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Postgraduate research degrees

Pursue the creation of new knowledge with a postgraduate research degree in the School of International Studies.

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You’ll become part of the vibrant Faculty research community, work in state-of-the-art facilities, and be supervised and supported by leading scholars in your field. Choose a project from vast range of academic disciplines, including linguistics, social sciences, political science, cultural studies, urban studies, country and area studies and gender studies.


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The School of International Studies provides an enriching and supportive environment for higher degree research in a diverse range of academic areas, including linguistics, social sciences, political science, cultural studies, urban studies, country and area studies, gender studies, etc. Our academic supervisors include leading scholars with international reputation in their fields.

Research areas

Research in the School is grouped into three key areas:

  • Studies of societies and cultures around the world
  • Cultural Studies | Transcultural Histories | Aesthetics | Literary Studies
  • Languages education | Intercultural language learning | Linguistic landscape research | Academic English

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1. Studies of societies and cultures around the world

This area builds on UTS’s long history of international studies, and our renown in research on and with specific places. Our research-led teaching makes the research we do applicable and relevant to the international studies arena worldwide. Research strengths include:


  • Human geography of China, especially urban development
  • Governmentality in the People’s Republic of China
  • Governance of marine resources in the Asia Pacific region
  • Women, war and Japanese colonial history
  • Indonesian studies
  • Race, ethnicity, migration and multiculturalism in Sydney and other Asian cities


  • Urban activism and creative practices in Italy

The Americas:

  • Francophone Canada, especially bodies, health and cultures of consumption
  • Latinization of the USA, trans-American studies

We encourage applicants with proposals for research that align with our ongoing projects as listed above.

Suggested contacts: Professor Elaine Jeffreys, Professor Carolyn Cartier, Dr Jingqing Yang, Dr Keiko Morita, Dr Ilaria Vanni, Dr Julie Robert, Associate Professor Kate Barclay, Associate Professor Paul Allatson, Professor Lesley Harbon, Dr Kristine Aquino

Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, Japan

2. Cultural Studies | Transcultural Histories | Aesthetics | Literary Studies

This research is bounded by ideas of a ‘global sense of place’ that simultaneously addresses the complexity of cultures, ground their histories, connects their trajectories and appreciates their diverse representations. Our experts in these fields have strong international reputations.

Current projects include:

  • The garage as vernacular museum? Reading contemporary masculinity through ‘man caves’
  • Judging the past in a Post-Cold War World
  • Remembering German-Australian colonial entanglements
  • Spectral Leichhardt: The transnational career of a myth
  • Transculturation, visual and material cultures
  • The kitsch drive, or the cultural logics of superficial co-existence
  • Binge sobriety: Temporary sobriety initiatives in cross-cultural perspective

Suggested contacts: Associate Professor Andrew Hurley, Associate Professor Jeffrey Browitt, Dr Ilaria Vanni, Dr Julie Robert, Dr Marivic Wyndham, Dr Sabina Groeneveld, Dr Mathilde Kang, Associate Professor Paul Allatson

Chinese calligraphy on the street in Guangzhou, China

3. Languages education | Intercultural language learning | Linguistic landscape research | Academic English

Our research addresses the teaching and learning of English and languages other than English. It promotes a more reflexive and proactive approach to cultural exchange, language practice and learning and engages with dynamic and contextualised interactions. Further, it questions how language teachers and learners can adopt a reflexivity to learn not only about the target culture and language, but also about self and identity.

Current projects include:

  • Indonesia’s linguistic landscapes
  • Intercultural teacher narratives
  • Cultural responsiveness: intercultural learning of students on study abroad
  • Metrolingual language practices
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Academic English Fundamentals

Suggested contacts: Professor Lesley Harbon, Dr Susan Oguro, Dr Angela Giovanangeli, Dr Neil England, Dr Gloria De Vincenti, Dr Elena Sheldon, Dr Sabina Groeneveld, Dr Julie Robert, Dr Emi Otsuji

What the students say

Yu Gao, UTS:International Studies Doctor of Philosophy studentYu Gao
Doctor of Philosophy

“I learned a lot from doing my PhD. Continuously reading into my field of study and attending conferences really broadened my horizons.”

More information

All applications for postgraduate research degrees must be submitted to the Graduate Research School. Please visit the Future Researchers Applying to UTS pages for information on the following:

  • Application dates
  • Admission requirements
  • Finding a supervisor
  • Postgraduate research scholarships
  • How to apply

For administrative and procedural questions, please contact Margaret McGrath.

For academic inquiries, please contact Associate Professor Kate Barclay, HDR Coordinator for the School of International Studies.