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Humanities, social sciences, and languages supervisors

Higher Degree by Research

Our researchers in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and languages have national and international expertise in North Australia, Southeast Asia, the region and beyond. Our staff can provide support for PhD and Master by Research students in a range of specialisations including history, political science, Indonesian studies, Greek studies, arts, philosophy, literary studies and creative writing.

In the arts, our research is largely around the role of artistic creativity and cultural innovation in human societies. This includes the role of the arts in fostering individual and community wellbeing and reducing conflict; creativity in the arts, media, and sciences; cultural learning and evolution; and the practice and cultural history of languages.

We welcome prospective research students to undertake their research journey in these fields with Charles Darwin University.  


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Dr Steven Farram

Dr Steven Farram

Dr Farram is a senior lecturer in history at Charles Darwin University.

Research interests:

  • politics and history of northern Australia and South-East Asia, particularly Indonesia and Timor-Leste
  • 1960s popular culture of the region, especially music.
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Associate Professor George Frazis

Associate Professor George Frazis

Associate Professor George Frazis is an expert in Modern Greek Language and Greek Literature at Charles Darwin University where he specialises in literary studies, Modern Greek Literature, immigration of Greeks to Australia and their oral history.

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Dr Birut Zemits

Dr Birut Zemits

Birut has extensive experience lecturing in subjects related to language, art, film, academic writing and cultural issues.

Research interests:

  • creative practice
  • sociolinguistics
  • environmental education.
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Judy Lovell

Dr Judith Lovell

Dr Judith Lovell is a Senior Research Fellow with Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University.

Research interests:

  • Aboriginal community partnerships
  • strategic organisational policy – governance and business
  • activating capability in remote and regional populations
  • arts-based process (health, education, enterprise)
  • visual jurisprudence.
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Wayne Cristaudo

Professor Wayne Cristaudo

Formerly Director of European Studies at the University of Hong Kong, Wayne Cristaudo is Professor of Political Science in College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society. He has written and edited almost 20 books and special journal issues on political and social theory, philosophy, metaphysics, literature, love and evil, and the Western tradition.

Research interests:

  • nature of human beings
  • history, nature and impact of ideas and social and political institutions
  • social and political dimension of religion.
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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 Nathan Franklin

Dr Nathan Franklin is Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at CDU.

Research interests :

  • Indonesian politics
  • History and society
  • Political Islam
  • Indonesian language and culture
  • Southeast Asian politics and history
  • East Asian politics
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Professor Helen Verran

Professor Helen Verran

Over a long career in academia I have helped many research students formulate and chase down their puzzles into a thesis. For me supervision of graduate students is the most important and certainly the most rewarding aspect of a career in academia.

Research interests:

  • policy work from the ground up
  • museum studies
  • experiential philosophy
  • ethnographic methods
  • inquiry into language use in context
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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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