Graduate student profiles

Name Research interests
Ali Akbar Ali’s research focuses on how re-examination of traditional theories of revelation in Islam, adopted by a number of contemporary Muslim scholars, leads to flexible interpretation of various Quranic themes in the present context.
Lama Edris Lama Edris’s thesis is titled “Perspectives on the English translation of the Qur’anic dialogue at cultural and linguistic levels in Arthur Arberry’s text, The Koran Interpreted”. This study examines the procedures followed in translating Qur’anic dialogue into English, as seen in The Koran Interpreted. Although there are many analytical and comparative studies on translations of the Qur’an into English, research on translating Qur’anic dialogue has not been given sufficient scholarly attention. This study aims to offer more appropriate and viable translation methods for translating Qur’anic dialogue.
Ryan Bruce Edwards Ryan’s thesis is titled “Muslim community leadership in Australia.” His research examines the relationship between what is a diverse Australian Muslim community and their organisational leadership.
Wenjia (Diana) Fan Adopting a fieldwork-based, descriptive and inductive methodology, Diana’s research attempts to examine the grammar and other typological features of Lakkja, a language spoken in Southwest China, for comparative study and genetic affiliation with Tai-Kadai and Austronesian.
Luqman Nul Hakim Luqman’s thesis, “In Search of Hegemony: Islamism and the State in Indonesia”, seeks to comprehend political change in post-authoritarian Indonesia on the basis of developments in political Islam. It examines the emergence and development of Islamist groups and how their practices influence Indonesian politics. The project takes the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) as case studies.
Chui Fun Selina Ho Selina’s research focuses on the discourses of meaning construction, the relationship between structures and agencies, and the formation of publics in art museums of contemporary China.
Dayton Joseph Lekner Dayton’s research focuses on the relationship between literature and politics in the 1950s and 1960s People’s Republic of China. His research argues for the importance of literary exchange and literary networks in political campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s People’s Republic of China.
Ted Liu Ted’s research is focused on post-2011 Chinese foreign policy on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He is interested at the rise of China’s economic involvement in the region, but more importantly, the enhancement of Beijing’s diplomatic and political involvement in MENA.
Tianyang Liu Tianyang Liu’s research uses a geographical perspective to rethink fear, securitisation and radicalisation. The research aims to bring about a spatial and everyday turn to critical terrorism studies and examine the theoretical innovation in an under-researched empirical area of terrorism/security studies, the (counter-)terrorism movement in China.
Sunsanee McDonnell Sunsanee’s thesis, “Crossroads at the periphery: Chinese influence in the Southeast Asian borderlands”, examines development discourse and the practice of regional integration in the borderlands of Thailand, Laos and China. Projects such as the Bangkok-Kunming highway are intended to connect previously disparate and remote regions, however, communities living at the periphery are often bypassed. By revealing the human interactions at the border, the way different groups negotiate, subvert and contest these changes, this thesis demonstrates the unintended consequences and nuances of regional integration and the impact of China’s rise in Southeast Asia.
Mohamed Mohamed Hasan Mohamed Feisal’s thesis is titled “Framing Wasatiyyah in the social movement of a minority community: A case study of the Malay Muslim community in Singapore (1819-2015)”. His research frames the meaning and values of the Quranic concept of Wasatiyyah (the desired balanced middle way) for the Malay Muslim community.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert Kylie is researching changing patterns of political participation in the Arab Gulf, with a focus on activism within the Bahraini Shiʿi community before and following the country’s Arab Spring unrest.
Abdil Mughis Mudhoffier Mughis’s research focuses on the relationship between violence and state capitalism in post-authoritarian Indonesia.
Roger Nelson Roger’s thesis is titled “Modernity and Contemporaneity in ‘Cambodian Arts’ after Independence”. His research is broadly art historical in nature, and encompasses interdisciplinary readings of ‘Cambodian Arts’ including painting, architecture, performance, literature, and contemporary practices.
Qiuping Pan Qiuping Pan’s research focuses on the reorganising process and practices of Australia’s ethnic Chinese community since the early 1990s, and seeks to explore the relationship between social change, ethnic activism, and community organisations.
Scott Patton Scott’s research looks at Kurdish political groups and their histories, ideologies, and actions. It focuses on their interactions since their formation, but especially since two recent events: the establishment of the Kurdish Regional Government, and the Islamic States’s invasion of ‘Kurdistan’.
Sonja Petrovich Sonja’s thesis is titled: “Construction of national identity through media consumption in post-Fukushima Japan.” Her research aims to examine the relationship between national identity of Japanese citizens and media consumption after the Fukushima disaster, and to find out what the attitude of Japanese citizens is today, five years after the disaster, towards the media institutions and the state, and how they conceptualise their own identity in regards to consumption of specific media forms (newspapers, television and social media).
Guangyu Qiao Guangyu’s thesis is titled: “Policy coordination and harmonisation between the UN and ASEAN: Realities, prospects and challenges”. This research looks into the development of policy coordination between the UN and ASEAN, especially focusing on coordination in climate change and human trafficking. Through a longitudinal comparative study, it aims to contribute analytical insights to studies on global governance, multi-level governance, institutional interaction, and international politics of migration and climate change.
Philippa Riley Philippa’s research focuses on recognition, identity and political power in public spaces in Taiwan. In her thesis, she examines selected sites in Taipei through written and visual texts and fieldwork observation. Through a careful exploration of the connections and contrasts within and between these spaces, the study argues for the importance of public spaces as a resource for identity formation and political power.
Asako Patricia Saito Asako P. Saito is interested in the role of culture in Sino-Japanese relations. Her research examines a recent cross-cultural phenomenon combining Chinese traditional culture with Japanese popular culture.
Agus Salim Agus Salim’s research focuses on Islam and identity politics in Indonesia’s foreign policy.
Yu Jin Seng Yu Jin is researching the histories of exhibitions in Southeast Asia from the 1970s to the 1990s. This project traces the history and emergence of the critical exhibition as it proliferated across Southeast Asia, signposting critical turning points in the region’s understanding of modern art and modernity. His current research involves examining the histories of collectivism, local art lexicons, conceptualism, and forms of socially engaged artistic practices comparatively to construct a horizontal world art history without centres.
Hellena Souisa Hellena is researching media and politics in Indonesia, focusing on the impact of the concentration of media ownership on the diversity of television content. Her research interests include television and the business model of broadcast journalism, journalism studies, media ownership and regulation, media theory and political communication.
Xiao Monica Tan Monica’s research is about the Chinese government’s role in the primary care sector. Her research focuses on the policy choices taken by the government between 2003 and 2015.
Yilu Yang Yilu Yang is researching Chinese language use by school-aged Chinese Australians. Y research focuses on their motivations for learning and maintaining Chinese language, the learning process and cultural practice, as well as the dynamic processes of their cultural identities.
Sirin Yasar Shirin’s thesis is titled: “Ishq and the Literary: Exploring Rūmī’s Mathnawī as a Sufi Text”. Her research explores the links between Sufism and literary production. Adopting a literary approach to Rūmī’s works, the study explores genre, function, the Mathnawī’s intertextuality with the Qur’ān, the complexities surrounding the Sufi notion of authorship, meaning and hermeneutics, as well as Rūmī’s specific notion of the “ideal reader” as a potential wayfarer on the Sufi path of ’ishq.
Lei Yu Lei’s PhD project investigates the evolution of China’s affordable housing policy in line with the country’s transition towards a market economy over the past three decades. In particular, it considers the changing dynamics of state-market interaction in the process of public housing provision in urban China and its influence on the functioning of the regime to fulfil its mandate: ensuring adequate housing for all.
Randong Yuan Randong is studying social security reform in China, and pension reform in particular. Randong’s research interests include public finance, the Chinese economy and demographics.
Zhenjie (Jack) Yuan Zhenjie’s research examines the relationships between ethnicity, education and space in the Xinjiang Neidi Ban policy. The Xinjiang Neidi Ban is a boarding school project designed by China’s government in 2000 to fund outstanding junior secondary school graduates in Xinjiang, mostly Uyghur and other ethnic minorities, to attend senior secondary schools in predominately Han cities in central and eastern China.
Taotao Zhao Taotao’s research examines the policy process in ethnic minority regions in China through the lens of the central-local government relationship.