View the available UQ Summer Research Projects below and contact details for the project coordinator. 

Political Violence and Racialisation in Queensland Parliamentary Debates

Project title: 

Political Violence and Racialisation in Queensland Parliamentary Debates

 

Project duration:

6-8 weeks

 

Description:

This summer project forms part of a larger collaborative interdisciplinary research program investigating the intersections of bureaucracy, colonialism and race in Queensland. Queensland is often identified as a ‘frontier’ colony/state – that is, as particularly intensively racialised place in both Australia and the wider Commonwealth. In this project we aim to investigate the shifting and/or stable aspects of racial formations in Queensland, and the connections between these formations and policy institutions.

 

This specific summer research project involves looking through Queensland parliamentary records to identify significant instances of parliamentary debate on race topics. A subset of these debates will be connected to cases of political violence (understood here as violence connected to or emanating from Queensland as a political order) and these are particularly important for the project. The project involves looking widely across Queensland history and cataloguing debates, rather than reading and analysing them in depth. Students will need to engage with materials from the Queensland parliamentary library, Queensland State Library and other (online or Brisbane based) databases of government documents, in consultation with the research team. 

 

 

Expected outcomes and deliverables:

Student will gain skills in accessing and navigating parliamentary debates and documents and performing document analysis.  This may also involve reflection with research team on the nature and operation of race and racial categories. Scholar will produce a database of empirical research and may be asked to draft occasional short analytical reflective reports. Student may also be asked to contribute to a Race Reading Group and produce a report or informal presentation at the end of their project.

 

Suitable for:

This project is open to applications from students with a background in Political Science – especially Indigenous politics and policy - or in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies or in Queensland or other Australian political history. Students who are advanced in their undergraduate degrees or enrolled in Honours are preferred. UQ students only.

 

Primary Supervisor:

 

Dr Elizabeth Strakosch

 

Further info:

The supervisor wishes to be contacted by students prior to submitting an application. Please email e.strakosch@uq.edu.au 

 

Climate Change and National Security in Comparative Focus

Project title: 

Climate Change and National Security in Comparative Focus

 

Project duration:

8 Weeks

 

Description:

States around the world increasingly recognise the national security implications of climate change. By one assessment (Scott 2015), climate change features in the national security strategy documents of more than 70% of states developing such strategies. But these states also understand and approach this threat in different ways. This project (in support of an ARC-funded major research project conducted by A/Prof McDonald, 2019-2022) aims to map different national approaches to climate security, developing an account of how different states view: the nature of threat; the best means of response; and if/ how they institutionalise this climate security perspective.

 

Expected outcomes and deliverables:

Two opportunities available. The students in question will locate and examine national security strategies of key states identifying climate change as a security threat: the USA, UK, France, Germany and Sweden. Beginning with the most recent national security strategy statements from these countries, they will then- time permitting- examine the preceding national security strategy document to assess any changes in these states’ approach.

As such, these students will develop skills in primary research broadly, and more specifically in comparative case analysis and methods of discourse analysis. It is anticipated that the student will develop a short written report summarising key findings. This work will be acknowledged in key outputs associated with the broader ARC project, and A/Prof McDonald will advise on a publication target (if suitable) for the written report.

Suitable for:

This project is particularly suitable for students studying and researching in the area of political science and international relations broadly, and international security and/or environmental change.

Primary Supervisor:

 

Associate Professor Matt McDonald

 

Further info:

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact A/Prof McDonald at matt.mcdonald@uq.edu.au in advance of the application deadline for further information or to indicate an intention to apply.