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School of Creative Arts
Art history and theory
Dr Kit Messham-Muir is an art theorist and museologist in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle whose current research focus is the psychological and emotional dimensions of visualising war.
Creative Arts, Media And Communication
Professor Frank Millward explores the intersection between fine art, music and theatre making, and how technology is turning the arts into a fertile ground for innovative research.
Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies
Dr Gillian Arrighi is interested in the circus, the role of children in the entertainment industry, and the arts/health nexus, particularly the impact creative engagement has on everyday life. Her research investigates the social significance of the growth of community-based circus and circus skills groups since the 1970s.
Music endangerment is not just a research field for Dr Catherine Grant; she is an activist and interventionist for communities that are suffering the cultural loss of their music traditions.
Professor Richard Vella is the Director of Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR), a newly launched research group within the Faculty of Education and Arts at The University of Newcastle.
Associate Professor Rosalind Halton is an accomplished harpsichord player and foundation member of the baroque ensemble Chacona. She specialises in bringing to performance little-known and often previously unheard works from the vast catalogue of cantatas and serenatas by Italian Baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti.
For the Torres Strait Islander (TSI) community, music helps to articulate the concepts and embodied experiences of their lives. Despite its significance to the culture, there is a fragmented and under-developed approach to the documentation and cultivation of music.
Visual Arts And Crafts
The idea of making a material transform into something else holds an ongoing fascination for internationally recognised textile artist Brett Alexander.
School of Education
A lost culture of frozen people is discovered underwater in the Pacific Ocean. They were frozen in time on the edge of a catastrophic environmental disaster, a crisis that scientists and archaeologists of the future grapple to fully understand. The history of these people had been erased. Who were they, these people of Ardus Unda? What happened to them? Can they be restored to life? Can we learn from their past to inform the present and the future?
Comparative and international education
Dr Tom Griffiths's research centres on comparative educational analyses, including historical and contemporary explorations of policy and practice in context, linked to a world-system level theoretical approach to systems of mass education, their structure, curricula and development.
Curriculum And Pedagogy
Dr Zsuzsa Millei's research examines the way in which constitutions of ‘the child’ and childhood in pre-compulsory education shift in concert with the changing problematizations about the government of population and individuals.
Professor Allyson Holbrook of the Research Training and Transformational Knowledge program looks at the huge intellectual and emotional changes that occur in PhD candidates and what affect these have on their thinking and attrition rates.
Early Childhood Education
Associate Professor Linda Newman's far-reaching research in early childhood education is expanding the Faculty of Education and Arts' international footprint.
Equity in Education
International league tables in tertiary education provide useful comparisons about rankings and research outputs – but how do universities perform when it comes to providing equal access?
Equity in Education
Dr Rachel Buchanan works at uncovering and addressing the equity implications of the increased deployment of educational technologies in all levels of education.
Equity in Higher Education
Dr Erica Southgate explores the factors that create disadvantage in higher education and creates real world solutions to address them.
Human Movement And Sports Science
Professor Philip Morgan’s research program is tackling the obesity epidemic. His work focuses on the impact of school and community based interventions to prevent or treat obesity in child, adolescent and adult populations.
Human Movement And Sports Science
The University of Newcastle's (UON) Professor David Lubans is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow who is delivering a range of innovative school programs designed to upskill teachers in physical education and re-engage teens.
Human Movement and Sports Science
Professor Ron Plotnikoff is Director of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition which has an interdisciplinary approach to understanding physical activity and nutrition relating to population health strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.
There has been a massive drop in the number of advanced mathematics students in the last decade, accompanied by poor results across all school years. Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez believes this has significant implications for Australia's ability to produce the next generation of engineers, physicists, chemists and software engineers – the innovators we need to skill Australia into the future.
Dr Kathryn Holmes, a former high school mathematics teacher, is helping to provide the next generation of teachers with the expertise and confidence to embrace the digital technology that is revolutionising education.
Associate Professor Michael Arthur-Kelly's research focuses on the needs of individuals with multiple and severe disability. Communication intervention and behaviour support are two main strands of this research, informed by behaviour state assessment.
Leading a new era of teacher education and professional development, pedagogy expert, Professor Jenny Gore, is building a world-class model of education excellence that helps support both teachers and students and is influencing government and educational bodies across Australia.
Dr Nicole Mockler is interested in the politics of education and the professional identity and practice of teachers. She is interested in the way governments use touchstone issues in education to gain political leverage and how media representation of those issues can create a sense of panic that forces schools into a reactive response.
School of Humanities and Social Science
Dr Sally Hewat, a University of Newcastle (UON) speech pathologist who specialises in the treatment of stuttering, is working to establish speech therapy in Vietnam – where, as a profession, it doesn't exist.
Professor Germov is a sociologist and widely published author with research interests spanning the social origins of food and alcohol habits, public health nutrition, sociology of obesity and workplace change. His recent work focuses on the historical sociology of wine.
Drugs, violence and laziness – if you believe everything you hear in the media, young people have a lot to answer for. However, sociologist and Newcastle Youth Studies Group co-convenor, Dr Steven Threadgold, is ardent about uncovering the entire picture and contributing to a better understanding of the next generation.
Under the guidance of Professor Gray, the University of Newcastle was the only university in Australia to receive a '5' rating for social work research in the "Excellence in Research for Australia" (ERA) rankings which are administered by the Australian Research Council.
Linguistics researcher Dr Michael Franjieh is working to revitalise language and assist literacy levels by documenting some of Vanuatu's most severely endangered languages.
Dr Nancy Cushing is an environmental historian who is examining the underlying beliefs and aims that led, by the end of the colonial period, to a typical Australian diet based around the heavy consumption of beef and mutton.
In today's globalised world, with the increasing movement of peoples across borders and continents, could violent practices and mentalities move with them? Dr Matthew Lewis, a post-doctoral researcher with the Centre for the History of Violence, sheds light on this issue in his comparative study of British policing in Ireland and Palestine after the First World War.
Documenting small, regional languages can help them to not only survive, but thrive.
A love of language has taken Dr Åshild Næss to unexpected places.
Dr Caragh Brosnan is a researcher in the sociology of health and illness. Her focus is on health care and its value to society, but more fundamentally, the moral and principled human decisions that lie behind the science that governs our health and wellbeing.
The story of Professor Lyndall Ryan from Newcastle's Centre for the History of Violence began while documenting the history of Tasmania's convict system.
When it comes to language, how well do we actually understand the structure of syllables and words? Dr Mark Harvey's 2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project aims to determine this through the documentation of a severely endangered Indigenous language.
Dr Maguerite Johnson is interested in how stories from Antiquity console us and connect us as humans through the falling in love, the heartbreaks, the sorrow and the celebrations.
Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds is on a quest to unearth the real story of Australia's nuclear ambitions
As unlikely as it sounds, literary scholar Professor Hugh Craig has enhanced his appreciation of Shakespeare through statistical analysis.
Dr Kathleen McPhillips is looking into the murky world of child sexual abuse within the church culture.
Associate Professor is a leading expert on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Literature, the principal English-speaking scholar on the immortalized French writer Boris Vian and is paving the way forward in the field he calls Fetishism Criticism, a discourse which recognizes that two opposing narratives can co-exist while actually refuting each other.
Religion, radicalism and revolutionaries all fall under the critical gaze of theologian and writer Professor Roland Boer.
Daniela Heil's anthropological expertise is helping to understand the impact of cultural differences on the health of indigenous communities.
Dr Trisha Pender is leading the charge in the expanding world of research into early modern women's writing.
The University of Newcastle's Head of English, Dr Jesper Gulddal, has always been fascinated by travel adventure stories, but gone are the days when fictional characters were footloose and fancy free to navigate a plot's twists and turns on a whim.
Dr Terry Leahy, a University of Newcastle sociologist, is behind a film documenting a permaculture project in Zimbabwe that has changed lives and boosted food security.
Dr Rebecca Beirne has devoted her academic pursuits largely to media studies and the representation of queer women in popular culture
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins' study of Indigenous domestic service policies across two countries is filling a gap in the historical narrative.
Bronwyn Hemsley's research is helping bypass speech difficulties through the use of mobile technologies and e-health solutions.
For Dr Julie McIntyre, wine represents history in a glass. "It's a way of being able to travel in time. Each glass of wine is a fascinating and very complex encapsulation of the climate, land and work of people at particular points in time," said McIntyre.
Associate Professor Kim Cheng Boey artfully juggles creative writing and the research demands of an academic career.
Professor Hilary Carey's research into the anti-Transportation movement provides new insight into an important aspect of Australia's colonial history.
A dedicated team of Newcastle linguists is committed to studying the practical, scientific and cultural significance of dying local languages.
Looking at Christianity through the lenses of theology, history and cultural theory, Dr Christina Petterson's critical text-based study is seeking to evaluate its influence on the switch from feudalism to capitalism and other evolving socioeconomic structures
Professor Dennis Foley is equally proud of his contributions as a researcher, an international networker and a teacher.
Associate Professor Ros Smith examines the contribution of female writers to the culture of the early modern era.
Professor Philip Dwyer and his team are leading a fundamental rethinking of violence in the modern world.
Professor Alison Ferguson is a speech pathology researcher whose specialty is communicative interaction. She explores novel communication strategies for people who have lost speech and language function.
Professor Lisa Adkins' research interests are in feminist theory and the sociology of gender; social and cultural theory; and economic sociology (especially the sociology of post-industrial economies and the new political economy).