History research gets a boost at ACU

A new Historical Studies Research Concentration at ACU will capitalise on the University’s existing strength in historical studies and boost research output and productivity.  

The initiative will focus on the core ACU values of social justice and the common good, and builds on the work of researchers such as Professor Shurlee Swain, Associate Professor Nick Carter, and Dr Noah Riseman. These values are explored through three programme areas: Historicising Social Policy and Change in Australia, Australia’s Changing Identity in the Postwar Era, and Conflict, Continuity and Change in European History.

“Historical research at ACU has long had an impact on public debate and scholarship, and that impact is now set to increase,” Professor Swain said. “The Historical Studies Research Concentration will bring together staff to create a vibrant knowledge centre, and further critical research in the area. We believe that this focus on core ACU values will create new avenues for cross-campus and cross-disciplinary research collaborations among staff.”

Key staff members include Professor Shurlee Swain, Associate Professor Nick Carter, and Dr Noah Riseman, Dr Nell Musgrove, Dr Ellen Warne, Dr Chris Matthew and Dr Maggie Nolan. The group has received a further boost with the recent appointments of Dr Melissa Bellanta, Dr Hannah Forsyth and the internationally recognised Italian historian Professor John Foot. A postdoctoral fellowship will also shortly be advertised, allowing a new member to join the group later this year.

To find out more about the Research Concentration’s work, contact Professor Swain.