Research Students

// Australian Research Students

Lesli KirwanLesli Kirwan
Woolyungah Indigenous Centre
University of Wollongong
Email: lkirwin@uow.edu.au
Phone: 4221 3776
Lesli is an Indigenous Honours student at UOW. Her thesis is a comparison of Aboriginal urban/rural social capital in relation to two Aboriginal communities: Redfern – The block NSW; and Wreck Bay Booderee, Jervis Bay Territory ACT.


Andrew FarrellMr Andrew Farrell
PhD Candidate
Indigenous Studies
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong
Email: acf870@uowmail.edu.au

Andrew is currently completing his PhD titled ‘Emergent Diversities: Queering Spaces of Gender Identity in Aboriginal Cultures’. The research explores whether Aboriginal identities are gender diverse. The aim of the research is to locate Indigenous gender diverse identities in Australia and to situate Aboriginal perspectives in the field of Queer Indigenous Studies.


HemoperekiMr Hemopereki Simon
PhD Candidate
University of Wollongong and Geological and Nuclear Science (NZ)
Email: hemopereki@gmail.com
Web: Indigenous Studies Unit, UOW

Hemopereki is of Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa Whanui, Waikato, Hauraki, Tuhoe, and Ngati Manawa whakapapa. His research interests are broad and varied. In the planning area his foci has been grounded in the Maori and Postcolonial planning traditions. His research also reflects his passion for indigenous cultural revival and continuation particularly in PerformingArts and heritage issues. He is currently exploring the new identity of an “Indigenous EcoConstitutionlist” and what this means for Maori, the application and relevance of the doctrine of discovery to Aotearoa New Zealand particularly around geothermal assets, and the Indigenous Constitutional traditions of Iwi.


Sarah-Jane Burton

Sarah-Jane Burton
PhD Candidate
University of Wollongong
Email: sjlb88@uow.edu.au
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Sarah-Jane is currently a PhD candidate and tutor in the University of Wollongong’s School of the Arts, English and Media. Her research looks at the intersection of poetry and place, and she is interested in Indigenous poetics and topography.


Ashleigh Johnstone
PhJuan Marcellus TauriD Candidate
University of Wollongong
Email: ashjohns@uow.edu.au

 

 

 


Maddee Clark

Maddee Clark
PhD Candidate
University of Melbourne
Email: maddee.clark@gmail.com
theblacademy.wordpress.com/

Maddee is a Bundjalung person whose research interests include Queer theory, Indigenous feminism, Indigenous literature, history, Indigenous education, arts and media.


Areti Metuamate

Areti Metuamate
PhD Candidate
Australian National University, Canberra
Email: areti.metuamate@anu.edu.au
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The working title of Areti’s research is “George Tupou V: the Tongan, the Christian, the Monarch. An examination of the life of a king in relation to his people”. Areti’s research will focus on a historically and theoretically situated biography of King George Tupou V, the recently deceased leader of Tonga.


Sarah Hayton

Sarah Hayton
PhD Candidate
Charles Sturt University
Email: sarah.haytn@acma.gov.au
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Sarah is a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University. Her research examines Australian responses to cyber bullying from an Indigenous, mainstream and CALD cultural context.


Philip Townsend

Philip Townsend
PhD Candidate
Flinders University
School of Education
Email: philip.townsend@flinders.edu.au
Phone: (08) 8201 5670
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Philip’s PhD research explores the role of cultural philosophies in the use of mobile devices for Initial Teacher Education study through Community Based Programs by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-service teachers in remote communities.


Jessa Rogers

Jessa Rogers
PhD Candidate
Australian National University
Email: jessica.rogers@anu.edu.au
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Jessa Rogers (Wiradjuri, Darkinjung) (Bed)(Hons I), BCI, MEd) is an ANU Indigenous Reconciliation PhD Scholar employing Indigenous research methods and methodologies to research the experiences of Aboriginal girls in boarding schools, based at CAEPR.


Jessica Hodgens
PhD Candidate
Monash University
Email: jkhod2@student.monash.edu
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Jessica is a PhD candidate at the Monash Indigenous Centre. Her thesis, “Home, Belonging, Healing: Witnessing Trauma on Dja Dja Wurrung Country”, uses oral history research to examine ideas of place, belonging, violence and ethical responsibility.


Suzanne Duncan
PhD Candidate and Assistant Lecturer
Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies, University of Otago
Email: Suzanne.duncan@otago.ac.nz

Suzanne is from the Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri nga iwi. Her research explores Indigenous responses to neoliberalism & the power of family. Suzanne is also interested in identity development & understanding ‘moments’ that contribute to an Indigenous identity & connecting to place.


Josie AtkinsonJosie Atkinson
Masters Candidate
University of Wollongong
Email: jra374@uowmail.edu.au

Josie is a Gumbaynggirr woman with a undergraduate degree in Indigenous Studies majoring in Health and Community Development. She has 20 years experience in the field and within Creative Arts. Josie is currently studying a MA majoring in Creative Arts.


Lilly Brown
PhD Candidate2013.10.31 Lilly Brown head shot (3)
University of Melbourne
Email: lillyb@student.unimelb.edu.au

Lilly is a PhD candidate with a research focus on how Indigenous children and young people have come to be understood. Her interests lie in the politics of knowledge, value of critical education, racial literacy and Indigenous studies and research.


// International Research Students

Tawhanga Nopera

Tawhanga Nopera
Creative Practice PhD Candidate
University of Waikato
Email: richfish76@gmail.com
http://hukacanhaka.com/

Tawhanga is of Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa, Tainui and Ngapuhi ascent, and the traditions of Māori weaving, or raranga, are the focus of his creative practice research. He uses raranga processes and knowledge, to explore trans spaces for identity, and looks for ways that these can empower within a range of social contexts. His primary areas of interest are matauranga Māori, virtual social realms, transgender advocacy, digital media, and performance art.


Justin Hunter

Justin Hunter
PhD Candidate
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Email: Justin.r.hunter@gmail.com
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Justin is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology concentrating on the use of the arts as a means of cultural expression and vitalization in global contexts. His dissertation focuses on the Ainu of Japan and their use of the arts in ethnic tourism.