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New books by UTS Authors

Highlighting some recent additions to our collection by UTS authors and editors.
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The Cow Book : a Story of Life on a Family Farm

John Connell , PhD Candidate. Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism), University of Technology Sydney

Description -  Farming has been in John Connell's family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father's footsteps. Then, one winter, he finds himself back on the farm and begins to learn the ways of the farmer and the way of the cows.

Connell records the hypnotic rhythm of the farming day -- cleaning the outhouses, milking the herd, tending to sickly lambs, helping the cows give birth. But alongside the routine events, there are the unforeseen moments when things go wrong: when a calf fails to thrive, when a sheep goes missing, when illness breaks out, when depression takes hold, when an argument erupts and things are said that cannot be unsaid.

"The Cow Book" is the story of a calving season. It is also the story of the cow itself, from its domestication and worship as a God by the Ancient Egyptians to the modern practice of mechanised herds, via the figure of the cowboy, the destruction of the American buffalo, the demise of the aboriginal jackaroos and the consequences of BSE. And, above all, it is the story of Connell's life as a farmer, of his relationship with his birthplace of County Longford, with the community around the family farm, with the animals he tends, and with his father.

Sophie's Boys

By Sophie Smith,
With Deborah FitzGerald, Senior Journalist, Writer and Editor. centralnews.com.au based at UTS

Description - "Through the tragic loss of Sophie's premature triplet sons and then her husband, something beautiful was born." -- Cover.

When Sophie and Ash discovered they were expecting triplets, it was much more exciting than daunting. But when Sophie went into labour at only 21 weeks, their world was turned upside down. Though they fought fiercely they could not escape tragedy. Tiny Henry lived for just one cherished hour, Evan for 10 days and Jasper was with them for only 58 days.

Heartbroken and back in her empty home, Sophie realised she could not allow herself to drown in her grief. On Ash?s advice, she began to run. Step by step she regained some equilibrium. She became determined to turn her agony into something positive. Gathering supporters around her, she founded the Running for Premature Babies Foundation to raise money for the hospital unit that had cared for her sons.

In their first Sydney half marathon, the group raised 80,000 dollars. Sophie and Ash had two more sons, Owen and Harvey, when tragedy revisited them. Ash was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. Sophie was forced once again into a world of pain and grief, caring for her beloved husband as well as their two young boys. Together, the family faced the reality of death with courage and tenderness. When Ash passed away in 2016, Sophie once again put one foot in front of the other, and ran. Not running from her pain, but towards something useful.

Her charity, the Running for Premature Babies Foundation, has now raised well in excess of 2.5 million dollars to help the thousands of premature babies born each year.

Advances in Discrete-Time Sliding Mode Control: Theory and Applications

Ahmadreza Argha, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Steven Su, School of Elec, Mech and Mechatronic Systems, University of Technology Sydney
Li Li, School of Elec, Mech and Mechatronic Systems, University of Technology Sydney
Hung Tan Nguyen, Centre for Health Technologies, University of Technology Sydney
Branko George Celler
, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Description - Focussing on the design of a specific control strategy using digital computers, this book starts by explaining a new robust LMI-based (state-feedback and
observer-based output-feedback) DSMC including a new scheme for sparsely
distributed control. It also discusses recent investigations' output in the field of
discrete-time sliding mode control (DSMC).


  • Focuses on LMI-based SMC (sliding mode control) for uncertain discrete-time
    system using novel nonlinear components in the control law
  • Makes reader understand the techniques of designing a discrete controller
    based on the flexible sliding functions
  • Proposes new algorithms for sparsifying control and observer network
    through multi-objective optimization frameworks
  • Discusses a framework for the design of SMC for two-dimensional systems
    along with analyzing the controllability of two-dimensional systems
  • Discusses novel schemes for sparsifying the control network


John Dunn
Benjamin Peake, UTS Alumni and Academic School of Architecture, University of Technology Sydney
Amiera Piscopo, Student, University of Technology Sydney

Shaun Carter (Chair of Save Our Sirius and UTS Alumni)

Description - Located on one of the finest sites on Sydney Harbour, sharing the magnificent panorama of the harbour in all its moods and the exciting city skyline and nestling against the Harbour Bridge approaches, a new neighbour has arrived just across the water from the famed Opera House.

These are the optimistic words used by the New South Wales Housing Commission to announce the completion of 79 public housing apartments in The Rocks in 1980. The complex of units was named "Sirius" and would be home to 250 people displaced by The Rocks redevelopment.

The story of Sirius in this book begins a decade earlier when The Rocks Residents' Group enlisted the support of the Builders Labourers' Federation. Together they placed a Green Ban on development in The Rocks, which saved an historic precinct and a community. The Green Ban held for four years and was lifted only when those involved reached consensus and supported the building of Sirius.

CBT for Hoarding Disorder: A Group Therapy Program Therapist's Guide

David F. Tolin,
Blaise L. Worden,
Bethany M. Wootton, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney
Christina M. Gilliam

Description - Part of a two-component product with a companion client workbook, CBT for Hoarding Disorder: Therapist's Guide guides group leaders through a comprehensive CBT group program for patients struggling with hoarding disorder.

  • Provides step-by-step, evidence-based guidance for treating hoarding disorder (HD) with a focus on proven methods for behavior change rather than complex cognitive interventions
  • Contains the latest research on HD and emphasizes the cognitive, emotional, and motivational factors involved in discarding and decision-making
  • Features an accessible, straightforward client workbook with coping cards that summarize key lessons, homework assignments, motivational tools, and practice exercises for decision-making and emotion regulation skills
  • Easy to implement without home visits for professionals and group leaders of all educational backgrounds across a wide variety of treatment settings and disciplines

Transitional Justice in Nepal : Interests, Victims and Agency

Yvette Selim, Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney

Description - The conflict in Nepal (1996 – 2006) resulted in an estimated 15,000 deaths, 1,300 disappearances, along with other serious human rights and humanitarian law violations. Demands for peace, democracy, accountability and development, have abounded in the post-conflict context. Although the conflict catalysed major changes in the social and political landscape in Nepal, the transitional justice (TJ) process has remained deeply contentious and fragmented.

This book provides an in-depth analysis of transitional justice process in Nepal. Drawing on interviews with a diverse range of stakeholders, including victims, ex-combatants, community members, human rights advocates, journalists and representatives from diplomatic missions, international organisations and the donor community, it reveals the differing viewpoints, knowledge, attitudes and preferences about TJ and other post-conflict issues in Nepal. The author develops an actor typology and an action spectrum, which can be used in Nepal and other post-conflict contexts. The actor typology identifies four main groups of TJ actors—experts, brokers, implementers and victims—and highlights who is making claims and on behalf of whom. The action spectrum, based on contentious politics literature and resistance literature, demonstrates the strategies actors use to shape the TJ process. This book argues that the potential of TJ lies in these dynamics of contention. It is by letting these dynamics play out that different conceptualisations of TJ can arise. While doing so may lead to practical challenges and produce situations that are normatively undesirable for some actors, particularly when certain political parties and national actors seem to ‘hijack’ TJ, remaining steadfast to the dominant TJ paradigm is also undesirable.

As the first book to provide a single case study on TJ in Nepal, it makes theoretical and empirical contributions to: TJ research in Nepal and the Asia-Pacific more broadly, the politics versus justice binary and the concept of victimhood, among others. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars in the study of transitional justice, peace and conflict studies, human rights, sociology, political science, criminology, law, anthropology and South Asian Studies, as well as policy-makers and NGOs.

Contemporary Central American fiction : gender, subjectivity and affect

Jeffrey Browitt, Associate Professor, International Studies Program, University of Technology Sydney

Description - This book is a series of original, critical meditations on short stories and novels from Central America between 1995 and 2016.

During the Cold War, literary art in Central America, as in Latin America in general, was strongly over-determined by the politics of the Cold War, which gave rise to popular struggle and three major armed civil wars in the 1970s and 1980s in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. The period produced intense literary activity with political ideology central, personified by social denunciation in the testimonial novel and revolutionary poetry. Since then, though themes of violence are still at much of its core, Central American fiction has become more complex. We have witnessed a resurgence of literary writing and criticism with a focus squarely on the artistic side of narrative art: writing aware of its own figurative manoeuvres and inventiveness, its philosophical and affective dimensions, and its carefully crafted syntax.

This collection of essays by Jeffrey Browitt attempts to trace some of the contours of this new literature and the contemporary subjectivities of its writers through close readings of Guatemala's Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Eduardo Halfon and Denise Phé-Funchal; Nicaragua's Franz Galich and Sergio Ramírez; Belize's David Ruiz Puga; El Salvador's Jacinta Escudos and Claudia Hernández; and Costa Rica's Carlos Cortés.

Key themes are gender, subjectivity and affect as these intersect with the deconstruction of the family, hegemonic masculinity, motherhood, revolutionary romanticism, and the relationship of humans with animals

UTS Library is dedicated to collecting the books of UTS Authors. If we have missed adding anything published in the last 2 years by UTS staff, students or alumni, please let us know by emailing Merrillie Redden.