Doctoral Academy

Every year Melbourne Social Equity Institute selects a cohort of research higher degree students from across the university to share their research, knowledge and ideas on social equity issues.

The academy aims to support students through peer-learning opportunities and mentoring from experienced academics. Membership of the academy will expose doctoral students to different disciplinary perspectives and research methodologies that will enhance their own research.

Members of the academy will be supported in the collective development of a research output – to be decided by the academy members – such as a collection of essays or a symposium.

Members of the doctoral academy will have access – on a competitive, application basis – to a shared pool of $10,000 per annum to support research activities. The maximum value per individual member will be capped at $1,000 over the duration of membership.

Students who have been allocated an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship through MSEI qualify for automatic entry into the academy once they have completed confirmation but, due to other funding allocations, are unable to access the competitive funding pool. Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship recipients should still complete the application form but letters of support and a CV are not required.

The doctoral academy is led by Deputy Director Professor Julie McLeod.

Time commitment

The doctoral academy typically meets from 2 to 4pm on Friday afternoons, usually on a three weekly cycle during semesters. It is not a requirement that members are present for every session however regular participation is expected.

Researching for Social Change

A compilation of working papers written by the 2014 doctoral academy cohort that reflect critically on the process of researching for social change and the dilemmas and challenges of that work. Edited by Cherry Hense, Gemma McKibbin, Julie McLeod, Caroline Phillips and Sophie Rudolph.

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2016 Doctoral Academy Members

  • Zoe Aitken

    Project: How does acquiring a disability in adulthood affect people's mental health?

  • Tamara Borovica

    Project: Becomings of moving bodies: young women, bodies and affect

  • Tania CaƱas

    Project: Theatre of the oppressed and conscientisation

  • Angeline Ferdinand

    Project: Transferring international models of Aboriginal-centred health care to Australian settings

  • Anna Dabrowski

    Project: Imagining global citizenship: policy, curricula and the role of the teacher

  • Rebecca Fairchild

    Project: Collaborating with children in the homelessness and family violence context to understand the significance of music in their everyday lives

  • Sarah Green

    Project: A safe and necessary coherence: the experiences of Bosnian child refugees in Australia

  • Thea Hewitt

    Project: Locating the city of refuge: institutional support for humanitarian migrants in Melbourne, Australia

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    Project: Social impact of technology: digital social innovation in Australia

  • Hesam Kamalipour

    Urban informalogy: the morphologies and incremental transformations of informal settlements

  • Lauren Kosta

    Project: Parenting after a disaster: experiences since Black Saturday

  • Ingrid Landau

    Project: Contextualising or constructing compliance? The rise of human rights due diligence and its implications for the protection of workers' rights in the global economy

  • Matthew Mabefam

    Witchcraft and development in Africa: a case study of northern Ghana

  • Frankline A. Ndi

    Project: Land grabbing and community resettlement within the context of development projects in south west Cameroon

  • Renee Miller-Yeaman

    Project: Home, hospitality and confinement: the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre and Migrant Hostel

  • Emily Porter

    Project: Youth labour market transitions during the Great Recession: assessing the role of institutions

  • Amita Tuteja

    Project: Understanding the needs of migrants from Burma: reproductive health and contraception in the Australian health care context