Monash Arts Academics Driving Humanity To Make A Difference


Internationally recognised as a renowned faculty for humanities, social sciences, languages and performing arts, Monash Arts researchers are critical thinkers, addressing important local and global issues and advancing understanding of the world. They answer the critical questions behind all the big challenges we face today. Do robots have rights? Are judicial decisions influenced by gender? How do we let the world know that antibiotics could eventually cause millions of deaths?

Monash University Arts academics are world-class experts, steering the innovation of our future through their research. The following are available for interview and expert comment:

  • Professor Rob Sparrow: Co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control; spearheaded an international campaign to stop killer robots; Chief Investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science looking at potential ethical and policy issues arising from the creation of artificial organs.

Areas of expert comment – ethics in robotics, human enhancement and implantation, genetic engineering of disabilities


  • Associate Professor Mark Davis: Research into the communication around antimicrobial resistance (AMR) leading to millions of deaths, and contributions to respond to the threat by communicating with individuals and communities so that they understand the AMR crisis and enact the expert advice provided to them.

Areas of expert comment – antibiotic resistance, influenza pandemics, HIV and AIDS pharmaceutical technologies


  • Associate Professor Mia Lindgren: Research into the enduring appeal of audio in the digital age; American narrator-driven styles influencing Australian radio; Australian students’ motivations for studying journalism: lifestyle and creativity factors.

Areas of expert comment – the rise of the podcast, the American narrator style of podcast like Serial


  • Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon: Research in the areas of family violence, best practice legal responses to the prevention of intimate homicide, and legal responses to lethal violence; key focus on issues relating to gender, constructions of responsibility and justice.

Areas of expert comment – domestic violence and sentencing, intimate partner homicide, legal responses to one-punch homicides


  • Dr Howard Manns: Howie Manns works on linguistics, his primary research interest is language variation and change and the impact this change has on speakers and communities. His current work focuses on the Australian Deaf-Blind community, Australian English, Indonesian youth and the development of intercultural competence. He has previously worked on the development of sentiment analysis systems and attitudes in the Australian-Indonesian relationship.

Areas of expert comment – Australianisms, political jargon, communication styles of Deaf-Blind Australians and the development of intercultural competence.


  • Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher: Key research interests in family violence and gendered hate crime; Program Lead in the Monash Gender & Family Violence team, focusing on new frameworks for prevention; gendered violence projects focused on how gender impacts on the operation of criminal justice and security.

Areas of expert comment – family and gender violence – the economic and social impact of, gender hate crime


  • Professor Jacqui Trueis a specialist in gender and international relations, women, peace and security with a focus on the political economy dimensions of peace building and the long-term prevention of violence. Professor True is also a specialist in feminist research and her articles on gender mainstreaming and global governance rank among the most highly cited in the field.

Areas of expert comment – gender and international relations, women, peace and security, prevention of violence

In a progressive world where opportunities are endless, morals and ethics are integral in every industry. But who are the people regulating decisions that shape the future?

The futuristic nature of our society means we are constantly looking to innovate. Monash’s Arts programs are more critical than ever before, providing a platform to inform, guide and review the world’s biggest innovators and industry disruptors, making for a more protected environment and society and offering greater scope for a meaningful and fulfilling career for graduates.


Monash University is Australia’s largest university ranked in the world’s top 1% (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018). With campuses at both Caulfield and Clayton, it is one of the most highly regarded research and teaching universities in the country. Monash University’s Faculty of Arts is internationally renowned for cutting-edge research in humanities, social sciences, languages and performing arts.


Monash Arts offers undergraduate degrees in Arts (humanities and social sciences), Music, Media and Communication and Global Studies as well as 35 double degree combinations. There are 12 postgraduate programs and a vibrant graduate research program with traditional and practice-based Masters by research and PhDs.


The Faculty has the largest offering of overseas study programs in the country, many of which are unique in their approach.  Monash Arts is first preference for individuals looking to make a difference in their careers


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