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SCHOOL OF CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

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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DR HELEN ENGLISH

MUSIC

Dr English's primary research interests lie in the areas of music practices in the 19th century, music and society, Australian music, social Justice and gender studies. She brings a distinct local focus to her work, which developed in her PhD, Music as a Resource for World-Building in Newcastle and its Townships, 1869-1879, which investigated what music afforded Newcastle settler communities in world-building through its effects on body, mind and emotions.

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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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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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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

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 SCOTT IMIG

TEACHER 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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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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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 NARELLE EATHER

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Dr 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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DR NICK RILEY

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Dr 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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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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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ERICA SOUTHGATE

EQUITY IN EDUCATION

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

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SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PROFESSOR ROLAND BOER

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

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DR CATRIONA MALAU

LINGUISTICS

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PROFESSOR DENNIS FOLEY

COMMUNITY WELFARE

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

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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.

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