Brad Underhill

Staff member

Brad Underhill

BA (Hons.) History and Australian Studies, BCOM (Economics)


Biographical note- 

I am an Associate Lecturer at Deakin University in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. I am also employed on a casual basis as a research assistant on an ARC project: History of Australian Foreign Aid. My PhD was awarded in February 2022.  This thesis, New Deal on the Ground in Papua New Guinea was awarded joint winner of the Hank Nelson Memorial award (Judged as the best Doctor of Philosophy thesis submitted by any student, internationally, on any aspect of Papua New Guinea’s history or society over a two year period).

I am the recipient of a Postgraduate Research Scholarship at Deakin University. In 2017 I completed a Double Degree Arts/Commerce with (first-class) Honours: awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for academic excellence. In 2017, I was presented with the Bowater Trust medal, best all-round undergraduate student in the Deakin Business School: based on academic merit, community service and ambassadorial qualities. I have recently established the Underhill/Bowater Scholarship to provide economic and mentoring support to a Deakin student experiencing financial disadvantage. I am a current Board member at Licola Wilderness Village- a not-for-profit organisation supporting at risk children. 


Awards and Prizes

2022     Hank Nelson PhD Prize

2018      Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship

2017      Vice-Chancellor’s Prize: Arts and Education top Honours student

2016      Bowater Trust Medal: Deakin Business School Graduate of the Year

2016      Dean Merit Award- top 2% Academic Excellence Deakin University


Contemporary Histories Research Group

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Education

PNG Study Group- Deakin University

Australian Policy and History Network

Research Interests

Pacific History

Colonial Development Theory and High Imperialism

Decolonisation and Micro-nationalism

Contested memory


Australian Policy
 and History

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