December 2019 doctoral Dean's list announced

Congratulations to the following graduates who have been named in the December 2019 Dean's list.

The Dean's list is a formal record and public acknowledgement of those doctoral graduates whose theses have been judged by their examiners to be of exceptional quality and whose work makes an outstanding contribution to their field of research.

Daniel Lowry

Doctor of Philosophy in Geology

Modern observations appear to link a warming ocean with Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat. However, interpretations of past ice sheet retreat in the Ross Embayment, the largest sector of Antarctica, imply either extremely high or very low sensitivity to changes in air and ocean temperatures. Daniel Lowry’s research uses numerical model simulations and geological data to show that ocean warming was a key factor in the major glacial retreat that occurred in this region after the last ice age due to melting at the base of the Ross Ice Shelf. These results suggest that Antarctica’s largest ice shelf may be highly sensitive to future oceanic warming.

Supervised by Associate Professor Nicholas Golledge and Associate Professor Nancy Bertler

Carolyn Shaw

Doctor of Philosophy in Music

There is little research available regarding the experiences of music therapists who themselves have an illness or disability. Carolyn Shaw’s research examines her experience of illness and disability to see if any new light can be shed on the field of music therapy while also finding ways to navigate disability as a practitioner. Carolyn’s study illuminates hidden processes of ableism within the practice and profession of music therapy. Her development of Post-Ableist Music Therapy offers a different lens to the profession and contributes, more generally, to uncovering and addressing normalisation and ableism in society.

Supervised by Associate Professor Sarah Hoskyns and Associate Professor Sue Cornforth

Hamish Simmonds

Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing

Systems of interacting businesses, customers, citizens, and governments have replaced ‘self-contained’ actors to create denser and richer networks of collaboration and interdependence. Hamish Simmonds’s research critiques and offers a new perspective on the set of assumptions and the resulting construction of service ecosystems used to explain these complex systems. The research explores this perspective through digital reform in the public sector and the enterprise services market. The results offer explanations of the changing composition of service ecosystems, relationships of compatibility and tension, and the role of history and layered organisation in shaping the trajectory of the service ecosystem.

Supervised by Associate Professor Val Hooper and Associate Professor Aaron Gazley and Dr Michelle Renton

Samantha Stanley

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Supervised by Professor Marc Wilson and Dr Matt Crawford

Maja Zonjić

Doctor of Philosophy in Film

The economy of Utila, Honduras, relies heavily on tourism activity brought to the island through promotion in national and international media. However, the island’s tropicalised representations and tourism-driven landscape modifications obfuscate its location within Honduras and perpetuate colonial continuities. Through a feminist-transformative approach to interdisciplinary research practice, Maja Zonjic shows how environmental and social issues in Utila are embedded within national government corruption, violence towards human rights activists and land defenders, and international flows of capital and ‘development’. Her feature-length documentary film presents alternative representations of the island in an effort to combat silencing and violent erasure of particular peoples, spaces, and species through tourism.

Supervised by Associate Professor Sara Kindon and Dr Cherie Lacey