PhD Students

Each year the Melbourne Social Equity Institute gives Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships and other scholarships to students whose interest in social equity issues aligns closely to our research agenda. Recipients of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship are given automatic entry into our doctoral academy once they have completed confirmation.

Students currently undertaking their PhD aligned to the Institute are listed below.

  • Aviva Beecher-Kelk

    Project: Sustainability vs profitability: locating stakeholders of Australian disability services in the individual support package model

    Supervisors: Prof Lynette Joubert, Department of Social Work & A/Prof Helen Dickinson, Melbourne School of Government

  • Jaz Dawson

    Project: From the Convention to the courts: Sexual orientation-based refugee law in Australia

    Supervisors: Prof Michelle Foster, Melbourne Law School & A/Prof Sarah Maddison, School of Social and Political Sciences

  • Liz Gill-Atkinson

    Project: How do women with disability in the Philippines understand and experience participatory research practice?

    Supervisors: Dr Cathy Vaughan, Gender and Women’s Health Unit & Prof Marilys Guillemin, Centre for Health Equity

  • Kelly Hutchinson

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

    Supervisors: Prof Helen Sullivan, Melbourne School of Government & Dr Sarah Bice, Melbourne School of Government

  • Lauren Kosta

    Project: Parenting after a disaster: experiences since Black Saturday

    Supervisors: Prof Louise Harms, Department of Social Work, A/Prof Lisa Gibbs, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Dr David Rose, Department of Social Work

  • Katie Lamb

    Project: Embedding the voices of children and young people in the development of programs for violent fathers

    Supervisor: Prof Cathy Humphreys, Department of Social Work

  • Kelvin Lau

    Project: Understanding emotional distress and help-seeking in young people from a migrant background in Australia using photo-elicitation interviews

    Supervisor: Dr Victoria Palmer, General Practice

  • Micheline Lee

    Project: Disability, Law, and All that Romance: A Cross-disciplinary Approach to Equality Rights for People with Disabilities

    Supervisors: Dr Eddie Paterson, School of Culture and Communication, Prof Bernadette McSherry, Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Prof Beth Gaze, Melbourne Law School.

  • Samantha Mannix

    Project: Gender equity, social transformations and education

    Supervisors: Prof Julie McLeod, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

  • Erika Martino

    Project: Transforming Housing; Affordable Housing for all

    Supervisors: Professor Carolyn Whitzman, Melbourne School of Design

  • Gemma McKibbin

    Project: Sexually abusive behaviour by young people: supporting Victoria's prevention response

    Supervisors: Prof Cathy Humphreys, Department of Social Work & Dr Bridget Hamilton, School of Nursing

  • Melissa Murphy

    Project: Linking in and grooving out: The use of music to address social connectedness for young people with disability transitioning between school and adult services

    Supervisors: Prof Katrina Skewes-McFerran, National Music Therapy Research Unit & Dr Nick Hagiliassis, Scope Victoria

  • Carol O'Dwyer

    Project: The Gender Sensitive Care Project

    Supervisors: Prof Kelsey Hegarty and Dr Laura Tarzia, Department of General Practice, and Dr Sabin Fernbacher, North West Mental Health.

  • Naomi Pfitzner

    Project: Engaging new fathers: learning from Baby Makes 3

    Supervisors: Prof Kelsey Hegarty, General Practice & Prof Cathy Humphreys, Department of Social Work

  • Alana Roy

    Project: Mental health & wellbeing of people who are deaf-blind

    Supervisors: Prof Keith McVilly, Disability Research Initiative

  • Juan Tellez

    Project: Model laws and guidelines to regulate the use of chemical restraint on persons with disabilities

    Supervisors: Prof Bernadette McSherry, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Prof John Tobin, Melbourne Law School and Dr Lisa Brophy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

  • Amita Tuteja

    Project: Reproductive health and contraceptive needs of migrants from Burma: practitioner and patient perspectives in the Australian context

    Supervisors: A/Prof Meredith Temple-Smith, General Practice; A/Prof Lena Sanci, General Practice & Dr Lester Mascarenhas, General Practice

  • Alicia Yon

    Project: Enabling sociospatial justice: an integrated local planning approach to addressing the disability-gender violence nexus

    Supervisors: Prof Carolyn Whitzman, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning & Dr Cathy Vaughan, Gender and Women's Health Unit