Carol is interested in large organizations and the institutional changes that create, control, shape and sustain those organizations. Her current project, which examines social organisation from the perspective of resource management policies, is an internationally comparative history of civilian leadership in wartime, focusing on activities such as emergency law, military recruitment, state-federal relations, labour-market restructuring, and munitions procurement. It seeks to understand the factors that have limited state power and what those limitations indicate about the aspirations and priorities of society and nation.
Carol is a visiting research fellow in the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, UNSW, Canberra.
Carol is especially interested in the learning opportunities associated with transition and with helping students to develop capacities to direct and evaluate their own learning strategies. She received a Faculty teaching award for her work in this field and developed a school-wide project, the SIS First-Year-Experience, incorporaing a drop-in centre, mentoring schemes and enrichment programs, which supports transition into first-level university study.
At Flinders, she is primarily involved with teaching specialist topics and supervising postgraduate research in environmental history (especially food and water), South Australian history, church history, and the history of Indigenous-Settler relations.
In 2013 and 2014 she was appointed Faculty Teaching and Learning Scholar and led research into the acquisition of generic graduate attributes (Graduate Qualities) in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
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