School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

English | History | Indonesian Studies | International and Political Studies | Applied Ethics

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English Research

The English Program at UNSW Canberra has a distinguished history of research in Australian literary studies, and in the literature and culture of war and conflict. It currently hosts two Australian Research Council fellows and publishes internationally recognised work in these fields, hosts conferences, seminars and guest speakers, and is a major university partner in the flagship e-resource AustLit, the premier bibliographic tool in Australian literary studies. Staff are contributing editors to two journals, while visiting fellows and emeritus researchers continue to publish significant work. The program hosts the Australian Scholarly Editions Centre, publishing authoritative editions of major Australian texts. Other areas include American literature, comparative literary studies, book history and espionage fiction.

Current English staff:

Professor Paul Eggert
Associate Professor Nicole Moore
Dr Heather Neilson
Dr Neil Ramsey
Dr Michael Austin
Dr Christina Spittel

History Research

Members of the history discipline carry out research in areas that are often defence related. They have published many works on the history of the two world wars, the Korean War and later conflicts, as well as a multi-volume study of the history of Australia's Department of Defence. Other research areas include: naval history; German history; and general British history.

Current History staff:

Dr David Blaazer Dr Debbie Lackerstein
Associate Professor Eleanor Hancock Associate Professor Stewart Lone
Dr John Connor Dr John Reeve
Professor Jeffrey Grey Associate Professor Craig Stockings

Indonesian Studies Research

At the UNSW Canberra we offer a PhD research program called Southeast Asian Social Inquiry (plan code 1203). This program focuses on social and cultural understanding of Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. We believe knowledge of one or more cultures of the Southeast Asian region is relevant to anyone aspiring to a leadership role in Australian or international professional and social life.
Our research interests include research supervision and coursework are in the fields of Social Anthropology, Linguistics, Literature and Media Studies.

Our current research interests include:


Language and Literature:


Regional autonomy and ethnicity:

Staff are also involved in the editorial board of the Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs (RIMA) - an inter-disciplinary journal on the cultures of the Indonesian and Malaysian world based in Canberra, and the only of its kind in Australia.


Current Indonesian Studies Staff:

Dr Minako Sakai
Paul Tickell

International and Political Studies Research

International and Political Studies at UNSW Canberra has a strong and recognised research track record, particularly in understanding the political and security dynamics of the three main sub-regions comprising the Asia Pacific: North East Asia, South East Asia and the South Pacific. Our current research strengths include: Australian foreign policy and security; strategic and defence studies; comparative politics of South East Asia; country studies expertise on China, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, East Timor and the USA; terrorism and political violence; ethnic conflict; intra-state conflict; civil-military relations; international and domestic political theory; international relations theory; history of political thought; comparative political thought; democracy and democratisation; political culture; and Australian politics.

Research in International and Political Studies is very well supported by the UNSW Canberra library, which has the country's best collection in strategic and security studies, as well as first class collections in international politics, international law, Islamic studies, and in regional and Australian politics.

Current International and Political Studies staff:

Dr Morten Pedersen Professor David Lovell
Dr Peter Balint Dr Gavin Mount
Associate Professor Anthony Burke Dr John Walker
Assoc Prof Clinton Fernandes Dr Lindy Edwards
  Dr Jian Zhang

Applied Ethics Research

Members of the ethics discipline within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences mainly carry out research in applied ethics, though within a wide variety of areas within this general field, including research in military ethics, medical ethics, police ethics, professional ethics, ethical issues in information technology, ethics in youth and social work, and in the practical application of human rights. Ethics staff within the school have been awarded research grants by a number of government organisations, including the Australian Research Council and Food Standards Australia New Zealand, as well as consulting on projects for the Professional Standards Council (NSW), NSW Police, Victoria Police, Youth Coalition (Australia), Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Applied Ethics Staff:

Dr Stephen Coleman

Dr Ned Dobos

Dr Deane-Peter Baker