PROF Andrew Dawson

PROF Andrew Dawson



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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Essex 1990
  • BA(hons), University of Essex 1984

Awards and honors

  • Australian Anthropological Society, 2017
  • European Association of Rural Sociology, 1997


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I will consider supervising any interesting and innovative ethnographic Research by Higher Degree projects, and I have no particular preferences regarding topic or region. I have supervised projects on a wide range of issues. For example, most recently I have supervised projects on: ‘Memories of wartime rape’, ‘Romantic love’, ‘Refugee diaspora activism’, ‘Ethnic repression and linguicide’, ‘Conceptualisations of crisis in squatter settlements’, ‘Stress amongst aid workers’, ‘Masculinity and dancehall’, ‘Do-it-yourself home improvement cultures’, ‘The symbolism of gold’, ‘Serial competition entrants – otherwise known as “Prize Pigs”’ and ‘Shopping mall cultures’. I have supervised projects on the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe (east, west and central), the Middle East and various diasporas. I currently supervise 12 doctoral projects, 6 as primary supervisor and 6 as secondary supervisor. Since 2000 I have supervised through to successful completion 31 projects, 23 as primary supervisor and 8 as secondary supervisor. I try to encourage the development of innovative projects of the very highest possible quality. Since 2000 2 PhD projects I have supervised (by Julienne Corboz and Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins respectively) have gone on to win the Best Thesis Prize of the Australian Anthropological Association. Another project (by Sarah Quillinan) has been nominated for the UoM Vice-Chancellor’s Prize 2019. Finally, I am also keen to assist my current and former students in career development, especially in the academic sector. Of the 31 students I have supervised through to successful thesis completion 16 have gone on to hold full-time academic positions, ranging from postdoctoral fellowships through to professorial positions at universities in a range of countries including Australia, India, Japan, Uganda, the UK and the US.