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Dr. Michael Danaher

BA (Hons), Grad Dip Teach, PhD (Griffith)
Snr Lecturer/HOC Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), and Diploma of Arts
School of Education and the Arts
Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE)
(07) 4930 9005
0406 453 207 Mobile Phone
Rockhampton North
32 - 32/1.21
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About Me

I have over 25 years of experience teaching at CQU. My academic training is in Japanese Studies.

I teach in the History and Geography disciplines.

Universities Studied At

Griffith University for my PhD, completed in 2003.

CQUniversity for my BA, BA Honours and Graduate Diploma of Teaching

Universities Worked At



1993 - Awarded Tokyo Ishin Gakuin Prize for attaining the highest weighted grade point average for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Japanese Studies

1989 - Awarded Inaugural Royal Geographic Society of Queensland Prize for highest combined result in the Geography major within the BA Program

Media Citations

2020 - radio interview about raising the age of consent in Japan from 13 to 16.

2019 - live radio session answering questions about the process by which Japanese Emperor Akihito’s abdicated the throne and some aspects of his long reign.

2018 - contacted by the Brisbane Times online newspaper to provide an interview for a featured story titled: How the Bachelor of Arts was reinvented in the age of career-driven studies. This story also appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.

2016 - multiple live radio sessions answering questions about the Japanese Emperor Akihito’s impending speech to the nation about possible abdication due to ill health; about USA President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, and, about Japan’s new security bills taking effect on this day.

2015 - multiple live radio interviews answering questions about Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s controversial policies, activities and low ratings.

2014 - radio interview about Japan’s election and Shinzo Abe retaining the Prime Ministership.

2012-13 - provided featured story concerning Coral Sea campaign to protect our marine environments (2012-13).

Previous teaching

I have previously taught units in Japanese language and Japanese culture.

Professional Experience

Mike Danaher has been teaching at CQU since 1992 in the disciplines of Japanese language, history and geography. Mike is the coordinator of a number of History and Geography courses.

Mike's PhD was undertaken through Griffith University and is in the field of Japanese environmental politics. Mike's primary area of research is environmental politics with an emphasis on environmental NGOs. He had an article published on the politics of Japanese whaling in Pacfica Review. He is also the author of Environmental Politics in Japan: The case of wildlife preservation, published by VDM Verlag in 2008.

Mike was invited to translate from Japanese into English a chapter that makes up part of Volume 1 (The Occupation Period 1945-1952) of "A Social History of Science and Technology in Contemporary Japan". This English language edition has now been published by Trans Pacific Press.



Professional Memberships

Australian Historical Association


Head of Course of the Bachelor of Arts, BA Honours and Diploma of Arts

Professional Interests

Historical Research

Key Achievements

Leading the Curriculum Refresh of the Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Arts in 2020/2021.


In 2020, I was invited to be a member of the Editorial Board in the History and Geography subject areas of the peer-reviewed international academic journal (Q2), Humanities and Social Sciences Communicationspublished by Springer Nature. This reflects significant recognition of expertise and service to Humanities academia internationally.

Since 2019 I review papers for Publications which is an international peer-reviewed open access journal on scholarly publishing that is published quarterly online by MDPI.

Consultancy Work

2012 and 2013 - Two lecture series at CQU to visiting Seiryo University students from Japan.

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3901 Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • 4303 Historical Studies
  • 4408 Political Science

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Problems of Plenty: The reconversion of democracy's winged arsenal
Associate Supervisor
Master of Arts
The Boyne Valley Soldier Settlement
Associate Supervisor
Complete Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Sarah's Story: A Historical Romance Novel and Exegesis
Principal Supervisor
Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy - Higher Education

History And Archaeology

Historical Studies - Asian History

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