PhD Symposium Programme and Mentors

subject to adjustment

Sunday 24 November

14:00-15:00  Coffee and Registration

15:00-15:30  Welcome

UTS Welcome – Associate Dean Peter McNeil

SOAC Conference Chairs – Bill Randolph, Nicole Gurran

SOACRN Chair – Jago Dodson

SOAC PhD Chairs – Michael Neuman, Heather MacDonald

Introduction of Mentors

15:30-16:30 Small Group Exercise – Creative Team Building

16:30-18:00  Presentation I and Discussion

                                           The Urban Research Enterprise Bill Randolph, Jean Hillier

19:30 Welcome dinner


Monday 25 November

08:30                Coffee

09:00-10:30    Parallel Sessions I: Small Group Workshops

                           Introduction within small groups, 1 student presentation

10:30 – 11:00                Coffee break       

11:00-12:00     1 student presentation

12:00-13:00    Lunch

13:00-14:30    Presentation II and Discussion

Research Design by Michael Neuman

14:30-15:00    Coffee break

15:00-17:00   Parallel Sessions II: Small Group Workshops

2 students present their research

19:00              Dinner


Tuesday 26 November

08:30            Coffee

9:00-10:30  Presentation III and Discussion 

                              Writing and publishing by Robert Freestone

10:30-11:00   Coffee break

11:00-13:00        Parallel Sessions III: Small Group Workshops

2 students present research

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:30 Parallel Sessions IV: Small Group Workshops

                                            2 students present research, plus final reflection

16:30-16:45  Coffee break

16:45-18:00  Presentation IV and Discussion, plus Closing

                             Careers and Mentoring by Inger Mewburn

18:00             SOAC Welcome Event – Sydney Town Hall



Senior mentors

Professor Rob Freestone, UNSW

Professor Jean Hillier, RMIT

Professor Michael Neuman, UNSW

Professor Peter Phibbs, University of Sydney

A/Professor Susan Thompson, UNSW

Professor Ed Blakely, University of Sydney

Professor Carey Curtis, Curtin University

Early Career mentors

Dr. Gethin Davison, UNSW

Dr. Crystal Legacy, UNSW

Dr. Wendy Steele, Griffith University

Dr. Araz Taeihagh, UNSW

Dr. Elizabeth Taylor, University of Melbourne

Dr. Ilan Wiesel, UNSW

 Dr. Pernille Christensen, UTS

Dr. Franklin Obeng-Odoom, UTS


Each small group of doctoral students, of 6 – 7 students each, will be paired with one senior and one early career mentor.