Research Strategies – Public Lecture Series 2011

The Global Studies, Social Science and Planning School offers a renowned Research Strategies course to all Honours, Masters and PhD students. It is designed to prepare students for focused research, mainly theses, and writing detailed research proposals. The course has been developed over many years and many staff partake in its delivery.

Research Strategies includes nine public lectures, which are held on Tuesdays 4.30 to 5.20 pm in the MCCC Lecture Theatre. The theatre is accessed through the side glass door of the church on the corner of Swanston Street and Little Lonsdale Street (opposite the State Library of Victoria).

If you cannot attend the lecture, audio recordings are available online for download.


Week 1: 1 March

Introduction to the course: surviving and completing a research project

Associate Professor Anitra Nelson

Listen to the recording (MP3 41.8mb)

Week 2: 8 March

What should a research proposal or brief look like?

Associate Professor Anitra Nelson

Listen to the recording (MP3 39.6mb)

Week 3: 15 March

How do you situate your research on an ever-changing map of existing theories and research?

Professor Kevin McDonald

Listen to the recording (MP3 37.8mb)

Week 4: 22 March

How to make formal ethics requirements a help rather than a hindrance in designing research projects

Ms Kathryn Daley

Listen to the recording (MP3 35.4mb)

Week 5: 29 March

How can you tell if children do any work?

Professor Pavla Miller

Listen to the recording (MP3 35mb)

Week 6: 5 April

How ‘reading between the lines’ can transform social research

Professor Jock McCulloch

Listen to the recording (MP3 34.1mb)

Week 7: 12 April

Invasions That Never Were (1938 and 2010): What Can They Tell Us About Communication and Communication Research?

Dr Jonathan Smith

Listen to the recording (MP3 36.6mb)

Week 8: 19 April

Testimonials on the beginning, middle and end of a thesis by three RMIT students:

Mayra Walsh, ‘Community, security and social integration in Timor-Leste’
Sharon Parkinson, ‘Household insecurity in a time of restructuring and growth: the employment and housing connection in Australia, 1992–2007’
Lesa Beel, ‘The intersections of home and queer experience’

Listen to the recording (MP3 40mb)

Week 9: 3 May

Collaborative research projects

Dr Guy Johnson

Listen to the recording (MP3 37.3mb)