2013 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal, Arts awarded to Dr Vicki Hutton (BHS)

We congratulate Dr Vicki Elizabeth Hutton, from Behavioural Studies on receiving the 2013 Faculty of Arts Mollie Holman Medal for Doctoral Excellence.  Vicki’s work looked at the significance of pets in the lives of those living with HIV and both examiners found it to be outstanding. Our  congratulations and admiration to Vicki and her supervisors, Dr RoseAnne Misajon and Dr Fran Collins.

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Kate Seear: PhD 2009 Sociology

kate-seearManager and Head Solicitor
The David Law Firm, London

Perhaps the most important aspect of any PhD candidature is your relationship with your supervisors. I was very fortunate to have had three wonderful, supportive, patient and encouraging supervisors who encouraged me at every stage of my PhD and who have continued to mentor me since the completion of my candidature. At times during my candidature, I struggled to stay motivated and positive, but my main supervisor always encouraged me to take my time. Such support was invaluable and helped my to complete my PhD within three and a half years.

The best part of being a student at Monash was making connections with the community of fellow HDR students. I made a number of very good friends during my PhD candidature. The support, intellectual discussions and encouragement of my fellow students was the thing that sustained me most during my candidature.

 

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Asher Flynn: PhD 2010 Criminology

asher-flynnMonash University was a fantastic institution to complete a PhD. I was lucky enough to also complete my undergraduate studies at Monash, and was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to undertake a PhD in an area that I was passionate about, within such an incredibly supportive environment.

There are so many wonderful opportunities available to postgraduate students at Monash – not only do you become part of a network of inspiring and intelligent Criminologists, but you have the opportunities and encouragement to attend conferences, workshops and even head to an overseas campus (we went to Prato in Italy) for an intensive one-week research program with postgraduates and internationally renowned critical Criminology scholars.

These opportunities are invaluable in preparing you for life after the PhD (and it is always useful to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel) and to help establish you within your field of interest.

One of the most wonderful aspects that emerge when you undertake a PhD at Monash is the enormous basis of support that you receive, but the special thing about this support is that it doesn’t end with your supervisor. All the staff, both academic and administrative, are happy to offer guidance, encouragement, energy, motivation, and a good laugh, at all the right times.

The other great benefit of completing a PhD at Monash is the wonderful cohort of postgraduate students that you get to meet and share your journey with – people that will remain a source of support and friendship long after the research process itself ends, and that is invaluable.

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James Garza: PhD 2006 Anthropology

james-garzaCommunications Lecturer, Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies, San Diego State University, California

James gained a bachelor and masters degree in the USA. While studying for his masters, James was impressed by the depth of research in Anthropology at Monash “It seemed that ‘things were happening’ at Monash and that the university had quite a world-renowned reputation for research in Indonesia”. He made it a personal goal to become connected with the Monash name and to work in Indonesia as a researcher

James describes his experience as “enjoyable, rewarding and challenging”.He says access to a dedicated postgraduate centre, a supportive supervisor, “genuine interest and concern that members of the Monash community has for its students” and exceptional assistance from the library staff were key contributors to his success.

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Vicki Sentas: PhD 2009 Criminology

victoria-sentasMonash criminology is a dynamic, creative place, perfect for the challenges and joys of writing a thesis. I really enjoyed the cross-disciplinary focus of the school, where critical theory, history, law, sociology and politics dance with criminology. As well as excellent and attentive supervision, I found support and encouragement came from staff and students in diverse and accessible forms – from informal reading groups with students, to organised seminars and retreats aimed at research and writing skill development. Monash criminology was a challenging, supportive and well-resourced environment to study.

I’m currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Law, Kings College London, awarded under the Newton International Fellowship scheme. I’m writing a book on self-determination, migration, conflict and terrorism laws. My time at Monash was integral in learning how to think critically, research and write.

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Kim Toffoletti: PhD 2004 Women’s Studies

kim-tofolettiUndertaking undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the CWSGR opened me up to new and fresh ways of thinking about the world we live in. I was immediately hooked.

One of the best aspects of this course was its interdisciplinary nature, which introduced me to critical theory, cultural studies and visual culture frameworks to approach gender issues.

The staff provided a supportive learning environment to explore questions of gender difference and equipped me with the relevant knowledges, requisite skills and personal confidence to apply feminist theories to current day concerns and issues.

During my PhD I was encouraged to pursue my own research interests in the visual representation of gender, technology and posthuman bodies – research which has now been published as a book.

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Sanja Milivojević: PhD 2007 Criminology

sanja-milivojevicMonash University and Monash Criminology provided unique learning environment that include not only fantastic supervision and mentorship. In addition to working with some of finest criminologists in the country, we were provided with support, positive and encouraging atmosphere and best working conditions we needed to get us through a very challenging PhD process.

At Monash, we were never left alone. I never felt that I was doing this massive, three-year long project on my own. My peers, a wonderful group of Monash Criminology PhD students, my supervisors and other Criminology staff were always there to talk to us and encourage us to keep going.

They were great role models and without them this journey would be much harder indeed. This is why Monash is the place to go if you are thinking about post-graduate research in Criminology.

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Supervisors

The Program consists of more than 60 expert supervisors covering key areas of social and political research. Currently we supervise over 160 graduate students conducting innovative studies focused in the listed research areas. Our alumni are working in universities, non-government organisations and policy leadership roles all across the globe.

Each research area lists supervisors with relevant expertise and offers access to their individual research profiles.

Asia Pacific regionalism
Culture and belief
Immigration, inclusion and diversity
Australian politics
Crime, justice and human security
Media and Technology
International relations and terrorism
Health and illness
European Studies
Gender
Political theory and philosophy
Youth
Population and sustainability
Social Policy

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Our Program

In our Program, we focus on the important role of the discipline-based programs providing expert supervision toGroup2-150x150 students through a structured induction into postgraduate life, an emphasis on the research skills training necessary to achieve research success and the successful launch of professional careers for all our graduates. We focus on building and sustaining our graduate research community through cohort activities which bring together students and academics and support the intellectual and professional development of all our postgraduates. We offer a range of Higher Degree Research programs, including masters and PhD by research. Our Program adopts an active and supportive approach to research candidature which supports graduate students throughout their studies and beyond.

Our constituent disciplines have a long and distinguished history in the delivery of excellent higher degree by research education. The Program encompasses a range of disciplines including Anthropology, Behavioural Studies, Criminology, Women’s and Gender Studies, Politics and International Relations and Sociology situated in the School of Political and Social Inquiry. The School of Applied Media and Social Sciences contributes key disciplines including Australian Indigenous Studies, Community Welfare and Counselling, History-Politics, Psychological Studies and Sociology. The Program includes expertise from the Monash European and EU Centre . We offer excellence and innovation in graduate research education and provide the conditions necessary to support and facilitate the timely and effective completion of a research project (the thesis) and the acquisition of a suite of professional and transferable skills within and alongside the candidature experience. The Monash PhD is committed to excellence in research, in research training and in student support.

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  • Constituent disciplines

    Our constituent disciplines have a long and distinguished history in the delivery of excellent higher…

Current Graduate Student Research

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We have a large cohort of postgraduate students undertaking innovative and groundbreaking research. Our graduate students are vital in our research culture and receive expert supervision while undertaking the Monash PhD and Masters Graduate Research Programs.

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  • Population and sustainability

    A/Prof  Dharma Arunachalam (Sociology) A/Prof Jo Lindsay (Sociology) Prof Alan Petersen (Sociology)

  • European Studies

    Dr Natalie Doyle (European and EU Centre)  Prof Pascaline Winand (European and EU Centre)  Dr Remy Davison…

  • Media, technology and society

    Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam (Sociology) Dr Francesca Collins (Behavioural Studies) Dr Mark Davis (Sociology) Dr Amy Shields Dobson (Women’s…

  • Youth, generations and the lifecourse

    Dr Amy Shields Dobson (Women’s and Gender Studies) Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett (Sociology) A/Prof Anita Harris (Sociology) A/Prof Jo…

  • International relations and terrorism

    Prof Greg Barton (Politics) Dr Andy Butfoy (Politics) Dr Rémy Davison (Politics) Dr Beth Edmonson Dr Benjamin MacQueen (Politics)…

  • Crime, justice and human security

    A/Prof David Baker Dr Bree Carlton (Criminology ) Dr Anna Eriksson (Criminology) Dr Asher Flynn (Criminology) Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett (Sociology)…

  • Health, illness and biomedicine

    Dr Francesca Collins (Behavioural Studies) Dr Mark Davis (Sociology) A/Prof Jo Lindsay (Sociology) A/Prof Renata Kokanovic (Sociology) Dr RoseAnne…

  • Australian Politics

    Dr Nick Economou (Politics) Dr Narelle Miragliotta (Politics) A/Prof Paul Strangio (Politics) Prof James Walter (Politics)

  • Political theory and philosophy

    The Program has expertise across political theory, philosophy and history. A particular area of strength…

  • Immigration, inclusion and diversity

    A/Prof Dharma Arunachalam (Sociology) Prof Greg Barton (Politics) A/Prof  Anita Harris (Sociology)  A/Prof Pete Lentini (Politics) Prof Jude McCulloch (Criminology)…

  • Gender

    Gender is a key research strength in the Faculty of Arts and the Social and…

  • Culture and belief

    Prof Greg Barton (Politics) Prof Gary Bouma (Emeritus) (Sociology) Dr Francesca Collins (Behavioural Studies) A/Prof Sayed Khatab (Politics)…

Areas of Research Strength

Supervisors in the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program are among the most active and productive researchers in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. They are key public intellectuals and are daily making vital contributions to debates about critical social issues. Our academics are distinguished by their international research relationships, their capacity to attract nationally competitive grants and outstanding industry collaborations.

Our key strengths are clustered in cutting edge research on social, political and environmental transformations. Some of our recent research activities and successes are detailed below.

Border Crossing Observatory

The Border Crossing Observatory (BOb), lead by Professor Sharon Pickering is an innovative virtual research centre that connects Australian and international stakeholders to high quality, independent and cutting edge research on border crossings.

Based at Monash University, The Observatory draws together an international network of critical criminologists and researchers from related disciplines who work in connection with key NGOs to examine border crossings and irregular migration differently, putting the experiences of human beings at the centre.

Perinatal Mental Health Project

In Feb 2013, A/Prof Renata Kokanovic was awarded $ 455,750 for a research project entitled ‘Perinatal mental health and emotional distress in Australian families – a person centered ethnography’. This research is funded by Healthdirect Australia and will use narrative interviews and qualitative analysis to study the subjective experiences of perinatal mental health and emotional distress in a diverse group of people to provide a fuller understanding of these experiences. It will underpin the production of high quality health information website. This project is integral part of Dipex Australia (DA) research consortium activities. DA research consortium includes Monash, Sydney and La Trobe universities. It was established 2012 and is a member of Dipex International (DI), a collaboration led by Oxford University of academics from 14 countries established to lead global qualitative research on health and illness experiences.

 

 

 

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Alumni

Asher Flynn: PhD 2010 Criminology
Monash University was a fantastic institution to complete a PhD. I was lucky enough to also complete my undergraduate studies at Monash, and was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to undertake a PhD in an area that I was passionate about, within such an incredibly supportive environment. There are so many wonderful opportunities available …
Asher Flynn
Sanja Milivojevic Sanja Milivojević: PhD 2007 Criminology
Monash University and Monash Criminology provided unique learning environment that include not only fantastic supervision and mentorship. In addition to working with some of finest criminologists in the country, we were provided with support, positive and encouraging atmosphere and best working conditions we needed to get us through a very challenging PhD process. At Monash, we …
James Garza: PhD 2006 Anthropology
Communications Lecturer, Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies, San Diego State University, California James gained a bachelor and masters degree in the USA. While studying for his masters, James was impressed by the depth of research in Anthropology at Monash “It seemed that ‘things were happening’ at Monash and that the university had quite a world-renowned reputation for …
James Garza
Kate Seear Kate Seear: PhD 2009 Sociology
Manager and Head Solicitor The David Law Firm, London Perhaps the most important aspect of any PhD candidature is your relationship with your supervisors. I was very fortunate to have had three wonderful, supportive, patient and encouraging supervisors who encouraged me at every stage of my PhD and who have continued to mentor me since the completion …
Vicki Sentas: PhD 2009 Criminology
Monash criminology is a dynamic, creative place, perfect for the challenges and joys of writing a thesis. I really enjoyed the cross-disciplinary focus of the school, where critical theory, history, law, sociology and politics dance with criminology. As well as excellent and attentive supervision, I found support and encouragement came from staff and students in …
Victoria Sentas
kim tofoletti Kim Toffoletti: PhD 2004 Women’s Studies
Undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the CWSGR opened me up to new and fresh ways of thinking about the world we live in. I was immediately hooked. One of the best aspects of this course was its interdisciplinary nature, which introduced me to critical theory, cultural studies and visual culture frameworks to approach gender issues. The …

 

 

Australian Alumuni Excellence Award 2014

Neeti Aryal Khanal (MA Women’s Studies 2010) is in the centre of the group.


Neeti Aryal Khanal (MA Women’s Studies 2010) was recently awarded an Australian Alumni Excellence Award by Austrade. The award is given to those graduates of Australian universities who make outstanding contributions in thier home country. Neeti’s academic, activist and public intellectual contributions were recognised in this award: our sincere congratulations to her.   

Read Neeti’s latest contribution to public debate in Nepal about women and activism 

 

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  • Areas of Research Strength

    Supervisors in the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program are among the most active…

  • Associate Supervisors

    In our Program we work in collaboration with supervisors from a range of research areas…

Constituent disciplines

Our constituent disciplines have a long and distinguished history in the delivery of excellent higher degree by research education. The Program encompasses a range of disciplines including Anthropology, Behavioural Studies, Criminology, Women’s and Gender Studies, Politics and International Relations and Sociology situated in the School of Social Sciences. The School of Applied Media and Social Sciences contributes key disciplines including Australian Indigenous Studies, Community Welfare and Counselling, History-Politics, Psychological Studies and Sociology. The Program includes expertise from the Monash European and EU Centre . We offer excellence and innovation in graduate research education and provide the conditions necessary to support and facilitate the timely and effective completion of a research project (the thesis) and the acquisition of a suite of professional and transferable skills within and alongside the candidature experience. The Monash PhD is committed to excellence in research, in research training and in student support.

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  • Our Program

    In our Program, we focus on the important role of the discipline-based programs providing expert…

Dr Virginie Andre (Politics 2013) wins Arts Postgraduate Publication Award

Dr Virginie Andre has been awarded the Faculty of Arts 2012 Postgraduate Publication Prize for her journal article “Neojihadism” and YouTube: Patani Militant Propaganda Dissemination and Radicalization’ in the journal Asian Security. Congratulations also to her supervisors Associate Professor Pete Lentini and Professor Greg Barton.

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon (Criminology 2012, now working at Deakin University) was commended for her publication in the British Journal of Criminology. 

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Expertise in Social Movements

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Social movements are an important aspect of modern life and thus vital subjects of scholarly inquiry. Many staff pursue their own research as well as supervise dissertations on social movements -both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ones. Social movements or collective actions expertise is found in a significant number of SPS supervisors, especially among PSI staff such as Greg Barton, Nick Economou, Luke Howie, Sayed Khatab, Peter Lentini, Anne McNevin, Julian Millie, and Paul Strangio

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  • Supervisors

    The Program consists of more than 60 expert supervisors covering key areas of social and…

  • Associate Supervisors

    In our Program we work in collaboration with supervisors from a range of research areas…

Associate Supervisors

In our Program we work in collaboration with supervisors from a range of research areas to ensure our graduate students receive expert supervision. Please contact A/Prof JaneMaree Maher to discuss associate supervision.

Some of our current collaborators  

Dr Joel Atkinson

A/Prof John Bradley

Dr Jeremy Breaden

A/Prof Gloria Davies

A/Prof  Andrea Whittaker

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