Mr Aidan Cornelius-Bell

Casual Academic

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Bedford Park (269)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Aidan is an Academic Developer with the University of South Australia. His academic background is in cultural studies, sociology, higher education and political philosophy. He recently completed his PhD with Flinders, in which he has focussed on students’ identity and reactions to higher education. Aidan’s PhD is titled ‘Student Activism in Higher Education: the possibility and politics of students’ role in hegemonic university change’. This political work focusses on, through empirical ethnographic work, student activism, student identity, hegemony, power, protest and partnership at Flinders University. It draws on historical and contemporary context to provide a rich analysis of power and politics.

Aidan is experienced in researching primary, secondary and tertiary education. He has worked in roles that include: use of research data for policy development, application and visualisation; applying qualitative research methods to emergent education practices; application of sociological research methods and diverse qualitative methodological frameworks and tools. He has also worked in the evaluation of school and university teaching practice as a data analyst.

He has worked in a range of research projects that: investigate the role of student partnership and students as partners; involve teacher education students in STEM industry placements; designing school-based teaching and learning in the context of industry; students’ self regulation of learning in STEM classrooms; the sociology of higher education in contemporary change. These projects span externally funded research from a range of bodies, including the Department of Innovation and Skills and the Australian Research Council (both Discovery and Linkage).

Currently Aidan is working as an investigator on two research projects investigating Digital Education in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the role of Students as Partners practice online across Flinders University.

Please see a full research profile on ORCID.

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Flinders University - 2021
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) - Flinders University - 2017
  • Bachelor of Education Studies - Flinders University - 2016
Honours, awards and grants
  • Best in Show: FLO Showcase winner 2020 for EDUC3628
  • GitHub Archive Program - Arctic Code Vault Contributor
  • Australian Government - Research Training Program Scholarship (PhD) (Former)
  • Flinders University Medal (B.Ed Hons)
  • Chancellor's Commendation (Academic)
Key responsibilities

Lecturer (academic & professional communication) in the Bachelor of Arts – College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences