2019 UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Dean’s Research Award Winners Announced

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UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Dean’s Research Awards. 

Now in its seventh year, the Awards celebrate excellent research performance by academic staff and Higher Degree Research candidates within the Faculty. 

The winners were selected from a shortlist of recipients recommended by a sub-panel comprising of members from the Arts & Social Sciences Research Committee and Higher Degree Research Committee.

The formal Award ceremony was held on UNSW Kensington campus on the evening of 29 October and celebrated the quality and diversity of research within the Faculty spanning the humanities, social sciences, education and creative and performing arts..

Achievements by an Early Career Researcher

Dr Stephen Doherty for his outstanding research achievements since completing his PhD.


Dr Kari Lancaster for her outstanding research achievements since completing her PhD.

Achievements in Research Leadership

Professor Helen Groth for her significant contribution to the research efforts of her peers and colleagues.

Best Creative Work

Dr Sandy Evans for her musical work: Bridge of Dreams

Best Monograph by an Early Career Researcher

Dr Deborah Barros Leal Farias for her book: Aid and Technical Cooperation as a Foreign Policy Tool for Emerging Donors: The Case of Brazil (Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2018).

Best Monograph

Dr Melissa Merritt for her book: Kant on Reflection and Virtue (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Best HDR Supervision

Associate Professor Andrew Murphie for his outstanding track record in higher degree research supervision.

Best HDR Doctoral Thesis

Sophie Yates for her dissertation: A critical frame analysis of Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Best HDR Publication

Michael Mosely for his journal article: 'Another Look at Heideggerian Cinema: Cinematic Excess, Antonioni's Dead Time and the Film-Photographic Image as Copy' in Film-Philosophy.

Research (Scholarly) Impact

Associate Professor Kama Maclean for her book: A Revolutionary History of Interwar India: Violence, Image, Voice and Text (New York/London: Oxford University Press, 2015; New Delhi: Penguin, 2016).

Research (Society) Impact

Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge, Ms Mailin Suchting, Ms Marion Brown, Dr Tim Wong, and Ms Charity Siesum Danquah (Gendered Violence Research Network) for their outstanding work in the Gendered Violence and Organisations Project. 

HDR – Exceptional Social Engagement with Global Impact

Shanil Samarakoon for his outstanding contribution in creating a just society and improving the lives of marginalized and disadvantaged communities.