Working with people and managing complex relationships

professional development

Harold White Theatre, Level 1, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville


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Myron Yovannidis

T: 83442116

This seminar will provide practical advice on how to leverage your communication skills to form effective working relationships. It covers a range of different contexts relevant to your research candidature and beyond, from working effectively with supervisors, to managing stakeholders for successful research outcomes, to establishing productive relationships in the workplace. This seminar is relevant to graduate researchers at all stages of candidature. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach and will be facilitated by three academics from different faculties at the University of Melbourne.



Professor Lou Harms is Professor and Deputy Head in the Department of Social Work, and also the Associate Dean (Equity, Diversity and Staff Development) for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. She coordinates the Trauma Recovery and Resilience Research Program, conducting research into health and post-disaster experiences.


Dr Antonette Mendoza is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. She has received national level teaching awards in recognition for her work. Her research is in the health-IT and education disciplines working on designing software for emotionalism in context sensitive environments.


Dr Sarah French is Lecturer in Higher Education at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. She coordinates the Centre’s professional development programs for graduate researchers and Indigenous researchers. Her current research includes projects in the areas of equity in higher education, affective engagement in teaching and learning, and career pathways for Australian HDR graduates. Sarah has a background as a teacher and researcher in the Creative Arts.