The Dean's Research Awards celebrate excellent research performance by academic staff and Higher Degree Research candidates within UNSW Arts & Social Sciences​. ​ 

Due to COVID-19 we are unable to host our Awards Ceremony this year, but we pass on our warmest congratulations to the following winners for their exceptional achievements. ​ 


Academic Excellence 

  • Dean's Research Award for Best Monograph 

Associate Professor Jessica Whyte for her book: The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism (London: Verso, 2019). 

  • Dean's Research Award for Best Monograph by an Early Career Researcher 

Dr Elaine Jing Zhao for her book: Digital China's Informal Circuits: Platforms, Labour and Governance (London and New York: Routledge, 2019)​. 

  • Dean's Research Award for Best Monograph by an Early Career Researcher - Honourable Mention​ 

Dr Michael Peters for his book: Regulating the Rise of China: Australia's Foray into Middle Power Economics (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). 

  • Dean's Research Award for Best Creative Work 

Dr Sonya Lifschitz for her multimedia work for piano, video and spoken word: Stalin's Piano. 

  • Dean's Research Award for Achievements by an Early Career Researcher 

Dr Michael Richardson for his outstanding research achievements since completing his PhD.       

  • Dean's Research Award for Achievements in Research Leadership 

Associate Professor Elizabeth Thurbon for her significant contribution to the research efforts of her peers and colleagues. 

  • Dean's Research Award for Best HDR Supervision 

Dr Fiona Morrison for her outstanding track record in Higher Degree Research supervision. 

  • Dean's Research Award for Best Doctoral Thesis 

Dr Zahra Stardust for her dissertation: Alternative Pornographies, Regulatory Fantasies and Resistance Politics. 

  • Dean's Research Award for Best HDR Publication (joint award) 

Marco Susino for his journal article: 'Cultural stereotyping of emotional responses to music genre' in Psychology of Music. 

Isabelle Wentworth for her journal article: 'Body Time: A Cognitive Perspective on Don DeLillo's The Body Artist' in Poetics Today. 


Global Impact 

  • Dean's Research Award for Scholarly Impact 

Dr Michele Zappavigna for her book: Discourse of Twitter and Social Media: How We Use Language to Create Affiliation on the Web (London: Bloomsbury, 2012). 


Social Engagement 

  • Dean's Research Award for Society Impact 

Associate Professor Tema Milstein for her outstanding body of research on ecocultural communication, and the longstanding and ongoing social impact of the research.  

  • Dean's Research Award for Exceptional HDR Social Engagement with Global Impact 

Tracey Donehue for her outstanding contribution in creating a just society and improving the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged communities.