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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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Dr Tracy Woodroffe

Dr Tracy Woodroffe is a Lecturer and Course Coordinator in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society. She welcomes inquiries from prospective Master by Research and PhD students for supervision in her areas of interest.

Research Interests:

  • Indigenous education and leadership
  • knowledge systems
  • classroom practice and assessment
  • teacher education
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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  
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Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston

Adelle is a senior lecturer in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at CDU. She specializes in contemporary Australian literature, particularly settler narratives of Australian identity politics, race relations, and reconciliation in poetry and prose.

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Dr Nicolas Gromik

His research interests combine Language learning (English and Foreign) with technology and the use of Video production for students to retain knowledge and content. Nicolas is mostly interested in enhancing educational outcomes in emerging countries and is currently developing research in online simulations to enhance pre-service teachers’ professional experiences.

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Professor Jennifer Deger

Professor Jennifer Deger

Jennifer is co-director of the Centre for Creative Futures. She is an award winning filmmaker, author and occasional curator working between anthropology, art and the environmental humanities.

Research interests:

* collaborative and experimental social research
* Yolngu future-making
* visual ethics and aesthetics
* photography and documentary studies
* Anthropocene studies

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