Engine Room Solutions
Dr Rachel Westcott
PhD BVMS (Hons) BSc DipAppSc
Rachel is an independent researcher-practitioner awarded her PhD in October 2018, from the Translational Health Research Institute, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, and supported by the Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. Her thesis was in the disciplines of public health and emergency management, titled: Advancing public health in the context of natural hazards: normalising preparedness within a framework of adapted Protection Motivation Theory. Rachel’s thesis took the form of a PhD by papers. The benefits and challenges of this format led to the genesis of Engine Room Solutions’ Journal of Australian Postgraduate Research.
B.Arch FRAIA HE014
Emilis Prelgauskas graduated from the University of Adelaide Faculty of Architecture in 1973. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and a Sessional Commissioner for the Environment Resources and Development Court of South Australia. Emilis has published extensively in industry and peer-reviewed publications, and in the Emergency Management sector.
Dr Susan Mowbray
B.Ed (Hons 1), PhD
Dr Susan Mowbray completed her PhD in 2010 at Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. Susan is the Academic Literacy Advisor at the Graduate Research School. In this role Susan develops and implements programs to support doctoral candidates and other postgraduate students, working alongside them to develop and refine their academic writing skills. Susan’s research interests include early childhood and higher education and students’ experiences of the PhD process.
Dr Douglas Eacersall
Dr Douglas Eacersall is a Lecturer (Researcher Development) and Learning Advisor (Higher Degree by Research) at the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ), Australia. His research interests are in doctoral education, research development and training, identity, and popular culture. He has worked on numerous research projects in the areas of Higher Education, History and Sociolinguistics, including a major ARC project examining language and cultural maintenance in the Australian Sudanese community. He has presented research from these projects at various Australian and international research conferences and in research publications.
He is currently working on journal publications relating to postgraduate and early career researcher conferences, doctoral coursework, doctoral supervision, and Higher Degree by Research student experience and wellbeing. He also has a forthcoming book with Springer Nature investigating the doctoral journey from the perspective of student and research training professional. Douglas is passionate about researcher training, especially as it relates to early career researchers and Higher Degree by Research students.
He is a co/convenor of the Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium, the UniSQ Research and Writing League, the CQU Scholarship of Tertiary Teaching (Online Conference), the International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN), the Researcher Education Development and Scholarship (REDS) conference and is a registered mentor with the Web of Science Academy for peer review. In each of these initiatives Douglas seeks to support researchers and foster their continual development. This focus culminated in Douglas receiving the UniSQ 2020, Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Research and Training Award.