The University of Newcastle continues to build its global reputation for delivering world-class research and innovation. Our reputation has been built on high

Our research strengths

The University of Newcastle continues to build its global reputation for delivering world-class research and innovation.  Our reputation has been built on high quality performance in health and medicine, science and engineering, and energy and the environment.  Our research in humanities and the creative arts is on a rapid and upward trajectory. We are a leader in Indigenous education and research. 

The University has attracted some of the very best researchers in the world, providing an important platform for the development of critical mass and future growth of these key research fields.

Areas of strength

  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards Newcastle highest rating of 5 in 2012 for:
    • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
    • Human Movement and Sports Science
    • Immunology
    • Neurosciences
    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Oncology and Carcinogenesis
    • Psychology
  • Brings leaders together through the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

 
Our leaders in health and medical research

ProfilePic-SansonFisher.jpgLaureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher AO

Behavioural Medicine

Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher is an internationally recognised cancer care and health behaviour expert. His latest ground-breaking research aims to reshape thinking surrounding death and chronic illness, so that end-of-life preparations are as thorough as preparing for the birth of a child.

» Rob's research profile

John-Aitken-new.jpgLaureate Professor John Aitken

Reproductive Medicine

Laureate Professor Aitken is a global authority on reproductive biology. Supported by funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), his research offers a solution to unsustainable population growth.

» John's research profile

Nick-Talley.jpgLaureate Professor Nick Talley

Gastroenterology

Professor Nick Talley is a neurogastroenterologist, a specialist in unexplained gut disorders affecting nerves and muscles such as irritable bowel syndrome, severe indigestion and slow stomach emptying, conditions which affect millions of people.

» Nick's research profile

Peter-and-Paul.jpgLaureate Professor Paul Foster and Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson

Immunology / Asthma

Laureate Professor Paul Foster and Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson, co-Directors of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, lead highly talented teams of scientists and doctors who integrate the latest advances in laboratory technology to understand and manage the treatment of chronic airway conditions and respiratory diseases such as asthma.
» Paul's research profile       » Peter's research profile

Profile-Pic-JohnForbes.jpgProfessor John Forbes AM

Oncology - Breast Cancer

Professor John Forbes AM is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of breast cancer prevention and treatment, with a number of pioneering breakthroughs credited with saving millions of women's lives over his 40 year career.

» John's research profile

Julie-Byles.jpgProfessor Julie Byles

Gerontology and Ageing

Professor Julie Byles is the Director of the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing. A key activity of the Centre is the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health which aims to identify biological, psychosocial and environmental factors affecting the health of women from all walks of life.

» Julie's research profile

Ron-Plotnikoff.jpgProfessor Ron Plotnikoff

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.

» Ron's research profile

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Information Based Medicine

Geneticist Professor Rodney Scott and computer scientist Professor Pablo Moscato are co-Directors of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine.  This successful collaboration between two internationally renowned researchers is using medical science and computer analysis to unlock the mysteries of cancer and other diseases.
» Rodney's research profile       » Pablo's research profile

ProfilePic-ChrisLevi.jpgConjoint Professor Chris Levi

Neurosciences - Stroke

Working on eight ground-breaking research projects, internationally renowned researcher Conjoint Professor Chris Levi is on a medical mission to cure stroke.

» Chris' research profile

 
Our health and medical related centres and institutes

Hunter Medical Research InstituteHunter Medical Research Institute

The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) supports the Hunter's internationally recognised health and medical research, education and training.  HMRI is a multidisciplinary partnership between the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District and the community.  Established in 1998, HMRI facilitates collaborations between researchers translating scientific advances into better clinical care, competitive commercial products and improved health care guidelines.

Priority Research Centres Aligned to HMRI

Brain and Mental Health ResearchBrain and Mental Health Research

The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) is focused on increasing our understanding of the brain and mind across the lifespan, in the absence and presence of disease. The Centre hosts three platforms for research: Preclinical Neurobiology, Psychological Processes and Mental and Physical Health.

Cancer Research, Innovation and TranslationCancer Research, Innovation and Translation

The Priority Research Centre for Cancer Research, Innovation and Translation aims to integrate basic science & clinical research bi-directionally, to facilitate rapid development and implementation of our research discoveries, and to stimulate lab research on priority questions generated from the clinic.

Cardiovascular HealthCardiovascular Health

The Priority Clinical Centre for Cardiovascular Health aims to utilise a comprehensive approach to investigate the underlying mechanisms of various cardiovascular diseases. Research within the centre will span basic science, clinical and translational studies to identify therapeutic targets and enhance clinical outcomes for cardiovascular health across the Hunter region.

Digestive Health and NeurogastroenterologyDigestive Health and Neurogastroenterology

The Priority Research Centre for Digestive Health and Neurogastroenterology brings together multi-disciplinary team which aims to effectively diagnose and treat common functional gut disorders (dyspepsia and IBS), neuromuscular diseases of the gut and eosinophil-driven chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal conditions through technologically advanced research which has identified novel pathophysiological mechanisms.

Generational Health and AgeingGenerational Health and Ageing

The Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing investigates health and wellbeing across the life course and over successive generations including social determinants, and the use and effectiveness of health and other services.

Grow Up WellGrow Up Well

The Priority Research Centre GrowUpWell® focuses on improving child health through discovery and translational research that generates measurable health impacts of significance to our community.

Health BehaviourHealth Behaviour

The Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB) uses intervention and service delivery to promote healthy behaviours and good quality healthcare across communities.

Healthy LungsHealthy Lungs

The Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular processes that are associated with the development and progression of respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Physical Activity and NutritionPhysical Activity and Nutrition

The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health, with particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science creates new knowledge in how successful reproduction occurs in humans and animals.  Key areas include Aboriginal health and the male and female factors that lead to birth of a healthy baby.  Through close collaboration with industry, the Centre develops diagnostics and therapeutics in these areas.

Stroke and Brain InjuryStroke and Brain Injury

The Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury includes researchers spanning multiple disciplines and faculties, and a strong partnership with the health service to integrate research culture directly into clinical application. The Centre’s focus is on research translation to improve outcomes for patients with stroke and brain injury, locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards Newcastle highest rating of 5 in 2012 for:
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
    • Geology
    • Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences
    • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    • Plant Biology
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
  • The University of Newcastle leads the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering .


Our leaders in science and engineering research

%globals_asset_name:19154Laureate Professor Scott Sloan

Geotechnical Engineering

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan is the Director of the University's Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling and also leads the ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering.  A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Sloan is an expert in soil stability analysis.

» Scott's research profile

%globals_asset_name:68872Professor Rob Melchers

Marine Corrosion

Professor Rob Melchers’ research on marine corrosion is leading the way towards safer, more resilient offshore engineering and construction.  The corrosion of steel in marine environments is a big issue for the water industry worldwide, in particular the corrosion of mooring chains and wire rope for offshore platforms.

» Rob's research profile

%globals_asset_name:20606Professor Adam McCluskey

Medicinal and Organic Chemistry

Professor Adam McCluskey is the Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology. He is involved in research resulting in four key drug discovery areas being pursued: epilepsy, kidney disease, cancer, and anti-viral.

» Adam's research profile

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Nanotechnology

ARC Fellow Professor Reza Moheimani's research includes developing nanotechnology capable of creating maximum memory on the smallest piece of technology, allowing people to carry huge amounts of information on a tiny portable device.

» Reza's research profile

%globals_asset_name:32754Associate Professor Sarah Johnson

Protecting information – cryptography

Associate Professor Sarah Johnson performs research in the fields of signal processing, error correction coding and information theory. The applications of her research include secure and reliable digital communications and biomedical imaging technologies.

» Sarah's research profile

 
Our science and engineering centres and institutes

Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and EngineeringCentre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan from the School of Engineering is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE).  The Centre pioneers new scientific approaches to geotechnical engineering design to underpin Australia's energy and transport infrastructure, resulting in increased productivity and sustainability of the nation's major export industries.

Chemical Biology and Clinical PharmacologyChemical Biology and Clinical Pharmacology

The Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology and Clinical Pharmacology seeks to unravel the causes of disease by identifying crucial biological targets and pioneering the rapid development of novel drugs for the fight against disease.

Complex Dynamic Systems and ControlComplex Dynamic Systems and Control

The Priority Research Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control specialises in design, control and analysis and performance optimisation for complex dynamic systems.

Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its ApplicationsComputer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications

The Priority Research Centre for Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) explores the development of techniques and tools for computer-assisted discovery and data-mining including mathematical visualization.

Geotechnical Science and EngineeringGeotechnical Science and Engineering

The Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering develops new models and innovative computational methods for predicting the behaviour of geomaterials, metals and composites. Advanced computational methods, coupled with laboratory and field testing are key tools in this pursuit.

Infrastructure Performance and ReliabilityInfrastructure Performance and Reliability

The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR) is at the international forefront in assessing the reliability, safety, durability and management of buildings, bridges, pipelines, aviation, and other infrastructure systems. The pioneering research at CIPAR includes risk and reliability assessment, corrosion of infrastructure, and structural masonry.

Interdisciplinary Built Environment ResearchInterdisciplinary Built Environment Research

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER) was formed in 2003 to address important social, cultural and technical challenges involving architecture, building and design.

Space PhysicsSpace Physics

The Centre for Space physics examines space weather to better understand its impact on billions of dollars worth of spacecraft and related infrastructure.

  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards Newcastle highest rating of 5 in 2012 for:
    • Geology
    • Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences
    • Plant Biology
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
  • Leading research in sustainable energy production through the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER)

 
Our leaders in energy and environment research

Graeme-Jameson.jpgLaureate Professor Graeme Jameson AO

Mineral Separation Process (The Jameson Cell)

Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson is a chemical engineer and inventor of the Jameson Cell, a revolutionary mineral processing technology that contributes more than three billion dollars to the national economy every year.

» Graeme's research profile

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Clean and Renewable Energy

Chemical engineers Professor Behdad Moghtaderi and Dr Elham Doroodchi are driven by a desire to develop technologies to help reduce greenhouse emissions.  Developed in conjunction with Granite Power Ltd, GRANEX is an emission-free engine that turns heat from low-grade sources into electricity.  Professor Moghtaderi and his research team are currently delivering safe, new methods of managing Ventilation Air Methane generated by underground coal mines.

» Behdad's research profile       » Elham's research profile

Profile-Pic-KevinGalvin.jpgProfessor Kevin Galvin

Mineral Separation Process (Reflux Classifier)

Professor Kevin Galvin developed the Reflux Classifier, an industrial machine that separates fine particles on the basis of either density or size, saving the global mining and minerals processing industry billions of dollars.

» Kevin's research profile

2014-1002-RRBC-PaulDastoor-ProfilePic.jpgProfessor Paul Dastoor

Solar Paint

Designing revolutionary innovations such as solar paint and needle-free glucose tests has put Professor Paul Dastoor at the forefront of the emerging field of organic electronics. His advances are set to improve the environment and lives of communities around the world.

» Paul's research profile

Profile-Pic-ChrisGrof.jpgProfessor Chris Grof

Biofuel

Biologist Professor Chris Grof's love of plants has developed into a quest to engineer a viable biofuel that could reduce Australians' reliance on fossil fuels.  Director of the Centre for Plant Science, Professor Grof has taken a lead role in a research project to develop sorghum as a biofuel.

» Chris' research profile

MarkJones-ProfilePic.jpgProfessor Mark Jones

Bulk solids (materials) handling

With a global reputation as an authority on pneumatic conveying and bulk solids handling, Engineering Professor Mark Jones and his team have delivered more than 3,500 bulk solids handling projects for over 1,000 companies across 40 countries.

» Mark's research profile

Erich-Kisi-2.jpgProfessor Erich Kisi and Dr Heber Sugo

Solar Energy

Material engineers Professor Erich Kisi and Dr Heber Sugo have received $515,000 from the Australian Solar Institute to create a new device that converts solar energy directly into electricity.  Working with materials at much higher temperatures than their European and North American colleagues, Sugo and Kisi's research produces a more efficient conversion of heat into electricity, thereby reducing production and environmental costs.

» Professor Erich Kisi       » Dr Heber Sugo

Alan-Broadfoot.jpgDr Alan Broadfoot

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

Dr Alan Broadfoot is the Director of the world-class Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), established to address rapidly emerging issues in the energy and resources sector. Providing practical and viable benefits to industry, the community and the economy, NIER is advancing research in clean energy production, energy efficiency and the minimisation of carbon emissions through its research.

» Alan's research profile

 
Our energy and environment centres and institutes

  • The University of Newcastle was the only Australian university to receive a rating of 5 ("well above world standard") for Social Work in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.
  • We are ranked by the QS World University Rankings by Subject in the top 100 in the world for Linguistics; top 200 in the world for English Language and Literature.

Find out more about the School of Humanities and Social Science.


Our leaders in humanities and social science research

Dr Rachael Unicomb

Speech pathology

Rachael Unicomb is a Lecturer and Researcher for the Speech Pathology (honours) program. She has a clinical and translational research interest in the communication of young children, in particular those with speech sound disorders and stuttering.

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Dr Sally Hewat

Speech Pathology

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.

» Sally's research profileuon analytics link

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley

Speech Pathology

Bronwyn Hemsley's research is helping bypass speech difficulties through the use of mobile technologies and e-health solutions.

» Bronwyn's research profileuon analytics link

Professor Alison Ferguson

Speech Pathology

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.

» Alison's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Caragh Brosnan

Sociology and Anthropology

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.

» Caragh's research profileuon analytics link

Dr David Farrugia

Sociology and Anthropology

Through his research into the shifting sense of identity of Australia's young people, University of Newcastle sociologist Dr David Farrugia is questioning the assumptions on which our policies around rural youth are based.

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Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Sociology and Anthropology

Dr Kathleen McPhillips is looking into the murky world of child sexual abuse within the church culture.

» Kathleen's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Hedda Askland

Sociology and Anthropology

University of Newcastle researcher Dr Hedda Haugen Askland examines the deep-rooted forces behind home, identity and belonging in exile and refugee communities.

» Hedda's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Daniela Heil

Sociology and Anthropology

Daniela Heil's anthropological expertise is helping to understand the impact of cultural differences on the health of indigenous communities.

» Daniela's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Terry Leahy

Sociology and Anthropology

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.

» Terry's research profileuon analytics link

Professor Lisa Adkins

Sociology and Anthropology

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).

» Lisa's research profileuon analytics link

Professor Pam Nilan

Sociology and Anthropology

Professor Pam Nilan contributes a unique sociologist's viewpoint to the body of research on youth cultures in the Asia-Pacific region.

» Pam's research profileuon analytics link

Professor John Germov

Sociology

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.

» John's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Steven Threadgold

Sociology

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.

» Steven's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Milena Heinsch

Social work

An advocate of strengthening links between research and practice, Dr Milena Heinsch is seeking to contribute to social advancements in the allied health and medical arenas.

» Milena's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Tamara Blakemore

Social work

Dr Tamara Blakemore's framework for social work practice is grounded in an understanding of the complex and connected contexts that prompt, facilitate, and constrain the wellbeing of children, families and communities.

» Tamara's research profileuon analytics link

Professor Mel Gray

Social Work

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.

» Mel's research profileuon analytics link

Professor Terry Lovat

Philosophy, Religion and Theology

Nothing frustrates Professor Terry Lovat more than opening a newspaper to read uninformed commentary about Muslims and the Islamic faith.

» Terry's research profileuon analytics link

Professor Roland Boer

Religion, radicalism and revolutionaries all fall under the critical gaze of theologian and writer Professor Roland Boer.

» Roland's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Catriona Malau

Linguistics

Documenting small, regional languages can help them to not only survive, but thrive.

» Catriona's research profileuon analytics link

Associate Professor Mark Harvey

Linguistics

When it comes to language, how well do we actually understand the structure of syllables and words? Associate Professor Mark Harvey's 2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project aims to determine this through the documentation of a severely endangered Indigenous language.

» Mark's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Michael Franjieh

Linguistics

Linguistics researcher Dr Michael Franjieh is working to revitalise language and assist literacy levels by documenting some of Vanuatu's most severely endangered languages.

» Michael's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Christo Moskovsky

Linguistics

At the heart of a cross-faculty research project under way at Newcastle is the view to improving the quality of life of newcomers to Australia.

» Christo's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Bill Palmer

Linguistics

A dedicated team of Newcastle linguists is committed to studying the practical, scientific and cultural significance of dying local languages.

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Dr James Bennett

History

Because he doesn't believe the present can be understood without acknowledging the past, Dr James Bennett is casting a critical eye over a broad slice of twentieth century Australia and New Zealand.

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Professor Lyndall Ryan

History

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.

» Lyndall's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen

History

Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for the History of Violence, where she is researching the impact of World War Two on the theory and practice of psychiatry

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Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds

History

Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds is on a quest to unearth the real story of Australia's nuclear ambitions

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Dr Kit Candlin

History

An authority on all things American, Dr Kit Candlin is seeking to unearth – and solve – some of its history's most devilish mysteries.

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Professor Victoria Haskins

History

Professor Victoria Haskins' study of Indigenous domestic service policies across two countries is filling a gap in the historical narrative.

» Victoria's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Kate Ariotti

History

Digging into the past and turning up surprising – and sometimes uncomfortable – truths, Dr Kate Ariotti is seeking to put names, faces and facts to the First World War prisoner of war experience.

» Kate's research profileuon analytics link

Professor Catharine Coleborne

History

Professor Coleborne is an internationally recognised historian of health and medicine with an extensive portfolio of research, teaching, administration and academic leadership. Her research and publishing in the histories of mental health, families, illness, colonial worlds and medical institutions, as well as in law and history has attracted world-wide attention.

» Catharine's research profileuon analytics link

Associate Professor Hans-Lukas Kieser

History

University of Newcastle Future Fellow Professor Hans-Lukas Kieser looks to humanity's violent past for answers to a peaceful future

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Dr Nancy Cushing

History

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.

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Professor Hilary Carey

History

Professor Hilary Carey's research into the anti-Transportation movement provides new insight into an important aspect of Australia's colonial history.

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Professor Roger Markwick

History

Associate Professor Roger Markwick, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science and founding member of the Centre for the History of Violence believes the way we frame our past is pivotal for our understanding of the present.

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Professor Philip Dwyer

History

Professor Philip Dwyer and his team are leading a fundamental rethinking of violence in the modern world.

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Associate Professor Alistair Rolls

French

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.

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Dr Rebecca Beirne

Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Dr Rebecca Beirne has devoted her academic pursuits largely to media studies and the representation of queer women in popular culture

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Dr Emmett Stinson

English and writing

With the publishing industry facing unprecedented challenges from digital technologies and global competition, what does the future hold for contemporary Australian literary publishing?

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Professor Hugh Craig

English and Writing

As unlikely as it sounds, literary scholar Professor Hugh Craig has enhanced his appreciation of Shakespeare through statistical analysis.

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Dr Jesper Gulddal

English and 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.

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Dr Dave Musgrave

English and Writing

With a recent revival in Australia's poetry scene, acclaimed poet Dr David Musgrove is paving the way for others to follow his path to success.

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Associate Professor Kim Cheng Boey

English and Writing

Associate Professor Kim Cheng Boey artfully juggles creative writing and the research demands of an academic career.

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Associate Professor Ros Smith

English and Writing

Associate Professor Ros Smith examines the contribution of female writers to the culture of the early modern era.

» Ros's research profileuon analytics link

Dr Trisha Pender

English and Writing

Dr Patricia Pender is a Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle. She has active research interests in early modern literature, feminist literary history and theory, and contemporary popular culture.

» Trisha's research profileuon analytics link

Professor Dennis Foley

Community Welfare

Professor Dennis Foley is equally proud of his contributions as a researcher, an international networker and a teacher.

» Dennis's research profileuon analytics link

Associate Professor Marguerite Johnson

Classics

Associate Professor 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.

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Dr Julia Coffey

Julia Coffey is a lecturer in sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research is in the field of health sociology, with a focus on youth, the body, and gender.

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Dr Michael Askew

Project Director of CSRRF, Dr Michael Askew, coordinates the network's professional, systematic and academically rigorous service to government and industry.

» Michael's research profileuon analytics link


Our humanities and social science centres, groups and journals

Centres, Groups and Programs

Centre for 21st Century HumanitiesCentre for 21st Century Humanities

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities is focussed on three key themes of e-research, impact, and crossing disciplines. Our vision is that by 2020 the University of Newcastle will be known for a significant concentration of excellence in the humanities to complement its distinction in science, engineering and medicine.

Detective Fiction on the MoveDetective Fiction on the Move

The Detective Fiction on the Move Network at the University of Newcastle, Australia, aims to correct an enduring prejudice regarding detective fiction, namely that it is a static genre stifled by conventions and rules and consequently lacking the sophistication of literary fiction.

Disability Research NetworkDisability Research Network

The Disability Research Network at the University of Newcastle, Australia, brings together researchers across all disciplines and Faculties of the University whose work has relevance to people with developmental or acquired disabilities.

The Early Modern Women's Research Network (EMWRN) was established by Associate Professor Rosalind Smith and Dr Patricia Pender in 2007. Comprising scholars from Australia, New Zealand and the UK, the network has rapidly developed an international reputation for engineering innovative productive research collaborations'.

The University of Newcastle is home to linguistics scholars with expertise in documenting diverse endangered languages, and in diverse theoretical and applied areas of research.

Post-Fordist accumulation processes are entangled in major reorganizations of labour and life in the contemporary present. These arrangements have demanded that social scientists think anew about many key categories of analysis, including the home, living, working, the private, the everyday and even the future.

History of ViolenceHistory of Violence

The Centre for the History of Violence is a world-first collaboration that applies new historical knowledge to advance humanity's understanding of violence. Members of the Centre explore every aspect of the history of violence, including concepts of violence, representations of violence, questions of interpersonal violence and issues of political and cultural violence.

The Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing (CLLC) was established to continue the development and application of statistical and computing tools for the analysis of (literary) texts.

The Newcastle Youth Studies Group examines inequalities that affect young people's lives across national and international contexts. It has a particular focus on Australia, South-East Asia and the Pacific

Led by Professor Mel Gray from the School of Humanities and Social Science, the Social Work Research Program has established a strong track record and an Excellence in Research for Australia ranking of 'well above world standard'.

The Speech pathology discipline is distinctive in its diversity (speech, language, fluency, disability, aphasia) and focus on the impact of communication disorders and disabilities in everyday life and on key stakeholders supporting them in education, health and employment.

Wine studies research is a humanities and social science-based field at University of Newcastle. Cross-discipline collaboration in this field includes scholars from history, social science, business and tourism.

Journals

Humanity JournalHumanity Journal

The purpose of Humanity is to provide postgraduate students in Humanities with experience in publishing to help them with their future professional needs to publish in academic journals. The Humanities symposium will give postgraduates experience in presenting papers to an audience of scholars.

Research and Innovation Cluster

Creative Industries Research and Innovation ClusterCreative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster

The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster (CIRIC) takes a coordinated multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, engaging across the many stakeholders that contribute to the growth and health of contemporary creative economies.

Creative Arts Research Groups

Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR) is an interdisciplinary research group located within the School of Creative Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts. CeCAR brings together national and international researchers in the creative arts, humanities, sciences, health and social sciences with external collaborators in the community, industry, other universities and institutes.

Torres Strait Islander sacred musicTorres Strait Islander sacred music

The Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Network: Torres Strait Islander sacred music: protection, cultivation and revitalisation, work to protect, cultivate and revitalise Torres Strait Islander (TSI) music and musical practices in close collaboration with representatives from the TSI community.

Our Leaders in Creative Arts Research

Dr Kit Messham-Muir

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.

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Professor Frank Millward

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.

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Dr Gillian Arrighi

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. 

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Professor Richard Vella

Music

As Professor of Music in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle, Professor Richard Vella, is investigating the economic and cultural value of Australian music exports.

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Dr Philip Matthias

Music composition

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.

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Brett Alexander

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.

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Dr Sean Lowry

Visual art

For the past 20 to 25 years art schools have existed within academic institutions. It's not a new idea, but from the perspective of Dr Sean Lowry, arts researchers are still considered outsiders.

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Associate Professor Craig Hight

creative industries

The Faculty of Education and Arts welcomes Associate Professor Craig Hight, who joins the University of Newcastle (UON) to lead the development, management and delivery of a new suite of creative industries programs and courses.

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The University of Newcastle's Education program is ranked 127th in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2014/2015).

Our research strengths are in:

  • Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Teachers and Teaching
  • Research Training and Adaptive Knowledge
  • Equity and Education 
  • Comparative and International Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Disability and Special Education

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Our leaders in Education research

Dr Jordan Smith's doctoral research focused on obesity prevention among disadvantaged adolescent boys, with a particular emphasis on the promotion of resistance training as a hook to get boys re-engaged with physical activity. In partnership with the Department of Education, the school-based fitness program that Jordan helped to develop is currently being implemented in public high schools throughout New South Wales.

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Associate Professor Tom Griffiths

Comparative and international education

Associate Professor 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.

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Dr Zsuzsa Millei

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.

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Professor Allyson Holbrook

Doctoral education

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.

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Dr Christine Hatton

Drama

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?

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Associate Professor Linda Newman

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.

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Dr Narelle Eather

Education

Narelle Eather believes encouraging children to be more active is easier than people think - it's all about giving them the right tools.

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David Roy

Education

David has extensive experience in education as a department head, advisor, author and speaker. He was a practising teacher for 17 years, working in the Primary and Secondary sector as a Creative Arts and Drama specialist and currently leads post graduate teacher education. He has and continues to lead  Professional Development on Quality Teaching, pedagogy and diverse learning needs.

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Mr Nick Riley

Education

Nick Riley believes integrating physical activity into core school subjects can improve not only students' health but their behaviour and their academic performance.

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Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds

Education

Facilitating the acquisition of globally relevant knowledge, beliefs and skills, Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds is seeking to refine the focus of Australian primary school education.

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Dr Nisha Thapliyal

Education

Dr Nisha Thapliyal believes that students, parents and communities should have the power to participate in education reform and redress inequalities in educational opportunity and quality.

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Dr Robert Parkes

Education

The work of Dr Robert Parkes sits at the intersection of history education and public history, underpinned by curriculum theory.

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Professor John Fischetti

Education

Professor John Fischetti, Head of the School of Education, is focussing his research on finding what gives great teachers that magic touch – how to prepare them to help students really learn. His aim is to produce teachers who are well equipped for a new era in education.

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Dr Scott Imig

Education

From marines to Masters' students, principals to preservice teachers, Dr Scott Imig is helping educators on both sides of the Pacific to engage in reflective practice and conversations about growth.

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Dr Adam Lloyd

Education

Adam is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Education. His research to date has primarily been focused on identifying parenting practices/strategies to best prevent childhood obesity and better understand how parents influence their children’s lifestyle behaviours.

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Professor Geoff Whitty

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?

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Dr Rachel Buchanan

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.

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Dr Erica Southgate

Equity in Higher Education

  Dr Erica Southgate explores the factors that create disadvantage in higher education and creates real world solutions to address them.

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Professor Philip Morgan

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.

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Professor David Lubans

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.

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Professor Ron Plotnikoff

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.

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Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez

Mathematics Education

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.

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Dr Drew Miller

Physical Education

Mentoring using the familiar and effective mantra 'work hard, play hard,' Dr Drew Miller is seeking to promote and produce holistic, evidence-based physical education programs for children and adolescents across the country.

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Professor Michael Arthur-Kelly

Special Education

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.

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Professor Jenny Gore

Teacher Education

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.

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Our Education Research Centres, Groups and Journals

Priority Research Centres

Physical Activity and NutritionPhysical Activity and Nutrition

The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health, with particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

Research Programs

The Teachers and Teaching Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, Australia, aims to achieve high quality research, training and knowledge translation in the development and testing of interventions and innovations that will be used and sustained in the practice of teaching and teacher development across a broad range of contexts.

Research Training and Transformational Knowledge research is focused on understanding the development of research and higher order problem solving skills.

Faculty Research Groups

Comparative and International Education Group University of Newcastle (CIEGUN) brings together a critical mass of established comparative researchers exploring global educational policies and alternatives for contemporary times.

Digital Identity, Curation and Education (DICE) is a network of scholars interested in digital identity, digital footprint, curation of online presence, and serious games for learning.

Internationally, early childhood eduction research is a strong and flourishing endeavor. Politically, early childhood education and care has been the focus of significant new policy and provision developments.

Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education, Society (HERMES) is an interdisciplinary research group based at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Its two main lines of research concern historical consciousness and history education.

University Centres

The Centre for Special Education and Disability Studies (CSEDS) includes researchers from the Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses of the University of Newcastle and conjoint academic staff of the university based at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Renwick Centre.

Study of Research Training and Impact - SORTIStudy of Research Training and Impact - SORTI

The Centre for the Study of Research Training and Impact (SORTI) is focused on understanding and developing research and higher order problem solving skills, and the impact of research training and research outcomes in a wide variety of contexts.

Journals

The Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology (AJEDP) is a double blind peer reviewed online journal, publishing research and scholarly reports from the broad areas of educational and developmental psychology.

Education Sciences is a scholarly international open access journal. It publishes extended full-length research papers that have the scope to substantively address current issues in education.

  • The University of Newcastle Legal Centre is both a community legal service and a teaching facility for University of Newcastle law students.  The Legal Centre provides free advice and information to members of the community on a range of issues. 
  • An initiative of the Legal Centre is the annual 'Law on the Beach', which is a free legal advice clinic staffed by University of Newcastle professional program students and Legal Centre lawyers.  Specifically directed to young people, it is run at Newcastle beach during January and February each year.
  • Launched in 1995 the Newcastle Law Review has seen an impressive variety of articles and notes published in more traditional categories of legal scholarship.  The Editorial Board comprises eminent judges, practitioners and legal academics from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

 
Our leaders in business and law research

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Business Management

A Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Professor Richard Dunford’s research interests lie in the in the areas of strategic management, organisational design, organisational change and organisational discourse, with a particular focus on innovative business models and new organisational forms.

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%globals_asset_name:19038Professor Bill Mitchell

Employment and Equity

Professor Bill Mitchell, a world-renowned expert on employment and equity, is the Director of the University’s Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE).  Established in 1998, CofFEE promotes research aimed at restoring full employment and achieving an economy that delivers equitable outcomes, particularly for the disadvantaged.

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%globals_asset_name:19058Professor Gordon Boyce

Business and international institutions

Professor Gordon Boyce is a recognised authority on institutional and organisational performance in an international context, with specific reference to systems that support organisational decision-making, negotiating, and inter-firm learning.  His research addresses a series of inter-related themes surrounding information theory and the economics of information.

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%globals_asset_name:19200Professor Ted Wright

Law

Professor Ted Wright holds the Belle Wiese Chair of Legal Ethics at the University of Newcastle.  He has undertaken research on behalf of the Law Council of Australia, the Attorney-General's departments of the Commonwealth, NSW, Queensland and Victoria, the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission (now the Crime and Misconduct Commission), Queensland Legal Services Commissioner, Motor Accidents Authority of NSW, County Court of Victoria, and NRMA Insurance (now IAG).

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%globals_asset_name:19749Professor Alison Dean

Marketing management

Professor Alison Dean has two major areas of research interest.  The first is service marketing and management, which includes customer loyalty, consumer participation in service delivery, co-created value, and service quality. Her second area of research interest is pedagogy in business courses, with special emphasis on graduate attributes, and assessment.

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%globals_asset_name:94357Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell

Organisational behaviour

Internationally-renowned organisational behaviour expert, Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell is helping to form a new generation of interprofessional healthcare teams.

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%globals_asset_name:19763Dr Paul Docherty

Finance

Dr Paul Docherty’s research interests lie in empirical finance and capital markets, focusing primarily on asset pricing.  He collaborates extensively with academics from the University of Melbourne and is also undergoing research collaboration with an industry partner, Platypus Asset Management.

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%globals_asset_name:21968Dr Patricia Johnson

Tourism and cultural studies

Dr Patricia Johnson’s research is interdisciplinary and lies within the areas of tourism studies and cultural studies.  She maintains an active and interdisciplinary research focus which draws from English literature, cultural studies, sociology, geography, anthropology, gender studies and tourism studies to engage concepts such as the emerging area of cosmopolitanism, liminality, the tourist gaze and cultural capital.

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Our business and law centres and institutes

Full Employment and EquityFull Employment and Equity

The Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE) promotes research aimed at restoring full employment and achieving an economy that delivers equitable outcomes for all.

  • The University promotes and encourages quality indigenous research activities which link research outcomes to our teaching curricula through the Wollotuka Institute.
  • The Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre endeavours to invigorate a new pathway of research and researching training that is nationally relevant and of significant importance to Indigenous Australians. In the language of the Awabakal people, Umulliko means 'to create, to make, to do' and this forms the primary focus of research and training for the Wollotuka Institute.


Our leaders in indigenous research

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Indigenous History

Professor John Maynard's journey began with a desire to piece together a family history and has now seen him become one of the world's most prolific and respected voices on Indigenous history.

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Indigenous Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Professor Dennis Foley researches and teaches across numerous academic fields related to Indigenous Australians, directing his main research focus towards the discipline of Indigenous enterprise and entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation and Director of both the Mandurah Hunter Indigenous Business Chamber and the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.

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Victoria-Haskins-profile.jpgAssociate Professor Victoria Haskins

Indigenous History

Associate Professor Victoria Haskins is intrigued by domestic service practices and policies and their impact on race relations.  A Co-Director of PURAI, the Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre, she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2009 to conduct a transnational study of state intervention and Indigenous domestic service in Australia and the United States.

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mark_lock_for-web.jpgDr Mark Lock

Indigenous Health

Dr Mark Lock was awarded the largest Discovery Indigenous grant by the Australian Research Council for research into Indigenous health in 2013. A descendant from the Waanguybuwan tribe in NSW, Dr Lock will conduct research into Indigenous health policy in order to improve national policy processes.

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Kym-Rae_Thumb.jpgDr Kym Rae

Indigenous Reproductive Health

Dr Kym Rae's research is aimed at reducing premature and low birth weight deliveries in Aboriginal communities. She is the program coordinator for both the Scientific research and ArtsHealth Gomeroi gaaynggal program, designed to improve the health outcomes of expectant Aboriginal mothers. Dr Rae is committed to developing research in partnership with Aboriginal people and providing ongoing capacity building opportunities for Aboriginal researchers.

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Our indigenous centres and institutes

Wollotuka InstituteThe Wollotuka Institute

Wollotuka is committed to the advancement and leadership of Indigenous education at a local, national and global level. It also continues to draw strength from culture, communities and past journeys.

Purai - Global Indigenous and Diaspora ResearchPurai - Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research

Purai is an exciting research initiative to integrate global and transnational analytical perspectives and frameworks with research on Indigenous and diaspora studies, and other related topics of race and society.

Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education CentreUmulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre

The Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre seeks a deeper level of framework, in which the past, present and future are combined to form a holistic Indigenous understanding.

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