Honours Students

CURS welcomes applications from prospective Honours students. We supervise honours for Bachelor of Development Studies, Bachelor of Science (Geography major), Bachelor of Arts (Human Geography and the Environment Major) and Bachelor of Social Science (Human Geography and the Environment Major). To be considered, you will need to be fully fluent in English and have achieved excellent results in your undergraduate studies.

Elizabeth Murphy-May – 2020

Led by Gumbaynggir custodian Aunty Shaa Smith, this thesis will explore the concept of land owndership within and beyong western frameworks and towards a more-than-human approach that reflects on and embodies Gumbaynggirr ways of knowing and being. As such, the focus on land owndership within Yandaarra Collective was proposed to push against settler regimes that reinforce land as a property and as a resource. This thesis will unpack themes of sovereignty and native title to support the Yandaarra Collective in shifting camp together.

Supervisor Dr Paul Hodge
Supervisor Dr Lara Daley

Jessica Lemire – 2018
Dancing up Darug Performing Caring as Country in Semi-Urban Yarramundi, Sydney

Yenama budjari gumada is a phrase in Darug language, meaning to ‘walk with good spirit’. Jessica’s research built upon this phrase and explored dance as a practice of caring as Country. Jessica explores dance as not just a physical step by step act, but also dance as a means of communication “through dance, we establish emotional connections with the landscape”.For her research, Jessica visited Yarramundi Regional Park, Western Sydney which contributed to her learnings and connections with Country.

Supervisor Dr Paul Hodge

Janis Lentjes – 2018
Red Zone Lives Matter: Exploring Environmental Justice through the Williamtown Contamination

Using an environmental justice lens, Janis explored the ‘Williamtown contamination event’ that was announced September 2015. With few Australian examples of environmental justice/injustice, Janis’s research contributed towards our understanding of how environmental justice can be translated into an Australian context and how to approach such events in the future.

Supervisor A/Prof Michelle Duffy
Supervisor Dr Meg Sherval

Thomas Levick – 2018
LETS Reconsider: An Analysis of LETS in the Hunter Valley, Australia

HunterLETS is a community based initiative which provides an alternative goods and services exchange trading system. Goods and services range from produce, clothing and technical skills. Thomas explored HunterLETS and the role that it played on the lives of its members.

Supervisor A/Prof Jenny Cameron

Bec Scott – 2017
Yenema – Budjari Gumada: ‘Walk with Good Spirit on, at, with, as Yarramundi’

This research is to explore natural resource management through Indigenous-led collaborative research methodologies that are ethical, performative, healing and transformative. Bec’s case study of Yarramundi Reserve uses discourse analysis and semi-structured interviews to learn more about Country practices while building relationships with elders.

Supervisor Dr Paul Hodge

Jean-Louise Olivier – 2017
Politics and The Body: Gender, Protest, Citizen Activism

Jean-Louise exploring the embodied politics of citizen activists. Through looking at personal politics and feminist literature, Jean-Louise use feminist methodology, discourse analysis and interviews of participants in the group Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children Newcastle to learn more about bodily, personal politics and feminist scholarship.

Supervisor Dr Paul Hodge

Laura Mason – 2017
Relational Giving: When Blood Bonds

Inspired by her involvement with Days for Girls International, Laura’s Honours project is considering the shared experience of menstruation in women and how globalisation leads to relational care and giving around the world. Laura’s qualitative research will be conducted through participant observation and semi-structured interviews.

Supervisor A/Prof Jenny Cameron

Megan Cook – 2017
Target 140: Under the Lens

Megan is exploring South East Queensland’s Target 140, an indoor water savings initiative borne out of concerns of drought, population density and climate change. It encouraged residents to voluntarily reduce their average water consumption to 140L per person per day requiring considerable change to everyday practices in households. She will consider policy, climate change, academia, newspaper articles and television transcripts.

Supervisor A/Prof Jenny Cameron and A/Prof Michelle Duffy

Daniel Parris – 2016
Sustaining Commons: Exploring commoning practice at The Old Church on the Hill

The purpose of the research is to deepen understandings of the politics and practices which sustain commons. This will be explored through a case study of The Old Church on the Hill in Bendigo. Participants will be invited to participate in on-site semi structured, walk and talk interviews with the researcher in order to understand these politics and practices.

Supervisor Dr Meg Sherval

Jenelle Monahan – 2016

Assembling Stories of Regeneration

This honours project seeks to explore the role of the news media in Newcastle’s urban regeneration by utilising an assemblage approach. The research approaches the media as a more than representational medium and starts to consider what role it and social media have on regeneration. The research will be conducted by discourse analysis of media articles, social media and interview transcripts from a larger research project.

Supervisors A/Prof Kathy Mee and Dr Jill Sweeney

Jasmine Horrocks – 2016

Older Tenants Making Home in Community Housing

Jasmine examines how housing pathways (or simply housing histories) impact on the homemaking practices of older tenants in community housing. The research will be based on interviews of participants and analysis of reports held by Compass relating to the general patterns of tenants’ housing histories and homemaking practices.

Supervisor A/Prof Kathy Mee

Caitlin Ganzer – 2016

Building a Culture of Cooperation: Shifting Economic Identity in Cooperatives

Caitlin investigates cooperatives from the perspective of a food cooperative in Newcastle. The research will investigate how a cooperative faces the challenges of building a culture and developing members’ sense of economic identity (rather than as consumers or shoppers, for example). The research will be conducted by focus groups and participant observation.

Supervisor A/Prof Jenny Cameron

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