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.
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 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
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 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
Dr Beth George
Dr Beth George is a teacher, practitioner and published researcher of architecture at The University of Western AustraliaRead more about Dr Beth George
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
Chris Melsom is the Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre. He is an architect, planner and urban designer with international private sector experience, creating urban places for people and the design of sustainable cities.Read more about Chris Melsom
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Professor Rick Krever
Professor Rick Krever is a researcher in taxation law and policy, working with international aid agencies and international organisations to help build revenue capacity in developing nations.Read more about Professor Rick Krever
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 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
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
Dr Paul Harrigan
Dr Paul Harrigan is a senior lecturer, published researcher and international consultant at the UWA Business School, specialising in digital and social media marketingRead more about Dr Paul Harrigan
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
Professor Loretta Baldassar
Professor Loretta Baldassar is a migration scholar and researcher with interests in transnational families, the social uses of new technologies, ageing, youth and caring across distance.Read more about Professor Loretta Baldassar
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
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
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 Rob Cover is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School of UWA’s School of Social Sciences. He is a social and media researcher contributing to saving lives and making lives better.Read more about Rob Cover
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
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
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 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 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
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
Professor Jo McDonald
Professor Jo McDonald is an archaeologist and international rock art specialist.Read more about Professor Jo McDonald
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
Monopoly reflects real-life housing crisis
Professor Dirk Baur from UWA’s Business School completed a study demonstrating Australia’s housing affordability crisis is much like the game of Monopoly.Read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doing Justice Differently
This UWA Law School research project explores the feasibility of a community justice centre for Western 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.
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.
This project researches how images have shaped our history, and how we use visual images to write our history.
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.
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.
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.
A Bright Path to Learning
This research helps teachers obtain valid, reliable and comparable student assessment information by using the Brightpath assessment application.
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.
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.
Mississippi Swan: Daybew!
This UWA Conservatorium of Music research project generates a new album of work using an autonomous sound and visual installation.
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.
School leadership in challenging circumstances
This project is exploring the historical background, recent developments and current issues associated with primary school leadership.
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.
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.
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.
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
Answering the Call
Answering the Call is the first national survey of the mental health and wellbeing of police and emergency services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nutrition insecurity in rural Myanmar
Generating new insights into the ways that nutrition outcomes relate to livelihood circumstances in rural Myanmar.
Aggregate demand under instability
This project aims to measure the impact of monetary policy on the aggregate demand in Australia and the United States.
Gendering the Italian Wars
This project constitutes a major re-evaluation of the Italian Wars through the lens of feminist theory and gender studies.
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.
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.
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.
New experimental farm takes UWA Archaeology to new depths
Our School of Social Sciences features an experimental farm for the study of archaeology, rock art and forensic anthropology.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