Professor Catherine Manathunga (PhD)

Professor Catherine Manathunga (PhD) is a Professor of Education Research in the School of Education at The University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She is an historian who draws together expertise in historical, sociological and cultural studies research to bring an innovative perspective to educational research, particularly focusing on the higher education sector. Catherine has current research projects on doctoral supervision pedagogy, doctoral education and the history of universities in Ireland, Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her book, Intercultural Postgraduate Supervision: Reimagining time, place and knowledge, was published in June 2014 by Routledge. Catherine has also co-authored monograph on educational history, A class of its own: a history of Queensland University of Technology; co-edited an oral history monograph, Making a place: an oral history of academic development in Australia; and has published in Australian, Irish, American and British journals.  Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Ako Aotearoa (NZ Centre for Tertiary Education), Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia, Nagoya University Japan, Hiroshima University Japan and industry partners.  She has jointly won a number of University of Queensland and Australian national teaching awards for programs that enhance research students’ learning.  She has acted as an educational consultant to many other universities in Australia and internationally.