What our Curtin Experts are saying

Curtin Experts is a hub for the conversations which delve into the fascinating minds that shape our educational community. Here we sit down with Curtin staff members across the board to discuss the social, political and other issues which matter to you. Explore the Curtin Radio interviews that have captivated our campus.

Professor Peter Newman.
John Curtin Distinguished Professor Peter Newman.
Professor Newman discusses the COP28 Summit and the need to place the onus on the Oil and Gas Industry.

Dr. Martin Whitely.
Adjunct Research Fellow with a doctorate in ADHD policy.
Dr, Whiteley discusses why he believes the ADHD Senate inquiry is ‘fundamentally flawed’, leading to the over-prescription of medication for Australian children.

Professor Stuart Kinner.
Curtin School of Population Health and Committee member of National Prison Health Information Committee.
National prison health report reveals need for more Federal Government action.

Rob Dunsmore.
PHD Researcher at ChemCentre at Curtin Uni.
Rob is an explosives chemist who has received national recognition and financial support for his work in determining the origins of homemade bombs. This research will allow counter terrorism agencies to more easily identify perpetrators, and track terrorist networks.

Alexey Muraviev.
Associate Professor And Expert On International Strategic Affairs.
The incident involving divers from HMAS Toowoomba shows that despite what were declared as positive outcomes from the PMs meeting with president Xi Jinping China continues to view Australia as being part of the AUKUS security pact and a threat to its aspirations of dominance in the Indo-Pacific region.

Dr. Elizabeth Jackson.
Curtin University Expert.
Christmas chaos is a possibility as port operators are crippled by cyber attack.

Dr. Saul Karnovsky.
Curtin University School of Education Senior Lecturer.
A year-long review commissioned by the State School Teachers Union of WA released today has revealed many teachers are planning to leave the profession, which will exacerbate the existing teacher shortage.

Professor Peter Newman.
John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Sustainability.
Supermarkets perpetuating plastics problem.

Robyn Westgate.
Family and Domestic Violence Project Officer at People and Culture Centre.
The 16 Days in WA campaign runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through to December 10 (Human Rights Day) each year. The campaign takes its inspiration from the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Daniel Turner.
PHD Candidate Curtin University.
Ground breaking Curtin University technology will soon be powering interplanetary missions to the moon and beyond, after one of its brightest young minds caught the attention of a leading international space research institution.

Professor Jaya Dantas.
Dean International – Faculty of Health Sciences.
Australia records 23.6 per cent spike in COVID cases amid the eighth wave.

Dr. Juliana Zabatiero.
Digital Child Chief Investigator at the Curtin School of Allied Health.
A four year study involving 3000 Australian families the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child and coinciding with National Children’s week was launched on 24th November.

Associate Professor Liam Wagner.
Curtin University Energy Markets Expert.
Fuel price-driven inflation shows need for alternatives. With disruptions in oil supplies and production restrictions placed on oil from nations affiliated with OPEC and Russia, we will likely see continued pressure on consumer prices.

Professor Peter Newman.
John Curtin Distinguished Professor.
The decision of the high court to declare Victoria’s tax on electric vehicles as illegal is welcomed. The tax needs to be part of a much stronger package of incentives and taxes from the Federal Government on EVs.

Professor Joe Siracusa.
Dean of Global Futures Curtin University Faculty of Humanities.
Professor Siracusa discusses the US and international reaction to the Israeli conflict.

Alexey Muraviev.
Associate Professor, Expert on International Strategic Affairs.
Australian defence shake up. The shift in the ADF’s continental posture reflects the army’s intention to respond to current and emerging threats. The restructure will create greater capacity for overseas operations and the bolstering of defences against any threats from north of Australia.

Dr. Christine Cooper.
The Curtin School of Molecular and Life Sciences.
Curtin University researchers have captured rare recordings of echidnas cooing, grunting and making a range of other sounds, but only during the breeding season.

Associate Professor Nicholas Timms.
Curtin University School of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Curtin University researchers are standing by to be among the first in the world to analyse precious asteroid samples due to land on Earth via NASA’s historic OSIRIS-REx mission, which could unlock some of the biggest mysteries of the universe.

Dr. Luc-Serge Doucet.
Curtin University Institute for Geoscience Research.
Curtin University researchers studying diamond-rich rocks from Western Australia’s Argyle volcano have identified the missing third key ingredient needed to bring valuable pink diamonds to the Earth’s surface where they can be mined, which could greatly help in the global hunt for new deposits.

Alex Jenkins.
WA Data Science Innovation Hub Director @ Curtin University.
Curtin University researchers are exploring the potential for artificial intelligence to transform healthcare.

Dr Robin Cook.
Astrophysicist Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy.
Dr Cook discusses the Square Kilometre Array Telescope, the MeerKAT telescope Extension Project and an update from The International Bristol Conference.

Dr Ryan Mead-Hunter
Air Quality modelling expert at the Curtin University School of Population Health.
Information from WA’s first and only real-time pollen monitoring and forecast service hosted at Curtin University, will be able to give seasonal allergy sufferers a better indication of when to expect high pollen days.

Professor Peter Newman.
Founder Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute.
The biggest sustainable energy announcement in WA seen in some time, sees the Government and major industry partners working together to deliver green and cheaper energy for the North West Pilbara, the South West and Perth.

Nigel Marks
Associate Professor – Science & Engineering Faculty.
More than 12 years on from the Fukushima nuclear disaster Japanese authorities are releasing treated radio active waste water into the Pacific Ocean.

Louise Francis
Associate Professor – Science & Engineering Faculty.
The Federal Government has launched Betstop. This is a national self-exclusion register which enables Australians to block themselves from all licensed interactive wagering services from between three months to permanently.

Dr Chong Wei
Marine Bio Acoustic Specialist Curtin Centre for Marine Science.
Researchers are developing high tech 3D image sections of hearing structures of stranded whales to assess evidence of interference to their echo-location systems.

Professor Gretchen Benedix
Curtin University Space Expert
Australian students can launch a space career through Curtin University.

Jane King and Lia McKnight
The John Curtin Gallery will be presenting work by 40 regional artists as part of the Open Borders survey exhibition, which will be held at the Gallery from 12 August to 8 October 2023.

Ravisha Jayawickrama
Author and PhD Candidate
An article published in The Conversation explores the link between the term ‘obesity’ and discrimination and whether a change to ‘adiposity-based’ chronic disease could help.

Dr Ellie Sansom
Research Associate School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
August is Blue Moon Month in West Australia when the moon is closest to earth by 42,000km.

Dr Robin Cook
Euclid is designed to explore the evolution of the dark Universe. It will make a 3D-map of the Universe (with time as the third dimension) by observing billions of galaxies out to 10 billion light-years, across more than a third of the sky.

Associate Professor Andrew Woods
Esperance ship wreck, the Belinda. The WA Museum discovered the wreck site in 1989 and excavated it between 1989 and 1991, during which overlapping black and white photographs were taken and a 2D photomosaic was created.

Carrolup Manager Kathleen Toomath discusses a new exhibition, Kalyagool Karni-Wangkiny [Telling Truth Always], at the John Curtin Gallery. The exhibition features ten new artworks which have been added to the Collection plus never before-seen footage of the child artists creating their works in the 1940’s.

Joshua Kestel. Lead Researcher & PhD Student – Curtin Molecular Life Science.
The presence of more native Australian flowering plants in urban areas can help boost declining bee numbers. New Curtin University research finding them to be the preferred source of food for both native bees and the introduced European honeybee.

Dr Ben Rich. Co-Director Curtin Extremism Research Network.
The Federal Government has announced it will introduce legislation banning the display and possession of Nazi symbols.

Professor Andrew Woods & Daniel Addams discuss an amazing 3D visual experience on the shipwrecks around Australia. In particular The Coal Steamer ‘Duckenfield’, which sank in 1889, 60 miles from Newcastle.

Professor Joe Siracusa is the Curtin University Dean of Global Futures.
Professor Siracusa explains the AUKUS Agreement and the workforce opportunities it provides to Australia.

Dr. Elizabeth Jackson is the Curtin University Supply Chain Expert.
Dr. Jackson discusses the recent G7 summit announcement regarding China’s dominance in the world’s supply chain.