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Elizabeth Burrell

Elizabeth Burrell

Research topic:

Invocation of the saints in the late medieval pursuit of health and wellbeing.

Why is your research important?

My thesis demonstrates the ubiquity of saints within the late medieval English healthcare apparatus by examining curative invocations that directly request their intercession. Sourcing charms and invocations from various forms of household literature, including Books of Hours, commonplace books, and recipe collections, my thesis establishes saintly healing as a significant yet understudied means to heal the entire late medieval body.

Supervisors:

A/Prof Carolyn James (Main), Prof Constant Mews (Associate)

Alex Cain

Alex Cain

Research topic:

Thinking and friendship in the political theory of Hannah Arendt.

Why is your research important?

My research takes the political theory of Hannah Arendt as its point of departure to investigate the ways that our friendships facilitate our ability to think about and judge action in the world. In particular, I am interested in whether our conduct online risks a loss of friendship as a deep and intellectual engagement between human beings and whether this potential loss of friendship in turn risks our ability to think.

Rosemary Ruth Hordern Collerson

Rosemary Ruth Hordern Collerson

Supervisors:

Prof Constant Mews (Main), Dr Peter Groves (Associate)

Nathan Cook

Nathan Cook

Research topic:

Strategies to reduce food waste in hospital food services.

Why is your research important?

Food waste has a large environmental footprint due to the greenhouse gas emissions associated with it being dumped in landfill. Hospitals produce are large amount of food waste for multiple reasons. This research is important to reduce the impact of food waste from hospitals on the environment by diverting waste from landfill through management strategies such as donation, composting and anaerobic digestion.

Andrew William Corcoran

Andrew William Corcoran

Supervisors:

Prof Jakob Hohwy (Main), Prof Vaughan Macefield (External)

Geraldine Fela

Geraldine Fela

Research topic:

My thesis draws on oral testimony and archival research to examine the response of nurses in Australia to the HIV and AIDS virus between 1983 and 1996

Why is your research important?

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic there are important lessons to be drawn from the experiences of nurses during Australia’s HIV and AIDS crisis. This history is a reminder of the crucial role that nurses play in patient care, as well as the political capacity of nurses and nursing unionism to respond to public health emergencies.

Samiksha Goyal

Samiksha Goyal

Research topic:

Disinterest and moral inquiry.

Why is your research important?

My PhD addresses the fundamental concern about objectivity in moral theory. I investigate the implications of disinterest, self interest, and welfare for moral domain. Here I develop anew Gandhi’s concept of moral virtue. I argue for an intersection between Gandhi’s moral philosophy and the moral frame of western liberal thought. The idea is to seek the potential response from moral theory for radical social action.