UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program
The UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program is one of the cornerstones of UNSW’s 2025 Strategy. A primary goal of the Program is to enhance UNSW's research performance by attracting and retaining exceptional researchers, with outstanding research track records. The strategy also identifies that collaboration and interdisciplinary research drives motivation and success in responding to global issues. In addition to being leaders in their fields, Scientia Fellows will be leaders in their School and Faculty and engage with the three pillars of social engagement, global impact and academic excellence.
Career development is a distinctive feature of the Fellowship Program. Its aim is to provide all Fellows with a unique, focussed and supported opportunity to progress their research career whilst at the same time enhancing UNSW’s culture of research excellence, through mentoring, leadership and community. Career coaching is integral to providing Fellows with this individualised support. Fellows will be mentored and develop the skills required to become mentors and research leaders.
UNSW’s 2025 Strategy highlights our aspiration to be recognised as an international exemplar in equity, diversity and inclusion and an employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. Our diversity commitment aligns to our strong sense of social responsibility and our belief that a diverse workforce enhances our ability to deliver world class research, teaching excellence and thought leadership.
For more information see the Scientia Fellowship Guidelines. To check for available positions visit Scientia Fellowships from 1 October.
To date, 102 Scientia Fellows have been appointed across all nine Faculties at UNSW, with 290 to be appointed over the ten year lifespan of the Program. To hear from some of our Scientia Fellows, click on the group photo on the left and to learn more about each Fellow and their groundbreaking work, click on the group photo on the right, or go straight to the photos below.
Scientia Fellows will enhance the culture of research excellence, mentoring, career development, leadership and community at UNSW.
Alex Davies is an award-winning media artist whose practice spans a diverse range of media and experiments with interaction, technology, perception, mixed reality, and illusion. In 2013 he was awarded a PhD in Media Arts at the College of Fine Arts examining the relationship between the techniques of stage magic and the creation of illusion in media arts. He has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, and has received numerous grants from the Australia Council’s Inter-Arts, Music, Visual Arts, and New Media Boards.
For more information about Alex, see his research page:
Dr. Eduardo Benítez Sandoval is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Art and Design associated with the Creative Robotics Lab. He is interested in Human Robot Interaction (HRI) and Social Robotics. His research focuses on Reciprocity and Collaboration in HRI, Design of Social Robots, Robots in Media, and Robots and Society (Ethics, education, healthcare). Through his research, Dr. Sandoval aims to provide knowledge allowing meaningful interactions between users and social robots in the future and explore new possibilities for the design of natural interactive robot interfaces.
When Eduardo is not researching, he enjoys communicating his research to the public (conferences, keynotes, online discussions, podcasts, etc), watching science fiction movies and series, playing basketball, trying new food and exploring new camping sites in Australia and New Zealand (best places in the world for camping!).
For further information about Dr. Eduardo Sandoval see his research page:
Dr Fabri Blacklock is a Scientia Research Fellow in the Faculty of Art and Design. Her research utilises Aboriginal research methodologies like oral history, yarning, deep listening and art to explicate the role that connection to country and culture plays in healing and wellbeing for Aboriginal people.
As a textile artist her research focuses on the revival and maintenance of Aboriginal women’s practices like weaving and possum and kangaroo skin cloak making, as well as the application of Aboriginal art in modern textile and fashion design. Her research specifically privileges Aboriginal people as co-researchers with the knowledge and experience to achieve emancipation. Her research values reciprocity and knowledge exchange together with the Aboriginal and academic community. Through this research Dr Blacklock aims to create practical tangible, interactive and culturally appropriate educational resources and programs for both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community.
When Dr Blacklock is not researching, she enjoys spending time with her children watching them play footy and basketball. She loves practising Pilates and dancing.
For further information about Dr Fabri Blacklock see her research page:
John McGhee is an Associate Professor and Director of the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab in the Faculty of Art and Design. He is interested in exploring arts-led modes of visualising complex 3D scientific and biomedical data using computer animation techniques. His most recent research work has focused on investigating the educational value of visualising data on Virtual Reality (VR) headset technologies. A 3D computer artist he also has expertise in practice-based research methods and reflective practice.
Through his research he aims to show the value of narrative and aesthetic-led approaches to how we experience data in the 21st century. John has also been recognised as one of UNSW Sydney’s 21 ‘Rising Stars’.
When John is not researching, he enjoys spending time with his young family, running, hiking and cycling.
For further information about John McGhee see his research page:
Priyank Vijaya Kumar is a Scientia fellow (Lecturer) in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering. He is interested in computational materials design and his research focuses on the application of atomistic methods such as density functional theory (DFT), time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) and molecular dynamics to study various nanomaterials such as metal/semiconductor nanocrystals, two-dimensional materials etc. Through his research, Priyank aims to understand and develop material solutions for photo/electrocatalysis, electronics, optoelectronics, water and health-care.
When Priyank is not researching, he enjoys cricket, badminton and traveling.
Priyank got his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Before joining UNSW, he was a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
For further information about Priyank see his research page:
Alison is a Scientia Fellow and Project Leader of Industry Collaborations in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. She is interested in understanding and improving the efficiencies and reliability of commercial solar cells, as well as developing new solar systems to enable everybody to access solar power. Her research currently focuses on manipulating hydrogen for trapping in silicon crystal defects for improved passivation, as well as investigating fundamental hydrogen properties via experimental and theoretical analysis including deuterium studies and developing testing methods and solutions for light-induced degradation.
Through her research and collaborations with some of the world’s largest solar manufacturers, Alison aims to maximise the power output of commercial solar cells while reducing costs by enabling use of cheaper silicon wafer sources. When Alison is not researching, she enjoys being outdoors, particularly at the beach or snowboarding, travelling the world, learning new things and spending time with family and friends.
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Dr Arne Laucht is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications. He is interested in Quantum Engineering and his research focuses on Quantum Computation with Spins in Silicon and the Optics of Colour Centres. Through his research, Arne strives to find answers to fundamental questions in quantum physics, and develop novel quantum applications. When Arne is not researching, he enjoys riding his bicycle through Sydney and the surrounding national parks.
Arne has also developed the quantum teaching lab for the course ‘Quantum Devices and Computers’ (ELEC4605) which allows students to perform coherent spin-resonance on spins in diamond – initializing, controlling and reading their own qubits.
For further information about Dr Arne Laucht see his research page:
Bram Hoex is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. He is interested in the synthesis, analysis and application of nanoscale thin films with a particular focus on photovoltaics (i.e., the direct conversion of sunlight to electricity). He is best known for his ground-breaking work on aluminium oxide for crystalline silicon surface passivation which is now the de facto standard for industrial silicon solar cells. Bram also pioneered the application of atomic layer deposition for silicon wafer solar cell manufacturing.
In 2018 Bram released the PV-Manufacturing.org platform which is aimed at becoming the de facto resource for photovoltaic manufacturing education for students as well as solar professionals. His work has received various international recognitions including the 2008 SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award, the 2016 IEEE PVSC Young Professional Award, and he was listed in the “Solar 40 under 40 list” globally by Renewable Energy World in 2018. When Bram is not researching, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out, travelling, and reading.
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Brett Hallam is a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. He is interested in creating cost-effective solar panel technologies, and his research focuses on developing processes to increase the efficiency of solar cells and improve reliability. Brett and his team have recently developed processes to solve an ironic form of degradation in solar panels, where their performance is reduced after exposure to sunlight. This technology has been commercialised around the world and has enabled solar panel manufacturers to increase module power and improve warranties.
Through his research, Brett aims to push the boundaries of what is thought possible for silicon solar cells and help drive the world towards a green energy future, reduce the reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation and enable the use of photovoltaics for other applications such as transportation. When Brett is not researching, he enjoys traveling and spending time under the sun surfing and kitesurfing, and trying to improve his latte art.
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Dr. Esrafilzadeh is a UNSW Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering. Dorna‘s research interest is additive manufacturing of multi-functional structures underpinning biomedical applications and renewable energies. She is developing electrically conducting biomaterials using broad range of organic and inorganic conductors in micro and nanoscale for regenerative medicine, bio-interfacial engineering and bionics.
Dorna has expertise in bio-fabrication of different polymeric and non-polymeric structures using spinning and 3D printing for manipulation of cellular orientation and controlled release of biological triggers. She is also interested in developing new classes of atomically thin materials that provide foundation for novel catalysis systems, renewable energies and biomedical devices. Through her multidisciplinary research, Dorna aims to transform the traditional biomedical devices using multifunctional electrically conducting structures to an effective pathway toward electrotherapy for neurodegenerative disease.
For further information about Dorna see her research page:
Fiona Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is interested in changes to flooding, droughts and extreme events due to climate change and her research focuses on how best to use climate models in engineering design, with a particular interest in statistical methods that can answer these questions. Through her research, Fiona aims to provide sustainable solutions to the water engineering problems faced by communities, particularly those in developing countries.
When Fiona is not researching, she enjoys exploring the world anew and going on small adventures with her young daughter.
For further information about Fiona see her research page:
Dr Guo Chen is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. He is interested in electrical power and energy systems. His research focuses on power system security assessment, sustainable energy system modelling, cyber physical system modelling, optimisation and control, and their applications in smart grid. Through his research, Dr Chen aims to mitigate the risk and large blackouts, and provide a robust power grid that supplies reliable and sustainable electricity.
Dr Chen's dream is to become a leading academic scholar in power and energy engineering. As an academic, he has more flexibility in pursuit of career development. A typical day is comprised of academic work, like reading and writing papers, teaching courses, and helping students solve their academic questions. This kind of job does not have to be strictly nine to five, and no boss watches you every day. He is enjoying this academic freedom. When Dr Chen is not researching, he enjoys jogging, hiking and swimming.
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Haris Aziz is a Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Computer Science.
He is interested in artificial intelligence, theoretical computer science, and microeconomics and his research focuses on the intersection of the three fields. In particular, he is interested in computational social choice, algorithmic game theory and market design.
Through his research, Haris aims to design algorithms that facilitate cooperation and make fairer and better decisions. When Haris is not researching, he enjoys travelling and playing tennis.
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Jin Zhang is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. She is interested in fibres and fibre reinforced composites and her research focuses on rapid out-of-autoclave composite manufacture, multiscale multifunctional composites, lightweighting, biological composites, and smart textiles.
Through her research, Jin aims to create an understanding of new generation of fit-for-purpose composite materials. Jin is a recipient of Endeavour Fellowship in 2012 and Victoria Fellowship in 2013. Prior to the Scientia Fellowship, she has worked as senior research fellow to support research activities in innovative fibres and composites involving close collaboration with research partners such as Quickstep Technologies, Auto CRC, Transurban, Cotton Research & Development Cooperation.
When Jin is not researching, she enjoys art exhibitions, live concerts and fashion.
Dr Kang Liang is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellow and UNSW Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering and Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering.
He is interested in nanostructured materials for biotechnology and the environment and his research focuses on materials interface, biomimetics, bionics, and smart nano-bio systems. Through his research, Kang aims to develop new materials solutions for biocatalysis, biosensing, and drug delivery. When Kang is not researching, he enjoys reading and playing tennis.
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Dr. Michael Nielsen is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering working with Associate Professor N. J. Ekins-Daukes. He is interested in the use of ultrafast spectroscopic techniques for advanced characterization of novel photovoltaic materials and his research focuses hot carriers for photovoltaics, photodetection, and photochemistry, molecular photovoltaics focusing on singlet fission and triplet-triplet annihilation for up/down conversion, and optical characterisation techniques such as photoreflectance for new materials.
Through his research, Dr. Nielsen aims to practically break the single junction Shockley–Queisser limit for photovoltaics. When Michael is not researching, he enjoys hiking, travelling, and board games.
He obtained his BEng in Engineering Physics (Nanoengineering) in 2011 followed by an MSc in Electrical Engineering in 2013 where he was supervised by Professor Abdul Elezzabi, both at the University of Alberta. Dr. Nielsen graduated with a PhD in Physics in 2017 from Imperial College London under Dr. Rupert Oulton and Professor Stefan Maier. After graduation, he continued at Imperial College London as a Research Associate, before coming to UNSW as a postdoctoral fellow in May 2018.
For further information about Michael see his research pages:
Mitchell Harley is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is interested in coastal engineering, focusing specifically on the potential impacts of changes to extreme storms and wave energy on coastal processes. When Mitchell is not researching, he enjoys listening to a good jazz album and exploring the outdoors.
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Pawel Swietojanski is a Scientia Fellow and Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering at the School of Computer Science and Engineering. He is interested in machine intelligence, and in its applications to speech and language processing. Through his research, Pawel contributes towards more natural human-computer communication technology, to make it less artificial and more intelligent.
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Dr Richard Collins is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is interested in Environmental and Water Quality Engineering and his research focuses on solutions to minimise the environmental and societal/health impact of essential human activities (e.g. mining, agriculture, provision of drinking water, etc.). Through his research, Richard aims to contribute to the broader community’s need of global environmental sustainability.
When he is not researching, Richard enjoys spending his time dreaming of what could be, renovating his house and experiencing the natural richness existing in the world.
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Dr Rona Chandrawati is a Scientia Fellow, Senior Lecturer, and ARC DECRA Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering. She heads the Nanotechnology for Food and Medicine Laboratory and she is interested in developing technologies that enable the detection of diseases, food contamination, and environmental pollutants better and faster. She developed colorimetric assays using nanoparticles to detect blood clotting factors, cancer biomarkers, flu biomarkers, and heavy metal ions at clinically relevant levels. These assays will be valuable in prompt identification and early intervention for controlling potential life-threatening diseases. The Chandrawati Lab also works on colorimetric sensors and labels that can be attached to packaging to detect food spoilage.
Dr Chandrawati obtained her PhD from The University of Melbourne in 2012. She was then a Marie Curie Fellow at Imperial College London before returning to Australia as a Lecturer in 2015 and a Senior Lecturer in 2018. Dr Chandrawati was named one of the World Economic Forum’s 50 Young Scientists Under 40 in 2018.
For further information about Dr Rona Chandrawati, see her research page:
Shaghik Atakaramians is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. She is interested in developing integrated photonic devices for the terahertz (THz) part of the electromagnetic spectrum, one of the least explored parts. Her research focuses on THz meta-waveguides and meta-devices to improve the overall THz system performance in terms of cost, size and coupling losses in between devices. The THz frequency range provides an enormous unlicensed bandwidth, which is being explored for high-speed, short-range wireless communications.
Through her research, Shaghik aims to utilise cutting edge research to pave the path for the next generation of wireless communication. She is passionate about contributing to the intellectual growth of human beings, and improving their quality of life. When Shaghik is not researching, she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing and jogging. She is a proud wife of a principle engineer and mother of two, a 9 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. She inspires to make a difference in whatever she does and wherever she is. Shaghik is an advocate of diversity and equity, and mentors and supports women in STEM.
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Dr. Thanh Nho Do is a Scientia Fellow, Lecturer in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales. He is interested in the development of flexible endoscopic surgical robots, especially Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) systems, and soft capsule endoscopy for gastrointestinal cancer and obesity treatments. He also has rich experience and skills in the development of advanced mechatronic systems for tracheal diseases and other respiratory disorders. He also gained extensive knowledge in the development of soft robotic systems including novel soft sensors and actuators for haptic/tactile displays, fashion, advanced wearable devices, rehabilitation, and healthcare. He is an expert in nonlinear backlash/hysteresis modelling and advanced nonlinear control systems for flexible medical systems, smart materials, and structures.
Through his research, Dr. Do aims to develop advanced functional soft materials and novel design of flexible robotics, soft wearable devices, and mechatronic systems to improve the human quality of life.
When Dr. Do is not researching, he enjoys running, watching movies, travels, and playing with his children.
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Xiaojing Hao is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering.
She is interested in renewable energy conversion, developing energy materials for solar photovoltaic and solar fuel applications, and her research focuses on the development of thin film and tandem solar cells, solar fuel devices (hydrogen production and CO2 reduction) through materials and associated devices design and synthesis as well as scientific understanding of the fundamental processes involved.
One of her current main focuses is the investigation of green energy materials made from earth-abundant and environmentally-friendly constituents, spanning from materials design, growth, and materials defect chemistry to device fabrication, characterisation and modelling to system level analyses of the life-cycle and cost of potential emerging technologies. Through her research, Xiaojing aims to make solar photovoltaic and solar fuel devices more effective, cost-efficient and competitive for the energy market and for their applications in various aspects of our life such as building (BIPV), vehicles, and portable power sources. When Xiaojing is not researching, she enjoys shopping, reading, cooking, music and spending time with her family.
For further information about A/Prof Xiaojing Hao see her research page:
Xunyu Lu is a UNSW Scientia Fellow/ARC DECRA Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering. He is interested in energy conversion and storage as well as electrochemistry and his research focuses on developing active and cost-effective energy devices for the production of renewable chemicals/chemical fuels, such as hydrogen peroxide, hydrogen and ehtanol. Through his research, Xunyu aims to accelerate the realisation of a carbon neutral and sustainable energy future for Australia and the rest of the world.
When Xunyu is not researching, he enjoys travelling, wine tasting, and playing soccer (previously in the field and now on the Nintendo Switch).
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Yu Jing is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering.
She is interested in the characterisation of coal seam gas reservoirs and her research specifically focuses on the fracture modelling and petrophysical analysis of the coal fracture system. Through her research, Jing aims to better understand and characterise the coal fracture system, so that the subsurface flow of underground fluids such as methane and groundwater, can be simulated and predicted more accurately, which can help increase coal seam gas production.
When Jing is not doing research, she likes to go to La Perouse to watch the sunset or have a coastal walk from Coogee to Bronte Beach. Sometimes she prefers to just relax at home with her cat. She also likes painting and playing ukulele.
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Da-Wei Wang is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering. He is interested in Energy Storage and his research focuses on electrochemical materials, batteries, supercapacitors and biomass electrolysis.
Through his research, Da-Wei aims to bridge the fundamentals in materials physics and chemistry with the energy engineering and applications.
When Da-Wei is not researching, he enjoys playing with his child, gardening or watching movies.
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Abigail Powell is an Associate Professor and co-Research Director of the Centre for Social Impact in the Business School. Abigail’s research is underpinned by her passion for social justice and equality, and covers gender equality, youth studies, financial wellbeing, complex evaluation and impact measurement. Abigail has attracted research income of over $4 million working with and delivering research for government, not-for-profits and industry. Abigail’s current research seeks to explore the operation of gender dynamics in STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) laboratories. Through her research, Abigail aims to better understand opportunities and barriers to women and men’s careers and ultimately improve workplace experiences for women and men. When Abigail is not researching, she usually wrangling one or more of her toddler, puppy or husband!
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Andrew Jackson is an Associate Professor in UNSW Business School, School of Accounting. He is interested in financial accounting and financial statement analysis. His research focuses on earnings co-movements and decomposing earnings into market, industry and firm idiosyncratic components.
This research has the potential to improve the understanding of the sources of earnings and the degree to which firm’s earnings are related to industry peers. Through his research, Andrew aims to lead to improvements in decision making by users of financial statements, such as improving the ability to forecast future earnings and value assets. When Andrew is not researching, he enjoys time with his family, listening to red dirt country music, and watching baseball and American football.
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Carlos Pimienta is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business, School of Economics.
He is interested in Game Theory and his research focuses on Political Economy. Through his research, Carlos studies the mathematical properties of equilibria in economic models, with a special focus on Political Economy models. He applies these insights to understanding voting behaviour in both small committees and in general elections, as well as the formation of political institutions and politicians’ behaviour within those institutions.
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Elise Payzan-LeNestour is an Associate Professor in finance at UNSW Business School. She is interested in decision-making under uncertainty and her research focuses on how the human brain perceives and reacts to financial risks.
Through her research in neurofinance, Elise aims to help finance practitioners improve their individual decision-making in their workplace.
When Elise is not researching, she enjoys doing bushwalking, Parkour, and yoga.
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Elvira Sojli is an Associate Professor of Finance in the Faculty of Business, School of Banking and Finance. She is interested in innovation, and her current research focuses on international aspects of innovation and gender issues that can be addressed via research in innovation. Through her research, Elvira aims to change the way we think about the gender gap in science, the reasons behind it, proposed remedies, and the impact of a more balanced representation of genders for innovation.
Elvira aims to influence policy makers on gender balance issues and the debate on innovation and the role of women in innovation. Additional current and past work focuses on international finance and market microstructure.
When Elvira is not researching, he/she enjoys the scenery and food scene in Sydney, playing and watching sports (NBA, football, tennis), and travelling.
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Gabriele Gratton is Associate Professor in the UNSW Business School, School of Economics.
He is interested in Political Economics and his research focuses on information asymmetries and communication in politics and organisations. Through his research, Gabriele Gratton aims to understand how the institutions and technologies controlling the transmission of information affect election campaigns and policymaking. More broadly, he is interested in the role played by noisy information in politics, from armed conflicts to voting.
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Katja is a senior lecturer in the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies at UNSW Business School. She holds a PhD in Finance from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and a PhD in Economics from Macquarie University, Sydney. Prior to her PhD studies, Katja completed her MSc in Mathematics and Statistics from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany as well as Glasgow University, UK.
Katja’s research interests lie in the area of quantitative finance, in particular, financial econometrics, derivative pricing and risk management. Katja performs empirical research in financial markets, commodity and energy markets, and insurance. Katja has published her research in top tier international journals such as Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Energy Economics and Insurance: Mathematics and Economics among others. Katja is also teaching undergraduate actuarial courses and is actively involved in teaching innovation and digital uplift of the courses.
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Kerry Humphreys is an Associate Professor at UNSW Sydney. She teaches and researches in behavioural management accounting and supervises research students in the Honours and PhD programs. Kerry is an inaugural Scientia Fellow at UNSW, where her research investigates when managers make effective decisions incorporating strategic and performance information, and how new managers can learn to make better decisions using this information. Her PhD research (Managers’ Performance Evaluation Judgments and Dynamic Resource Allocation Decisions using the Balanced Scorecard Framework) received the American Accounting Association (AAA) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for the Accounting, Behavior and Organizations section.
Kerry has been published in leading academic journals: The Accounting Review, Accounting: Organizations and Society, and the Journal of Management Accounting Research. Kerry is an Editor of Accounting and Finance, and Editorial Board member of Behavioral Research in Accounting and the Journal of Management Accounting Research. Her research has received external funding from the Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Kerry has received university, disciplinary and national teaching awards for her curricula development and teaching, including an Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and the Pearson Education Accounting/Finance Lecturer of the Year award. She is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and has consulted to a variety of organizations in both the private and public sectors working with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Global Business Services.
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Wing Wah Tham is an Associate Professor of Finance in the Faculty of Business, School of Banking and Finance of University of New South Wales. He is interested in financial economics and his research focuses on econometrics, market microstructure, asset pricing and innovation.
Wing Wah’s current research agenda and interest aim to identify innovators’ research experiences and characteristics, through their digital footprints and a global patent database. This data will be analysed to derive implications for innovation and innovators’ career decisions and to measure the effects on economic and firm outcomes, using economic models, big data analytics, econometrics and machine learning. The anticipated goal is to change the ecosystem of how to nurture and to develop innovators through more effective public and economic policies, by overcoming barriers to innovation, knowledge diffusion and creation. His research has been published in top tier journals, including Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He is also an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow and Tinbergen Institute Fellow.
When Wing Wah is not researching, he enjoys competing in marathons and ocean swims.
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Yan Xu is an Associate Professor with the School of Taxation and Business Law at the UNSW Business School. She is interested in taxation law and policy and her research focuses on international taxation, the development of Chinese tax law and policy, environmental taxation and the history of tax law.
Through her research, Yan aims to understand and interpret how tax law and policy can be evolved to meet the demands of the modern economy and to respond to emerging socioeconomic issues such as income inequality. She also aims to analyse how the international politics of taxation can help lead to the growth of the rule of law and democracy and whether new technologies can contribute to such growth.
When Yan is not researching, she enjoys classical music, travelling, and yoga.
Ben Milligan is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Law, linked to the UNSW Business School Centre for Applied Economic Research, and Faculty of Science Centre for Ecosystem Science. He is interested in management of the environment as an economic asset, and his research and external engagement activities focus on the use of environmental information in public policymaking, and on the design of legal, institutional and policy frameworks for sustainable development.
Ben aims to support global efforts to implement more sustainable approaches to economic development planning, with a particular focus on ocean-based economies, ecological infrastructure, energy and climate change, extractive industries, and low- and middle-income countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
When not working, he enjoys walking with his dog on the beach, spicy food and electronic music-making.
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Kyllie Cripps is a Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. She is interested in the safety and wellbeing of Indigenous families and communities and her research focuses on how this can be achieved when family violence and child abuse is taking place in the home.
Through her research, Kyllie has been particularly concerned with the experiences of Indigenous women and children, and through her research aims to elevate their experiences and stories to engender support (familial, community and institutional) that can effectively empower individuals, families and communities to self-determine their futures free from violence.
When Kyllie is not researching, she enjoys travelling - exploring new places but also reconnecting with country when she is home.
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Aliza Werner-Seidler is a Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist in the Faculty of Medicine at the Black Dog Institute. She is interested in the prevention, early intervention and treatment of mental health problems including depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance. Her research focuses on the use of digital technologies to improve the reach and uptake of effective interventions, as well as identifying ways that programs can be implemented effectively in schools.
Through her research, Aliza aims to make mental health programs accessible to every single young person living in Australia. Many young people avoid seeking help for mental health issues for reasons that include stigma, confidentiality, cost, and availability. By inviting input from adolescents, Aliza hopes to learn about ways to overcome these barriers and contribute to the development of services and interventions that better suit young people so that they get the care they need.
When Aliza is not researching, you can find her reorganising her home with a zest that would make Kristina Duke proud, planning an outdoor adventure, writing a list, or learning about the perils of parenting.
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Angela Kelly-Hanku is an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society. She is interested in the socio-cultural aspects of sexual, reproductive and maternal health, in low- to middle-income settings with a particular focus on Papua New Guinea.
Her work focuses on three main areas: 1. Sexuality, heath and culture particularly marginalised and vulnerable populations such as young people, sex workers and gender and sexually diverse people; 2. Acceptability and feasibility of new biomedical technologies for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of infectious diseases including HIV, STIs, HPV, TB and 3. The lived experiences of infectious diseases including HIV, TB, cervical cancer and other communicable diseases.
Through her research, Angela aims to provide the evidence based for informed and culturally appropriate health care policy and programs. When Angela is not researching (when is that?), she is busy raising her four children.
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Dr. Angelica Merlot is a NHMRC, CINSW and Scientia Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Centre for Childhood Cancer Research and School of Women’s and Children’s Health. She is a cancer researcher and her research specifically focuses on deadly cancers with low survival rates that have seen very limited progress, including brain and pancreatic cancer. Through her research, Angelica aims to developing new targets and medicines to combat drug-resistance and metastasis (the spread of cancer to a secondary site in the body).
When Angelica is not researching, she enjoys travelling, dancing and cooking up a storm, making pastries and cakes.
Angelica was recently announced as the Young Woman of the Year (2019) by the NSW Government.
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Anne-Marie Eades is a Scientia Fellow and early career researcher in the Faculty of Medicine, at the George Institute for Global Health. She is interested in Public Health, women’s health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and improving social and emotional wellbeing for families. Her current body of research focuses on exploring strategies to prevent the removal of children from first-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers.
Through her research, Anne-Marie aims to determine risk factors during the perinatal period for Aboriginal mothers vulnerable to having their infants removed. Having a culturally secure screening tool that can accurately assess these risk factors so that vulnerable identified mothers can be supported early in their pregnancy. Gathering evidence from service providers and stakeholders around best practice for successfully engaging vulnerable mothers seeking support will be also undertaken in her research.
When Anne-Marie is not researching, she enjoys spending time with family or talking to her them on the phone. Her other interests include Netflix, bushwalking, long drives in the country and spending time with good friends.
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Associate Professor Claire Vajdic is the Head of the Cancer Epidemiology Research Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Big Data Research in Health. She studies ways to prevent cancer and the avoidable consequences of cancer, and how to reduce unwarranted variation in health care for people with cancer. She integrates data from multiple sources and applies population health science methods to inform precision medicine across the cancer control continuum. Her vision is no preventable deaths from cancer, and no inequity or inequality in cancer care.
Claire also promotes policy that supports good practice in the access to and use of real-world data for research. Real-world data is generated and collected when people interact with services or products, and includes for example electronic medical records, hospitalisation and cancer registry data. She convenes RADiANT, an Australian and New Zealand network for knowledge creation and exchange within across scientific disciplines that use real-world data. She proactively engages with stakeholders to maximise the efficiency, timeliness and innovation of research using real-world data holdings.
When Claire is not working with big data, she enjoys supporting her son’s cricket, bushwalking and camping.
For further information about Claire, see her research pages:
David Jacques is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Medical Sciences. He is interested in structural virology and his research focuses on the HIV capsid. Through his research, David aims to explain how the virus uses this protective shell to coordinate infection and evade immune recognition. Such an understanding will hopefully lead to new therapeutic strategies that disrupt the core of the virus before it can infect its target. He is also interested in understanding the fundamental biochemistry of some of the world’s deadliest viruses, including Hendra and Ebola.
When David is not researching, he enjoys singing with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. David also has a passion for science communication and in 2018 hosted a ‘Sensory Science and Discovery Day’ event aimed at bringing UNSW research to the vision impaired community without the use of visual displays.
For further information about David see his research page:
Elissa Deenick is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, located at the Garvin Institute. She is interested in how the immune system integrates signals to generate appropriate protective response against infection and how this goes wrong in diseases such as immunodeficiency and autoimmunity.
Elissa's research focuses on patients with genetic mutations leading to immune dysregulation, as well as mouse models of these conditions. These allow her to dissect the intracellular signaling pathways that control lymphocyte activation, differentiation and survival and thus allow the immune system to make the appropriate response for clearing infection. Through her research, Elissa aims to develop better, more targeted ways of treating people with immune problems such as immunodeficiency and autoimmunity.
When Elissa is not researching, she enjoys playing sports, particularly ice hockey, which worked out well with her post-doc in Toronto.
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Gail Matthews is an associate professor and clinical academic at the Kirby Institute in the Faculty of Medicine and a Consultant in Infectious Diseases at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. She is interested in blood borne viruses, specifically HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis, and her research focuses on strategic clinical questions in the diagnosis and management of viral hepatitis.
Gail originally completed Physician and HIV specialist training in London before moving to Australia in 2002 to take up a position at UNSW, and obtained her PhD on Therapeutic Strategies in HIV-HBV co-infection in 2009. Gail has a specific interest in a number of areas including acute hepatitis C, HIV/HCV co-infection and HIV/viral hepatitis coinfection in resource limited settings. She leads a number of large national and international clinical trials including a multi-centre international NIH funded study in recently acquired Hepatitis C. She is currently establishing studies in HCV and HBV in Myanmar and Indonesia.
Through her research Gail aims to help address some of the key issues in reaching the WHO goals for global viral hepatitis elimination by 2030.
When Gail is not researching, practising medicine (or driving teenagers around), she enjoys running and scuba diving.
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Associate Professor Georgina Chambers is a UNSW Scientia Fellow and the Director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU), University of New South Wales, Sydney. The NPESU, is a leading national agency of information and research in reproductive medicine, maternity care and the perinatal period and is a joint unit of the Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH) and the School of Women’s and Children’s Health.
Dr Chambers’ research programs use clinical trial, cohort and large-scale, linked data to investigate the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of perinatal and reproductive medicine including fertility treatment, models of maternity care, and perinatal mental health. She is considered a leading international expert in the health economics and epidemiology of assisted reproductive technologies and fertility treatment. Her work is conducted in partnership with clinicians, state and federal government departments, consumers and peak professional bodies, including the Fertility Society of Australia. She is data custodian of the Australian and New Zealand Assisted Reproductive Technology Database (ANZARD) and the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network (ANZNN), and an executive committee member of the International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies. She is also an Associate Editor of the highest ranked journal for original research in reproductive medicine, Human Reproduction.
For more information about Georgina, see her research page:
Helga Zoega is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Big Data Research in Health. She is interested in the application of real-world data to answer questions about utilisation and safety of medicines among vulnerable populations, e.g. pregnant women and children. Her current research is focused on use of psychotropic medicines - such as antipsychotics and stimulants - during pregnancy their potential effects on birth outcomes and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Most of Helga’s work is conducted through international collaboration and large-scale data linkages across the Nordic countries, Australia and, the US. Through her research, Helga aims to improve the quality of mental health care and treatment safety for understudied populations globally. When Helga is not researching, she enjoys life with good coffee, yoga and family.
For further information about Helga Zoega see her research page: https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-helga-zoega
Jason Wu is an Associate Professor in the George Institute for Global Health, Faculty of Medicine. He is interested in nutrition science and his research focuses on understanding the impact of food on health, and investigate how we can create a healthier environment to enable better dietary choices.
Through his research, Jason aims to deliver robust evidence to improve people’s diets, which is one of the most important risk factors for poor health globally. When Jason is not researching, he enjoys sports and community organizing to advocate for urgent action to tackle climate change.
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Dr. Kalinda Griffiths is a Yawuru woman of Broome, born and living in Darwin. Her family name is Corpus. She is an epidemiologist in the Faculty of Medicine, at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health.
Kalinda is interested in using big data to better understand why some populations are healthier than others. Her interest is in empirically addressing complex health disparities in populations through existing data. Her research currently addresses issues of quality and the utilisation of data pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Kalinda’s areas of focus includes the measurement of health disparities, with a particular focus on cancer treatment and outcomes.
Kalinda is also deputy editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia and a 2019/2020 Science and Technology Superstar of STEM. She also holds honorary fellowships at Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Sydney.
When Kalinda is not researching, she enjoys trekking, adventures and family time.
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Lawrence Lee is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine’s EMBL Australia Node for Single Molecule Sciences, School of Medical Sciences.
He is interested in nano biotechnology and his research focuses on constructing molecular systems using parts and designs from nature. Through his research, Lawrence aims to determine how the complex behaviours of living systems emerge from chemical interactions and to harness nature’s biomolecules for technological advance. When Lawrence is not researching, he enjoys rock climbing, surfing and being with his family.
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Louise Mewton is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Psychiatry. She is interested in substance-related disorders and her research focuses on the epidemiology, assessment and prevention of problematic alcohol use across the lifespan. Through her research, Louise aims to reduce the burden of disease associated with alcohol use internationally. To assist in this ambition, she uses sophisticated statistical modelling approaches applied to large-scale datasets to increase our understanding of the relationship between alcohol use and health. Harnessing the power of technology, she develops and evaluates scalable online solutions for preventing alcohol-related harms.
Louise is also interested in the neurobiological and cognitive effects of alcohol use at critical periods in the life course – adolescence and older adulthood. In addition, she is interested in the comorbidity between alcohol use and mental health, particularly depression and anxiety.
When Louise is not researching, she enjoys running (usually chasing after her 1-year old and 4-year old) and baking.
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Min Jun is a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, the George Institute for Global Health, Australia. He is passionate about identifying ways to improve the outcomes of individuals affected by chronic disease, in particular, chronic kidney disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These conditions are commonly observed, not just in Australia but worldwide. In particular, over 850 million people have kidney disease worldwide while almost 18 million people die, globally, each year due to cardiovascular diseases. Better effective and safe strategies that treat and prevent such conditions are needed.
Min’s research seeks to study: 1) the relationships between various risk factors and patient-relevant outcomes among individuals with chronic disease to find novel ways to detect markers of disease early so that appropriate management strategies can be implemented and 2) current and potential management strategies (e.g. new and existing medicines) which could be used to prevent or treat these chronic diseases safely. Through his research, Min aims to identify effective ways to improve the lives of millions of individuals affected by chronic disease worldwide.
When Min is not researching, he loves spending time with his family and cooking.
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Dr Nadeem Kaakoush is a Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Medical Sciences. He is interested in host-microbiome interactions and his research focuses on the role of the microbiome in gastrointestinal diseases such as oesophageal adenocarcinoma.
Through his research, Nadeem aims to identify specific microbial agents that are responsible for disease, as well as the mechanisms by which they cause disease.
When Nadeem is not researching, he enjoys nature trails, staying informed about world affairs, and good thriller movies.
Recent work by our group includes:
1) Signatures within the esophageal microbiome are associated with host genetics, age, and disease (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30558669)
2) Specific Bacteria and Metabolites Associated With Response to Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Patients With Ulcerative Colitis (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30529583)
3) Gut Microbiome Analysis Identifies Potential Etiological Factors in Acute Gastroenteritis (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29685983)
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Dr Natasa Gisev is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
With a background in clinical pharmacy, her research interests lie in the use of big data and data linkage to evaluate medicines use and corresponding benefits/harms among populations with complex health care needs, including older adults and those with mental health and substance use disorders. The ultimate goal of her work is to improve the quality use of medicines and clinical outcomes in these populations.
Natasa’s work has influenced national and international policy and practice in the delivery of mental health treatment services, as well as the upscaling of treatment services for opioid dependence. She is currently leading a program of work focused on establishing population-based evidence on the long-term outcomes of prescribed opioid use, including the risk of developing dependence, overdose, and other harms.
When Natasa is not researching, she enjoys travelling, doing yoga and watching arthouse films.
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Dr Orazio Vittorio is a Scientia Fellow at the School of Women's and Children's Health UNSW and Project Leader at the Children’s Cancer Institute. He was recently awarded a the NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (2019-2023), and the Cure Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme as sole CI (2018-2020).
Dr Vittorio's recent investigations are focused on understanding the role of copper (Cu) metabolism/homeostasis in cancer (neuroblastoma and glioma). His research activity involves four interrelated cross-disciplinary objectives:
1. Determine the biological activity of Cu in tumour progression and in tumour microenvironment.
2. Design and optimise imaging strategies (64Cu PET, MRI with gold nanoparticles) for early cancer diagnosis and monitoring drug response/resistance in patients.
3. Develop therapeutics for targeting Cu in refractory and metastatic cancers.
4. Determine the role of copper intake in diet in cancer progression.
Although Dr Vittorio received his PhD in Oncology only in 2011, he has been awarded highly competitive grants for about $2.5 million (sole CI), which he used to expand his research and build his multidisciplinary team.
Dr Vittorio's leadership in his field of research is evidenced by >70 peer-reviewed papers, 6 book chapters, 4 patents, and invitations to be a Keynote speaker in several conferences. As a member of the Kids Cancer Alliance Dr Vittorio has established collaborations with paediatric oncologists and industry partners. For more information about Dr Vittorio, see his research page at: https://wch.med.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-orazio-vittorio
Rohina Joshi is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine and The George Institute for Global Health. She is interested in developing and evaluating task-sharing strategies for better access to primary health care and developing better health information systems in resource poor settings. Her specific research is in understanding the role and rights of community health workers in delivering sustainable development goals in low and middle income countries.
Through her research, Rohina aims to strengthen the frontline health workforce in delivering primary care, and improve basic health information systems so that countries have access to accurate and reliable data to plan health care. When Rohina is not researching, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cycling and traveling.
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Sarah Larney is a Scientia Fellow and an NHMRC Career Development Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
She is interested in opioid use, injecting drug use and related harms such as infectious diseases, overdose, and contact with law enforcement. Through her research, Sarah aims to reduce the harms experienced by people who use and inject drugs.
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Simon Rosenbaum is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Psychiatry. He is interested in the relationship between physical activity and mental health and the role of sport and exercise in improving outcomes for vulnerable populations including refugees.
His research focuses on how exercise can be used to help people recover from mental illness including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Through his research, Simon aims to help ensure exercise becomes a routine part of mental health care.
When Simon is not researching, he enjoys being active himself, particularly outside including kayaking, bike riding and rock climbing.
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Simone Reppermund is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Psychiatry.
She is interested in mental health, cognitive disorders and ageing and her research focuses on late-life depression, cognitive impairment including dementia, everyday activities in old age and mental health in intellectual disability. Through her research, Simone aims to improve health and mental health outcomes for people with cognitive and mental disorders. She uses a range of methods, including interrogation of large linked datasets, development of diagnostic tools and analysis of factors associated with late-life depression and cognitive decline.
Given the increasing ageing population, it is crucial to understand late-life depression and the relationship with cognitive decline in more detail to advance treatment and prevention strategies. Simone enjoys working together with a range of people locally and internationally to tackle gaps in knowledge and to develop new knowledge that may lead to improvements in people’s lives.
When Simone is not researching, she enjoys travelling, going to concerts and spending time with her friends and family.
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Anna is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry. She is interested in out-of-equilibrium phenomena, and her research focuses on soft condensed matter, and lipid membranes in the context of astrobiology. Through her research, Anna aims to understand the self-assembly processes that underpin cellular life’s origins and their utility in making advanced materials.
When Anna is not researching, she enjoys travel, good food and drink, rock climbing, music, and dancing, especially with friends. Originally from Sydney, she spent eight years in Boston, USA for her PhD at Harvard University with Prof. Vinothan N Manoharan and NASA-postdoctoral-program-funded work with Prof. Jack W Szostak at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Chris Goodrich is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, School of Mathematics and Statistics. He is interested in real analysis and differential equations, and his research focuses on discrete fractional calculus, boundary value problems, and regularity theory for elliptic PDEs.
Through his research, Chris aims to better understand the qualitative properties of nonlocal operators as well as the regularity of solutions of elliptic PDEs with rough coefficients.
When Chris is not researching, he enjoys composing music, playing the piano, and spending time with his two miniature dachshunds.
David White is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. He is interested in person perception, and specifically the cognitive and perceptual processes that enable people to recognise one another. Recently, his research has focussed on 'super-recognisers' and other individuals that show very high levels of accuracy on face identification tasks. Through this work he aims to understand the processes that govern people's ability to identify one another in daily life, and to apply this knowledge to improve accuracy of important professional face identification tasks; for example, when identifying perpetrators of crime from CCTV, or verifying the identity of unfamiliar people at national borders.
David has worked with a range of partners in Government and Industry to address problems of applied and theoretical significance, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Defence Science and Technology Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology (US), London Metropolitan Police and the Reserve Bank of Australia.
For further information please see his research page:
Dmitriy Zanin is a Scientia Fellow and research associate in the Faculty of Science, School of Mathematics and Statistics.
He is interested in Functional Analysis and his research focuses on Non-commutative geometry, Non-commutative probability theory, Non-commutative Harmonic Analysis and applications of all this to Mathematical Physics.
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Irina Voineagu is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. She is interested in understanding how gene function is regulated in the human brain and her research focuses on the role of gene expression regulation in neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Through her research, Irina aims to uncover the mechanisms underlying the complex orchestration of gene expression in the brain, and their alteration in disease. Irina was awarded the Australian Academy of Science Gani Medal for research in human genetics in 2018.
When Irina is not researching, she enjoys swimming and long walks with her dog.
For further information about Irina Voineagu see her research page: http://www.voineagulab.unsw.edu.au
Dr Kate Quinlan is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Science, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. She is interested in genetics and cell biology and her research focuses on how communication between immune cells and adipose cells in fat tissue can lead to the adipose cells burning rather than storing fat. Through her research, Kate aims to use a greater understanding of this interesting biology to uncover novel therapeutics for obesity. Kate loves being able to use molecular biology, genetics and cell biology tools to understand how the human body works and to uncover what goes wrong in disease such that new therapeutic options can be explored.
When Kate is not researching, she enjoys spending time with her children, being active and cooking (performing kitchen experiments that have a reasonable chance of yielding delicious results).
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Dr Kelly Clemens is a Scientia Research Fellow in the Faculty of Science, School of Psychology.
She is interested in the maladaptive learning processes that underlie addiction. Her research focuses on how drugs of abuse switch on genes that are important for making memories, how this promotes the development of addiction, and how these changes make it extremely difficult to remain abstinent. Through her research, Kelly aims to provide insight into the intricate workings of the brain following drug exposure, with a view to developing better, more refined treatment options.
When Kelly is not researching, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, horse riding, rock-climbing, snowboarding and travelling with her family.
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Kris Kilian is Scientia Fellow, ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, School of Materials Science and Engineering and School of Chemistry. He is interested in biomaterials science, and his research focuses on cell engineering and hydrogel chemistry for new biotechnologies and materials for tissue engineering.
Through his research, Kris aims to uncover the fundamental principles nature uses to build tissues, and to use these criteria to design new materials that aid human health.
When Kris is not researching, he enjoys playing drums, snowboarding and spending time with his family.
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Dr Laura Parker is a Scientia Fellow and ARC DAATSIA Fellow in the Faculty of Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Laura is interested in understanding and overcoming the impacts of climate change and environmental stress on marine organisms. Her research focuses specifically on building resilience in marine molluscs to current (e.g. salinity, food availability) and future (e.g. ocean warming and acidification) stressors and understanding the underlying physiological, molecular and epigenetic mechanisms involved.
Through her research, Laura aims to develop new capacities to 'future-proof' natural oyster populations and the Australian oyster industry, and contribute to the restoration of degraded oyster habitats that are of enormous importance to Indigenous Australians. Her research is currently supported by an ARC Discovery Indigenous grant titled “The basis of oyster resilience to global environmental change”.
When Laura is not researching, she enjoys spending time with her young family, being near the ocean and playing soccer with friends.
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Laurie Menviel is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, School of BEES. She is interested in climate, oceanography and the carbon cycle and her research focuses on understanding changes in oceanic circulation, and their impact on climate, the carbon cycle and the cryosphere.
Through her research, Laurie Menviel aims to better understand the Earth‘s system. When she is not researching, she enjoys the ocean.
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Lee Ann Rollins is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. She uses invasive species to investigate mechanisms underlying rapid evolution and is particularly interested in the importance and relative contributions of genetic and epigenetic diversity and change across invasive ranges. Through her research, Dr. Rollins aims to improve our understanding of evolution and contribute to innovative solutions for management and control of invasive species, which are a major threat to biodiversity worldwide.
Dr. Rollins supports scientific outreach and has a strong record of speaking in person and on radio about topics in her discipline. She is an executive board member of the Genetics Society of Australasia and the Evolution Society of Australasia. She is passionate about supporting early-career researchers and has consistently developed and led programming to develop skill sets and resources for these individuals.
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Mariana Mayer Pinto is a Scientia Fellow in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science at UNSW. She obtained her PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of Sydney, 2009 and holds a MSc in Zoology from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Prior to the commencement of her academic career in UNSW in 2013, she worked as a private consultant, leading the data analyses of one of the biggest environmental projects in Australia (Gorgon Project, Chevron).
Mariana is interested in how human activities affect the marine environment. Her research integrates theoretical and applied ecology with ecotoxicology to gain mechanistic understanding of the effects of multiple stressors (e.g. contamination, urbanisation) on marine communities, and to provide practical solutions to environmental problems (e.g. via ecological engineering). Her research has generated new insight critical to inform the successful conservation and management of coastal systems.
When she is not researching, Mariana enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves the beach, travelling, reading and good food.
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Martin Peeks is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry. He is has broad interests across supramolecular and physical-organic chemistry, and his research focuses on using these areas as a basis from which to develop new functional materials.
Through his research, Martin aims to create molecules and materials capable of interesting functions including sensing (e.g. magnetic fields, or other small molecules) and light-harvesting.
When Martin is not researching, he enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, and taking opportunities for travel.
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Matthew Baker is a researcher in the Faculty of Science, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Science. His research focuses on one of nature’s oldest rotating parts: the bacterial flagellar motor (BFM). He also investigates force-sensitive proteins that change confirmation to activate ion channels. These are essential at all scales of life, and are involved in cancer progression and arthritis.
Matthew’s work has a bionanotechnology angle - learning from nature’s machinery and complexity to refine the next generation of bespoke nanotechnology. We can use what we know about the BFM and other molecular motors for many application; for example, to build self-navigating capsules to deliver medicine to a specific target. His sensing work is more directly medically translatable – it can be applied to treatments for blood disorders such as hereditary anaemias.
Beyond the lab, Matthew has a love of radio and a background in science communication. He was selected as a Top 5 Under 40 Scientist in Residence at the ABC in 2015; since then, Matthew has been a regular science presenter on ABC Nightlife. He has also produced content for the Health Report, Science Show, Saturday Extra and Earshot on ABC's Radio National. He is currently the Science Presenter on Koori FM’s the Brekky Show, where he shares his excitement about research with the Indigenous community.
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Nicole Carnt graduated from University of NSW in Optometry in 1989 and worked in private practice for 10 years before taking a position with the Brien Holden Vision Institute in 1999, where she held a variety of roles, including Principal Investigator on contact lens clinical trials. She completed a PhD on Epidemiology of Contact Lens Related Infection and Inflammation 2008-12 and was awarded a NHMRC CJ Martin Biomedical Fellowship Early Career Fellowship at University of Sydney in 2012 and spent the first 2.5 years at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, Europe’s largest tertiary eye hospital.
Nicole has been the recipient of many research awards including the Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture at British Contact Lens Association conference in May, 2019. She was awarded a Scientia Fellowship at UNSW in 2017 and in addition to her research, also coordinates the 4th Year Optometry Ocular Therapy for Posterior Eye course. Her research passion is healthy contact lens wear, understanding wearer and practitioner behavior and the genetic susceptibility to infection and severe outcomes.
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Dr Nicole J Rijs is a Scientia Fellow and ARC DECRA Fellow in the Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry. She is interested in the intrinsic properties of molecules and her research focuses on instrumental analysis of such molecular units in isolation. Through her research, Dr Rijs aims to rationally design of efficient catalyst and enzyme-like molecules. Dr Rijs’ research utilises a range of cutting edge computational and instrumental techniques, such as ion-mobility mass spectrometry, to look at the structure and function of molecules.
When Dr Rijs is not researching, she enjoys being a mum to a tiny adventurer, travelling and reading sci-fi.
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Sarah Martell is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, School of Physics. She is interested in observational astronomy and her research focuses on the history of the Milky Way galaxy. Through her research, Sarah aims to map out when and how our home galaxy has captured stars from other galaxies, and the many ways that heavy elements are formed and recycled by stars. She leads the largest ever observational survey project to be carried out with the Anglo-Australian Telescope in northwestern New South Wales (details about it can be found at www.galah-survey.org). When Sarah is not researching, she enjoys reading and knitting.
Sarah is also motivated to address issues of equity and inclusion in the sciences. She is co-leader for undergraduate student experience in the School of Physics, and is using that position to give all interested students access to real research experiences, with a goal of making space for a broader set of students to feel like they belong as scientists.
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Sophie is a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow in the Faculty of Science, School of Materials Science & Engineering. She is interested in Physical Metallurgy which means that her research focuses on making engineering alloys with novel combinations of mechanical properties. Through her research, Sophie aims to discover the next generation of aerospace alloys that are required for making faster, safer and more fuel-efficient aircraft engines. She is excited about her close collaboration with international industrial partners, who manufacture these alloys in industrial forging plants and in 'factories of the future', via advanced manufacturing.
Sophie too is a passionate research group leader, mentor and formally educated teacher. She currently is an Editor of the Journal of Materials Science and President of Materials Australia NSW. She sees herself as an academic allrounder with strong interests and skills in leadership of teams. Her vision as Scientia Fellow is to take her skills in understanding academic life and to mediate them through the lens of an institutional strategy, perhaps in a future leadership role within the University.
When Sophie is not researching, she enjoys racing in yachts on Sydney harbour, skiing the Austrian alps and good books.
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Tracy is an Associate Professor and Scientia Fellow, based in the school of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty of Science, where she is leading research investigating the impact of environmental change to coral reefs.
Tracy has over 15 years research experience undertaking research on coral reefs and her research investigates biotic and abiotic influences over coral health, coral disease and coral survival. She has published over 50 scientific articles and reports investigating how corals are responding to a changing climate.
Tracy has held Australian Research Council Fellowships including an Australian Postdoctoral Award (2008- 2011), Super Science Fellowship (2011 – 2014). Her research aims to determine how host-microbe-environment interactions influence organism physiology, adaptation and acclimation under a changing climate.
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Andrey Miroshnichenko is an Associate Professor at UNSW Canberra, School of Engineering and Information Technology. He is interested in optics and nanophotonics. Andrey’s research focuses on light manipulation with nanoscale structures. Through his research, Andrey aims to build next generation optical devices for ultrafast sensing, high-resolution imaging, and optical communication.
Andrey is an internationally recognised researcher in the interdisciplinary field of nonlinear systems, generalised mechanics, nanophotonics, metamaterials, and nonlinear optics. He is highly experienced in the theoretical analysis of resonant light scattering in nonlinear micro- and nanostructured materials, with a proven capacity to apply his knowledge for predicting novel physical effects and further extending the research towards practical realisations through collaborations with national and international experimental groups.
Andrey’s earlier studies led to comprehensive knowledge on various aspects of resonant light scattering in photonic structures, paving the way for the establishment of novel research directions, including pioneering applications of the Fano resonances in optics, all-dielectric nanostructures, and nontrivial states of light, including nonradiative sources.
After moving to UNSW in 2017, Andrey established and lead the "Nanophotonics” group, which consists of seven staff members and HDR students. Over his scientific career, he has received several outstanding high-profile Australian Fellowships: Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007), Future Fellowship (2011), and recently was awarded by UNSW Scientia Fellowship (2018).
When Andrey is not researching, he enjoys reading and watching movies.
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Daoyi Dong is an Associate Professor in UNSW Canberra, School of Engineering and Information Technology. He is interested in systems control and machine learning and his research focuses on quantum estimation and control, reinforcement learning and renewable energy.
Through his research Daoyi Dong aims to make fundamental contributions to the development of emerging future technology. When Daoyi Dong is not researching, he enjoys travelling and thinking.
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Dr. Gloria Pignatta is a Scientia Lecturer in the Faculty of Built Environment.
Gloria is interested in the relationship between extreme weather events and the built environment and her research focuses on improving the thermal-energy performance of buildings and cities. Through her research, Gloria aims to help society by contributing to, and educating people on, smart ways to transform and improve cities and their liveability. Above all, she aims to work together with policymakers, both locally and internationally, to face urban challenges as well as the energy poverty that affects vulnerable communities. To this aim, her research promotes sustainable and energy efficiency solutions and mitigation strategies to counteract the Urban Heat Island phenomenon and improve the outdoor thermal comfort. When Gloria is not researching, she enjoys reading, skiing, playing piano, traveling and exploring new cultures.
Dr. Gloria Pignatta is a Civil Engineer with a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from the University of Perugia, Italy. Before joining UNSW, Dr. Gloria Pignatta was a postdoctoral associate in Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) in Singapore.
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Hazel Easthope is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Built Environment in the City Futures Research Centre.
Hazel has qualifications in sociology and human geography and researches in the areas of urban studies and housing. Her research focuses on in the development, management, governance and planning implications of private apartment buildings and estates and the lived experiences of their residents. Underpinning her research is a deep concern with how to enable people to feel at home in the places where they live.
Through her research, Hazel aims to bring a human angle to urban consolidation so governments and developers, in Australia and internationally, can plan best-practice, evidence-based, high-density housing for growing urban populations.
When Hazel is not researching, she enjoys traveling, wine tasting and spending time with friends (preferably all at once).
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Dr Negin Nazarian is a Scientia Fellow and Lecturer in the Faculty of Built Environment, focusing on urban climate research. Negin’s research targets microscale analysis of urban heat, ventilation, and thermal comfort through various methodologies, ranging from the development of numerical tools to employing wearables and IoT-based sensors.
As an urban climatologist, Negin is interested in the ways in which the built environment interacts with the climate, and in return, how urban dwellers are affected by this interaction. She aims to transform this knowledge for achieving a human-centric urban design that is in harmony with the local climate.
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Dr Paul Munro is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, School of Humanities and Languages. He is interested in the changing geographies of energy poverty and his research focuses on renewable energy in East Africa. Through his research, Paul aims to challenge the way we think about energy poverty issues in Africa.
He is also the co-founder of Energy For Opportunity (EFO), a not-for-profit organisation based in Sierra Leone that is dedicated to the dissemination of renewable energy in Africa. EFO, since its founding in 2009, has conducted over 200 renewable energy projects in the region.
When Paul is not is not researching, he enjoys cycle touring.
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Adam Fish is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Arts and Media. He is a cultural anthropologist, documentary video producer, and interdisciplinary scholar who works across social science, computer engineering, environmental science, and the visual arts.
Author of Technoliberalism (Palgrave, 2017), After the Internet (Polity 2017), and Hacker States (2020 MIT Press), Adam employs ethnographic, participatory, and creative methods to examine the social, political, and ecological influences of new technologies. In his current research, he is investigating the impacts of integrating drones into urban airspace and wildlife conservation.
When he is not researching, he enjoys basically any activity in open space, open water, or wilderness.
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Elizabeth Thurbon is an Associate Professor in International Relations / International Political Economy and Deputy Head of School Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. She is interested in the role of the state in techno-industrial development and upgrading and in managing challenges associated with 'globalisation', with a particular focus on East Asia and Australia. Her research focuses on the ways in which national governments around the globe are responding to the specific challenges of financialization, de-industrialization and climate change through strategic financial and techno-industrial governance.
Through her research, Elizabeth aims to illuminate the conditions under which national governments might respond more (or less) strategically and effectively to these challenges, and to leverage this new knowledge to help advance pressing policy debates.
When Elizabeth is not researching, she enjoys making music and camping with her husband and two primary-school aged kids, and spending as much time as possible walking, talking, eating and laughing with her extended family and friends.
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Dr Emma Kirby is a Scientia Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in the Centre for Social Research in Health. She is interested in the sociology of health and illness, and her research draws on a range of case studies of illness experience to provide a critical sociological analysis of advanced illness and end of life care, mapping its character and significance.
Her work centred largely on experiences of cancer and the end of life. Her work focuses on how interpersonal relationships and social interactions shape care and support during illness. Understanding the nature of this kind of care is important, as it says a lot about our culture and society more broadly. Care represents a central platform for human relations, including things like our notions of intimacy, our sense of self, family, community and intergenerational ties.
Through her research, Emma aims to provide policy and practice-relevant evidence to foster social justice, enhance people’s opportunities for and to care, and to make visible the experiences of people from disadvantaged and marginalised communities, by offering comprehensive insight and knowledge production on critical health issues.
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Jessica Whyte is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Humanities and Languages. She is interested the politics of human rights, humanitarianism and militarism and her research focuses on the impact of contemporary armed conflicts on civilians.
Through her research, Jessica aims to understand the historical and institutional processes that have produced a moral distinction between deliberate harm inflicted on non-combatants and the non-intentional harm that is seen as an inevitable ‘side-effect’ of modern warfare.
When Jessica is not researching, she enjoys bush-walking, reading novels and listening to music.
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Dr Kari Lancaster is a Scientia Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW, and an Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
Dr Lancaster is an interdisciplinary, qualitative social researcher in health, with a background in law and policy studies. Her research uses approaches drawn from poststructural theory and science and technology studies (STS) to critically examine issues of contemporary policy significance in the fields of drugs and viral hepatitis. Dr Lancaster’s current research concentrates on ‘evidence-making’ practices and critical approaches to the study of implementation science in health.
Through her research, Dr Lancaster aims to improve on our understanding of how innovations in health technologies can deliver on their promise, by resisting taken-for-granted assumptions about how interventions will ‘work’. This research has implications for how we think about implementation and scientific expertise in health policy and practice. Dr Lancaster’s critically-informed research aims to contribute to real-world policy and practice change, responding to concerns affecting some of our most marginalised citizens (namely, people who inject drugs and people living with hepatitis C).
Dr Lancaster is Assistant Commissioning Editor of Addiction and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Drug Policy.
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Kevin Lowe is a Scientia Indigenous Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences School of Education.
He is interested in Indigenous schooling experiences, culturally nourishing education, educational policy analysis, teacher and student narratives, school community engagement, curriculum development, Indigenous language reclamation programs and Indigenous research methodologies.
His research focuses on the reconceptualization of schooling for Indigenous students. This is an holistic project that will seek to develop an Indigenous informed whole of school model of education. It will be inclusive of establishing professional learning models of teacher professional change, culturally nourishing curriculum, language and cultural inclusion, community engagement and student voice.
Through his research, Kevin will seek to have developed and implemented programs that centre on social justice, Indigenous inclusion through culture, epistemic knowledge, the recognition of the lived experiences of Indigenous Australians, and their education aspirations for success.
When Kevin is not researching, he enjoys travel, especially road trips, cooking bush walking and spending time with his grandchildren.
Kevin is Gubbi Gubbi man – whose Country is found in S.E Queensland. He has been actively involved in the reclamation of Australia’s Indigenous languages and the importance of our cultural heritage.
Dr Margaret Raven is a Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in the Social Policy Research Centre; Environmental Humanities; and The George Institute for Global Health.
She is interested in Indigenous social policy; biodiversity conservation; and food security/sovereignty. Her research focuses on Indigenous peoples relationships with food, with a particular focus on those living in urban areas; the implementation of The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity and specifically the use of cultural protocols and customs for protecting Indigenous knowledge associated with genetic and biological resources; and the role of social policy in achieving the rights of Indigenous peoples.
Through her research Dr Raven aims to help create a national dialogue on Indigenous peoples relationships to food that creates policy change for Indigenous people living in urban, regional and remote areas. She also aims to support the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol across the Pacific region which is based on the use of Indigenous customary laws and protocols. When Margaret is not researching, which is rarely at the moment, she plays an eclectic range of instruments in a couple of bands, or goes bush.
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Michael Salter is an Associate Professor of Criminology the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. He is interested in complex trauma and gendered violence, and his research focuses on the sociological dimensions and implications of child sexual abuse imagery.
Through his research, Michael aims to expand scholarly understanding of the social and technological contexts of child sexual abuse and contribute to the prevention and identification of child sexual abuse and the support of victims/survivors.
Michael is a member of the board of directors of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation where he works closely with clinical colleagues to promote the health and wellbeing of people with dissociative disorders.
When A/Prof Salter is not researching, he enjoys studying and teaching meditation classes on behalf of his local Buddhist temple.
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Rebecca Collie is a Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education. She is interested in students’ and teachers’ experiences at school, and her research focuses on motivation, well-being, social-emotional development, and quantitative research methods.
Through her research, Rebecca aims to optimise educational and occupational outcomes among students and teachers in school and post-school settings. Rebecca has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and chapters, along with a co-edited book, "Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific." Rebecca completed her doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Previously, she worked as a primary school teacher in Melbourne. When Rebecca is not researching, she enjoys visiting museums and travelling.
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Tanja Dreher is a ARC Future Fellow, Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Arts and Media.
She is interested in the politics of listening in the context of settler colonialism, First Nations sovereignties, Islamophobia, anti-racism and intersectional feminisms and her research focuses on community and alternative media. Through her research, Tanja aims to transform media through decolonial and intersectional lenses.
When Tanja is not researching, she enjoys activism, the arts and the ocean.
Tanja’s previous research has focused on news and cultural diversity, community media interventions, experiences of racism and the development of community anti-racism strategies after September 11, 2001. Tanja prioritises community engaged research with a social justice agenda, and has worked closely with diverse communities in western Sydney and with media and community arts organisations.
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Zhiming Cheng is an Associate Professor of Economics and Scientia Fellow in the Social Policy Research Centre/Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia.
Prior to joining UNSW Sydney, he worked in the Centre for the Health Economy and Department of Management at Macquarie University and School of Economics at the University of Wollongong. Zhiming also held the Jacob Wertheim Fellowship for the Betterment of Industrial Relationships at Harvard University and Research Fellowship at the Bank of Finland. His research interests are in migration economics, labour economics, happiness economics and welfare economics, with a focus on marginalised and disadvantaged populations.
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