Murdoch University

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Murdoch University encourages critical, open thinking to empower their students to have an impact after they graduate. Apply for Semester 1 to work with the academics who are making a real difference in the world.

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Dr. Jane Hutchison

Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Management and Governance

Research area

Dr. Hutchison is a political economist who specialises in social and political change and international development. At Murdoch University’s Asia Research Centre, she is part of a team researching the political economy of aid effectiveness.

Projects across the world

Dr. Hutchison completed her own PhD at Murdoch University; it was a study of labour and globalisation, focusing on women workers in the export garments industry in the Philippines.

As Chair of Oxfam Australia’s Board, Jane is actively involved in international NGO governance and efforts to create a world without the injustice of poverty. She is also co-authoring a book on the political economy of the aid industry in Southeast Asia, due for release in 2014.

Teaching at Murdoch

Dr. Hutchison holds the role of Academic Chair of Development Studies (postgraduate). She develops units in the School of Management and Governance and currently teaches undergraduate units on Asia-Pacific in the Global System and Sex and Gender Matter, and postgraduate units on Politics of Development, and Gender and Development.

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Mrs. Lorraine Finlay

Lecturer, Murdoch University School of Law

Research area

Lorraine Finlay specialises in criminal law, constitutional law, international criminal law and public international law. Mrs Finlay’s global law experience and credentials are currently being applied to research that analyses war crime trials, in particular the Iraqi High Tribunal and how it has affected the re-building process in Iraq.

Projects across the world

Mrs. Finlay has taken both her work and students from Australia to the other side of the world. She previously worked at the High Court of Australia and was selected as a Singapura Scholar with the NYU@NUS program where she was awarded a dual LL.M in Law and the Global Economy (with a concentration in Justice and Human Rights) from New York University and in International and Comparative Law from the National University of Singapore. As coordinator of Murdoch University’s Law School Moot Program she’s coached a number of Murdoch’s international moot teams, including the winning teams at the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot Competition and International Invitational Mediation Tournament, and finalists at the John Marshall IT and Privacy Law Moot, Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

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Dr. Gerrard Poinern

Senior Lecturer in Physics and Nanotechnology, School of Engineering and IT

Research area

Dr Poinern is a world renowned researcher and nanotechnology lecturer who specialises in applied nanotechnology and bionanotech. His research interests include nanoparticles for use in environmental remediation, solar and biomedical fields.

Projects across the world

Dr Poinern discovered and pioneered the use of an inorganic nanomembrane for potential skin tissue engineering applications. He is the first State recipient of a Gill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Grand Challenge Health Innovation Award for developing biosynthetic materials and their applications in the manufacture of biomedical devices. Dr Poinern has been working on a contraceptive drug delivery device for the third world. The application of this biomedical device will be for the delivery of contraceptive drugs in many of the world’s least developed countries.

Teaching at Murdoch

Dr Poinern’s inspired teaching and innovative ideas have led to six undergraduate students to win the state science innovation award and the Royal society prize of WA. Another of his postgraduate students has also won the prestigious PM Asia Endeavour award in 2010.

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Dr. Jeffrey Wilson

Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, School of Management and Governance

Research area

Dr Wilson is a political scientist who specialises in the international politics of natural resources. His work explores how resource-rich countries like Australia can cultivate economic relationships with resource-hungry powers – such as China and India – to safeguard global resource security.

Projects across the world

Dr Wilson frequently contributes to policy dialogues with governments in Asia to investigate how international cooperation can help improve the resource security of regional countries. He is also a member of the First Murdoch Commission, an independent commission of enquiry examining Western Australia’s economic and social ties with partners in Asia. In 2012, he was awarded the Boyer Prize by the Australian Institute of International Affairs for his work on Chinese mining investment in Australia.

Teaching at Murdoch

Dr Wilson’s teaching focuses on contemporary dynamics in Asian international affairs, exploring how rising powers in the region will drive change during the coming ‘Asian Century’. He has been nominated for teaching awards at Murdoch University and the Australian National University.

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Student stories

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"Why did you choose Murdoch?"

Murdoch is a very practical university, with a strong emphasis on developing a students' motivation as well as their academic skills. The academics are personable and approachable and my studies here have given my career a huge head start.

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"Why did you choose Murdoch?"

I looked at different universities, but Murdoch seemed like the most appealing one to me. It had a good website and reflected a young, vibrant atmosphere. I enjoy studying at a modern, progressive university with great teachers!

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"Why did you choose Murdoch?"

I chose Murdoch because I was inspired by research presentations given by Murdoch lecturers at a conference I attended. I knew Murdoch would mould me to be skilful in handling policy matters in a dynamic world. I’d recommend Murdoch because of the great learning facilities, the skills obtained through this degree will enable me to serve the Malawi government in areas of policy, with greater knowledge.

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