By engaging with communities and people from different national cultures, UNE researchers constantly challenge our values and beliefs, our own cultural norms, to find common understandings and discover new ways of adapting to our changing environments.

Professor Heiko Daniel, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

UNE’s latest research stories

  • A muscular man lifting weights.
    Muscling Up: Australian men, sexualisation and body image enhancement
    IDEAS ABOUT MEN AND MASCULINITY MAY BE SHIFTING The research describes masculine journeys of self-improvement and self-discovery. Dr Duane Duncan Psychology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Have you noticed a shift in the priorities and interests of the men around you? In every town, and on every city block, supplement stores abound. Images of tanned,…
  • Refugees arriving in Greece on boats with people carrying young children from the sea onto land.
    Welcoming Research
    HOW WE PERCEIVE THINGS IS NOT ALWAYS THE TRUTH People often use strange and complex mechanisms to stop themselves from being confronted with awkward truths. Dr Susan Watt Psychology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Dr Sue Watt and her collaborators conduct research into issues related to the tensions that exist between different groups in Australia…
  • Malagasy school children sitting on desks in a basic room with rough plaster on the walls.
    Interview with Professor Helen Ware
    PROFESSOR OF PEACE STUDIES ON TEACHING, LEARNING AND INJUSTICE Just because someone is following a non-Western logic that does not make them wrong, just different. Professor Helen Ware Peace Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education Professor Ware has been an historian, a sociologist, a demographer, a human rights advocate, a femocrat, an…
  • Graphic design of a brain, half in technicolour, half greyed out with scientific script over the greyed-out section.
    In Defence of Intellectual Inquiry
    THE 'TANGIBLE RESULTS' MODEL OF LEARNING MISSES THE MARK IN RELATION TO STRENGTHS OFFERED BY THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES ... we might ... ask whether society can afford not to have well-rounded citizens who know how to reason and think for themselves Adjunct Professor Michael Allen Fox Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and…
  • Ceramic tea pot, created by Suzzane Hatch, that represents Barry Humphries.
    Adventures in Biography
    BIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ON AUSTRALIAN ACTORS AND WRITERS Biography is both an art and a science… The interviews consist of an intensive, in depth unstructured discussion that normally takes about five hours, or longer, sometimes several days. Professor Anne Pender Literary Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education It is difficult to imagine contemporary…
  • Theatre with red curtain pulled over a stage, with a sole man sitting in the audience with his hands behind his head, as if ready to enjoy a show.
    Sharing Stories of Mental Illness through Film
    MENTAL HEALTH AND SCREEN MEDIA Nowadays, … there are safe online discussion spaces, such as SANE Australia’s forums that connect rural and regional Australians. Dr Fincina Hopgood Communication and Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education How do films and television shows portray mental illness and suicide? Are these screen stories harmful,…


Latest stories from our graduate researchers

  • Aerial image of outrigger canoe on a sandy beach with turquois sea.
    Canoeing Ancient Songlines
    GRADUATE RESEARCH AT UNE Uncle Tim's story stayed with Victor, and he wanted to research it and find out if Aboriginal people were actually master navigators of one of the world's largest oceans, the South Pacific. Victor Briggs, Graduate Researcher Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education Victor Briggs is a Gumbaynggir/Gamilaroi man born…
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