivalries
P, M
Dr Tiffany Shellam Cross-cultural encounters between Aboriginal Australians and others in the era of
exploration
  
The history of Australian colonisation, 19th century

Exploring Aboriginal experiences of colonisation through the history of emotions
P, M
Dr Bart Ziino Private life and sentiment in Australia during the First World War 1914–1919

War heritage and commemoration

Early 20th century popular culture
P, M

Current students and doctoral projects

Mrs Jennifer Caligari Professor Sarah Paddle Bessie Harrison Lee: temperance and social reform
Ms Sarah Coates Professor David Lowe British and American newspapers and contemporary reportage of concentration camps, 1945–1947
Mrs Khylie Daws Professor David Lowe Advance Australia: cultural diplomacy in the Menzies era
Ms Amanda Lourie Associate Professor Helen Gardner History of scientific practice in 1850s and 1860s Victoria
Mr William Peart Professor David Lowe The ideological basis of Egalitarianism in Australia
Mr Walter Struve Professor David Lowe A Biography of Kurt Offenburg (1898–1946)
Ms Julie Anne Suares Associate Professor Christopher Waters An ardent internationalist: Ben Chifley and the new world order
Mr Mathew Turner Professor David Lowe Instituting Zeitgeschichte: the 'Munich men' and the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial

Learn more about our history discipline

International and community development

Our academic staff and researchers set the benchmark for active participation in the field of international and community development. They have extensive experience with international government organisations, government agencies, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies.

Staff like Professor Damien Kingsbury has observed election processes in East Timor and advised during peace talk negotiations. He is also a renowned specialist in methods of negotiating peaceful resolution to conflicts.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Professor Matthew Clarke Religion and development
  
Aid effectiveness
  
Pacific development
P, M
Professor Damien Kingsbury Causes of separatism in sovereign states

Intra-state conflict resolution, post-conflict stability and state-building

Politics, economic development and policies, and Australia's bilateral relations with Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Burma and Cambodia

Timor-Leste foreign policy, anthropology and history

Regional security issues and terrorism

Political development/processes of democratisation

Human rights/civil and political rights
P, M
Dr Samantha Balaton-Chrimes Politics of development in Africa P, M
Dr Phil Connors Sustainable development: concepts and understandings

Community economic development

Critical community engagement in climate change amelioration/adaptation
P, M
Dr Max Kelly Agriculture and food security in developing countries

Sustainable development in Timor-Leste, the Pacific, Africa and South-East Asia

Community and local food systems

Civil society and NGOs in international development

Maternal health, Africa
P, M
Dr Rob Nabben Education for sustainable development

Critical transformative thinking
  
Community development
P, M
Dr Ben Reid International and comparative political economy management

Democratisation and participatory forms of governance

Political economy of development in East and South-East Asia

Quantitative research methods
P, M
Dr Anthony Ware Myanmar (Burma): development, socio-political context and reform

NGO development in failed, fragile and pariah contexts

Development assistance to support democratic transition

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and strength-based approaches to development

Development aid effectiveness, particularly in relation to capacity building of civil society

Inter-religious partnerships in development by faith-based organisations (FBOs)
P, M

Current students and doctoral projects

Mr Way Alege Dr Phil Connors Reconciling development interventions and communities' vital concerns in Ituri district
Mr Murray Boardman Dr Anthony Ware The intersection between monitoring and program quality in development NGOs
Mr Tim Budge Dr Robert Nabben Freire, Alinsky and their legacy on community organising and change
Ms Kristie Drucza Professor Damien Kingsbury Social protection and vulnerability in Nepal
Mr Michael Hatherell Professor Damien Kingsbury Party system nationalisation in developing states: Indonesia's party registration laws
Ms Joanna Larvin Dr Phil Connors Surviving the aftermath: consideration of violence against women in disaster responses
Mr Ronan Lee Dr Anthony Ware Regional implications of continued violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar
Miss Yael Margolin Professor Damien Kingsbury Conflict of traditional and modern values in Pacific Island governance
Ms Kate Neely Dr Phil Connors A complex systems understanding of WASH in development
Miss Evelyn Noy Dr Max Kelly Aid in post-conflict states: the relief-development relationship
Ms Praveena Rajkobal Professor Matthew Clarke Religions, risk and sustainability: reflexive religious ecology movements and environmental crisis management
Mr Badrus Sholeh Professor Damien Kingsbury Regional autonomy and democracy after 2006 elections in Aceh, Indonesia
Ms Kirsten Taylor Professor Damien Kingsbury Ethnic conflict as a barrier to democratisation in Burma/Myanmar
Ms Alexandra Wake Professor Damien Kingsbury Aiding journalism: Australian journalism educators working in post conflict states
Mr Brad Watson Professor Matthew Clarke Child sponsorship NGOs in the 21st century: origins and evolution

Learn more about our international and community development discipline

International relations

The international relations program produces researchers who demonstrate the highest level of analytical and interpretative skills in global issues. They tackle the complexities of contemporary international relations and contribute to topic world knowledge. For example, Professor Baogang He has an international reputation as an authority of Chinese democratisation, NGOs and local governance. Dr Samantha Balaton-Chrimes is a specialist in citizenship, democracy and diversity in Africa, India and Indonesia.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Professor Baogang He Chinese politics

Deliberative democracy

Comparative politics and political theory
P, M
Professor Damien Kingsbury Causes of separatism in sovereign states

Intra-state conflict resolution, post-conflict stability and state-building

Politics, economic development and policies, and Australia's bilateral relations with Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Myanmar and Cambodia

Timor-Leste foreign policy, anthropology and history

Regional security issues and terrorism

Political development/processes of democratisation

Human rights/civil and political rights
P, M
Associate Professor Sally
Totman Marshall
Middle East politics

Collaborative online learning through role play

Popular culture (in particular Hollywood film)
P, M
Dr Samantha Balaton-Chrimes Citizenship (especially in Africa)

Ethnicity and ethnic politics in Africa

Politics of land rights (global perspective)

Democracy in practice (especially in Africa and South Asia)
P, M
Dr Ken Boutin Political economy of security including traditional and non-traditional security encompassing issues such as technology policy, arms transfers, defence industrialisation, and arms control

Security aspects of minority nationalism
P, M
Dr Scott Burchill The business class and the GFC
  
Political change in North Africa

International relations theory
P, M
Dr Danielle Chubb North-east Asian security (particularly North Korea and regional politics)

Inter-Korean relations

Transnational civil society

Australian foreign policy
P, M
Dr Peter Haeusler Political culture and political action
  
Intellectuals and political thought in Australia

The politics of risk
P, M
Dr David Hundt International relations of the Asia–Pacific region

Democracy and governance
  
Globalisation
P, M
Dr Costas Laoutides National self-determination movements

Peace-building and transitional justice

Diaspora and civil wars
P, M
Dr Chengxin Pan Governing the 'China' challenge in the age of globalisation

China literacy in Australia (and in the west more broadly)

Chinese discourses in international relations: identity, governance and peace
P, M
Dr Steven Slaughter International relations theory and global governance

Democratic theory, transnational civil society and activism

The United Nations and the G20

The politics and ethics of globalisation and neo-liberalism
P, M
Dr Craig Snyder Security studies and critical security studies

Regional approaches to security

European security

Asia–Pacific security, especially Southeast Asian security

Australian defence and security policy
P, M
Dr Cai Wilkinson Securitisation studies and critical security studies

International norm socialisation and localisation in the post-Soviet space

International politics and security of Russia and Central Asia

Interpretive methods and fieldwork in international relations

Gender and sexuality in international relations
P, M
Mr Dean Coldicott Global governance

International political economy

International regime interplay
M

Current students and doctoral projects

Ms Manushree Bahukhandi Dr Costas Laoutides Comparative analysis of gender and role of gender in conflict regions in India during the conflicts in Kashmir & Assam and applicability of the UNSCR 1325 in these regions
Mr Roger Bamforth Dr Chengxin Pan The role of Chinese identity claims in post-Cold War Sino-American relations
Mr John Bourdouvalis Dr Steven Slaughter Spaces for an alternative: liberal democracy and governance in an age of financialisation
Miss Elizabeth Campbell Dr Cai Wilkinson Political myths: uses and abuses
Mr Kong (Robert) Chan Professor Baogang He 'Sadae' (Serving the Great) in Korea-Great power(s) relations since 1392
Mr Lance Collins Dr Scott Burchill Convincing Canberra: how other countries achieve their foreign policy goals with Canberra
Mr Ben Debney Dr Scott Burchill The oldest trick in the book: moral panics and scapegoating as instruments of statecraft
Ms Elizabeth Effeney Professor Fethi Mansouri Exploring the potential for a cosmopolitan ethic in Australia: the case of Iraqi asylum seekers
Mr Wael Tarek Elhabrouk Professor Fethi Mansouri Exploring external perceptions of political legitimacy
Mr Ahmed N Abdul Karim Hassin Professor Fethi Mansouri Roles of civil society in nation building and post-conflict
reconstruction in Iraq
Mr Breck Hilton Dr Chengxin Pan How has realism influenced Australia's choice of alliance partners?
Mr Sean Mackin Dr Craig Snyder The essence of trident
Ms Natalia Pereira Professor Fethi Mansouri Irregular migration within the South-east Asian region
Ms Julie Richardson Dr Cai Wilkinson Gender and security norms in the contestation of the meta-narrative of national identity in Turkey
Mr Eko Saputro Professor Baogang He and Professor Matthew Clarke Indonesia and ASEAN Plus Three financial cooperation: a regulatory regionalism approach
Mr Vincenzo Scappatura Dr Scott Burchill Structural limits of the Australia–US Alliance
Ms Tori Stratford Professor Fethi Mansouri Unaccompanied minor asylum seekers: narratives of identity
Mr Irfan Yusuf Professor Fethi Mansouri Emerging communities and the legal system

Learn more about our international relations discipline

Language and cultural studies

As a language and cultural studies research student at Deakin, you have access to superior linguists. You also get to utilise the capabilities of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, providing support and project collaboration opportunities. Supervisors include Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of the institute and UNESCO Chair in comparative research on Cultural Diversity and Social Justice.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Professor Fethi Mansouri Migration and intercultural relations

Middle East history and politics

Refugee policy and practice

Multiculturalism and transnationalism research
P, M
Associate Professor Ismet Fanany Indonesian language, literature and linguistics

Indonesian culture and society

Islam in Indonesia

Metaphors and proverbs, especially Indonesian/Malay
P, M
Associate Professor Abdel-Hakeem
Kasem
Developing a tool to facilitate teaching and learning of Arabic handwriting

Evaluation of the effectiveness of online blended learning as a teaching model in language education

Assessing the role of community language programs in preserving cultural heritage
P, M
Associate Professor Guo-Qiang Liu Re-constructing national identity: China's policy on Chinese as a foreign language

Social identity and sound change

Continuity and change in China's ideological transformation
P, M
Dr Rebecca Fanany Language, culture and health

Cultural consonance

Conceptualisations of health

Language and culture as social determinants
P, M
Dr Xiangshu Fang Developing a pedagogical innovation to embrace students of diverse abilities/backgrounds in Chinese language learning

The revival of Confucianism and the Chinese Government's response

Historiography and China: the issue of approach
P, M
Dr Fengqi Qian Chinese cultural heritage

Historic cities and towns in China

Chinese heritage diaspora
P, M
Dr Zouhir Gabsi Berber language studies

Arabic language and culture

Discourse

Second language acquisition

Language teaching and learning
P, M
Dr Lin Zheng Women, words and woes: a structural analysis on Chinese characters

Chinese families in the Chinese magazine on 'Families'

Anglo-Chinese business communication and miscommunication
P, M

Current students and doctoral projects

Ms Maria Avgoulas Dr Rebecca Fanany Health beliefs and practices in three generations of Greek Australian women in Melbourne
Mrs Yenny Narny Associate Professor Ismet Fanany Resilience among survivors of political violence in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Learn more about our language and cultural studies discipline

Middle East studies

Our staff are renowned for their specialised Middle Eastern knowledge. Associate Professor Sally Totman Marshall is an author and international expert on Middle East policy and politics. A frequent commentator on Middle Eastern issues, she contributes to various national and international radio, television and print media groups and speaks at public forums and lectures.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Associate Professor Sally
Totman Marshall
Middle East politics

Collaborative online learning through role play

Popular culture (in particular Hollywood film)
P, M
Mr Mat Hardy Middle East politics

Military intervention in the Middle East

Online role-play/e-learning

Human rights/civil and political rights
M

Current students and doctoral projects

Mr Muhammad Muqtafa Professor Fethi Mansouri Problematising citizenship: violence against minority groups in Indonesia

Learn more about our Middle East studies discipline

Philosophy

Deakin is home to a vibrant and pluralistic philosophy research department. It offers a wide range of teaching and research interests spanning and interconnecting the continental, analytic and eastern traditions. Deakin philosophers also form the nucleus of the European Philosophy and the History of Ideas research group (part of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation).

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Professor Jack Reynolds Contemporary European philosophy

Phenomenology and existentialism

Analytic and continental philosophy

Intersubjectivity and social cognition

Metaphilosophy and methodology
P, M
Associate Professor Russell Grigg Lacanian psychoanalysis

Freud
P, M
Dr Sean Bowden The work of Gilles Deleuze

Contemporary French and European philosophy

American pragmatism

Philosophy of action and agency (individual and collective)
P, M
Dr Leesa Davis Buddhist philosophy (especially Zen and Mahayana)

Hindu philosophy (especially Advaita Vedanta)

Contemporary Buddhist practice in the west

Cross-cultural philosophy

Non-duality in Eastern and Western thought
P, M
Dr George Duke Political authority and legitimacy

Practical reason

Natural law ethics
P, M
Dr Matthew Sharpe Cultural relativism vs realism

The scientific revolution

The work of French classicist Pierre Hadot
P, M
Dr Patrick Stokes The work of 19th century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard

Issues of selfhood, moral psychology and temporality

Death and the moral/phenomenal status of the dead
P, M

Current students and doctoral projects

Mr Dale Clisby Director

Publication
Deleuze's secret dualism: defining the actual/virtual relationship
Mr Daniel Connell Professor Jack Reynolds Nietzsche, Heidegger and the reduction of dualism
Mr Salvatore Guido Associate Professor Russell Grigg After Freud: the fateful history of psychoanalysis in exile
Mrs Adrienne Margarian Dr Matthew Sharpe A cross cultural study of somatic countertransference
Mr Kevin Murphy Associate Professor Russell Grigg Asexuality: a psychoanalytic understanding of its determinants in relation to unconscious phantasy, desire and subjectivity within the context of increasingly sexualised cultural discourses
Mr Dylan Nickelson Dr George Duke Thomas Hobbes on unity, personae and political obligation
Mr David-Lee Nielson Dr Patrick Stokes 'What am I?' People as subjects and objects
Mr Andrew Sims Associate Professor Russell Grigg A defence of psychodynamic explanation

Learn more about our philosophy discipline

Politics and policy

Learn from highly qualified, experienced academic staff who have made significant contributions to research in the field both nationally and internationally. Our academics and supervisors have contributed to an extensive range of publications and consulted to various national and international agencies.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Professor Linda Hancock Evaluative research in public policy

Sustainability, governance and stakeholder politics

Regulation of social harms: gambling, alcohol, tobacco
P, M
Associate Professor Andrew Scott Comparing social democracy in Australia with nations in northern Europe

Policies to reduce inequalities among children through public investment in the early years

The relationship between environmentalism and other political philosophies
P, M
Dr Samantha Balaton-Chrimes Citizenship and democratic theory

Politics of recognition and distribution
P, M
Dr Peter Haeusler Political culture and political action

Intellectuals and political thought in Australia

The politics of risk
P, M
Dr Benjamin Isakhan Middle East history and politics

The history of democracy and democratic theory

Orientalism and cultural studies

Cultural heritage and heritage destruction
P, M
Dr Amy Nethery Asylum and migration policies in Australia and the Asia–Pacific region

Histories and theories of incarceration

Australian policy and public opinion
P, M
Dr Geoffrey Robinson Explaining NSW Labor's 2011 electoral defeat

The public career of Richard Crouch

Party politics and taxation and public expenditure in the Australian states 1911–40
P, M
Dr Andrew Vandenberg Trade unionism

Social democracy

Neoliberalism social movements
P, M

Current students and doctoral projects

Mr Raman Apsingikar Dr David Hundt The politics of Special Economic Zones (SEZs): a case study of Andhra Pradesh
Mr Richard Coverdale Associate Professor Rohan Bastin Postcode justice: rural and regional disadvantage in the administration of the law
Mr Sayed Fadel Dr Benjamin Isakhan The path from Islamic awakening to the Arab spring: a historical review of the sequence of events in the Islamic awakening, focusing in Egypt's political Islamist movement
Ms Amita Vengacherry Joseph Professor Linda Hancock A comparative study of effectiveness of corporate social responsibility guidelines in selected public and private sector organisations in India
Ms Diane Siebrandt Dr Benjamin Isakhan Assessing cross-cultural relationships between US and
Coalition military forces and Iraqi cultural heritage
professionals at archaeological sites during the Iraq War

Learn more about our politics and policy discipline

Sociology

Deakin's sociology staff have many years of combined industry experience and are leaders in their research fields. These fields include sociology of media and popular culture, sexuality, crime and justice, youth, consumer society and sustainability, culture and migration, religion and health.

Supervisors and their areas

Key/Note: Supervision level: PhD (P); Masters (M)

Researcher Research interests Supervision level
Professor Liz Eckermann Health, gender and development

Maternal health

Quality of life and social indicators
P, M
Associate Professor Andrew Singleton Sociology of religion: spirituality, youth religion, new religious movements, global Christianity, secularisation, non-religion, religious change, religious movements in the global south

Gender: men, masculinity, gender and the media

Research methods: quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods
P, M
Associate Professor Grazyna Zajdow Alcohol and illicit drugs policy

Narrative experience of alcohol and drugs

Narratives of women, work and ageing
P, M
Dr Bernie East Why does Generation Y have a sense of entitlement?

Using Bourdieu's Habitus and Field to understand contemporary art

The role of architects in fostering consumption
P, M
Dr Anna Halafoff Sociology of religion

Interreligious relations

Educations about religions and beliefs

Buddhism in Australia
P, M
Dr Struan Jacobs History of social ideas/social thought in the 19th and 20th centuries

Interface between social theory and theories of science

Sociology of science
P, M
Dr Karen Lane Health

Theory

Media
P, M
Dr Vince Marotta Social theory

Urban sociology

Immigration

Multiculturalism and cultural identity

Cosmopolitanism

Theories of the stranger
P, M
Dr Kim Toffoletti Representations of gender in media, sport, and popular culture

Women fans of Australian Rules football

Gender, technology and the body
P, M
Mr Neville Millen Sociology of health and illness

Law and social change

Regional development and change

Research methods in applied sociology
M

Current students and doctoral projects

Ms Laura Gobey Associate Professor Grazyna Zajdow and Dr Kim Toffolett Imagined futures: the lives and aspirations of young African migrant women in Australia
Mr James Holmes Dr Vince Marotta Fantasy in an increasingly rationalised world
Miss Catherine Kowalski Dr Rebecca Fanany Impact of media on attitudes towards complementary and alternative medicine
Ms Denise Ann Mcnulty Norton Dr Kim Toffoletti Redeeming the father: constructions of fatherhood in recent children's films
Miss Selinaswati Selinaswati Associate Professor Ismet Fanany Women in politics in a matrilineal society (a case study of West Sumatra, Indonesia)

Learn more about our sociology discipline

I have enjoyed my PhD experience more than I can say. My supervision has been of the highest standard, the facilities have been excellent and I have always had help when I've asked for it.

KIRSTIE BARRY

SHSS HDR STUDENT

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SHSS HDR Coordinator
Dr Costa Laoutides
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