Research Higher Degrees

The School of Humanities and Social Science provides support for the research process and activities of its Research Higher Degree (RHD) candidates. We provide a high standard of thesis supervision, plus a range of material resources such as financial support, study rooms, professional development workshops, conference attendance support and statistical support.

For more information on undertaking a RHD, please see the University of Newcastle's Graduate Research information.

Ancient History and Classical Languages

Leanne Glass

 PhD

National Identity, the Auteur and the Greek World on Film

Kymme Laetsch

 PhD

The Portrayal and Implications of Feminine Ageing in Latin Literature

Reuben Ramsey 

 PhD

Proleptic construction in the Prometheus Bound
Aimee Turner

 PhD

Re-Writing Numa: The Political Usage of Numa Pompilius in the Age of Augustus
Sandra WarrenPhDMarguerite Yourcenar: A Quest for Ataraxia; a Locus Amoenus Hindered by Absence and Presence

English and Writing

Wendy AlexanderPhDSplit River

Joanna Atherfold

PhD

Watermark: A Liminal Approach to Autobiographical Short Fiction

Ferne BarclayPhDFriend Me: a Young Adult Science Fiction Novel Exploring the Social Media Other
Christine BellotiM PhilLiving Like Common People

Geraldine Bobsien

PhD

Who's Speaking Please? An Exploration of Voice and Position in Young Adult Fiction

Linda Boulton

PhD

Illness in Memoir

Diane Cousins

PhD

Feminine Face of the Divine

Samantha Dagg

MPhil

Creative Exploration of Marginalised Australian Identity

Jack Elliott

PhD

Application of Stylometric Techniques to Writing

Naomi Fraser

PhD

The Language of Other Worlds: Narrative Style in Early Science Fiction and Fantasy Texts

Julieta Gibbons

MPhil

'Two-voiced Memoir

Terri- Anne Green

PhD

The 'Legless' Novel Project

Elizabeth Hayes

PhD

Research Topic: Erasing History - A Cultural Approach to the Work of William Gibson

Helen Hopcroft

PhD

The Moment of Transformation: Women, Animals and Power Within Revisionist Fairy Tales

Emma Joel

PhD

Eatdirtzian Geosophy: Approaching Ethnical Reading Practices

Blake JollyMPhilCreative Writing, Short Story Collection 'Drake'
Elizabeth KinderPhDThe Specular Self: Subjectivity and the Space Between Image and Death
Morgan LongPhDModernism and the Russian Fanastic: A Comparative Analysis
Amy LovatPhDCreative Writing: Realism and the Changing Nature of Young Adult Literature as a Genre
Dean MobbsMPhil'The Expressionist" A Coming of Age Novella
Cassandra O'LoughlinPhDEcocriticism and the Poetics of Place
Ryan O'NeillPhDThe Experimental Australian Short Story
William PascoePhDThe Strange Potential of Ordinary Things
Danuta RainePhDComing Home
Jenna-Lee RochfordPhDThe Moving and Sorrowful Voice That Cries Out: Trauma and Post-Structuralism in Turner Hospital's Fictional Prose
Maria Luisa SaministradoPhDFemale Victimhood and Suicide in the Naturalistic Novel
Hope SneddonPhDNarrative, Trauma, Guilt and the Construction of 'Self" in Post-World War Two German Soldiers War Memoirs
Malcolm St Hill PhDExploring the Experiences of a Light-Horseman Through Creative Non-Fiction Drawing on the Life of my Grandfather
Loretta TolnaiMPhilRelatively Friendly Strangers: A Creative Writing Memoir
Meg VertiganPhDThe Taming of the Shrew: Incarceration and Discipline of Transgressive Young Women

Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Jason CampbellPhDContesting the 'Obsolete': An Investigation of Small-Scale Music Practitioners in Australia

Joyleen Christensen

PhD

Where in the world is Andy Lau? Putting the 'popular' back into studies of Hong Kong popular entertainment

History

Justine AtkinsonPhDEarly Seamen's Missons in Australia

Peta Belic

 PhD

Memory, Work and Community at Teralba

Rosalie Bunn

 PhD

The History and Impacts of the Open Foundation Program on the Hunter and Central Coast Regions

Robert Elliott

 PhD

The Geo-Political Imperative: Continuity in Australia's Regionalism, Great Power Alliances and Policy Making Assessments, 1859 - 1947

Helen EnglishPhDMusic in the Valley: Identity, Memory and Reinvention in Colonial Newcastle and The Hunter Valley, 1870 - 1879
Paul FarnhillPhDThe Socio-Political Motivations of Urban Planning Legislation in NSW 1778-1979

Daniel Fleming

 PhD

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Lucienne Gerard

 PhD

Gendering Medicine, Gendering War: Australia's Women Doctors  and Two World Wars

Michael Kilmister

 PhD

Sir John Grieg Latham: A Political Biography

Lauren Mackay

 PhD

The Politics of Piety: George and Thomas Boleyn in the English and European Reformation, 1520-1539

Jan McLeod

 PhD

Transformation, Technology and the Tropics: An examination of the Papuan Campaign through the lens of the Field Ambulance

Brian Roach

 PhD

Edward Christopher Merewether: A Study in Patronage in Bureaucracy, Business and Benefaction

Troy Saxby

 PhD

 The Activist Life of Pauli Murray (1910-1985)

Lucy Shule

 PhD

Beyond the Cold War: Challenges to Tanzanian Foreign Policy and Conflict Resolution in Sub-Saharan Africa

Jennifer Sloggett

 PhD

Behind the Brisbane Line: Military and Civil Defence Preparedness in South-east Australia 1932-1945

Kenneth Thornton

 PhD

 A History of the Electricity Commission of NSW (Pacific Power) 1950 - 2002

Johanna Trainor

 PhD

Australian Urban Squatters of the 1970's; Establishing and Living a Radical Lifestyle in Surburban Sydney

Andrew WattsPhDThe life and work of Reverend James Robert Beattie Love (1889-1947) - transforming, and being transformed by cross-cultural and cross-language relationships

Michael Wenham

 MPhil

In Search of George Wenham - an Aboriginal Anzac and the History of Denial

Language and Language Studies

Peter Hodges

 PhD

Boris Vian (non) Conformist

Hazel Paton

MPhil

Georges Simenon and the Terrain Vague: Indirect Representations of France at War

 Clara Dominique Sitbon

 PhD

The Hoaxer Hoaxed: Franco-Australian Post-War Literary Relationships Expanding Literary Hoax Theory

Zengtao Zhao

 PhD

The Use of Multi-Dimensional Compensation Strategies from Functionalist and Literary Translation Perspectives- The Contemporary Australian Novel Stepper by Brian Castro: A Case Study

 

Linguistics

Nasser Alasmari

 PhD

Effects of Acculturation factor on Saudi Arabian English Language Learners: A Contextual Comparison Study

Saleh Alqahtani

 PhD 

The Effectiveness of Using Motivational Strategies in the Classroom on Saudi Learners EFL Achievement

 Abdulaziz Alshahrani

 PhD

The Influence of High Power Distance in Student-Teacher Relationships and Its Effects on Reading Proficiency: A Case Study of Saudi Students in EFL Classrooms at Albaha University in Saudi Arabia

Fatimah Alswuail

 PhD

The Attitudes of Students, Teachers and Religious Officials to the Learning and Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Saudi Arabia

Salih Alzahrani

 PhD

Topics in the Grammar of Zahrani Spoken Arabic

Turki AssulaimaniPhDThe L2 Motivational Self System Among Saudi Learners of English

Simón Gonzalez

 PhD

Segmental Oppositions in English Coronal Obstruents

Lydia Green

 PhD

What Plants Can Say About Language Shift: An Investigation of Language Ecology in Ikpana An Endangered Language of Ghana

Stephen Logan

 PhD

Documentation and Description of  a Highly Endangered Northwest Solomonic Language

John Olstad

 PhD

Topics in a Grammar of Nehan

Jonathan Schlossberg

 PhD

Thinking and Talking About Atolls: Spatial Reference in Marshallese

Ellen Smith

 PhD

Documenting Papapana: a highly endangered Northwest Solomonic language

 Lana Takau

 PhD

A grammar of Matanvat (Nese)

Philosophy Religion and Theology

Lee Burns

 MPhil

Spirit-Baptism in Luke-Acts: A Narrative Critique of the Pentecostal Doctrine of 'Baptism in the Holy Spirit'

Sam Douglas

 PhD

The philosophical foundation of artificial intelligence

Zachariah Duke

 PhD

A Critical Analysis of a Theology of Disability in the Australian Roman Catholic Church: An Ethnographic Inquiry of Contemporary Inclusionary Practices

 Richard Harvey

PhD

The NT Picture of Judas Iscariot

Scott Kirkland

 PhD

Beyond Absolutism: Conversations with Karl Barth over the Reforming of Enlightenment Subjectivity in Judgement

Richard Harvey

 PhD (Theo)

The New Testament Picture of Judas Iscariot

Johanna Kruger

PhD

Human Rights and the Peaceableness of Hauerwas: A Feminist Perspective on Identity, Community and Sexual Violence

Yazhi Li

MPhil

Time, Space and Utopian Home: Ernst Bloch's Interpretation of Marxism and Religion

 Glenn Loughrey

MPhil

Thomas Merton, the Holy Fools and Jacques Derrida: Finding Common Ground with Postmodern Youth

Niall McKayPhDLiberation Hermeneutics: An Intertextual Analysis of the Interpretation of the Gospel of Mark in Liberation Movements
Christopher SextonPhDA Theology of the Land: Terra Australis from Christian - Indigenous Perspectives

Social Work

Vicki Cowling

PhD

Support for Children and Families Living with a Family Member with Mental Illness

Catherine Wood

PhD

Expericences of parenting a child with anorexia nervosa undergoing treatment

 

Sociology and Anthropology

Alice Acejas

PhD

The Philippine Social Economy: A Case Study

Vanessa Bowden

PhD

Hunter Business Leaders Response to Climate Change

Matthew Bunn

PhD

Dangerous Ascents: A Critical Exploration of Adventure Climping in Reflexive Modernity

Deborah Long

PhD

Dissolving the Solid Body: The Ethnography of Biomedical Culture in Hospitals

Graham Lucas

PhD 

When Power Networks Collide: Using Actor Networks Theory to Analyze Community Consultation for an Australian Town's Electricity Supply.

Toni McCallumPhDThe Politics and Experience of Contemporary Motherhood

Sylvester Obongo

PhD

The Influence of Local Contingent Factors in Transferring Public Sector Reform Management Policies and Practices: Examining the Extent and Impact of Political Influence on Appointments and Promotions in the Kenyan Public Service

Lauren Perkins

PhD

Family Matter: Exploring the Meanings and Practices of Intercultural Parenting in Contemporary Australia

Oki Rahadianto Sutopo

PhD

Creative Musicians in Three Indonesian Cities : Making the Transition to Adulthood through Entrepreneurial Activities and Mobility

Georgina Ramsay

PhD

The Experimental Constituting of Everyday Life for Central African Refugee Women Living in Australia

Megan Sharp

PhD 

An Exploration of the Construction of Female Queer Identities Across Australian Punk and Hardcore Music Scenes

Dena SharrockPhDConsuming the 'Other' to Heal the Self: Seeking Indigenous Amazonian Plant Medicine Ritual to Heal Western Maladies

Jon Stokes

PhD 

Workplace Injuries/Deaths and the Neo-Liberal State: Is 'Regulation' Enough?

Speech Pathology

Rachael Davenport

PhDl

Development of Professional Competency: Critical Experiences of Marginal or Failing Students

Jo Steel

PhD

Speech Pathology assessment  during post-traumatic amnesia

Rachael Unicomb

PhD

Stuttering and speech sound disorders