People

Centre Director

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Professor Renata Kokanović

Professor Renata Kokanović is the Director of Social and Global Studies Centre.

She works at the intersections of health, society and medicine, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary mental health research. She combines empirical research with interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological scholarship while collaborating with industry partners and health care users to facilitate greater understanding of lived experiences of health and illness.

Research Fellows

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellows

Dr Monica Barrett

2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow

Dr Jacinthe Flore

2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Crystal McKinnon

Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Research Fellow

Dr Gemma Sou

2020 Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow

Rebecca Olive

2022 Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow

Ellen van Holstein

2022 Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow

ARC Fellows

Professor Hariz Halilovich

2019 ARC Future Fellow

Associate Professor Nicola Henry

2021 ARC Future Fellow

Associate Professor Charlie Hunt

ARC DECRA Fellow & Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow

Research-only members

Dr Tamara Borovica

Dr Tuba Boz

Professor Guy Johnson

Dr Emma Shortis

Dr Alice Witt

Dr Vandra Agisalou, Senior Lecturer

Dr Sharon Andrews, Lecturer
Social policy, Evidence based policy & practice; Human service delivery outcomes focused work, Higher Education policy, Academic freedom

Dr Monica Barratt, Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow Representative and Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow
Social science, Drug use, Digital society and technology

Lucinda Bashfield

Dr Alexis Bergantz, Lecturer
The French Pacific, Franco-Australian history, New Caledonia, Empire studies, settler colonialism, French society and culture

Professor Judith Bessant
Sociology, Politics, Policy studies, Youth studies, Ethics, Criminology, Education, History

Dr Tamara Borovica, Research Assistant

Dr Tuba Boz, Research Fellow
Migration, Identity politics, Multiculturalism, Muslim minorities and diaspora

Dr Robin Cameron, Senior Lecturer
Terrorism, Counter-radicalisation, Social control, Urban protest, Disasters and urban space, Global crime, Refugees, Human security, Cyber-security, Critical security studies, International relations theory, Foucault, Post-structural analysis

Dr Peter Chambers, Senior Lecturer
Border Security

Dr Brianna Chesser, Senior Lecturer
Criminology & Justice

Ms Mish Colla, Associate Lecturer

Dr Sebastian Cordoba, Lecturer
Social Work

Dr Christine Craik, Lecturer
Women, Children, Domestic violence, Social Work

Dr Chantal Crozet, Senior Lecturer
Intercultural language teaching, Religion, secularism and gender issues in contemporary France, French popular songs as historical, societal and cultural discourse

Mr Rob Cunningham, ECDF
Social Work & Human Services

Dr Kathryn Daley, Lecturer
Young people, Chronic disadvantage, Drug use, Self-injury, gender, Practice development, Research ethics

Emma Dalton

Dr Christina David, Lecturer
Disability, human rights based approaches, social support, policy and practice

Ms Nadia David, Associate Lecturer
Criminology and Justice

Mr Christopher Davies, Associate Lecturer

Dr Anamaria Ducasse, Language, Culture & International Education Representative and Senior Lecturer
Analysing communication and language primarily in assessment settings, Discourse analysis and qualitative research methodologies, Second language teaching and learning, Language and identity

Dr Kathy Edwards, Senior Lecturer
Youth sociology, Youth policy, Youth studies, Youth work, Feminist theory, Feminism, Women/gender and policy, Political participation and social movements, Prostitution and sex-trafficking, Young people and globalization

Associate Professor Ronnie Egan Social work, Human service sector, Violence against women, CALD students and practice

Dr Michael Emslie, Lecturer

Dr Adis Fejzic, Research Assistant

Ms Jessica Findling, Associate Lecturer

Dr Kathleen Fitt, Lecturer
Social Work ;& Human Services

Ms Olga Garcia-Caro Alcazar, Lecturer
Interpreting, Translation, Gender

Ms Rachel Goff, Lecturer

Mr Kent Goldsworthy, Associate Lecturer

Dr Erika Gonzalez Garcia, Senior Lecturer
Translation ;& interpreting, Interpreter & translator ethics, Medical & legal discourse

Associate Professor Damian Grenfell, Senior Research Fellow
Nation-formation, State and peace-building, Development in conflict and post-conflict societies

Associate Professor Roberto Guevara
Asia-Pacific environmental education, HIV-AIDS education, Community and eco Tourism, International aid and development, Community development

Professor Hariz Halilovich, Migration EIP Network
Place, Displacement ;& emplacement, Forced migration, Diaspora studies, Conflict & peace studies, Genocide & mass violence, War windows, Memory studies, Commemorations & remembrances, Archives & museums, Exile literature

Dr Gemma Hamilton, Research Officer
Gendered violence, Forensic interviewing, Sexual assault

Ms Betty Haralambous, Associate Lecturer

Dr Lisa Harris, Lecturer
Community, Cyberspace, elearning, Human services practice and innovation, Public and social policy related to human services

Dr Michael Hartup, Lecturer

Aminath Hasna, Associate Lecturer 

Mr Alasdair Henry, Associate Lecturer Industry Fellow

Associate Professor Nicola Henry, Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow
Sexual violence, sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, domestic violence, digital abuse, technology-facilitated abuse, transitional justice, human rights, genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, international courts and tribunals, discrimination, trauma, collective memory, victims, gender

Associate Professor Georgina Heydon, Senior Lecturer
Legal communication and language, Police interviewing, Criminal records, Lie detection, Cross-cultural communication

Ms Rebecca Hiscock, Associate Lecturer

Associate Professor Kimberley Humphery, Lecturer
History, sociology and theories of consumption and materiality; ethical/sustainable consumption; social & cultural theory; transgender studies; the body; social & cultural dimensions of Indigenous health; research ethics.

Dr Charles Hunt, Senior Research Fellow
Security and justice sector reform, Policing, Peace operations, Peacebuilding, Humanitarianism, Responsibility to protect and protection of civilians in armed conflict, African Security, Monitoring and evaluation

Dr Suzi Hutchings, Senior Lecturer
Indigenous Australia, Native Title, Indigenous youth and social justice, Indigenous youth and music, De-colonisation

Dr Reina Ichii, Lecturer
Development economics, Feminist economics, Public policy, Public finance, Gender and development, Time use research

Ms Belinda Johnson, Lecturer
Social work, Gender and precarious work, Organisational studies

Professor Guy Johnson
Housing, Homelessness, Substance abuse, Stigma

Professor Katherine Johnson, Associate Dean, Research & Innovation

Dr Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer
Institution of war, Diplomacy, International relations, 20th-century history, Terrorism, International law

Dr Elizabeth Kath, Senior Lecturer
State capacity, Social capital, Public health (esp. maternal-infant health), Latin America and Caribbean (esp. Cuba), Public policy, Reconciliation

Dr Maren Klein, Research Assistant

Professor Renata Kokanovic, Centre Director
Narrative approaches to mental illness, chronic illness and neurodiversity, the dynamics of caregiving, health decision making, critical health humanities, interdisciplinary research and practice

Associate Professor Bawa Kuyini
Quantitative & Qualitative approaches to research on Disability, Special Needs/inclusive Education, Refugees & Migration

Dr Miranda Lai, Senior Lecturer

Ms Melissa Laing, Associate Lecturer

Dr Caroline Lambert, Lecturer Industry Fellow

Dr Julian Lee, Associate Professor
Globalisation; International studies; Careers and employability; Civil Society; Popular Culture

Mr Joseph MacFarlane, Higher Degree Research Student

Associate Professor Cecily Maller

Dr Peta Malins, Senior Lecturer
Drug use, policing, drug education, intersectionality, abolition

Associate Professor Robyn Martin, Associate Dean Social Work & Human Services

Dr Sonia Martin, Lecturer
Inequality, Welfare reform, Social policy, Community development

Dr Marietta Martinovic, Senior Lecturer
Corrections, Community based corrections, Prisons, Punishment, Electronic monitoring, Comparative criminal justice and social crime prevention

Mrs Lucy Maxwell, Early Career Researcher Representative and Associate Lecturer

Dr Crystal McKinnon,VC Indigenous Research Fellow

Dr Joni Meenagh, Lecturer

Dr Glenda Mejia, Senior Lecturer
Women studies (intersectionality), Migration (place-making, belonging, language and identity), Spanish-speaking migration & mobility in Australia, Pedagogy (teaching practice and mLearning)

Ms Monique Moffa, Associate Lecturer

Ms Miimi Morris, Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Predoctoral Research Fellow

Associate Professor Kerry Mullan
French language and culture, Cross-cultural communication & interactional styles, Intercultural pragmatics, Discourse analysis, Language teaching, Conversational humour

Associate Professor Yaso Nadarajah
Communities & Wellbeing, Identity & Belonging, Local-global sustainability, Community engaged & qualitative research methodologies in cross-cultural environments (PNG, Sri Lanka, Malaysia)

Dr Jindan Ni, Lecturer
Dialogic relationships between classical Chinese & Japanese literature & culture, Comparative literary studies

Dr Sharlene Nipperess, Lecturer
Human Rights (in relation to critical social work, people experiencing mental distress, people from refugee & asylum seeker backgrounds, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples & the environment), Social Work Ethics

Dr Caroline Norma, Senior Research Fellow
Public policy, Prostitution, Pornography & trafficking in Australia, Japan and South Korea, Translation & interpreting

Mrs Hiroko Ohashi, Lecturer
Discourse analysis for language teaching, Application of pragmatics to language learning, Intercultural communication, Language teaching

Mrs Patrick O'Keeffe, Lecturer

Dr Rebecca Olive, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Angelika Papadopoulos, Lecturer
Social policy, Sustainability & social work, Higher education policy

Dr Kate Phelan, Lecturer

Dr Peter Phipps, Senior Lecturer
Postcolonialism, Global cultural studies, Nat'l identities & modernity, Indigenous relations, & festivals, Cultural politics, Urban ethnic precincts, Anthropology of tourism

Associate Professor Anastasia Powell
Cybercrime, Technology Facilitated Abuse, Sexual & Domestic Violence

Dr Jing Qi, Lecturer
Transcultural doctoral education, Transnational knowledge exchange, Blended and Online Learning

Dr Kaye Quek, Lecturer
Feminist politics, Human rights, Gender, Violence against women, Human trafficking, International law

Mx Rory Randall, Research Assistant

Dr Panayiota Romios, Senior Lecturer

Dr James Rowe, Lecturer
Law reform, Social justice, Street-based sex work, Public policymaking

Dr Michele Ruyters, Associate Professor
Gender & Sport, Gender & Physical Identity, Biographical Disruption, Wrongful Conviction

Dr Paul Scriven, Lecturer

Dr Rosanna Scutella, Senior Research Fellow
Social economics, Social policy

Dr Emma-Louise Seal, Research Fellow

Luke Stickels

Dr Sharna Rajesh, Senior Lecturer
Dispute resolution, International trade, Foreign investment law & policy, India & China

Dr Emma Shortis, Research Fellow
European Union, Environmental Politics and History, US Politics and History

Ms Alyssa Sigamoney, Associate Lecturer

Ms Sharon Simon, Associate Lecturer Industry Fellow

Dr Russell Solomon, Lecturer
Human Security Issues, Australia's Engagement with the International Human Rights Regime, Rights Based Approach to Policymaking, Economic/Social and Cultural Rights

Dr Gemma Sou, V-C's Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020
Disasters, Human vulnerability; Critical development studies; Refugees; Disaster risk reduction; Disaster recovery; Media representations of international development and disasters; Ethnography; Creative research translation; the Caribbean

Dr Ceridwen Spark, Associate Professor
Gender, Urbanisation, Gender and education, Women's leadership, Gender and ethnicity, Cross-cultural interaction, Biography

Dr Gregory Stratton, Lecturer
Wrongful conviction, Miscarriages of justice, Media & crime, Digital criminology, Internet research, Technology & crime

Professor Stuart Thomas, Criminology & Justice Studies Representative

Dr Ellen van Holstein, Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow

Associate Professor Aiden Warren, Global Studies Representative
International Security, US national security and foreign policy, US Politics, International Relations, WMD Policy, International Political Economy

Dr Juliet Watson, HDR Co-ordinator and Deputy Director Unison Housing Research Lab
Homelessness, Violence against women, Social exclusion, Social capital, Feminist theory and activism, Intersectionality, Embodiment, Young people

Professor Rob Watts, Professor in Social Science
Labour Market, Social Security Policy, Private Investment in Public Infrastructure, Australian Social Theory History, Australian Eugenics History, Youth Policy

Associate Professor John Douglas Whyte, Deputy Dean (Policy Practice & Social Innovation)
Indigenous identity, Post-colonial theory, Cross-worldview social work practice, Chaos/complexity theory, International sex trafficking

Professor Bruce Wilson
Relationship between learning & work, Organisational change & Work design, Workplace implications of new technologies

Ms Margareta Windisch, Associate Lecturer

Dr Alice Witt, Research Fellow (Advanced)

Dr Maki Yoshida, Lecturer
Language and identity; language, gender and sexuality; Japanese sociolinguistics; critical discourse analysis; critical pedagogy

Professor Christopher Ziguras, Deputy Dean (International)
International education

Dr Shannon Zimmerman, Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr Jane Bullen, Associate 

Professor Chris Chamberlain, Emeritus Professor

Dr Melek Cigdem, Associate 

Professor Leo Goedegebuure, Honorary Professor 

Professor David Hayward, Emeritus Professor

Dr Helen Marshall, Honorary University Fellow 

Professor Bruno Mascitelli, Honorary Professor

Professor Pavla Miller, Emeritus Professor

Professor Martin Mowbray, Emeritus Professor 

Professor Suellen Murray, Honorary Professor

Dr Fiona Nicoll, Adjunct Professor 

Associate Professor Paul Ramcharan, Honorary Associate Professor

Professor Gabriele Suder, Honorary Professor

Dr Anna Urbanowicz, Associate

Dr Chloe Ward, Associate

Professor Gavin Wood, Emeritus Professor 

Dr Kate Johnston-Ataata, Visiting Research Fellow

Professor Kenji Koyama, Visiting Professor 

Dr Nicholas Hill, Visiting Research Fellow

Dag Sommervoll

Gurdip Chima, Mental Health Branch, Dept. Health & Human Services (DHHS)

Prof. Andrea Cornwall, SOAS University of London

Beth Eggleston, Humanitarian Advisory Group

Prof. John Hajek, University of Melbourne 

John Walsh, Founder, Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT

Seregious Be-Ere (HDR Student Representative)

Anumoni Joshi (HDR Student Representative)

Gabriella Karakas (DSC Subcommittee Candidate Representative)

Muhammad Abbas

Glenn Abblitt

Rusmir Ahmic

Mansour Alobaisi

Abdullah Khalid S Alrebdi

Sumayyah Alsulami

Amaya Alvarez

Joanne Barker

Tarana Begum

Godwin Festival Boateng

Karen Broadley

Jack Brookes

Simone Cappelluti

Fiona Carey

Sam Carroll-Bell

Jannett Nieves Cortes

Louise Coventry

Christine Craik

Maureen D'Arcy

Divya Das

Liz Dearn

Lucy Demant

Amber Domberelli

Somaieh Ebrahimi

Donna Evans

Lisa Ewenson

Rachael Fernald

Jessica Findling

David Fisher

Joshua Hallwright

Hamdullah

Ahsan Hanif

Emily Hanscamp

Luan Huynh

Md Badrul Hyder

Afshin Jafari

Qamar Jafri

Ivana Jurko

Sajjad Kianbakht

Tyler King

Ceyhan Kurt

Melissa Laing

Tegan Larin

Victor J Lasa

Hanna Moges Lemma

Mercy Masta

Sarah McCook

Natalie Mclean

Jane Middleton

Lena Molnar

Thomas Moore

Shaez Mortimer

Adnan Nawaz

Osorio Neto

Minh Nguyen

Hasan Nuhanovic

Monica O'Dwyer

Tully O'Neill

David Paull

Binh Pham

Hau Pham

Septaliana Dewi Prananingtyas

Hyun-Jun Roh

Tamzin Rollason

Caitlin Roper

Susan Rouch

Kara Sandri

Yuniar Paramita Sari

Bess Schnioffsky

Amina Shahzadi

Emily Spiller

Tanya Stelmach

Lanie Stockman

Una Stone

Joanne Taylor

Donna Teekens

Sangeetha Thanapal

Samantha Togni

Emily Toome

Bree Turner

Xiaolong Wang

Catherine Weiss

Bronwyn Winch

Dallas Wingrove

Garth Wright

Renee Wright

Savva Zavou

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.