Our research is consistently classified as above or well above world standards by the Australian Research Council.
Our research addresses issues of social and political impact that inform our world and drive change.
We strive to perfect a vision of a future society that is better for all
A commitment to preparing our societies to withstand and direct change
Understanding the world in which we live and how we can better improve our lives is how we can progress as the human race. Whether studies are conducted at the University or in the field, our students, staff and graduates are empowered with the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the study of arts, business, law and education.Professor Benjamin Smith, Associate Dean (Research)
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
Home to 30+ research entities, including national centres of excellence
Supporting 350 researchers
Nurturing the careers of 550 higher degree by research students
We support researchers at all stages of their careers, from emerging postdoctoral researchers to professors who are internationally renowned in their field.
Arvi Wattel is an art historian with international experience, and a lecturer at the UWA School of Design.Read more about Arvi Wattel
Dr Joseph Nolan
Dr Joseph Nolan is an internationally renowned and multi-award-winning organist who has played in some of the world’s most prestigious buildings, including Buckingham Palace for the Queen. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia.Read more about Dr Joseph Nolan
Professor John Kinder
Professor John Kinder is a respected linguist, Italian language and culture specialist, author, language researcher and educator at The University of Western Australia.Read more about Professor John Kinder
Dr Adam Parr
Dr Adam Parr is a Professor of Practice at the UWA Business School. He brings his experience as an author, investor, strategy expert and global business leader to the School as an advisor.Read more about Dr Adam Parr
Dr Sam Baron
Dr Sam Baron is a senior lecturer in philosophy and senior research fellow at The University of Western Australia, focusing on time travel and physical theories that deny time is real, and on the nature of mathematical explanation.Read more about Dr Sam Baron
Professor Stephen Houghton
Stephen Houghton is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at UWA and a specialist in child psychology and adolescent behaviour.Read more about Professor Stephen Houghton
Dr Ian Murray
Dr Ian Murray is a Senior Lecturer at the UWA Law School, researching in the areas of resources taxation, not-for-profit tax law and corporate governance.Read more about Dr Ian Murray
Dr Christopher Tonkin
Dr Christopher Tonkin is an enthusiastic teacher, composer and performer at the UWA Conservatorium of Music, focusing on electronic music and sound installation.Read more about Dr Christopher Tonkin
Dr Zhangxin (Frank) Liu
Dr Zhangxin (Frank) Liu is a UWA finance lecturer and researcher, specialising in the exploitation of market sentiment from financial derivatives markets.Read more about Dr Zhangxin (Frank) Liu
A highly experienced teacher and performer, Suzanne Wijsman has initiated many research projects aimed at improving the health and performance of musicians and music students.Read more about Suzanne Wijsman
Dr Cecilia Sun
Dr Cecilia Sun is a lecturer at the UWA Conservatorium of Music. She is a celebrated musician, pianist and promoter of women’s studies in music.Read more about Dr Cecilia Sun
MBA Teaching Fellow Dee Roche
MBA Teaching Fellow Dee Roche is a coordinator and lecturer at the UWA Business School, specialising in leadership, strategic change and transformation.Read more about MBA Teaching Fellow Dee Roche
Craig Ogden is a classic guitarist and recording artist with four number one albums on the UK classical music charts. He’s also an Adjunct Fellow at The University of Western Australia.Read more about Craig Ogden
James Ledger is an ARIA award winner, renowned composer and senior lecturer in composition at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.Read more about James Ledger
Lara Pinho is an award-winning lecturer and architect focused on sustainability and social impact at the School of Design.Read more about Lara Pinho
Dr Donella Caspersz
Dr Donella Caspersz is a published researcher, teacher and supervisor at the UWA Business School, specialising in employment relations and family business management.Read more about Dr Donella Caspersz
Penny Carruthers is a lecturer and Deputy Head of Learning and Teaching at UWA Law School, with a specialisation in property law. She aims to make law education engaging and inspiring for students.Read more about Penny Carruthers
Professor Benjamin Reilly
Professor Benjamin Reilly is a political scientist and academic at the UWA School of Social Sciences.Read more about Professor Benjamin Reilly
Martin Forsey is an Associate Professor specialising in education innovation and finding effective and inspiring ways of teaching Australian students.Read more about Martin Forsey
Associate Professor Kathryn Prince
Associate Professor Kathryn Prince is a scholar of Shakespeare and teacher of English and Literary Studies in the School of Humanities at UWA.Read more about Associate Professor Kathryn Prince
Dr Tijana Vujosevic
Assistant Professor Tijana Vujosevic is a historian of the built environment and published researcher at the School of Design at The University of Western Australia.Read more about Dr Tijana Vujosevic
Associate Professor Andrew R Timming
Associate Professor Andrew R Timming is an organisational psychologist and researcher at the UWA Business School exploring how to improve people’s working lives.Read more about Associate Professor Andrew R Timming
Dr Julian Bolleter
Dr Julian Bolleter is an urban designer, researcher and teacher, tackling issues facing Australian cities in the 21st century.Read more about Dr Julian Bolleter
Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell
Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell is a researcher and teacher at UWA’s School of Humanities.Read more about Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell
Professor Michael Blakeney
Michael Blakeney is a UWA Law School Winthrop Professor and an international authority on intellectual property and agriculture.Read more about Professor Michael Blakeney
Dr Bonnie Thomas
Dr Bonnie Thomas is a senior lecturer of French language and literature. Dr Thomas conducts research on francophone Caribbean literature and is nationally awarded for her teaching abilities.Read more about Dr Bonnie Thomas
Dr Kate Hislop
Dr Kate Hislop is a registered architect and has been an academic at UWA for over 20 years.Read more about Dr Kate Hislop
Dr Sanjit Kumar Roy
Dr Sanjit Kumar Roy is a senior lecturer in marketing within the UWA Business School. He holds research interests in consumer behaviour and services marketing.Read more about Dr Sanjit Kumar Roy
Dr David Lawrence
Dr David Lawrence is a mental health researcher within the Graduate School of Education. He holds research interests in child and adolescent mental health and the mental health of police and emergency services personnel.Read more about Dr David Lawrence
Professor Alan Lourens
Professor Alan Lourens is the Head of the Conservatorium of Music at The University of Western Australia.Read more about Professor Alan Lourens
Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor
Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor is the Discipline Chair for History within the School of Humanities, and the Director of the Centre for Western Australian History.Read more about Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor
Professor Jac Birt
Professor Jac Birt is the Head of the Accounting and Finance department within the UWA Business School. She holds research interests in contemporary accounting issues.Read more about Professor Jac Birt
Emily Van Eyk
Emily Van Eyk is a practising architect and award-winning teacher in the UWA School of Design.Read more about Emily Van Eyk
Dr Sven Ouzman
Dr Sven Ouzman is an archaeologist and activist who studies the forgotten worlds beneath and all around us, from exploring and finding artefacts in the field, to discovering them in the lab.Read more about Dr Sven Ouzman
Dr Michael Jetter
Dr Michael Jetter is a senior lecturer and economics researcher specialising on the effects of corruption, terrorism and gender.Read more about Dr Michael Jetter
Dr Raquel Bra Núñez
Dr Raquel Bra Núñez is an international Spanish teacher with a passion for linguistics, communication and literature.Read more about Dr Raquel Bra Núñez
Dr Christopher Mallan
Dr Chris Mallan is a senior lecturer at The University of Western Australia. He is an internationally regarded educator, historian and researcher, with a particular focus on Ancient Rome.Read more about Dr Christopher Mallan
Assistant Professor Kate Offer is a lecturer within UWA’s Law School in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Kate Offer
Tracy Redhead is a musician, researcher, composer and lecturer in electronic music, working with data mapping, programming, music interaction and dynamic music.Read more about Tracy Redhead
Christina Nicholson is a registered landscape architect and a lecturer at the UWA School of Design.Read more about Christina Nicholson
Dr Caleb Goods
Dr Caleb Goods is a researcher and lecturer, examining two forces that are challenging and changing people’s working lives around the world: climate change, and the ‘gig’ economy.Read more about Dr Caleb Goods
Professor Lyn Parker
Professor Lyn Parker is a sociocultural anthropologist and researcher at the UWA School of Social SciencesRead more about Professor Lyn Parker
Dr Liudmila Tarabashkina
Dr Liudmila Tarabashkina is a researcher at the UWA Business School and a marketing research consultant focusing on empowering consumers, assisting government with policy making and helping firms with strategic marketing communication.Read more about Dr Liudmila Tarabashkina
Dr Ashley William Smith
Dr Ashley William Smith is a Churchill Fellow, internationally acclaimed clarinet soloist and head of winds and contemporary performance at UWA.Read more about Dr Ashley William Smith
Dr Sam Han
Dr Sam Han is an interdisciplinary social scientist within the School of Social Sciences. He holds research interests in social, cultural and critical theory, new media and religion.Read more about Dr Sam Han
Associate Professor Sarah Murray
Sarah Murray’s legal and professional career is underpinned by her interest and expertise in community justice and using the law to create a positive impact on society. Practising first as a commercial and community lawyer, Sarah Murray is Associate Professor at UWARead more about Associate Professor Sarah Murray
Dr Marco Rizzi
Dr Marco Rizzi is an academic lawyer and senior lecturer with the Law School in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Dr Marco Rizzi
Professor Susan Broomhall
Susan Broomhall is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of History, researching the medieval and early modern world.Read more about Professor Susan Broomhall
Dr Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Dr Tony Hughes-d'Aeth is Discipline Chair for English and Literary Studies at UWA, and is the Director of the Westerly Centre.Read more about Dr Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Dr Louise Devenish
Dr Louise Devenish is a Churchill Fellow, multi-award-winning percussionist and Head of Percussion at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.Read more about Dr Louise Devenish
Dr Joe Clare
Assistant Professor Dr Joe Clare is a criminologist researching emergency first responders and prevention-focused policies at UWA’s Law School.Read more about Dr Joe Clare
Professor Samina Yasmeen
Professor Samina Yasmeen is an international relations teacher and researcher, working on the objective understanding of Islam and Muslims, their perceptions and impact on Australian and global politics.Read more about Professor Samina Yasmeen
Dr Nigel Westbrook
Dr Nigel Westbrook is an architectural history researcher, lecturer and research supervisor at the School of Design.Read more about Dr Nigel Westbrook
Dr Anna Gadd is an Associate Lecturer in European languages within UWA’s School of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Anna Gadd
Dr Maria Ignatieva
Dr Maria Ignatieva is a landscape architect and urban ecologist who teaches and researches at the UWA School of Design.Read more about Dr Maria Ignatieva
Dr Ethan Blue
Ethan Blue is a multi-award-winning teacher, researcher and senior lecturer in History at UWA. His first book Doing Time in the Depression (2012) traces the origins of mass incarceration in the United States.Read more about Dr Ethan Blue
Andrew Foote is a Helpmann Award winner, current opera performer and Head of Vocal Studies at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.Read more about Andrew Foote
Dr Dale Adams
Dr Dale Adams is a lecturer in German language, literature and culture in UWA’s Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, and Deputy Head of Education (Enterprise) for the School of Humanities.Read more about Dr Dale Adams
Dr Fernando Jerez
Dr Fernando Jerez is an international award-winning architect, designer and educator at UWA’s School of Design.Read more about Dr Fernando Jerez
Dr Remco Heesen
Dr Remco Heesen is a Philosopher of Science in the School of Humanities, studying the social structure of science, social epistemology and formal epistemology.Read more about Dr Remco Heesen
Dr Sarah Collins
Dr Sarah Collins is a lecturer of musicology at the UWA Conservatorium of Music. She seeks to understand the ways in which music and sound shape our culture.Read more about Dr Sarah Collins
Graeme Gilling is an accomplished WASO pianist and musician. He is an Assistant Professor and the head of Keyboard Studies at UWA, with a special focus on collaborative performance and a love of teaching.Read more about Graeme Gilling
Dr Nicholas Bannan
Dr Nicholas Bannan is an Associate Professor of the UWA Conservatorium of Music. He is an internationally renowned composer and conductor, with a special interest in the evolutionary origins of music in our species.Read more about Dr Nicholas Bannan
Dr Tamara Tulich
Dr Tamara Tulich is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Law School within the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Dr Tamara Tulich
Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald
Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald is Head of Guitar at the UWA Conservatorium of Music and a passionate performer and teacher.Read more about Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald
Dr Ionat Zurr
Dr Ionat Zurr is a pioneering artist and researcher in bioart.Read more about Dr Ionat Zurr
Dr Fiona Mayne
Dr Fiona Mayne is a lecturer at The University of Western Australia’s Graduate School of Education, specialising in technology and childhood education.Read more about Dr Fiona Mayne
Professor David Gilchrist
Professor David Gilchrist is a researcher and teacher in accounting and economic policy whose current research focuses on the NDIS.Read more about Professor David Gilchrist
Dr Catherine Noske
Dr Catherine Noske is editor of Westerly magazine and a lecturer in English and creative writing within the School of Humanities at UWA.Read more about Dr Catherine Noske
Dr Clarissa Ball
Dr Clarissa Ball is an art historian and the Director of the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.Read more about Dr Clarissa Ball
Professor Natalie Skead
Professor Natalie Skead is UWA’s Dean of Law. She is a national award-winning teacher and prolific researcher in aspects of private law, proceeds of crime and legal education.Read more about Professor Natalie Skead
Andrew Endrey is a professional Chinese translator and Associate Lecturer in the School of Humanities within the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Andrew Endrey
Professor Rob Wilson
Professor Rob Wilson is a philosopher and lecturer of philosophy at UWA in the School of Humanities.Read more about Professor Rob Wilson
Craig McCormack is a lecturer and researcher with a passion for teaching architectural design.Read more about Craig McCormack
Professor Hélène Jaccomard
Professor Hélène Jaccomard is a multilingual lecturer and researcher in the School of Humanities within the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Professor Hélène Jaccomard
Professor Alistair Paterson
Professor Alistair Paterson is an archaeologist, Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and professor at the UWA School of Social Sciences.Read more about Professor Alistair Paterson
Dr Paul Harrigan
Dr Paul Harrigan is an associate professor, published researcher and international consultant at the UWA Business School, specialising in digital and social media marketing.Read more about Dr Paul Harrigan
Nicole Wilson-Rogers is a lecturer and researcher in the UWA Law School in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Nicole Wilson-Rogers
UWA project awarded over half a million dollars for India research
A University of Western Australia research project has been awarded a grant for over half a million $AUD to investigate social identities – in particular, gender, ethnicity, and religion – in India.Read more
University curriculum reforms
This project is an in-depth historical and contemporary analysis of radical university curriculum reforms in research-intensive universities across the globe.
Musical Participation in the Care of Patients with Alzheimers
This research project from The University of Western Australia is a clinical investigation of the effectiveness of group singing for people with Alzheimer’s.
Music Teaching Without Words
This UWA Conservatorium of Music research project explores teaching music to children through imitation and play as part of the international Harmony Signing program.
Privacy personalization paradox
On the internet, we want both privacy and personalisation. However, we must compromise, as personalisation is only possible by giving up some privacy.
Aggregate demand under instability
This project aims to measure the impact of monetary policy on the aggregate demand in Australia and the United States.
A World Without Time: Timelessness in Physics and Metaphysics
This DECRA project, led by Dr Sam Baron, investigates the concept of time and questions its very existence.
Health education literacy and mobility for musicians
This UWA Conservatorium of Music research project addresses the need for health education mobility and improved health literacy for musicians worldwide.
Promoting Scientific Literacy
This project uses case study methodology to investigate the use of socioscientific issues (SSI) to promote critical thinking in Year 7 to 10 classes in schools in disadvantaged areas.
Restoring state income taxation in Australia
This research project from UWA’s Law School seeks to provide a blueprint for the restoration of state income taxation in Australia.
Taxational Resource Curse
This UWA project investigates whether the tax enforcement on the non-mining sectors could be driven by the volatile profitability of mining sectors.
The Irwin Street Collective
The Irwin Street Collective brings together UWA Conservatorium of Music staff, alumni, current students and distinguished scholars and performers to research and perform music in historically informed styles.
Ageing and New Media: a new analysis of older Australians' support network
This project seeks to examine how older people from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds communicate with family in the ever-changing age of migration, mobility and technology.
Raising rare breeds: domestication, extinction and meat in the Anthropocene
This project aims to advance knowledge of livestock-breed extinctions, domestication and conservation in the climate-change era.
Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography
This University of Western Australia research project seeks to redress the imbalance of representation in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
100 Families WA
This is a collective action research project that aims to address entrenched disadvantage as experienced by families living in Western Australia.
The role of personal values in predicting donating behaviour
This UWA research project explores relations between human values and a range of donating behaviours including choice of charitable cause.
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Social Media for CSR in the Resources Sector
Resources sector companies are heavily invested in being socially responsible. We look at how they use social media to communicate this value.
Never Tilt Your Chair Back
A performance work of percussion theatre for three performers that uses the history of Western dining table etiquette as a point of departure.
Persuading the digital voters
Examining the effectiveness of user-generated information/content and the content/information generated by political entities in persuading voters on social media
Nudging consumers towards sustainable consumption
This UWA research project builds on recent insights from cognitive and social psychology to identify the most effective ways to stimulate behavioral change in different consumer segments.
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A Bright Path to Learning
This research helps teachers obtain valid, reliable and comparable student assessment information by using the Brightpath assessment application.
Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS)
This project is looking at using performance indicators in primary schools (PIPS) to assess students on literacy, numeracy and phonological awareness.
Negative consumer outcomes from social media use
This University of Western Australia research project investigates the implications social media has on its users.
Music for Percussion and Electronics Album and National Tour
The delicate and powerful collision when percussion meets experimental electronics in an immersive collection of solo works performed by WA percussionist Louise Devenish.
Processes and outcomes of education in the affective domain
Dr. Elaine Chapman, from the Graduate School of Education, is researching the affective aspects of education across primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Doing Justice Differently
This UWA Law School research project explores the feasibility of a community justice centre for Western Australia.
Six Years and Counting: The NDIS and the Australian Disability Services System
A White Paper developed to encourage a national discussion aimed at realising the potential inherent in the Australian Disability Services System that includes a fit-for-purpose NDIS.
Transnational networks among European missionaries in colonial Australia
UWA is building the first database of correspondence of Australia’s earliest missionaries and making it available online.
The Renaissance Moved Reading Project
The Renaissance Moved Reading Project invites students, staff and friends to read plays from the English Renaissance period on the New Fortune Theatre stage.
School leadership in challenging circumstances
This project is exploring the historical background, recent developments and current issues associated with primary school leadership.
The role of innovation hub networks in startup internationalisation
This project explores how to leverage partnerships between innovation hubs around the world to help startups overcome challenges of conducting business overseas.
Pacific Matildas: Finding the women in the history of Pacific archaeology
This UWA research project aims to investigate the scientific lives of the first women who conducted archaeological work in Oceania from the late 19th to the mid-20th century.
Nutrition insecurity in rural Myanmar
Generating new insights into the ways that nutrition outcomes relate to livelihood circumstances in rural Myanmar.
Worker Experience in the Food Delivery Gig Economy
This UWA research project examines the implications on worker experience in the food delivery and ride sharing industry.
Gendering the Italian Wars
This project constitutes a major re-evaluation of the Italian Wars through the lens of feminist theory and gender studies.
Answering the Call
Answering the Call is the first national survey of the mental health and wellbeing of police and emergency services.
Throughcare strategies for Indigenous offenders
This project seeks to develop strategies for Indigenous offenders in Western Australia and the Northern Territory for successful return to their communities after release.
The Natural Order of Things for chamber orchestra
This research project is a commissioned piece of composition by James Ledger for the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
This project researches how images have shaped our history, and how we use visual images to write our history.
Transformation: Music by Roger Smalley
Transformation: Music by Roger Smalley is a full-length album created by musicians from the UWA Conservatorium of Music, bringing together previously unrecorded works.
Charities struggle to measure outcomes
Research led by UWA's Centre for Social Impact has found a gulf exists between the expectation of not-for-profit groups and charities to measure their outcomes, and the funding available to do so.Read more
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Advancing research through collaboration
The Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education supports more than 30 research entities, from institutes and national centres of excellence to interdisciplinary clusters and networks