Asia Researchers

Academics are in alphabetical order according to surname.

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Name: Dr Simon Barraclough

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Malaysia

Research Areas: The political economy of health systems in developing countries; Health management; International investment in health services; Health industry exports; International health relations and tobacco control policies in developing countries (Malaysia in particular)


Name: Professor Nick Bisley

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: China, India, Japan, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea

Research Areas: Asia's international relations; Multilateral institutions in Asia; Australian defence and foreign policy


Name: Associate Professor Adam Bourne

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Malaysia, Taiwan

Research Areas: Sexual health and behaviour; Health promotion; Health inequality; LGBTI health; HIV/AIDS


Name: Emeritus Professor David Bradley

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: China, Mainland Southeast Asia (particularly Thailand and Myanmar/Burma), South Asia

Research Areas:  Language policy; Sociolinguistics; Phonetics/Phonology; Endangered languages


Name: Professor Phoebe Chen

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam

Research Areas: Bioinformatics; Biomedical applications; Computational biology; Data mining and knowledge discovery; Emerging information technology; Multimedia and game technologies; Scientific visualisation


Name: Dr Bradley Christian

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: India, Timor-Leste

Research Areas: Children's oral health, particularly in orphanages (India) and schools (Timor-Leste)


Name: Dr Susan Chong

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Malaysia

Research Areas: Community systems strengthening; HIV policy and advocacy; HIV treatment cascade; Treatment seeking behaviour of people living with HIV


Name: Dr Gary Clark

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: India, Myanmar/Burma

Research Areas: Soil structure and land use


Name: Dr Maria Elander

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: Cambodia

Research Areas: International criminal justice; Victim representation; Gender and sex in relation to crimes; the Khmer Rouge; the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)


Name: Dr Patricia Fenner

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Malaysia

Research Areas: Arts and health; Art therapy


Name: Associate Professor Tracy Fortune

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Bangladesh, Vietnam

Research Areas: Education for global citizenship; Professional identity; Internationalisation of the curriculum; Occupational therapy


Name: Dr Elise Foxworth

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: Japan

Research Areas: Literature of Japan's Korean diaspora; Classroom dynamics and student motivation; Literary translation from Japanese into English


Name: Dr Ruth Gamble

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: Bhutan, China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan

Research Areas: History, religion, culture, languages and environment of the Himalaya


Name: Dr Lauren Gawne

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: Nepal and the Himalayan region more generally

Research Areas: Linguistics; Tibeto-Burman languages; Critical approaches to language documentation


Name: Dr Sabrina Gupta

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Research Areas: Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease in South Asian populations


Name: Dr Benjamin Habib

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: China, North Korea, South Korea

Research Areas: The intersections between grassroots sustainability and regeneration projects, environmental movements and international climate politics


Name: Dr Mofi Islam

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Bangladesh

Research Areas: Substance use; Maternal and child health, Health services research


Name: Dr Jason Jiang

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

Research Areas: Public health policy and harm reduction; Alcohol and drug use and abuse in China; Health economics


Name: Associate Professor Emi Kashima

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Japan

Research Areas: Cross-cultural studies on social psychology (especially East-West differences); Acculturation and cultural change


Name: Professor Patrick Keyzer

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: China, Indonesia, Thailand

Research Areas: Intellectual property in the Chinese, Indonesian and Thai court systems; Access to justice; Human rights; Public law


Name: Associate Professor James Leibold

College:  Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: China, Hong Kong

Research Areas: Ethnicity, race and national identity in modern Chinese history and society; Ethnic policies and conflict in contemporary China (Uyghur and Tibetan communities in particular); China's frontier regions; Chinese politics; China's international relations; Australia-China relations


Name: Associate Professor George Liu

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: China

Research Areas: Primary healthcare system development; Safety and quality of healthcare; Health information systems; Social support and equality in health services and health outcomes in China


Name: Professor John Makeham

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: China,

Research Areas: Intellectual history of Chinese philosophy; Chinese culture and language; Chinese history; Chinese nationalism


Name: Professor Lisa McKenna

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Indonesia

Research Areas: Community health and wellbeing in rural Indonesia; Professional development needs of nurses and clinical supervision experiences of nursing students in Indonesia


Name: Dr Stephen Morey

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: India, Myanmar/Burma

Research Areas: Linguistics; Minority languages of the India-Myanmar border (Tai, Singpho and Tangsa); Traditional songs


Name: Professor John Moses

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: India

Research Areas: Synthetic chemistry and natural products


Name: Associate Professor Howard Nicholas

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam

Research Areas: Language and literacy learning and teaching; Language policy; Educational experiences of ethnic minorities, international students and migrants


Name: Dr Richard Peters

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: China

Research Areas: Animal behaviour; Behavioural ecology; Behavioural studies of lizards (genus Phrynocephalus - commonly known as toad head agamas) in China


Name: Dr Sonia Reisenhofer

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore

Research Areas: Women's health and gender based violence; Globalisation; Internationalisation and mobility; Scholarship of learning and teaching


Name: Dr Gerald Roche

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: China

Research Areas: The politics of language endangerment and revitalisation, with a regional focus on Tibet


Name: Associate Professor Donna Starks

College:  Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries:  Vietnam

Research Areas: Communicative practices of Vietnamese; The interplay of first and second languages;


Name: Associate Professor Kerstin Steiner

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore

Research Areas: Southeast Asian legal studies - particularly at the intersection of law, politics, economics and society (especially with regard to Islam)


Name: Dr Bec Strating

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, South East Asia

Research Areas: Australian foreign policy; Southeast Asian politics and international relations; Maritime disputes in the Asia-Pacific


Name: Dr Keir Strickland

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries:  India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Research Areas: The transformation and collapse of complex societies in Asia, with a particular focus on early historic and classical South Asia; Archaeology of Buddhism; Archaeology of water management


Name: Paul Strickland

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries:  Bhutan

Research Areas: Hotel and tourism management education in Bhutan; Sustainable hospitality and tourism


Name: Dr Dirk Tomsa

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: Indonesia

Research Areas: Indonesian politics and society; Democratisation studies; Political Islam in Asia; Comparative Southeast Asian politics, especially elections and party politics


Name: Dr Jasmine Westendorf

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: Cambodia, Nepal, Timor-Leste

Research Areas:  Civil wars, Negotiated peace processes; International approaches to peacebuilding; The politics of international law and international organisations; The role of women in peace and war


Name: Dr Kayli Wild

College: Science, Health and Engineering

Countries: Timor-Leste

Research Areas: Reproductive health; Gender and social change, with a specific focus on Timor-Leste, the Pacific and with Australian Aboriginal communities


Name: Associate Professor Raelene Wilding

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries: China, India, Myanmar/Burma, Thailand

Research Areas: People's experiences at the intersections of migration, families, intimacies and new technologies - particularly of Chinese, Indian, Burmese and Thai diaspora populations residing in Australia


Name: Dr Brooke Wilmsen

College: Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Countries:  China

Research Areas: Development-forced displacement and resettlement with a focus on the Three Gorges Dam in China