Research & Writing

Villa Maria, Hunters Hill, Sydney. One of my research sites. Photo credit: Karin Speedy.


I can offer research assistance across most humanities and social sciences disciplines. I am an efficient and highly skilled researcher, familiar with a range of methodologies. I am a research leader in Pacific, French and francophone, trans-imperial, colonial and anti-colonial history, contact languages and linguistics, French and English postcolonial literature, literary translation, cultural studies, race and racism, critical whiteness studies, slavery and forced labour.

I have published four books and over forty articles, book chapters, and creative works and I received an “A” ranking in Humanities and Pacific research in the 2018 PBRF Performance-based Research Fund in New Zealand Quality Evaluation. I was Director of Research for International Studies at Macquarie University and I won a number of research grants myself as well as developing and implementing a research strategy for the department for the ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) submission and for fostering research, including collaborative research, among colleagues. I have supervised numerous theses (PhDs, Masters and Honours) across a wide disciplinary spread and examined many others.


In addition to academic and creative writing, I am an active blogger of research and have considerable experience writing copy for more general audiences. I hold a Certificate in Public Relations and have spent two years “translating” research into media stories for recipients of Marsden Fund awards, and press releases for the Marsden Fund, Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, Rutherford Foundation Fellowship and others in my role as Senior Research Assessor at the Royal Society Te Apārangi. As Editor, I had oversight of all stories uploaded to the website. I have good knowledge of SilverStripe and WordPress and am also skilled at writing for social media. I am a Full Member of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA).

Contact me

Please contact me to discuss your research and writing needs.

Hull of the Edwin Fox, second oldest surviving merchant ship and oldest surviving transporter of convicts to Australia at Picton, Aotearoa New Zealand. Colonial history research. Photo credit: Karin Speedy.

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