News and notice

  • Jogging and walking along Patang Beach: Mind and body.
  • List of participants
  • Conference Award Nomination
  • Prominent conference speakers

Jogging and walking at Patong Beach: Conference initiative.
As you can see from the Conference Program, our conference days are full of intellectual vigour. However, we would like to promote mind-body balance and intercultural interaction during our conference. Thus we would like to encourage you to participate in our happy and healthy time of jogging and walking along Patong Beach in early morning.

On Thursday and Friday (17 & 18 May) at 6 am and 6:30 am, please meet together at a spot on Patong Beach right in front of the Graceland Resort (Conference venue), in small groups we can jog and/or walk along the beach together for around 30 minutes, enjoying sunrise, fresh sea breeze, and social togetherness.
Please introduce yourself to other conference participants and invite them to jog/walk together with the group. It is also a nice way to gain new friends at the conference in this healthy atmosphere.
I am sure you will have a very good breakfast afterwards and your minds will be fresh for the conference.

list of Registered participants

    • Mr. Abhishek Bhati, James cook university
    • Mr. Adrian Promediaz, Institut Teknologi Bandung
    • Akkarak Jirametakorn, Chulalongkorn university
    • Dr Akarat Sceethunyoo, Kasetsart University
    • Dr Alain Sebille, Centre Hospitalier
    • Mr. Alan Scott, University of Canterbury
    • Miss Amel Derraz, Mostaganem University
    • Dr Andrew Smith, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute
    • Prof Angelica Baylon, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific
    • Prof. Anil Kumar Gupta, Department of Hospital Administration, PGIMER
    • Dr Anita Lundberg, James Cook University
    • Ms Annette Woods, Queensland University of Technology
    • Dr Barbara Comber, Queensland University of Technology
    • Dr Barbara Nielsen, Flinders University
    • Ms Belinda Bray, University of Auckland
    • Dr Benita McLachlan, Anglia Ruskin University
    • Dr Betchie E. Aguinaldo, Isabela State University
    • Dr Bonimar Tominez, Nueva Vizcaya State university
    • Dr Bronwyn Reynolds, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Bruno Mascitelli, Swinburne University of Technology
    • Dr Chek Kim Loi, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
    • Prof. Ching Shan Wu, National Academy for Educational Research
    • Ms Chonlada Buratcharin, Chulalongkorn University
    • Dr Chona Hannah, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Chrissie Rogers, Anglia Ruskin University
    • Christine Shobana Arthur, Sunway University, Malaysia
    • Christina Rukki
    • Prof. Claudette Anne Cormary, St Paul University
    • Ms Cynthia Grace Valdez, Quirino State College
    • Dr Daniel Rolf, University of Tasmania
    • Mr. Daniel Terry, University of Tasmania
    • Dr David Aline, Kanagawa University
    • Dr David Caldwell, National Institute of Education
    • Prof. D.S Selvakumar, VIT University, India
    • Ms  Eliza Lokadjaja, Elias Park Primary School
    • Mr. Erin Wee Hong Loo, University of Canterbury
    • Ms Frances Gallagher, Griffith University
    • Dr Fuapepe Rimoni, Victoria University of Wellington
    • Dr Garry Falloon, University of Waikato
    • Dr Graeme Cook, Edith Cowan University
    • Dr Graeme Gower, Edith Cowan University
    • Dr Ghayth Al-Shaibani, Universiti Sains Malaysia
    • Dr Hayriye Avara, Swinburne University of Technology
    • Miss Helen Lundberg, University of Tasmania
    • Assoc. Prof Helen Nixon, Queensland University of Technology
    • Hema Rosheny Mustafa, University Technology Malaysia
    • Dr Hiroshi Hasegawa, Curtin University
    • Ms Hoang Nguyen, University of Tasmania
    • Ms Imelda As'ari, Elias Park Primary School
    • Prof. Ian Hay, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Iris Lee, Elias Park Primary School
    • James Hughes, Webster University Thailand
    • Jane Reed
    • Miss Jataporn Parapbo, Thailand
    • Dr Jeerawan Ketsing, Kasetsart University
    • Dr Jennifer Lyn Ramos, Benguet State University
    • Dr Jeremy Pagram, Edith Cowan University
    • Miss Jinjin Lu, University of Tasmania
    • A/Professor Jitsai Klongpayabann,Rajamangala University of Technology Isann
    • Miss Joanne Yeoh, University of Tasmania
    • Ms Juanita Pascua Nueva, Vizcaya State University
    • Dr Jung Cheng Chen, National Academy for Educational Research
    • Ms Karen Glaister, Curtin University
    • Assoc. Prof Karen Nonis, The Nanyang Technological University
    • Dr Karen  Trimmer, University of Southern Queensland
    • Assoc. Prof Kaye Lowe, University of Canberra
    • Dr Keith Greaney, Massey University
    • Dr Kelly Brennan
    • Ms Kim Cuong Do, Hanoi National University of Education
    • Dr KimHour Ramage, Domrei Research and Consulting
    • Lai Yee Mun, INTI International University
    • Ms Lisa Morgan, University of Tasmania
    • Mr. Leonard Hendrawan, Institut Teknologi Bandung
    • Ms Lorelei Tabago, Isabela State University
    • Ms Mara Shyn M. Valdeabella, Bureau of Argricultural Research,Philippines
    • Prof. Margaret Robertson, Latrobe University
    • Prof. Mark Jones, Curtin University
    • Dr Mark Vicars, Victoria University
    • Dr Martine Peters, Universite du Quebec en Outaouais
    • Mary Hatakka
    • Ms Mary Lou O' Neil, Kadir Has University
    • Mary Mostafanezhad, University of Hawaii
    • Miss Maylen Villareal, Bureau of Agricultural Research, Philippines
    • Ms Merinya Punsoun, Chulalongkorn University
    • Ms Michelle Brinn, Bangkok Patana School, Thailand
    • Ms Michelle Raquel, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Mingming Zhou, Nanyang Technological University
    • Mrs. Normazidah Musa, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
    • Dr Nabiollah Sadeghi, Putra University of Malaysia
    • Dr Nancy Susianna, Universitas Pelita Harapan
    • Dr Neil Davis, The Australian Science and Mathematics School
    • Ms Nelly Irmawati, Institut Teknologi Bandung
    • Dr Nuraihan Mat Daud, International Islamic University Malaysia
    • Dr Omar Karlin, Meiji University
    • Ms Ong Chee Lin, Elias Park Primary School
    • Dr Pachernwaat Scichai, Chiang Mai University
    • Dr Paul Throssell, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Paul Verluyten, University of Antwerp
    • Prof. Paula Lantz, The George Washington University
    • Mr. Peggie Chan, National University of Singapore
    • Prof. Peter Freebody, University of Sydney
    • Dr Peter Nielsen, Flinders University
    • Miss Porntip Sae-Ung, Chulalongkorn University
    • Prof. Pranee Liamputtong, La Trobe University
    • Mr. Edwin Tan, Training Vision Institute
    • Dr Quynh Le, University of Tasmania
    • Prof. Ralph Hall, University of New South Wales
    • Ms Ramana Seesan, Chulalongkorn University
    • Dr Remy McCubbin, Rose Park Psychology
    • Miss Rhea Aileene Neo, Bureau of Agricultural Research, Philippines
    • Dr Robyn Anderson, James Cook University
    • Mrs. Rochelle Pacio, Benguet State University
    • Dr Ronald Sterkenburg, Indiana, USA
    • Assoc. Prof Rosemary Callingham, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Rowena Santos-Delgado, University of Melbourne
    • Dr Ruth Wong, The institute of Education, Hong Kong
    • Dr Sadhana Manik, University of KwaZulu-Natal
    • Ms Saly Koeurn
    • Dr Samad Zare, International Pacific College (IPC)
    • Dr Shane Phillipson, Monash University
    • Dr Sharon Louth, University of Southern Queensland
    • Prof. Sik Hung Ng, City Univeristy of Hong Kong
    • Sirin Akbulut Demirci, Uludag University
    • Dr Siriruck Thijittang Foster, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Sivanes Phillipson, Monash University
    • Mr Songtao Zhao, University of Tasmania
    • Mr Stan Lee
    • Prof. Sue Kilpatrick, University of Tasmania
    • Ms Sun Hee Jang, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Sureerut Rongruang, Prince of Songkla University
    • Dr Suresh Sharma, University Enclave
    • Dr Tamil Chellvan, INTI International University
    • Ms Tan Chwee Li , Elias Park Primary School
    • Assoc. Prof Tarquam McKenna, Victoria University
    • Mr. Terry O'Reilly, The Australian Science and Mathematics School
    • Dr Thitirat Suwannasom, Naresuan University
    • Ms Thao Doan, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Thao Le, University of Tasmania
    • Ms Thuy Le, University of Tasmania
    • Mr Tod Wakefield
    • Mr Trinh Ngoc Thanh, National University of Singapore
    • Mr Urapong Kantawan, Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University
    • Dr Valentina Klenowski, Queensland University of Technology
    • Vijittra Vonganusith, Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University
    •  Mrs. Wahiza Wahi, The National University of Malaysia
    • Dr Wannie Y. Wang, St. Lawrence University, USA
    • Mr Winton Barnes
    • Dr wisakarn Boonpaisanseree, Chulalongkorn University
    • Ms Yoriko Kikkawa, Griffith University
    • Mr. Yongwei Tu, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Yan Ye, Assumption University
    • Mr. Yang Yang, University of Tasmania
    • Dr Yun Yue, Australian Multicultural Interaction Institute
    • Dr Yuri Hosoda, Kanagawa University
    • Mrs. Zarrintaj Aminrad, National University of Malaysia
    • Ms Yanjun Wang, University of Tasmania


It is with great appreciation and excitement to invite you to participate in the conference award nomination.
The lunch time on Friday 18 May will also include award presentation to a number of our conference delegates. In order to show our appreciation of the dedication to research in a changing and challenging world, we would like your help to nominate awards (certificates) for the following categories:

  • Category 1: Awards for insightful research conducted by our conference participant(s) in each of the following areas: education, science, health, technology, and social sciences.
  • Category 2: Awards for advocacy research which aims at enhancing the lives of vulnerable, marginalised, disadvantaged people or communities.
  • Category 3: Awards for researchers who have done their best for research in difficult and challenging research environments or circumstances (e.g. poorly resourced university in a developing country, politically hostile context, research-sensitive condition etc.)

How to nominate:
- Only our conference participants can do the nomination or self-nomination,
- The award nominees must be participants at this conference and not keynote speakers,
- A brief note (less than 100 words) gives the reason for choosing the nominee
- You can nominate for more than one award
NOTE: your nomination should be based on the abstracts and/or any other background information which is helpful for the nomination. This is not a research ranking contest, but fundamentally about the dedication and contribution to research and a research discourse.
NOMINATION FORM : closing date: 10 May 2012
Please fill in the nomination form and send it back to: Conference Convenor and cc to Dr Reynolds, The Conference Award Chairperson at [email protected]
Your full name: ______________________________________________________
I wish to nominate the following researcher(s): ______________________________ ,
Title of the abstract: ____________________________________________________,
For the Category of award: ____________________________________________________.
Reason (maximal 100 words) :


To promote research awareness and networking across disciplines, institutions and cultural discourses, occasionally we would like to introduce a number of speakers among many others at the Phuket Conference. We warmely look forwards to meeting you all at the conference.  

Professor Ralph Hall
Our warmest welcome to Professor Ralph Hall, University of New South Wales, Australia.Prof Hall
Professor Ralph Hall is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales. His teaching and research activities are in the field of research methodology and evaluation.  His recent publications include a book entitled Applied Social Research published by MacMillan, chapters on Evaluation and Qualitative Research Methods in a book entitled Evidence for Policy and Decision Making, and papers on peer mentoring for undergraduate students.
Professor Hall will deliver his paper entitled ‘paradigms in mixed methods social research’. In this paper paradigms for mixed methods research will be analysed and it will be argued that neither pragmatism nor the transformative perspective provide an acceptable justification for mixed methods. An alternative realist perspective will be proposed similar to the critical realism of Bhaskar.

Professor Mark Jones
Prof Mark JonesThe Conference Committee warmly welcomes Professor Mark Jones to the Conference. He is the Director of the Global Health Alliance of Western Australia (GHAWA), a partnership of all 5 WA universities and the Department of Health WA, aiming to enhance human resource for health capacity and capability in developing countries around the Indian Ocean Rim. He is also Professor of Transcultural Health Improvement at Curtin University, Perth.

Professor Jones worked in the policy and practice development arm of the Royal College of Nursing of the UK (RCN) and progressed to the position of primary care policy adviser with responsibility for developing existing roles in primary care nursing and facilitating the emergence of new roles, such as the nurse practitioner and nurse prescriber. Whilst at the RCN, Mark also had the opportunity to work with the Clinton administration as an adviser around health care reform. This work led to a number of international assignments assessing primary health care interventions in developing countries.

Professor Jones 's academic track includes a Masters in Health Policy from the University of Bristol. Mark completed his doctoral studies, also at Bristol, investigating the utility of game and rational choice theory in health care decision making. Professor Jones has been conferred with Fellowships of the US Bureau of Health Professions, the College of Nursing Aotearoa (NZ) and the Royal College of Nursing Australia.

He will speak at the conference on a topic entitled Striving for cultural competence: the impact of international clinical placements in Tanzania on nursing students.

Prof WuWelcome to Professor Wu, Taipei Municipal University of Education, Taiwan

Professor Wu will present his paper at the conference on “A study on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Basic Education in Taiwan.” Currently, professor Wu is the president of National Academy for Educational Research (NAER), Taiwan and the elected president of Taiwan Educational Policy & Evaluation Association. His research fields focus on education policy analysis, accountability, leadership and administration with more than 300 various publications. He was appointed as the president of NAER in 2011. Before this position, he experienced the president of Taipei Municipal University of Education and the Commissioner of Department of Education, Taipei City Government. With his massive and influential academic/administrative experience, he was in charge of writing 2011 Education White Paper of Taiwan.

Welcome to Dr Chrissie Rogers, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Dr Christie will deliver her paper at the conference on the rights and rhetoric for children with educational difficulties: a meaningful education? She is the Director of the Childhood and Youth Research Institute (CYRI) at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She developed her enthusiasm of the social sciences while at the University of Essex where she completed her Sociology degrees. Her qualitative PhD research was funded by the ESRC, and was subsequently reworked and published by Palgrave Macmillan as ‘Parenting and Inclusive Education: Discovering Difference, Experiencing Difficulty', the bulk of which was carried out during her ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge University. Dr Rogers is on the editorial board for the British Journal of Sociology of Education and her most recent published articles are in British Journal of Sociology of Education, (2011) ‘Mothering and intellectual disability: partnership rhetoric?’ and Disability and Society, (2010) But it’s not all about the sex: mothering, normalisation and young learning disabled people’. The main 'projects' she is currently working on are a pilot research project Independence, rights and governance: Young intellectually disabled adults negotiation of relationships with Dr Tam Sanger (Anglia Ruskin Univeristy), an edited collection with Dr Susie Weller (South Bank University), 'Critical Approaches to Care: understanding caring relations, identities and cultures' and a theoretical monograph called 'Intellectual Disability and Social Theory: Philosophical and Sociological Debates on Being Human'.

Welcome to Professor Pranee Liamputtong, School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia
Professor Liamputtong will speak at this conference on cultural sensitivity and cross-culturPLal research. She is a medical anthropologist and holds a position of Personal Chair in Public Health at the School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She has a particular interest in issues related to cultural and social influences on childbearing, childrearing and women's reproductive and sexual health. She has published numerous books and a large number of papers in these areas. She is a qualitative researcher and has also published several method books. Her most recent method books include: Researching the vulnerable: A guide to sensitive research methods (Sage, 2007), Qualitative research methods, 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2009), Performing qualitative cross-cultural research (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Research methods in health: Foundations for evidence-based practice (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Focus group methodology: Principles and practice (Sage, 2011).

Welcome to Associate Professor Suzette Plaisance Bryan, Southeastern Louisiana University, USA

Special welcome to Associate Professor Suzette Bryan, who will deliver a paper at our Phuket Conference on the narratives of 21 Turkish Islamic women concerning their decisions to begin wearing the hijab. She examines Cultural Feminism in relationship to an analysis of the discourse of these women garnered from in depth interviews.

She is an Associate Professor of Communication at Southeastern BryanLouisiana University.  She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Organizational Communication, including Small Group Communication, Organizational Communication Theory, Leadership Theory, Public Speaking, Research Methods, and other courses.  She is certified by the Hay Institute in the utilization of the Emotional Competency Inventory and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops including the International Conference for Emotional Intelligence held in Chicago, and international conferences in Athens, Greece and Belfast, Ireland.  She is president of Innovative Communication Consulting, an organizational development company. She is co-author of the book Scripts and Communication for Relationships published recently by Peter Lang.

Welcome to Associate Professor Kaye Lowe, University of Canberra, Australia

The Conference  Committee warmly welcomes Associate Professor Kaye Lowe to participate at the  conference. Her presentation is based on her research conducted over the past three years to  explore why it is essential to educate parents in supporting their children at home with reading and writing.Lowe
Associate Professor Kaye Lowe is Director of the National Capital Centre for Literacy Research and Co-ordinator of U-CAN READ: Literacy Intervention Years 3-10 at the University of Canberra.  She was a literacy professor at the University of Kentucky and the State evaluator of Reading First (US), Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University and Associate Dean at University of Western Sydney .  Her research interests include literacy for disengaged students, parent literacy education, technology, supporting Indigenous learners and online programs including the use of voice recognition software.  Kaye has written three books, numerous articles on literacy and completed three research projects of National Significance.

Introducing Professor Ian Falk of Charles Darwin University, Australia

Professor Ian Falk will present his paper at our conference on ethical issues in innovative research based on his extensive work in Eastern Indonesia.
Professor Ian Falk holds the Chair of Rural and Remote Education at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia. Professor Falk’s more than 200 books, chapters and journal articles are in community and regional development and well-being, social capital, leadership, policy, formal and informal learning and adult literacy. From 2007 he has been living and working in Indonesia where he is in charge of a major research project partnered with the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity into the ways communities, regions and governments can identify and manage issues related to food security, biosecurity and biodiversity.

Congratulations to Professor Angelica Baylon, Maritime Research , MAAP Philippines
Professor Angelica Baylon is Director for Research and Extention Services ,Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific. She was recently awarded the ASIAN Research Leader 2011 on Maritime Education Research.
Professor Angelica Baylon will be attending the Phuket Conference speaking about the challenges in Philippine maritime education and training (joint paper with Vadm Eduardo Ma R Santos ).

We are pleased that Professor Baylon has accepted our invitation to chair a keynote address at the conference.

We look forwards to meeting Professor Baylon at the Conference in Phuket im May 2012.