By teasing out the complexity of these interrelations, cultural geography provides a particularly fertile environment in which to investigate and re-think some of the most fundamental aspects of human life, including: knowledge, meaning and the performativity of discourse; subjectivity, perception and the materiality of lived experience; desire, agency and the will; imagination, invention and creative expression.

What kind of research environment can I expect at UNSW Canberra?

The research focus is on the design, synthesis and/or study of novel molecules, supramolecular structures and materials for various applications. These include biological, environmental, pharmaceutical, industrial and military applications. Current expertise of members includes: organic and inorganic synthesis, inorganic biochemistry and physical and theoretical chemistry. Members participate in national and international collaborations, and have international reputations.

Particular strengths of the Group are:

The Group’s fundamental and applied research makes important international contributions towards contemporary environmental challenges, as evidenced by the quality of its published outputs, HDR students and history of winning grants.

Particular strengths of the Group lie in the multidisciplinary fields of:

The priority areas are strategic and applicable research directed at a range of advanced and functional materials and fields: magnetic, electronic and optical signal processing and storage, ionising radiation dosimetry and imaging, magnetic cooling, spintronics, and orthopaedic prostheses. The research is facilitated by measurements carried out in well-equipped in-house laboratories where we utilise some unique experimental techniques, as well as data resulting from competitive access to major national and international neutron and synchrotron facilities.

The interdisciplinary nature of the work and the constraints imposed by dealing with genuine practical problems make this a challenging and rewarding area for research.

The quality and impact of the research undertaken is recognised by the group’s success in obtaining competitive grants and in its extensive publications that appear in important international journals. The group is also successful in attracting and graduating high quality HDR students.  The group regularly collaborates with national and international researchers which enhances the group’s world-wide reputation.

Welcome to the University of New South Wales campus at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra (UNSW Canberra at ADFA). You will be studying at a small and specialised institution that forms part of one of Australia’s leading universities, with a reputation for teaching and research of the highest quality. Whether you are studying on-campus or by off campus or intensive delivery mode, I hope that you make the most of the educational opportunities that we can offer. 

The information in this booklet may be amended without notice by UNSW Canberra. Any updates will be maintained on the electronic copy available via the Student Gateway, and the Version number and date of this booklet updated accordingly.

UNSW Canberra graduates shape Australia, the region and the international community as leaders in defence, government, and industry. Our undergraduate programs are tailored to the educational needs of members of the Australian Defence Force, while our graduate and doctoral research programs attract students from all walks of life and all parts of the world.

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