Research Advantage

Women in research fellowship


  Dr Jessica Allen (Chemical Engineering): Jessica’s research expertise spans low emission coal (direct carbon fuel cell), renewable energy for biomass and solar thermal, along with energy storage.
 Dr Rachel Burke (Education): Rachel’s work focuses on linguistically and culturally diverse educational contexts, the critical examination of policyscape, structural mechanisms for inclusion/exclusion, and praxis-driven approaches to languages and literacies education.
 Dr Julia Coffey (Humanities and Social Sciences): Julia’s research expertise encompasses sociology, health and the body, including a wide range of research projects such as youth mental health and wellbeing, body image and identity, health inequalities and health pedagogies in education.
 Dr Bernadette Drabsch (Creative Industries): Bernadette’s trans-disciplinary background has contributed to her ongoing research interests, which include the contextualised history of illustration, the role of prehistoric art as a mnemonic tool, art creation as a ritual process and illustrators of the Hunter Region, past and present.
 Dr Rebecca Lim (Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy): Rebecca explores the relationship between structure and function of cells in the vestibular (balance) system, using immunofluorescent labelling techniques to show the presence of different proteins in vesibular hair cells and their afferent fibres.
 Dr Kim Maund (Architecture and Built Environment): Kim is evaluating the efficacy of policy introductions and amendments, seeking to effect real change in the construction industry.
 Dr Hannah Power (Environmental and Life Science): Hannah’s primary research focusses on the study of coastal processes and geomorphology of sandy beaches, with particular interest on the hydrodynamics of waves after breaking and the implications this has for sediment transport and swash zone processes.
 Dr Hayley Scott (Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy): Hayley’s research explores the impact of obesity, exercise and nutrition in promoting or impeding inflammation and, ultimately, the effect this has on the pathogenesis of respiratory diseases.
 Dr Heather Sharp (Education): Heather’s research investigates the teaching of difficult and controversial pasts, the influence of public history in teaching, historical representations in school curriculum and the written and visual texts in picture books that deal with conflict.
 Dr Kylie Shaw (Education): Kylie is developing her research in the areas of innovative teaching and learning, research preparedness and transition in doctoral education.
 Dr Emina Subasic (Psychology): Emina’s research examines how people, groups and societies change. Emina argues that psychological transformation of the self is at the core of change – by changing identities we can change society.
 Dr Danielle Verdon-Kidd (Environmental and Life Sciences): Danielle’s primary research focusses on studying the drivers of climate variability and change in Australia and investigating how to use their insights to improve natural resource management.
 Dr In-Young Yeo (Engineering): In-Young has developed a strong research focus in catchment management and sustainability, monitoring inundated areas using remote sensing, spatial hydrology with geospatial information systems and physical models, and land use science and modelling.

It is anticipated applications will be sought for another round of the Research Advantage WIR Fellowship in the latter half of 2018 with funding available for 2019.

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