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His main research has focused on how electromagnetic waves interact with these structures. This leads to interesting optical properties with applications in communications and imaging. He has also taught physics for over 10 years at high school and university levels, and has published over 70 research papers.

Sean Blamires

He has collaborative research links with the University of Akron, USA, and the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre, Taiwan, among others. He has published over 30 scientific papers in a range of journals, including Current Biology, Biomacromolecules, Journal of the Royal Society Interface and the Journal of Experimental Biology. 

Matthew Brandley

He is particularly interested in how complex structures and unique body plans convergently evolve, and he studies these phenomena using a combination of genomic, gene expression, anatomical, and phylogenetic tools with data collected in the field or from museums. Matt also studies how predator-prey relationships affect the evolution of lizard and snake phenotypes and life history traits on the Japanese Izu Island Archipelago. He maintains international collaborations with research groups in China, India, Japan, Mexico, and the U.S. Matt is co-author of the textbook Herpetology, 4th Edition (Sinauer Associates) to be published in 2015.


Megan Carrigy

Megan has received the Best Doctoral Thesis Prize in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from the University of New South Wales (2011) and the Mari Kuttna Memorial Prize for Film Studies from the University of Sydney (2002). Her research interests include contemporary film theory, re-enactment, film stars, and the cinema of Ritwik Ghatak.

Scott Chadwick

Scott remains actively involved in forensic science as a committee member of the NSW Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society and supervises a number of research students in forensic science. His research interests are in the synthesis of new fingermark reagents and development techniques. 

Di Drew

Di’s work has gained both local and international recognition at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals and she holds an impressive selection of awards for her work as both a director and producer including multiple Logies for the TV series All Saints which she produced. Di is a directing graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and returned later in her career as Head of Directing. She is an active member of the film community working as a tutor, mentor and board member across a wide range of arts organisations. 


Jane’s previous work roles include research into heavy vehicle crashes, teaching at Macquarie University and managing her own consulting business with projects including risk assessments in abattoirs, aged-care facilities and mortuaries.  Jane received a national Kidsafe award for her work on the prevention of scalds to children while with the NSW Health Department.


His current research project looks at stories of human and non-human survival in southern settler-colonial cities (Sydney, Buenos Aires, Cape Town), as well as in North America. This research deals with the relationship between storytelling, ethics and politics in situations of catastrophic social and environmental change. 


She has taught Aboriginal literature and writings at the University of Sydney, literary courses at UNSW, World Literature and language courses at the University of Western Sydney. Her research interests include Aboriginal literature, world literature, postcolonial literatures in English and French, language and communication skills.

Photograph of Jen Hamilton

Her artistic collaborations–Walking in the Rain (2011), Sea Shanties for Dead Sailors (2012), Tilting at Windmills (2013) and The Yurt Empire (2013-14)–explore themes of environmental degradation, colonial history and urban renewal. She shares the ambition of being an urban farmer with her partner and blogs about their progress at


Her international public health experience includes leading a WHO outbreak investigation team in Sri Lanka and supervising a project to inform measles control strategies in rural China. She has extensive experience teaching epidemiology to public health students and has supervised PhD and Masters’ students undertaking applied epidemiology research projects evaluating a range of government public health programs. 

Oliver Manlik

Before joining NYU in 2015, Oliver has taught various biology laboratory classes at UNSW and has previously worked as a science teacher at a high school in Japan. He is also a co-founder of the Sydney Society of Conservation Biology, a local chapter of the Society of Conservation Biology (SCB).


He has taught and assessed both undergraduate and postgraduate psychology subjects, including introductory, social, biological and personality psychology, in addition to research methods, statistics and conceptual analysis. His current research interests include exploring the role outgroup bias and discrete coalition cues play in adaptively negotiating group decision tasks, and designing interventions intended to help educators understand and negotiate the conflicting moral values in their students.


After graduating with Arts (English literature) and Law degrees from UNSW, Sacha was hired as a writer by The Sydney Morning Herald, where his specialties included film, music and TV, and also parenthood, education and philosophy. He has published two books: Australian Bushrangers - The Romance of Robbery and From Here to Paternity - A User's Manual for Early Fatherhood. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two kids, and, whenever possible, immerses himself in the Pacific Ocean.


Such international outlets include the South China Morning Post, UK Overseas, Whole Life Times in the US and South Africa's Business Day.  Her writing specialties include environment, science, health and technology and she is also a part-time academic who has taught journalism over the last decade at several Australian universities: University of Technology, Sydney; University of NSW and Southern Cross University, Lismore.


Her teaching has covered Introduction to Finance courses, Financial Markets, Quantitative Methods, Derivative Securities and Econometrics. Her research interests include time series econometrics, forecasting, corporate governance and management quality. She has worked in the finance industry for the past 8 years and prior to that worked as an economic consultant. She is a member of the global research team of the Scientific Active Equities (SAE) within BlackRock located in Sydney.


Her main research interests are international education marketing, relationship marketing, marketing strategy and services marketing. Nadia currently works for NYU as an Adjunct Lecturer in marketing and owns and operates a boutique winery on the Central Coast, one hour north of Sydney.


She has previously worked in research, administrative, student welfare and policy roles in higher education institutions, university residential colleges and in the Australian Public Service. Her doctoral thesis explored how historical identities of country towns came to epitomise modern Australian understandings of the rural ideal.


He has taught various subjects at UNSW including neuropsychological assessment and psychopathology, social and developmental psychology, and introduction to psychology. He has worked as a clinician with acute psychosis, traumatic brain injury and personality disorder populations, conducting neuropsychological assessments and delivering treatment. His clinical work includes working with children, adolescents and adults with learning difficulties, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and autism spectrum disorder.


She is the author of Wild Man: The True Story of a Police Killing, Mental Illness and the law (Affirm Press, 2015) Her current research project, entitled Hatching, Matching and Despatching focuses on the legal regulation of intimacy in the Australasian colonies from 1788-1901.

Photograph of Petronella Vaarzon-Morel

In collaboration with Warlpiri she co-authored the book Warlpiri Women’s Voices. Her academic publications include articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. She is currently a Research Associate at the University of Sydney where she is working on a Central Australian cultural media project.

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