Postgraduate Study

Higher degree by research (HDR) supervision represents one of core activities undertaken by the group. The diversity of research interests amongst its academic staff is reflected in the diversity of HDR candidates the group attracts. The group offers both Master of Arts (Honours) and PhD supervision.

Prospective students are encouraged to consult the People page and to contact potential supervisors directly in order to discuss their research proposal. For queries relating to academic or supervisory matters, please contact the HDR Coordinator, Peter Bansel.

Our HDR Workshops and Seminars schedule for 2019 will be available shortly.

The group engages actively with leading national and international scholars via its Public Lecture Series and Visiting Academics Programme. It also organises a number of postgraduate workshops, symposiums and conferences throughout the year. In addition to these in-house events, students are able to participate in postgraduate activities and draw on postgraduate support services within the School of Social Sciences and Psychology.

Postgraduate Students currently supervised by Religion and Society Research Cluster researchers

  Thesis Title and Supervisory Panel
Ahmad Abrori Majlis Youth: Becoming New Actors for Conservative Islamic Movement in Indonesia

Supervisor: Adam Possamai; Co-Supervisor: Steven Drakeley 
Adib Ahmad Understanding Identity and Social Representations of Indonesian Atheists

Supervisor: Adam Possamai; Co-Supervisor: Mary Hawkins
Khaled Almedyab

Australian Government Countering Violent Extremism Strategy and the Response of the Australian Muslim Community in Western Sydney

Supervisor: Kevin Dunn; Co-Supervisor: Anna-Maria Bluic

Ashleigh Barbe-Winter

"Islamic Family Separation in the Australian Legal System"

Supervisor: Adam Possamai; Co-Supervisors: Selda Dagistanli, Susan Armstrong

Mohammad Hasan Basri Green Islam: A Case Study of Three Pesantrens? Experience in Conceptualizing and Practicing Islamic Jurisprudence on Environment in Indonesia


Supervisor: Mary Hawkins; Co-Supervisor:Andrew McWilliams

Douglas Cronin Building empathy of dehumanised groups to rehumanise refugees and people seeking asylum: The power of storytelling in bystander antiracism training

Supervisor: Kevin Dunn Co-Supervisor: Oishee Alam
Alexia Derbas "Transnational Identity Politics of Young Australian Muslim Women"

Supervisor: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Co-Supervisor: Peter Bansel
Desmon Ginting The Connection between Culture and Work Ethos:  How to harness Culture and use it as a foundation for finally having productive work ethos

Supervisor: Andrew McWilliam; Co-Supervisor: Steven Drakeley
Rhys Gower

"Exploring Trajectories of Active Atheist Identity Formation within Australia"

Supervisor: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy; Co-Supervisors: Cristina Rocha; Alan Nixon

Abdul Hadi Religious Leaders and Development Policies in Contemporary Indonesia: The Case of the Role of Islamic Tuan Guru in Socio-Economic Regional Development of the Post Suharto Indonesia

Supervisor: Adam Possamai; Co-Supervisor: Andrew McWilliam
Syarif Hidayatullah The Ideology Contestation between Islam Nusantara and Transnational Islamic Movement: The Case of Bangka Belitung Island, Indonesia.

Supervisors: Andrew McWilliam; Co-Supervisor: Mary Hawkins
Vladislav Iouchkov

"The Hero with a Thousand Graces: a Sociological Examination of Real-life Superhero Metamorphoses"

Supervisor: Adam Possamai; Co-Supervisors: Philip Birch, Tony Jinks

Rhonda Itaoui

Experiences of Islamophobia: Impacts on Young Muslims' Mobility in Major 'Western' Cities

Supervisor: Kevin Dunn; Co-Supervisor: Adam Possamai, Rae Dufty-Jones, Andrew Gorman-Murray

Mehrnosh Lajevardi Fetemi

Application of Servant Leadership Model to the Understanding of Muslim Leadership in the Modern in Australia

Supervisor: Jan Ali; Co-Supervisor: Steven Drakeley, Rob Stones

Andri Rosadi

The Indonesian Salafi Movement: Root, Development and Future

Supervisor: Adam Possamai; Co-Supervisor: Steven Drakeley, Arskal Salim

Akhmad Najibul Khairi Syaie

The Rise of Islamism in Madura during the Post-Soeharto Era

Supervisor: Andrew McWilliam; Co-Supervisor: Mary Hawkins

Rosie Shorter Protestant Reformations, Cultural Revolutions: In a Supposedly Post-Christian Australia, how does Protestant Christianity Contribute To and Interact with the Construction of Normative Cultural Ideals of Gendered and Sexual Behaviour?

Supervisor: Cristina Rocha; Co-Supervisor: Kate Huppatz
Katja Strehle Atheist Identities in New Zealand and Australia

Supervisor: Cristina Rocha; Co-Supervisor: Alan Nixon
Atun Wardatun

"Marriage Payment among Bimanese Muslim in Eastern Indonesia: Practice, Meaning and Impacts toward Gender Power Relation"

Supervisor: Julia Howell; Co-Supervisor: Mary Hawkins

Recent Completions

Victor Counted "Place Spirituality and Mental Health: A Study of the African Diaspora in Australia "

Supervisor: Adam Possamai, Co-Supervisor: Cameron McAuliffe
Faroque Amin

"Contemporary Methodological Transition in Islamic Revivalist Movement: An Analysis of the Societal Approaches"

Supervisor: Jan A. Ali; Co-Supervisors: Adam Possamai; Arskal Salim

Emily Burns

"The Meaning of Home: Spirituality and Domestic Space in Australian Home Birth Experiences"

Supervisor: Cristina Rocha; Co-Supervisor: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

Judi Chusjair "Depicting 'the West' in the discourse on terrorism in Indonesian magazines"

Supervisors: Steven Drakely; Co-Supervisors: Hart Cohen; Milissa Deitz
Terri Drage "The National Sufi Council: Redefining the Islamic Republic of Pakistan through a discourse on Sufism after 9/11"

Supervisors: Julia Howell; Co-Supervisors: Jan Ali; Emilian Kavalski
Ian Forest Jones "A Two-Wheeled Gospel: Religious conversion among lifestyle bikers and their clubs"

Supervisor: Adam Possamai; Co-Supervisor: Selda Dagistanli
Kathleen Openshaw

"I am Universal": An Ethnographic Study of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Australia

Supervisor: Christina Rocha; Co-Supervisors: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Mark Hutchinson

Firdaus Wajdi

"Turkish Naqsabandis as Sponsors of New Style Pesantren: A Case Study of the United Islamic Cultural Center of Indonesia (UICCI)"

Supervisor: Julia Howell; Co-Supervisors: Mary Hawkins; Arskal Salim

Lisa Worthington

"Gender in Progressive Islam: Social Implication in the United States

Supervisor: Adam Possamai; Co-Supervisors: Bryan Turner; Kate Huppatz

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