Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses

25 Jan 2023
Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses

Twenty-eight UNSW PhD candidates have been awarded a Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses.

The Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses recognises high quality PhD theses produced at UNSW. 

To receive this award, candidates must produce a thesis that requires only minimal corrections, received outstanding and/or excellent levels of achievement for all examination criteria, and in the opinion of both examiners is in the top ten percent of PhD theses they have examined.  Examiners are external to the University and are leaders in their fields.

“UNSW’s PhD candidates are a vital part of our research efforts and these awards recognise the outstanding theses examined in the last year,” said Professor Jonathan Morris, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Training & Entrepreneurship and Dean of Graduate Research.

“Given the challenges of the past two years, these graduates should be commended for their achievements.”

The awards are listed below by Faculty. Further details about this award have been published on the HDR Hub.


Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture


Thesis Title

Elena Cama

Navigating safety and sexual harms in the context of dating and hookup platform use among adult Australians

Giselle Newton

Everyday belongings: Exploring Australian donor-conceived adults’ social, linguistic and digital practices across private and public domains

Sylvester Okeke

BBVs/STIs risk and protective practices before and during the COVID-19 era: A mixed-methods study among East Asian and sub-Saharan African international students in Sydney 

Wendy Osmond

The Making of Midnight Oil: Exhibition design and the translation of rock music from stage to museum

UNSW Business School


Thesis Title

Viet Dao

Efficient Bayesian Inference for Evidence Accumulation Models

Alan Xian

Understanding and predicting large time series with Markov-modulated non-homogeneous Poisson processes

Faculty of Engineering


Thesis Title

William Hadinata Lie

Prussian blue analogue thin-films for electroreforming of biomass-derived alcohols

Peter Judzewitsch

Using Photopolymerisation for Streamlining the Discovery and Production of Antibacterial Polymers

Xie Li 

Mesoscale Numerical Modelling and Failure Prediction of Automated Fibre Placement Composites

Ahmed Musleh

Data-Driven Detection of False Data Injection Attacks in Smart Grids

Chulaluck Pratthana

Alanates at the nanoscale: synthesis, stabilisation, and hydrogen storage

Muhammad Yazid Bin Zulkifli

Phase Control and Transformation of Azole-Based Metal Organic Framework Composites

Faculty of Law & Justice


Thesis Title

Tristan Harley

Beyond Storytelling: Refugee Participation in Decision-Making Processes

Faculty of Medicine & Health


Thesis Title

Shovon Bhattacharjee

Development of Next-Generation Protective Clothing and High-Performing Face Masks

Ngozi Chidi-Egboka

The ocular surface and blinking in children

Louise Geddes

An investigation of the health-related harms associated with illicit opioid injection

Yunhe Huang

Pathways, predictors, and impact of receiving an autism spectrum diagnosis in Australia

Alex Richmond

Surviving to Thrive: An Examination of Sustainability and Social Enterprise in Sport for Development and Social Change Organizations (S4SC)

Clara Young

"Rogue" B cells: An investigation into B cells that break tolerance in autoimmune disease

Faculty of Science


Thesis Title

Tara Bartolec-Criss

Large Scale Cross-Linking Mass Spectrometry as the Missing Link in the Systems Biology Toolbox

Yvonne Chan

Associative change to cues conditioned in compound

Zhiyu Chen

Chasing Neutrinos In the Sky: From Early Universe Decay to the Formation of Cosmic Large-Scale Structure 

Shreedhar Gautam

Electrochemical biosensor for detection of microRNAs in extracellular vesicles

Zihao Li

Multivalent peptide-polymer therapeutics by combinatorial design

Garston Liang

Hey Siri, should I keep this title. How algorithms support (my) decision-making under uncertainty

Oliver Paull

Physical properties of epitaxial BFO thin film heterostructures on high-index oxide substrates

Katarina Stuart

A genetic perspective on rapid adaptation in the globally invasive European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Francesca Wong

How do the perirhinal cortex and basolateral amygdala complex integrate different types of associations? A study of sensory preconditioning in rats.