Sociology People


The directory below contains contact information about current Sociology people.  Each staff member also has their own page with more in-depth information.

Sociology Academics
NameAreas of InterestContact Details
Senior Lecturer
Health sociology, development and environment Room 145,
Arts E11
Phone: 6773 2992


Senior Lecturer

Sociology of media and popular culture, sociological of fashion, death studies, political sociology and regulatory social policy.

Room 143,
Arts E11
Phone: 6773 1761
Sex, sexuality and intimacy, theories of 'the body' and embodiment, and men, masculinity and healthRoom 146
Arts E11
Phone: 6773 5147




Arts E11
Phone: 6773 1747

Professor, Convenor of Sociology

Social theory, organisational and political sociology, European studies

Room 135
Arts E11
Phone: 6773 1771

Associate Professor
Public/social policy, international development, comparative public management, democratisation and civil society Room 169,
Arts E11
Phone: 6773 2250

Phone Numbers

Outside Australia: use 61 as country code, 2 as area code, thus, dial 61 2 xxxx xxxx, where xxxx xxxx = phone number in listing above.

Within Australia: use 02 as area code, thus, dial 02 xxxx xxxx, where xxxx xxxx = phone number in listing above.

Sociology Adjuncts
NameAreas of Interest
Professor Michael BITTMAN
Time use; Family; Non-market work; Care; Gender
Professor Martin EVISON Human genetic and phenotypic variation in the context of the justice system, and the role of forensic science in upholding human rights and the rule of law
Associate Professor Gail HAWKESSexuality: the history of Western sexuality, childhood sexuality, transexuality and homophobia
Dr Anthony LYONS,
Senior Research Fellow
Health & wellbeing of marginalised populations, with major focus on mental health; sexual health, especially among gay men
Sociology Postgraduates

Savana (Sabine) Agustine 

Title of Thesis: ‘Palliative Care: Exploring cultural perceptions of Punjabi Indians (Hindus and Sikhs) and availability of culturally appropriate services in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) of rural NSW’

Brief Description: This study is particularly concerned with the provision of culturally appropriate end-of-life care services in the Residential Aged Care sector. It aims to target Punjabi Indian population and professional care staff (nurses and personal care assistants) providing direct and indirect end-of-life care to residents in residential aged care facilities of rural NSW.
The study aims to examine the availability, barriers and potential strategies to address the gaps in palliative care services for Punjabi Indian population in rural NSW. It also aims to propose strategies to strengthen palliative care delivery models in rural areas of Australia. It aims to draw out information on service providers’ experiences and awareness in providing end-of-life care services to people from Punjabi Indian background by providing insights from a care provider and consumer perspective.

Sura A. Alani

Title of Thesis: ‘Corruption and Terrorism in Iraq Post 2003: Stylistic study of Images and metaphors in selected mass media texts’

Brief Description: The study investigates social critical matter like terrorism and corruption in Iraq at the time post 2003 war; these issues are investigated through mass media texts, specifically non-commercial advertisements. There are three empirical chapters unfolding the role of women in these types of advertisements, depiction of childhood and how change occurred on symbolism. The study analyses each of these factors by its own then bring them together in order to read the whole picture clearly. The main methodology used in this study is the critical discourse analysis (CDA) to analyse the language used in these non-commercial advertisement and how the language is affected by political ideologies; for images, the semiotic analysis is employed to look at new social and political implications which did not existed before 2003. The study intends to set non-commercial advertising as an example for studying social and political issues in a certain society.

Claire Baker

Title of Thesis: ‘Experiencing Change in a Globalising Agricultural Economy: A Case Study’

Brief Description: Using the case study of Goolhi, a rural area in North West NSW, the research aims to explore the social effects of broader economic and policy changes during the period 1945-2015 through an in-depth study of historical data and farmer narratives to track the trajectory of social life in the area. Characterised by soldier settlement post-WWII, the economics of the area have been transformed during this period and, as such, provide a valuable example of a changed social and agricultural landscape in a period characterised by progressively more intense globalising imperatives. The thesis will explore how the change and restructure brought about by increasingly neoliberal national and global agricultural trends are experienced and expressed at a local level, and how this has impacted farmers’ social connectedness, sense of identity and connection to place – the human dimension of change.

Carel Eulena Hodge

Title of Thesis: ‘Who are the disadvantaged? A case for social inclusion in the education system of small Caribbean islands’

Brief Description: This research seeks to analyse and compare the education strategies and policies within individual islands of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). In particular, the research aims to examine the education policies and practices encompassing inclusion, explore the notion of disadvantage and how it is treated in OECS schools, as well as to explore the views of both policy actors and beneficiaries on the inclusiveness of current education policies, strategies and practices. The policies and strategies that address inclusion and disadvantaged groups will be examined to fully understand their significance the development of the individual and society as well as to find ways to facilitate a fully inclusive education system in the OECS as the organisation moves towards further harmonisation.

Anadi Muhammad Irawan

Title of Thesis:  ‘Analysing Discourses on Religious Minority Groups in Indonesia during the Reformation Government Eras (1999 – 2012)’

Brief Description: This present study is a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), focusing on examining discourse constructions and linguistic strategies employed in written and spoken texts. The study is a response to a heating controversy in Indonesia pertaining to discrimination against minority religious groups, i.e. Ahmadiyya groups. Some parties, e.g. NGOs, argue that Indonesian government and its Council of Clerics have conducted discrimination by issuing joint and religious decrees. In the decrees, the Ahmadiyya groups are considered to be deviant sects. On the contrary, the government state that the decrees are to find the best solution to deal with social conflict and blasphemous actions created by the Ahmadiyya groups. This CDA study also examines how the Ahmadiyya groups argue against all discourses that may have undermined them, and how interest groups, which have considerable concerns on Ahmadiyya, create their discourses when dealing with the issue.

Adedamola Eyitayo Olagbegi

Title of Thesis:  ‘Migration of skilled African Professional to Australia and the African Diaspora’

Brief Description: International migration and development are inextricably linked. Migration has a strong impact on the living standard of vast number of people and on the financial stability of developing countries. The transfer of skills and connections that migrants can offer to their countries of origin are drivers of development. This research will attempt to examine skilled labour mobility to Australia, as the destination country. Nigeria in West Africa and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa are examined as originating countries of skilled migrants. It aims to provide ideas to policy makers on the role of the diasporas in the development of Nigeria and Zimbabwe. This work will further suggest ideas that can potentially help origin countries to better harness the benefits of their diasporas.

Alison Rahn

Title of Thesis: ‘Baby Boomer Sexuality: Exploring the Wants, Needs and Available Options in Australian Aged Care Settings’

Brief Description: We know that many older people remain sexually and physically intimate into their 70s, 80s and beyond, including those in aged care. I’m interested in the next wave of aged care residents, the Baby Boomers. My research explores the extent to which sexual ageism affects aged care residents, how Baby Boomers view their sexuality, how important (or not) intimacy and sexual expression are as they age, and what conditions they might need to meet their needs. Because approximately a quarter of Australia’s population are Baby Boomers, it is unlikely that existing aged care facilities will be sufficient to cater for the numbers expected to require care. In a new era of consumer-directed aged care, this study seeks to take advantage of this unique historical opportunity by comparing Baby Boomers’ needs with current care models and identifying how those needs might inform the future delivery of residential aged care in Australia.

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