All ANU theses digitised – the 2000s

01 Jun 2020

To celebrate the digitisation of all ANU theses, we are looking at a selection of theses available through the Open Research repository.

Let's look at some ANU theses from the 2000s!


Dr Suzette Searle is a scientist, science communicator and forestry expert who worked for CSIRO for 17 years specialising in the genetic variation of Australian wattles. Her later work has focused on how Australian scientists communicate with the general public.

Dr John Otto Ondawame was an academic and leader of the West Papua pro-independence movement. He was the head of the West Papua People’s Representative office and international spokesperson for the Free Papua Movement, and devoted his life to lobbying for peace in West Papua.


Associate Professor Ratna Rueban Balasubramaniam is a researcher and teacher in legal philosophy who is currently teaching international human rights at Carleton University in Canada.

Dr Muhammad Chatib Basri is an economist, advisor and Indonesia’s former Minister of Finance. Dr Basri was previously the Chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board and teaches at the Department of Economics, University Indonesia.


Frances Peters-Little is a writer, researcher, historian and film-maker. She is best known for her documentary Tent Embassy which screened for the ABC series True Stories and won a Sundance Award, and Vote Yes for Aborigines. Two of her works are available on ANU Press, including Passionate Histories and Indigenous Biography and Autobiography. She is currently working on writing the biography of her father Jimmy Little.

Dr Katia Tiutiunnik is a renowned musician, composer and scholar who is well known for her virtuosity on the violin.  Dr Tiutiunnik was the first Australian composer to be appointed as visiting scholar at Columbia University, and to complete a residency at Charles Morrow Productions in New York. Her compositions have been performed all around the world.


Dr Luke Hendrickson is a Data Management and Analytics Director who is currently working on developing data management strategies for a large Federal Government Department. For six years, Dr Hendrickson was the Manager of Innovation Research in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.


Dr James Bradfield Moody is, amongst many other things, an engineer who has been named Young Professional Engineer of the Year (2000), one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia, and was a panellist on the ABC television program ‘The New Inventors’.


Ruth Watson is a New Zealand artist with a special interest in maps and mapping. She collaborated with the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics to develop the largest map of the universe ever created at that point – a 12 metre diameter map at Mount Stromlo Observatory in 2005.


Dr Jodie Ward is a forensic scientist who is currently leading the NSW Health Pathology's Specialist DNA Laboratory which works to identify unknown and missing persons in New South Wales. You can read more about her career on the ANU Alumni Spotlight.


Dr Kirsty Gillespie is an anthropologist and curator at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Two of her works, including Steep Slopes: music and change in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, and A Distinctive Voice in the Antipodes: essays in honour of Stephen A. Wild, are available on ANU Press.


Dr Katherine Daniell is a researcher whose current research work focusses on the challenges of implementing collaborative approaches to policy and action for sustainable development.

Dr Natasha Fijn is an ethnographic researcher and observational filmmaker based at the ANU Mongolia Institute. She specialises in cross-cultural perceptions and attitudes towards animals, and uses observational filmmaking as an integral part of her research. Her ethnographic works has been based on the Khangai Mountains of Mongolia and Arnhem Land in Northern Australia.


Dr Walter Abhayaratna is a senior staff specialist, consultant cardiologist and Clinical Director of Medicine, Canberra Hospital and Health Services, as well as a Professor at ANU Medical School.


You can search and browse to find a wealth of research in the ANU Library theses collection.