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Higher Degree by Research

Our academic staff have national and international expertise and provide support for students in a range of specialisations. Research focuses on capacity building and linking what we know, what we teach and how we learn. Topics include EdTech, data literacy and digital futures, wellbeing and harm prevention programs, the diverse nature of teachers and learners, and questions of equity.

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Sue Smith

Dr Sue Smith

Dr Sue Erica Smith is currently a Senior Lecturer in the College of Education at Charles Darwin University in Australia.

Research interests:

  • meditation
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • spirituality
  • Asian studies
  • Buddhism.
Meet Sue
Ania Lian

Dr Ania Lian

Dr Lian coordinates the Master in Education (International) course, through to the development of the Higher Degree Research supervision culture, building Higher Degree Research students’ capacity, as well as develops international links with South-East Asian countries, especially Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Research interests:

  • language teaching pedagogy
  • literacy education
  • educational neuroscience.
Meet Ania
Dr Bea Staley

Dr Bea Staley

Bea’s teaching and research interests relate to language development, literacy, diversity and difference.

Research opportunities:

  • Caregiver Perspectives of Disability, a longitudinal qualitative study of families and their children and their experiences interacting with health and education systems.

  • Grant-funded project related to the Standard Australian English (SAE) grammar acquisition of Aboriginal students who are learning SAE as an additional language.

Meet Bea
Dr Georgie Nutton

Dr Georgina Nutton

Dr Nutton’s research focuses on the effectiveness and design of early childhood and primary programmes that improve learning and developmental outcomes in contexts that can be challenging to service systems such as remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.

Research interests:

  • school readiness
  • academic success
  • interpersonal relations
  • health, child protection, education and community development policy.
Meet Georgie
Cris Edmonds-Wathen

Dr Cris Edmonds-Wathen

Cris has research expertise in language in mathematics education, with a focus on how different languages express mathematical ideas.

Research interests:

  • Mathematics education 
  • Mathematics and language 
  • Indigenous education  
  • Indigenous languages in education  
Meet Cris

I can't find a supervisor who matches my research interest. What can I do?

If you've been unable to find a supervisor from the list above, you can use the researchers portal to find researchers from related fields.

  • Use one or two keywords to narrow down the list of researchers.
  • Each research profile will indicate if the researcher has the capacity to supervise.

Once you've found a suitable supervisor, you can contact them using the CDU directory.

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