School of Creative Industries - Research Supervisors

Find a Communication and Media Supervisor

Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.

  • Professor Mark Balnaves: specialises in audience research, new media and society, digital ethnography, history of media.
  • Associate Professor Phillip McIntyre: researches how novel and valued things come into being. Supervises postgraduate research across a variety of domains concerned with creativity and innovation within the field of communication and media.
  • Dr Janet Fulton: specialises in creativity and cultural production, journalism, online journalism, media entrepreneurship, media studies and social media.
  • Dr Susan Kerrigan: supervises thesis and creative practice projects in film, television and screen production, including screenwriting, drama or documentary.
  • Dr Michael Meany: specialises in humour, comedy and creativity produced and performed in traditional and new media forms.
  • Dr Keith Russell: communication media law and ethics, design concepts and methods, new humanities, new media poetics, phenomenology, philosophy of communication, philosophy of design.
  • Dr Judith Sandner: researches vernacular creativity and collaborative theatrical, television and film productions generated from fact-based community narratives. She supervises projects concerned with Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of news media productions; communication and media personnel as creative practitioners; social media engagement and identity constructions.
  • Dr Simon Weaving: is passionate about cinema and is interested in supervising research that involves film-production, distribution and exhibition – in particular screenwriting and directing cinematic drama.
  • Ms Felicity Biggins: narrative journalism, radio, creative non-fiction, feature writing, journalism, media production, radio.
  • Ms Christina Koutsoukous
  • Ms Cathie Payne
  • Mr Paul Scott: journalism, politics, public affairs and communication, public policy, radio journalism.

Find a Creative and Performing Arts Supervisor

Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.

  • Professor Frank Millward: the intersection between fine art, music and theatre making; how technology is turning the arts into a fertile ground for innovative research.
  • Dr Gillian Arrighi: Acting theories and pedagogy, animals and performance, Australian performance histories, children in entertainment, circus studies, contemporary circus and physical theatre, contemporary performance practices, masks in training and performance, performance and intermediality, popular entertainments, role play and simulation pedagogies, Victorian & Edwardian popular entertainments, youth circus and social circus
  • Dr Jocelyn McKinnon: Curriculum development, experimental theatre and performance, interdisciplinary, pedagogy in the creative arts, political and community performance, student centered learning

FIND A FINE ART SUPERVISOR

Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.

  • Dr Deidre Brollo: printmaking, artist's books and installation; perception and memory
  • Dr Faye Neilson: 3D art and its theoretical discourse, particularly in relation to contemporary art practice and installation; object materiality, analogy and signification with reference to the domestic environment, especially in the reworking of traditional fibres-textiles processes
  • Mr Kris Smith: digital media and multi-media practice; digital animation; digital photomedia; hybrid photomedia; time-lapse photography; traditional photomedia; pre-cinema time-lapse photography, modernist films of the 1920s, investigating time as the fourth dimension in art

Find a Music supervisor

Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.

  • Professor Frank Millward: The intersection between fine art, music and theatre making; how technology is turning the arts into a fertile ground for innovative research.
  • Associate Professor Rosalind Halton: Baroque and classical performance practice, harpsichord and fortepiano, Italian baroque cantata, performance as research
  • Dr Jim Chapman: African music, computer mediated learning, jazz and popular music, music education, music and intercultural syncretism, musical rhythm theory, world music
  • Dr Philip Matthias: Academics, chamber choir, organ, Australian choral music, Australian sacred and spiritual music, Torres Strait Islander music
  • Ms Helen English: Australian music, keyboard, musicology, 19th century music, music and gender, sociology of music
  • Mr Nathan Scott (co-supervision): Audio recording and production, cognitive neuroscience of music, creative music production, digital sound synthesis & processing, game music development, ICT literacy in music education, music technology, network music technology (telematics), soundtrack design
  • Ms Anthea Scott-Mitchell (co-supervision): Circles, spirals and cello physics; improvisation; martial arts and cello technique; music, meaning and mythology; music, sound and spirituality
  • Mr Colin Spiers (co-supervision): music composition and analysis, music composition and piano teaching, music performance
  • Ms Sally Walker (co-supervision):Australian music; chamber music; composer/performer collaborations; flute and physiology; flute, piccolo, alto performance and repertoire; historical flutes' performance and repertoire; inter-relation of vocal and flute techniques; inter-disciplinary collaborations; orchestral music; woodwind pedagogy; world music
  • Ms Linda Walsh (co-supervision): Chamber music, instructional video, multi-media collaboration, music documentary, oboe, 20th century oboe repertoire, video, woodwind

Find a Natural History Illustration supervisor

Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.

  • Dr Andrew Howells: Drawing as inquiry; Digital/Traditional Illustration Practice; Natural History Illustration; Art and Science collaboration;
  • Dr Bernadette Drabsch: Contextualised history of illustration; Role of prehistoric art as a mnemonic too; Art creation as a ritual process; Early visual narratives and linear inscriptions; Connection between art, religion and social complexity in the Levantine Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age; Syrio-Mesopotamian cylinder seals; Rock art of New South Wales; Illustrators of the Hunter Region, past and present

Find a Visual Communication Design Supervisor

Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.

  • Professor Mario Minichiello: human design for; behaviour, Visualisation, Visual Narrative and story telling, Branding, Animation, film and moving imagery, drawing, conflict art and design for medical applications.
  • Associate Professor Mark Roxburgh: design practice and theory; photographic practice and theory; user-centred, participatory, and user experience design; visual representation, visual storytelling and visual methodologies.
  • Dr Caelli Jo Brooker: visual art; mark-making; drawing; painting; print media; artists books; graphic design; typography; hapticity: practice as research; visual research methodologies; materiality; visuality; visual literacies; the nexus between art and design; art and design pedagogy; art theory and the philosophy of art and design.
  • Dr Michael Dickinson: transforming creative ideas through design into commercial realities. Design for innovation and engagement. Expertise in design theory and practice led research.
  • Dr Simone O’Callaghan: user experience design and human interaction as well as creative practice-based methods for research
  • Ms Jane Shadbolt: research into relationship between stop motion animation and special effects in live action cinema. It looks at ideas of illusion and the visual representation of the impossible through theory and practice.

< Creative Industries - PhD and Research Masters