Virtual 3MT (3 Minute Thesis Competition)

Fri 10 Jul 2020 12:00pm2:00pm


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The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

We are excited to announce we have a number of competitors participating in the 2020 Virtual UQ 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) School Competition this Friday 10 July at 12 Noon via zoom. Please register your attendance by emailing

Tune in on the day to watch the competitor's videos and vote. 

2020 POLSIS Competitors

Jamal Nabulsi - "Affective Resistance: Emotion and everyday Palestinian dissent".

Jamal's research explores the paradox that everyday resistance practices seem to be at once forms of resistance and complicity to domination. Emotions play a central but underappreciated role in this paradoxical power struggle. In fact, emotions can themselves constitute a site of these power relations, implicating us in systems of domination and resistance. Jamal explores this idea through both conceptual and empirical inquiry. Drawing on a wide range of literatures, Jamal analyses the role of emotions in three forms of everyday Palestinian resistance to colonisation: graffiti; music; and bodily performance at Israeli military checkpoints.

Bernadette Hyland-Wood - 'Open Data: The role of leadership and culture in public service'.

Open data is essential for dealing with pandemics, protecting vulnerable populations, and preserving free & democratic elections. For example, open data allows us to understand the disease characteristics of COVID-19 in Australia and beyond. It provides a lens into complex relationships in societies and economies. However, open data especially from governments can be controversial. It is under threat worldwide. That is why I'm investigating the role of leadership and data stewardship in Australia and New Zealand. Understanding how leadership and culture works provides valuable insights into what makes data resilient or vulnerable. 

Ahmad Umar - 'The Idea of Asia in World Politics'. 

If you are watching The Game of Thrones series, you might be familiar with Westeros and Essos. Westeros is the home of powerful lords and centre of civilization in the series, while Essos is identical with magic, slavery, and uncivilized tribes. This Thesis is not about that: It is about “Asia”. Umar traces the history of the idea in world politics and tries to tell a story about our present international order. Umar begins by tracing “Asia” back to Greek era until its present incarnation in the 21st century, and how it evolves over time in world politics.

Richard Bell - 'The quality of governance peace: a mixed methods study at the subnational level'.

The UN promotes sustained peace in a manner closely linked to good governance. Studies on this trend to date have uncovered multiple governance variables that covary with lower levels of conflict. Critical theorists argue that such an inductive approach represents a Western-centric, universalistic solution which ignores unique contextual choices at a local level, resulting in neo-liberal policies damaging to local communities. This thesis addresses the impact of governance quality on sustained peace at a subnational level, examining whether there is a relationship between specific components of governance and a number of measures of sustained peace in certain areas. In particular, it interrogates the causal process linking quality governance to sustained peace in post-conflict societies. I will use an explanatory sequential mixed methods approach to evaluate different governance components and the causal process. The quantitative approach runs analysis of governance quality measured by pre-existing perception surveys against instances of violent conflict at a subnational level. The qualitative method of process tracing uses Bayesian updating to iteratively provide evidence linking governance to sustained peace. This involves analysis of country-level reporting by think-tanks and aid agencies; analysis of government documents; and semi-structured interviews with government staff and civil society leaders. The thesis examines whether there is an impact of governance quality on peace at a subnational level. It seeks to better understand the causal mechanism that links government quality to peace.