Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses

The Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses recognises PhD graduates who have been commended by their thesis examiners. 

To receive this award, candidates must produce a thesis that requires only minimal corrections, received outstanding and/or excellent levels of achievement for all examination criteria, and in the opinion of both examiners is in the top 10% of PhD theses examined.


Inaugural Awards

Faculty of Art and Design



Thesis Title

David Eastwood

Studio Afterlife: The Function of the Posthumous Studio in Contemporary Art

Regina Saunders                               

'Vaguely Familiar': haunted identities, contested histories, Indigenous futures

Kynan Tan

Rendering computational conditions: experiencing the relationality of data and algorithm through multisensory digital artworks 

Rewa Wright

Mixed Reality Re-assembled: software assemblages at the edge of control


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



Thesis Title

Sophie Adams

The biopolitics of adaptation to a changing climate: Constructions of the adaptive capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

John Apter

Rethinking the Australian Dilemma: Economics and Foreign Policy, 1942-1957

Abraham Bradfield

Decolonising Consciousness: Art, identity and engaging Indigenous artists in far western New South Wales

Anthony Chmiel

Theory, data, and application of psychological principles for music preference

Amy Ireland

Xenopoetics: Time, Matter, Transmission

Xi Luan

Mobilising Pierre Bourdieu's Theory to Understand the Role of Supplementary Education: A Chinese Story

Kate Montague

Tragedy After 1945: Affect and Labor in the American Novel

Thanh Ha Ngo

Developing A Model for Vietnamese Private Higher Education: Lessons from China and Korea

Melissa Rogers

Revisiting Alfred Hill (1869-1960): examining issues of reception and compositional approach

Mahsa Salamati

Transnational Film Circulation in the Iranian Context: From Conjunctural Crisis to Discursive Heterotopia

Zahra Zsuzsanna Luhna Stardust             

Alternative Pornographies, Regulatory Fantasies and Resistance Politics

Sophie Yates

A Critical Frame Analysis of Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence

John Zubrzycki

Transnational exchanges in magical knowledge and methodologies between India and the West, 1813-1940


Faculty of Built Environment



Thesis Title

Carlos Bartesaghi Koc  

Assessing the thermal performance of green infrastructure on urban microclimate


UNSW Business School



Thesis Title

Garland Jichao Huang

Institutional Ownership and Technology Spillovers

Eunice Khoo

The Impact of Reputation on a Firm's Financial and Non-Financial Outcomes

Dandan Yu

Three Essays on Household Decision-Making


Faculty of Engineering



Thesis Title

Deepak Dalakoti

Direct numerical simulation of lifted flames in diesel engine conditions

Jinwen Feng

Unified probabilistic and interval analysis of structures with hybrid uncertainties

Alireza Gerami Kaviri Nejad                      

Utilizing microfluidics for visualization of multiphase flow in coal cleats

Xi Gu

Heat Generation in Irradiated Gold Nanoparticle Solutions for Hyperthermia Applications

Ziyuan Gu

Dynamic Congestion Pricing in Urban Networks with the Network Fundamental Diagram and Simulation-Based Dynamic Traffic Assignment

Wei Huang

One- and two-qubit operations in Si-MOS quantum dots

Haiwen Li

Dynamic properties of sand-fiber mixtures

Yifeng Li

Advanced Modelling, Optimisation and Control of Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

Joanna Ng

Biotextilogy - Applications for Research and Development

Alireza Pouraminaein             


Design Optimization of High-Performance Interior Permanent Magnet Machines Using a Fast and Accurate FE-based Technique

Matthew Priestley

Developing fault-tolerant control strategies for a five-phase permanent-magnet machine drive system

Brian Stasak

An Investigation of Acoustic, Linguistic, and Affect Based Methods for Speech Depression Assessment

Haiqiao Wang

Cubosome and Hexosome Microparticles: Shape, Rheology, and Templating

Yuan Wang

Porous Metal Oxides and Supported Noble Metal Catalysts for Methane Oxidation and CO2 Methanation

Changyong Zhang

Selective Abatement and Recovery of Nutrients from Wastewaters using  Electrochemical Technologies

Yulai Zhang

Multi-scale Characterisation of Diffusion in Shale

Qiancheng Zhao

Investigation of light, thermal and radiation induced effects on the spectral behaviors of BACs in Bi/Er codoped silica-based fibers


Faculty of Medicine



Thesis Title

Jongho Baek

Improvements in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy

Sahar Bajis

Enhancing the care cascade for hepatitis C infection in marginalised populations

Adeniyi Borire

Utility of Ultrasound in Peripheral Neuropathy

Deborah Burnett

Investigation into immune tolerance

Sophie Carter

Novel respiratory phenotyping to determine the effects of zopiclone on obstructive sleep apnoea

Keeming Chia

Targeting the androgen receptor in breast cancer

Qian Du

DNA replication timing: impact on the cancer genome and epigenome

Alex Gavino

Studies on atrial fibrillation and associated risk factors in a rural Australian population

Katherine Giles

BRG1 ATP-Dependent Chromatin Remodelling in Prostate Cancer: Epigenetic Consequences

Simon Hardwick

Designing synthetic spike-in controls for next-generation sequencing and beyond

Tejaswi Kandula

Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Children

Erin Kelly

Tackling adolescent bullying head on: Victimisation, perpetration and targeted intervention

William Lee

Improving risk assessment for drugs that cause cardiac arrhythmias: In silico and in vitro insights into acquired long QT syndrome

Chantal Marquez Badilla                                          

Differential modulation of HIV-1 capsid uncoating kinetics revealed by a novel single-particle uncoating assay

Joyce Meiring

Recruitment and Organisation of Tropomyosins in Stress Fibres

Vivienne Moxham-Hall                        

Investigating the Utility of Indexes in Comparative Drug Policy Analysis

Erin Nesbitt-Hawes

The structure, function and treatment of the pelvic floor in women with chronic pelvic pain

Pietro Ridone

Modulation of mechanosensitive channel activity by plasma membrane lipids

Eden Robertson

The development and pilot of 'Delta': Supporting parents and young people deciding whether to enrol in a paediatric oncology clinical trial

Amanda Roxburgh

The epidemiology of opioid overdose mortality in Australia

Neda Seyedsadjadi  

Associations between modifiable lifestyle behaviors and plasma biomarkers of oxidative stress, inflammation and NAD+ metabolism in an apparently healthy human cohort

Rachel Sutherland    

New Psychoactive Substances in Australia

Scott Teasdale

Nutrition Interventions In People Experiencing Severe Mental Illness


Faculty of Science



Thesis Title

Peter Ayre

Hypergraphs: Colourability, Contiguity and Rigidity

Eun A Choi

Modification of cardiovascular function after spinal cord injury

Gustavo Espinoza Vergara                     

Mechanisms of intracellular resistance and the role of the escape of Vibrio cholerae from protist hosts

Gavin Ferguson

Age-related changes of glutathione homeostasis in Caenorhabditis elegans

Georgette Fleming

Internet-delivered parent training for young Australian children with conduct problems: Adapting treatment for non-responders

Franzisca Froreich

Issues of personal control in eating disorders: from theoretical understanding to application in clinical practice

Emma Gibson

Sex Hormones, Tears and Dry Eyes

Nadja Herger

Towards a viable alternative to model democracy using optimal climate model subset selection

Jinghao Huang

Derivations with values into ideals of a semifinite von Neumann algebra

Karina Hudson

Spin Properties of Heavy Holes in Low-Dimensional Quantum Electronic Devices

Zoey Isherwood

A BOLD approach to natural scene statistics

Dohyung Kim

Exploring Nanoscale Properties in Metal Halide Perovskites and Multiferroics via Scanning Probe Microscopy

Huan Lin

Novel likelihood-based inference for symbolic data analysis

Neil Mallo

Visible light-responsive photoswitches

Anna McGann

Derivation Of Fractional-Order Models From A Stochastic Process

James McPherson

Transition metal and lanthanide chemistry of dipyridylpyrrolide ligands

Firouzeh Noghrehchi

Multiple Imputation and Access to Likelihood Based Tools in Missing Data Problems

Gennady Notowidigdo

Rational trigonometry of a tetrahedron over a general metrical framework

Daniel Pearson

Learning to avoid looking: The influence of reward on attentional capture and control

Metaxia Toumbelekis              

The Effect of Secure Attachment Priming on Fear Learning

Uyen Tran

Development of Novel Organic Syntheses Using Sustainable Methods

Hon Lun Wong

Rocking the cradle of life: Illuminating the microbiome of microbial mats from Shark bay using genome-resolved metagenomic analyses

Yanfang Wu 

Solid-State Nanopore Blockade Sensors: From Fabrication to Localized Surface Functionalization to Sensing Application

Jenna Zhao                 

Control over emotion-induced blindness: The roles of context, expectation, and motivation


UNSW Canberra



Thesis Title

Peter Job

The Fraser government and the Indonesian occupation of East Timor, 1975-1983

Angeline Lewis

Rajah Brooke and the 'Pirates' of Borneo: A Nineteenth Century Public Debate on Sea Power

Abdullah Salamai               

Intelligent Decision Support System for Risk Management in Supply Chains