Researcher Profiles

Dr Hong Gunn Chew

Associate Lecturer
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Hong Gunn is a Teaching Fellow with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is the electronics practical coordinator and final year projects coordinator in the school. His research interest are in Machine Learning, Autonomous Systems, Cyber Security and Energy Management.

Ms Melissa Chamney

Lecturer and Course Co-Ordinator
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Melissa Chamney is a Lecturer specialising in nephrology nursing and joined the School of Nursing in January 2016. She previously worked at City University, London as a Senior Lecturer and was also the Programme Director for Undergraduate Pre-Registration Adult Nursing.

Professor Brian Castro

Chair Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts

Brian Castro was educated at the University of Sydney and has worked in Australian, French and Hong Kong universities as a teacher and writer. He is the author of eleven novels and a volume of essays on writing and culture. His novels have won a number of state and national prizes including the Australian/Vogel literary award, The Age Fiction Prize, the National Book Council Prize for Fiction, four Victorian Premier's awards, two NSW Premier's awards and the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction.

Dr Philip Butterss

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Arts

Phil Butterss studied at the University of Sydney where he completed an Honours degree in Early English Literature and Language, a Master's degree in Middle Welsh, and a PhD in Australian Literature. He is currently on long-service leave prior to retirement in the middle of 2017. His principal teaching interests were Australian literature and Australian film. Phil's recent research has concentrated on Australian literary history and Australian literary biography. His book on the life and work of C.J. Dennis won the National Biography Award for 2015.

Emeritus Professor Thomas Burton

Emeritus Professor
Faculty of Arts

Tom Burton taught at secondary schools in East Africa and England before taking up a lectureship in the (then) Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Adelaide in 1974.

Tom's chief interests are in medieval English language and literature, the history of the English language, historical and regional dialects (especially their pronunciation), semantic change, and traditional metres in English poetry. His current research is on the dialect poems of William Barnes (1801-1886).

Lisa Blinco

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

I completed my undergraduate degree at the end of 2012 and started a PhD in 2014. In my PhD I am investigating how to optimise pump operation in water systems to minimise economic costs, greenhouse gas emissions and energy use. In particular I am focusing on water systems that use multiple alternative water sources such as harvested stormwater, groundwater, recycled wastewater and imported water. I am passionate about the environment and sustainability and at some stage in my career I would like to work in providing water solutions for developing regions.

Dr Katharine Bartsch

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of the Professions

My research examines how human mobility shapes the built environment, specifically Islamic architecture. Islam is a global faith and it has never existed in a vacuum. The emergence and diffusion of Islam can be traced along routes of migration, pilgrimage, trade, or travel in pursuit of knowledge. Given this context of mobility and the cultural encounters that it engenders, the goal of my research is to interpret the complexity and diversity of Muslim communities that is materialised in the built environment.

Ashlea Bartram

Higher Degree by Research
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide’s School of Public Health, where I am investigating the social experience of cutting back or stopping alcohol consumption. My background is in psychology, with a particular interest in promoting behaviour change. I previously worked to design and manage travel behaviour change programs to encourage people to decrease their car use and take up alternative transport such as cycling, walking and taking public transport.

Dr Kim Barbour

Faculty of Arts

Kim Barbour is a qualitative new media scholar. As a lecturer in the Department of Media, Kim’s work focuses on digital and online media, and storytelling. Kim’s research looks at online persona, the strategic production of identity through digital media, and particularly focuses on the use of social media. Kim’s research often focuses on artists or other creative practitioners.