Current Postgraduate Research

Sharon Aris
Sharon Aris

sari7271@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Sharon Aris has a BA (Hons) and a MA in Policy and Applied Social Research from Macquarie University. The subject of her Masters thesis was how youth rights were presented in NSW parliamentary legislation.

In a career that has included community work and advocacy, policy development and an extended period working as a journalist and television producer she has returned continually to the themes of social issues, shared values and the ideas and practice of community development.

As well as continuing to write, she currently teaches in Sociology at the University of Sydney and Community Services at the Sydney Institute of Technology.

Her research interests include education, intimate and family relations, class and governance structures.

Degree PhD
Supervisors Dr Karl Maton; Dr Craig Campbell
Commenced 2009
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic ‘What knowledge? Which knowers? How parents choose a high school for their children’
Abstract Broadly situated in the sociology of education, the purpose of this study is to examine how parents in Sydney choose a high school for their children. Thus this thesis engages with how families, particularly middle-class families, plan for the next generation and what they consider necessary for their success in the world. Therefore most broadly this study examines how families characterise the individual in the world, the necessary attributes for success and the systems they favour for transmitting such attributes.

The research design and theorising will utilise the tools developed by Pierre Bourdieu, particularly field, capital and habitus; the coding orientations developed by Basil Bernstein; and Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) to provide a language of description and a series of structuring principles to theorise school choice and the key relations contained within this field: those between families and schools and schools and families; relations within families; and the relationship between each of the former to a family’s SES, ethnicity and gender. The field work follows a broadly ethnographic design, with data being collected using a range of qualitative instruments.

Publications As a journalist for many years specialising in social issues Sharon has contributed articles to Good Weekend, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Sunday Life, The Bulletin, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Australian Good Taste, The Australian Educator and The Independent Monthly. She has written three books: Being Married (2005: Allen and Unwin), It’s My Party and I’ll Knit If I Want To (2002, Allen and Unwin) and Top Jobs (1999, Duffy and Snellgrove).

Mom Bishwakarma
Mom Bishwakarma

mom.bishwakarma@sydney.edu.au
Biography Mom is a PhD candidate in University of Sydney, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Australia research focusing on federalism, Identity Politics and Representation of Dalits in Nepal. He has more than 10 years of working experiences in development sectors-UN agencies (UNDP, UNMIN and UNICEF) and NGOs in Nepal specializing project on peace and constitution building, research & study, project management and organizational development. He tend to more focus on research and study on social policy, exclusion and inclusion, minority rights, federal governance, discrimination and would preview to contribute on the development projects around the globe. He has significantly contributed to ameliorate the socio-economic conditions of marginalized community through leadership development, awareness building and advocacy. He is interested in academic research and study as well as development project.
Degree PhD
Supervisors A/Prof. Danielle Celermajer
Commenced March 2013
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic State Restructuring and Federalism in Nepal: Identity Politics and Dalit Representation
Abstract This research aims to understand the underlying causes and nature of injustices, institutional barriers in consideration of state restructuring and federalism process to draw the specific institutional reforms measures that would bring greater social justice for Dalit in Nepal. This study employs the essential framework of social justice theory posed by social and political theories reifying interrelationship between two dimensions of justice, recognition and redistribution as well as Identity and minority group rights perspectives. The existing literatures relevant to Dalit mostly contextualize the problems and possible solution. However, there is not yet major focus on how the institutional barriers and biases have impacted in the formulation of new reform majors and implementation of existing provisions. This research, thus, will draw its conclusion based on nature and causes of problems and socio-political discourse on state reformation in Nepal. The in-depth interview with current/ex-members of parliament, social and political leaders including community leaders will contribute to explore the phenomenological experiences of Dalits in relation to policy formulation and its effective implementation. Beside that the discourse analysis will further help to build up substantive analysis of the research.

Publications

Referred Articles

  • Bishwakarma, M. (upcoming 2014). Contentious Identity Politics in Federalism Discourse: Challenges for Constitution Building in Nepal. Federal Governance, 10:(pages to be determined).
  • Bishwakarma, M. (2012). Dalit Rights Perspectives in course in Nepal. Participation, 13:80-87.
  • Bishwakarma, M. (2011). Comparative Study of Dalit Education in Nepal. Social Science Research Network online.
  • Bishwakarma, M. (2006). Dalit Development Assistance: Opportunities and Challenges. Jana Utthan National. Kathmandu: JUP Nepal.

Joint Research Book

  • T.Sunar, B. Lamgade, M. Bishwakarma (2007). Situation Analysis of Caste Based Discrimination Cases in Nepal, Kathmandu: LANCAW Nepal.

Non-referred Articles in National Daily Newspaper

  • Bishwakarma, M. (2014). Rational of Harmony Day in Nepal. Nepalipatra, p. 10.Sydney.
  • Bishwakarma, M. (2014). Proportional Representation System and Dalit. Annapurna Post Daily, p. 05.Kathmandu.
  • Bishwakarma, M. (2013). Ethnic Federalism: Illusion and facts. Annapurna Post Daily, p. 05.Kathmandu.
  • Bishwakarma, M.(2013). Caste Discrimination in Diaspora. Kantipur Daily, p. 07.Kathmandu.
  • Bishwakarma, M. (2013). Conflict and Consensus. The Kathmandu Post, p. 07. Kathmandu.
  • Bishwakarma, M. (2011).Dalit in Federalism Discourse. Telegraph Weekly, p.20.Kathmandu.
  • Bishwakarma, M. (2003).Nepali Society and Practices of Discrimination. National Daily Rajdhani, p.10. Kathmandu

Sophia Brock
Sophia Brock

sophie.brock@sydney.edu.au
Biography Sophie holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Sociology from The University of Sydney. Her research interests are in the area of motherhood studies, recognising that ‘motherhood’ is an institution and social construction rather than a biological imperative. Her thesis links motherhood studies with research located within the sociology of Personal Life to examine how mothers’ lives are influenced and shaped by normative constructs and changing notions of the family. Sophie is Secretary of the Australian Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (AMIRCI), interested in promoting research into mothering, motherwork, maternal subjectivities and identities, and cultural representations of motherhood. Sophie’s teaching areas include sociology and international and global studies.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Jennifer Wilkinson (primary)
Susan Goodwin (associate)
Commenced January 2013
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic The experiences of mothers of children with disabilities
Abstract This research project is situated within, and contributes to, two lines of inquiry within the social sciences. The first involves the sociology of family and ‘personal life’. This research recognises that in a 21st century context – with an increase in individual freedoms – families and family relationships are not simply biologically determined or given, but are also constructed through various family practices and expressions of individual choice. However, there still exist circumstances where an individual cannot walk away from difficult, unsatisfactory, or draining relationships to exercise their agency and individualism. The second area of study is ‘motherhood studies’, which recognizes ‘motherhood’ as a social construction, rather than a biological imperative. As such, research on motherhood notes the constraining effects this has on women’s identity and contests the normative expectations and narratives about what it means to be a ‘good mother’. Until now, these two research areas have remained separate. However, my thesis straddles these two areas of study in order to ask important new questions about the changing meaning of ‘family’ ‘personal life’ and the redefinition of specific familial roles, such as the meaning of “mother”. Using insights gained from the sociology of personal life, the thesis extends my previous research on conceptions of the ‘good mother’ to shed light on what family means for mothers of children with disabilities. This empirical example provides a new and important context for exploring the comparative significance of individual choice and commitment in defining families today and the meaning of the mother role. These issues are explored using a personal communities approach combined with narrative analysis.
Publications
  • ‘The Individualisation Thesis and Mothering Children with Disabilities’ (forthcoming), Journal of Family Studies.
  • Brock, S (2015) ‘The Experiences of Mothers with Children with Disabilities’, in D. Marre., N. Monnet., & B.S. Roman (eds) AFIN Newsletter, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, The University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • Brock, S (2014) “How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting: Stories of Pregnancy, Parenthood and Loss”, by J. Hiemstra and L. Martin-Demoor (Eds). Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, 5(1): 324-326.

Estella Carpi
Estella Carpi

Estella.carpi@sydney.edu.au
Biography Estella received her MA Degree from the University of Milan (2008) with a thesis on the Everyday Speech in Contemporary Lebanon. Estella studied Arabic at the University of Milan (2002-2007) and the University of Damascus (2005 and 2007).

She worked at the Cairo-based United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Office (2008) for the Trade and Human Development Monitor Project meant to enhance small and medium enterprises in the Arab world. She also worked as a Research Consultant for the Cairo-based International Development Research Center (IDRC) (2009-2010) in a project aimed at strengthening social protection systems in Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Morocco and Algeria.

Degree Final PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology
Supervisors Primary: Professor Michael Norman Humphrey
Auxiliary: Dr Laura Beth Bugg
Commenced July 2010
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Humanitarianism and ageing emergencies in Lebanon
Abstract This thesis explores the ways in which humanitarian practice changes social space through case studies of Beirut’s southern suburbs (Dahiye) in response to 2006 July war and the Syrian refugee influx in North Lebanon (Akkar) from war in Syria during 2011-2014.

Through the investigation of humanitarian practices, it identifies a Lebanese refugee regime in which short-term displacement of the Lebanese population exists alongside long-term refugehood of Iraq, Palestinian and Sudanese refugees.

It also explores how humanitarian practice becomes articulated with forms of welfare and development. Official states of emergency in Lebanon cyclically stimulate the flow of greater amounts of resources to local citizens through the increasing internationalisation of local welfare.

The thesis investigates the impact of humanitarianism through its construction of apolitical humanitarian victims, and the adhocratic emergency management of lives on the war-stricken subjects at an individual and a community level. It argues that transnational humanitarian interventions have produced different social and political outcomes in Lebanon.

As a result, the chronic emergencisation of Lebanese society becomes leverage for preserving international security.

Publications Journal Articles
  • (forthcoming) “De-homogenising Poverty in the Southern Suburbs of Beirut: when Citizenship disempowers”, in Journal of Social Welfare and Human Rights, Vol.3, No.1, June 2015, ISSN: 2333-5920; ISBN: 2333-5939.
  • “L’Ignorata Diversità Sociale nei Sobborghi Meridionali di Beirut: dalla Guerra di Luglio 2006 a Oggi”, in Storia Urbana, pp. 91-117, December 2014, ISSN 0391-2248, ISSNe 1972-5523, ed. Franco Angeli. Milan, Italy. DOI: 10.3280/SU2015-145004.
  • “The Political and the Humanitarian in Lebanon. Social Responsiveness to Emergency Crisis from the 2006 War to the Syrian Refugee Influx”, in Oriente Moderno, Vo. 94, Issue 2, November 2014, ISSN: 0030- 5472, E-ISSN: 2213-8617, Brill Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.
  • “Lebanon and it Linguistic Wandering: on the road to De-Essentialization”, peer-reviewed academic journal Komumikacija i Kultura, Special Issue No.1 2013, e-ISSN 2217-4257, pp. 96-115 (Available online at: http://www.komunikacijaikultura.org/Spec1/KKSpec1Carpi.pdf).
  • “Libano. Attivismo Sociale e Ostacoli al Cambiamento”, in La Storia, ed. Paravia Bruno Mondadori, Novembre-Dicembre 2013. (Available online at: http://www.pbmstoria.it/storiaincorso12151).
  • “Syria: the Emerging Divide between External Plans and Internal Perspectives”, Journal of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia 1(1), August 2013: 74-90. Sean Kingston Publishing, in association with, and the financial support of Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités, CNRS, ISSN: 2211-5722.
  • “Letteratura nascente: quale migrazione?” (Available at: http://www.comune.bologna.it/iperbole/africheorienti) in Afriche e Orienti, Aiep Editore s.r.l. in October 2007 – num. 2.
  • “Hi kifek ça va?”. Un’avventura etnopragmatica nel Libano contemporaneo”, in Orientalia Parthenopea New Issue num. VIII in February 2009 (Available at: www.orientaliaparthenopea.org/collana.htm).

Book Reviews

Research Reports

Other Contributions

I regularly contribute with analytical commentaries on the Middle East on “OpenDemocracy”, “Tabsir”, “SiriaLibano”, “Osservatorio Iraq” and “Focus on Syria”. I also run a personal blog on the Middle East issues: www.mabisir.wordpress.com.


Magdalena Arias Cubas
Magdalena Arias Cubas

mari4283@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Originally from Mexico, Magdalena holds a Bachelor degree in Economics & Social Sciences with first class Honours in Political Economy. In addition to her studies, she has worked as a tutor for the Department of Political Economy and as a research assistant for the project ‘Social Transformation and International Migration in the 21st Century’. Recently, she was awarded a 2013 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship with the Department of Political Economy. Her research interests include political economy, migration, labour, indigenous and development studies.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Stephen Castles; Tim Anderson
Commenced 2011
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Transforming Rural Mexico – Indigenous Migration to the United States
Abstract This project explores the link between social transformation and international migration in rural Mexico since the 1980s to develop a human-centred understanding of the relationship between migration and development. It focuses on analysing the impact of these interconnected processes on the well-being of Mexico’s Indigenous population, in particular that of Indigenous migrants and their relatives, in communities of both origin and destination. The central case study concerns Mixteco migrants from the state of Oaxaca (Mexico) to the state of California (USA).
Publications
  • Arias Cubas, M. (2012) ‘Recent Developments in Mexico’s Diaspora Policy’ in Oh, J. (Ed.) Special Issue II: Diaspora as Focus Area of National Migration Policy, IOM Migration Research and Training Centre: Goyang-si, p. 239-262.
  • Castles, S., Arias Cubas, M. Kim C. & Ozkul, D. (2012) ‘Irregular Migration: Causes, Patterns and Strategies’ in Omelaniuk, I. (Ed.) Reflections on Migration and Development, Springer: New York, p. 117-151
  • Arias Cubas, M. (2012) ‘Migration and “Well-Being” - the Experience of Mixteco Migrants in the United States’, Presented at The Second International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology: Social Justice and Democratization, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-4 August.
  • Williamson, R., Ozkul, D., Koleth, E., Kim, C., Castles, S., & Arias Cubas, M. (2012) ‘Operationalising the Study of Social Transformation and International Migration in the 21st Century’, Presented at The Second International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology: Social Justice and Democratization, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-4 August.
  • Arias Cubas, M. (2011) 'Thinking Beyond Remittances: Exploring and Contesting the Relationship between Migration and Development', in Proceedings for the 10th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference, Australian Society of Heterodox Economist: Sydney.
  • Arias Cubas, M., Castles, S., Kim, C., Koleth, E., Ozkul, D. & Williamson, R. (2011) ‘Understanding Contemporary Social Transformation: Scaling up Polanyi’s Great Transformation’, in Proceedings for the Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives / Global Networks, The Australian Sociological Association: Newcastle.
  • Arias Cubas, M., Castles, S., Kim, C., Koleth, E., Ozkul, D. & Williamson, R. (2011) ‘Migration and Social Transformation: Methodological Dilemmas’, Presented at Knowledge/Culture/Social Change International Conference, University of Western Sydney, 7-9 November.
  • Castles, S., Arias Cubas, M., Kim, C., Koleth, E., Ozkul, D. & Williamson, R. (2011) ‘Karl Polanyi’s Great Transformation as a Framework for Understanding Neo-Liberal Globalisation’, Working Paper 1, Social Transformation and International Migration Project, University of Sydney.

Anna-Kristin David
Anna-Kristin David

adav2830@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Originally from Germany, Anna lived and studied in London for many years before moving to Australia. Anna has degrees in politics and history, education and psychology and is a trained psychotherapist. Anna’s work experience and interests to-date have centered on education and personal and professional development. This includes extensive, international experience as an organization development consultant with a special interest in change management and leadership development. More recently Anna has been teaching as a ‘sessional academic’ in the area of management and organization studies at the University of Sydney and abroad.. She is currently employed as a lecturer on a fixed term contract at the University of Sydney Business School in the Discipline of Work & Organisational Studies.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Dr Karl Maton
Commenced 2013
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic The Recontextualization of Kurt Lewin’s Work by Organization Development (OD)
Abstract Broadly situated in the sociology and history of (management) knowledge, this study aims to explore the theoretical foundations of organization development, a sub-field of management and organization studies and a consulting approach and practice. The research focusses on studying the processes of selection and recontextualization of the work of the social psychologist Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) who is regarded as the father of Organization Development. Thus, the study aims to analyse Kurt Lewin’s work and the organizing principles of his theories as well as the processes of its transformation and the effects of this on his work and OD. The study proposes that Kurt Lewin's relation to OD is an example of broader significance regarding the development of management knowledge and how it draws on and utilizes various disciplines and concepts while looking towards ensuring professional applicability and relevance.

While there has been a social-constructionist interest in how management knowledge is constructed since the late 1970s, this critique has been mainly concerned with an externalist, sociological explanation of knowledge that reduces knowledge to power relations, or even collapses power and knowledge. Studies of knowledge themselves are now often seen to be conservative and essentialist, for example, intellectual histories of decontextualized ideas. However, by applying Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) as a conceptual framework, the proposed study aims to go beyond the above conceptual limitations and make knowledge an object of study itself and understand its shaping function by analysing its structure and organizing principles as part of a relational field approach.

Publications

Laura Davy
Laura Davy

ldav5252@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Laura completed a Masters in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012, where her dissertation focused on how people with disability are marginalised in mainstream political philosophy. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with First Class Honours in Social, Political and Historical Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney. Her Honours thesis explored the need for human rights discourses to be combined with concepts of social interdependence and responsibility to be effectually empowering for people with intellectual disability.

Laura is a part-time Research Associate at the City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales. During her Masters degree she worked as a Research Assistant at the Complexity Research Centre, LSE. She has also taught in the undergraduate Communications programme at UTS, and worked in the disability advocacy sector. Her research interests include human rights theory and practice, critical disability studies and disability rights, and feminist moral and political philosophy.

Degree PhD
Supervisors Danielle Celermajer; Dinesh Wadiwel
Commenced 2013
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic The Independent Citizen? Intellectual disability and representations of the disabled subject in Australian political discourse
Abstract This research examines how people with disability, particularly intellectual disability, are positioned in the political language and aims of government and the disability movement. It confronts some key tensions between disability activism, government rhetoric and the lived experience of people with intellectual disability and their families and carers around independent autonomy as a political goal for the individual. The project aims to construct a political philosophy that places the social inclusion of people with intellectual disability at its centre, and explore the implications of this for traditional conceptions of political representation and participation.
Publications
  • Mitleton-Kelly, Eve, & Davy, Laura. (2013). The Concept of 'Co-evolution' and its Application in the Social Sciences. In E. Mitleton-Kelly (Ed.), Co-evolution of Intelligent Socio-technical Systems: Modelling and Applications in Large Scale Emergency and Transport Domains. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Walls, Rachel, Millikan, Lyndal, Bridge, Catherine, & Davy, Laura. (2013). Home Modifications in Aboriginal Housing. Occasional Paper. Sydney: Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, University of New South Wales.
  • Judd, Bruce, Liu, Edgar, Easthope, Hazel, Davy, Laura, & Bridge, Catherine. (upcoming 2013). Downsizing amongst older Australians. AHURI Final Report (Report no. to be assigned). Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
  • Judd, Bruce, Adams, Toni, Bridge, Catherine, Davy, Laura, & Liu, Edgar. (2012). Downsizing amongst older Australians. AHURI Positioning Paper No. 150. Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
  • Bridge, Catherine, Davy, Laura, Flatau, Paul, Judd, Bruce, Morris, Alan, & Phibbs, Peter. (2011). Age specific housing and care for low to moderate income older people. AHURI Final Report No. 174. Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
  • Davy, Laura, Bridge, Catherine, Judd, Bruce, Flatau, Paul, Morris, Alan, & Phibbs, Peter. (2010). Age specific housing for low to moderate income older people. AHURI Positioning Paper No. 134. Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Tristan Enright
Tristan Enright

tristan.enright@sydney.edu.au
Biography Tristan was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class 1 and University Medal) in Sociology in 2009 by The University of Sydney. He began his PhD in 2010, having been awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award and University Merit Scholarship. His PhD thesis reflects his broader research interests in political, economic, cultural and historical sociology, and his narrower interests in the sociology of knowledge, education, and Australian social policy. Since 2010, Tristan has also been an active member of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy’s teaching staff, with experience as an academic tutor, lecturer, and the coordinator of units of study taught in the Sydney Summer and Winter School. Since mid-2013, he has been engaged as a research associate on the international, ARC-funded Global Arenas of Knowledge project being led by Professor Raewyn Connell and Associate Professor Fran Collyer.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Supervisors Dr Melinda Cooper
Commenced 2010 (currently on leave)
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic Competition, Knowledge and The ‘Marketised’ University
Abstract For decades now the international and Australian systems of higher education have been under the powerful sway of the market, with higher education being conceived as the engine room of national (and private) wealth generation and competitive advantage vis-à-vis the production of ‘human capital’ and ‘intellectual property’. Broadly speaking, this turn of affairs has been understood as the result of the rise of neoliberalism, a nebulous system of thought extolling the virtues of a competitive, market-conforming social order as the last great line of defence for the protection of individual (economic) freedoms. While this may well be the case, my research takes this now taken for granted position as its point of departure insofar as I seek to interrogate the socio-historical process by which the ostensibly neoliberal idea of knowledge as a tradeable, monetised commodity – rather than the products of its application – became entrenched in the political, if not popular, imagination. Towards this end, the research takes the ‘marketisation’ of the (Australian) university as an empirical case to be studied instrumentally in the service of advancing an analytical framework capable of systematically accounting for the ideas, actors, and institutions relevant to this process, at the same time as foregrounding the significance of both historicity and the passage of time that any such process entails.
Publications

Mark Gawne
Mark Gawne

mgaw1933@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Mark has a varied, itinerant work history, but since 2008 has taught in Sociology and Political Economy. He did his undergraduate with class 1 honours at the University of Wollongong, and was awarded a scholarship for PhD research at USYD. He has a long-standing interest in Marxist political theory and critique, influenced by the school of Operaismo and class compositionist analysis, or autonomist Marxism.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Melinda Cooper; Craig Browne
Commenced 2008
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic Intimate arrangements of work and class in precarious times: composition, value and affect
Abstract This thesis develops a critical engagement with post-workerist theories of contemporary, namely ‘immaterial’ and ‘affective’, theories of labour. In doing so, it creates a framework through which to understand and analyse contemporary arrangements of class, work and reproduction, or the shifting relations of what is often called post-Fordism, and contributes to contemporary theorisations of labour and work. One of the salient debates concerning a contemporary critique of labour is that which has drawn connections between affect, work and capital. This thesis engages this debate through drawing together the insights of compositionist analysis, or autonomist Marxism, with those of the Marxian value-form theorists, whilst addressing the limitations of each of these respective schools of thought. However, within this thread as well as weaved with it, the analysis throughout also develops a critical reading of affect theory and feminist and queer critiques of political economy. This broader theoretical context allows for a more substantial analysis of the intimate arrangements of the relations of re/-production.
Publications
  • ‘The modulation and ordering of affect: from emotion recognition technologies to the critique of class composition’, Fibreculture, 21: 2012

Nao Kasai
Nao Kasai

nkas3997@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Nao Kasai completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and was awarded a scholarship to study at the University of Sydney. Before coming to Sydney, she was engaged in a sponsored research project concerning homeless support systems in advanced countries including Australia, UK and US. Her research interests include civic/nonprofit activities, community development, social inequalities and urbanism.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Gyu-Jin Hwang; Greg Martin
Commenced July 2011
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic The Promotion Policy of Civil Society and Its Local Effects and Consequences: Citizen Activities in Addressing Homelessness in Japan
Abstract The study takes a close look at civil society activities to tackle homelessness in Japan and examines roles of civil society in addressing social exclusion. Japan has a distinctive pattern of civil society comprising many small organisations and the case may highlight communitarian functions of civil society. The study draws on in-depth interviews with government agencies and voluntary organisations working with homeless people. Answers to the following questions will be sought: What is the implication of emerging presence of civil society in solving social exclusion? And how can we understand the Japan’s case considering its distinct nature of civil society?
Publications
  • Kasai, N., & Dohi, M. (2011). A Study on Rough Sleeping Policies and the Actual Support Systems for Rough Sleepers in London [in Japanese]. Journal of the City Planning Institute of Japan, 46(3), 1021-1026.
  • Kasai, N., Sugita, S., & Dohi, M. (2010). A Study on the Actual Conditions of Support for Homeless Persons in Australia [in Japanese]. Journal of the City Planning Institute of Japan, 45(3), 757-762.

Chulhyo Kim

ckim1306@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Prior to coming to Sydney, Chulhyo worked with International Organization for Migration for developing research and training projects on labour and marriage migrations. He also worked for MINBYUN-Lawyers for a Democratic Society as refugee legal service coordinator; and Amnesty International as campaign coordinator. Chulhyo received an MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex and a BA in Sociology from Seoul National University. He currently works as a research assistant for the Social Transformation and International Migration research project. He has worked as a sessional teacher in sociology at the University of Sydney and in NGO studies at Sungkonghoe University, South Korea.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Stephen Castles; Kiran Grewal
Commenced July 2010
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Social Transformation and International Migration in South Korea: A Human Rights Movement Perspective
Abstract This project first seeks to analyse the links between neo-liberal structural changes in South Korean society and the increased incoming temporary migration. South Korean government introduced the temporary labour migration schemes in the context of the redundancy, the precarisation and casualisation of work, the bankruptcy of small and medium sized industries after 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. The social consequence of the commodification of labour was the destruction of human rights standards at work, public or private spaces. The governments’ responses were highly motivated by ethno-centric, patriarchical and paternalistic approaches. The project also reviews on the countermovement aspect. While the overwhelming trend of civil society groups is the shift to service-provision with benevolent and paternalistic approaches in line with government direction, there are also increasing groups of xenophobic responses. In the mean time, the project’s particular focus is a small group of activists who seek the organisation and empowerment of the temporary migrant workers using the language of rights. Though this process, South Korean social movement rediscovers a possibility to extend its definition of human rights beyond the national boundary.
Publications

Sohoon Lee
Sohoon Lee

sohoon.lee@sydney.edu.au
Biography Sohoon’s areas of interest are migrant women in Asia and the dynamics between labour and women’s rights, migration laws and illegality, social movement and atypical forms of resistance. She has undertaken consultancy with the UN Women, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and other NGOs to write on topics of migrant domestic workers, intersectionality and discrimination and labour rights protections in South Korea.

Prior to her PhD studies, she worked at Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) in areas of ASEAN human rights mechanisms, indigenous peoples in Southeast Asia, and documentation of human rights violation. She completed her Hon. B.A. with high distinction in Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Toronto and Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia-Pacific) at the University of Sydney. During her previous studies, she has undertaken research on multicultural (damunhwa) policies and ‘new’ nationalism in South Korea, return migrants and bottom-up development in Indonesia, and NGO-Trade Union relationship in migrant movement in South Korea.

Degree PhD
Supervisors A/Prof. Nicola Piper; Dr. Deirdre Howard-Wagner
Commenced July 2012
Full or part time Full-time
Thesis topic Against Discourse of Legitimacy: Resistance of “Illegal” Migrant Women in South Korea (working title)
Abstract This research examines the interactive process between (il)legality, rights consciousness and collective subjectivity over the course of migrant women’s resistance against the state-led legal discourse on membership in South Korea. By conceptualising membership as a relational process with multiple dimensions such as gender, ethnicity and class, I examine the process in which legality and membership are negotiated and migrant women come to establish their subjectivity. This research seeks to encapsulate dynamics of resistance, which forms as a response to contradictory migration laws that on one hand limit migrants’ stay to temporary/circular but on the other encourage women to carry on subsumed reproductive role of South Korean society. This research postulates that intersecting identity of migrant women as migrants and women, along with further “axes of subordination”, creates a unique form of resistance inside and/or outside of the archetypes not only of migrant movement but of general social movement. My ethnography specifically focuses on enclaves of migrant communities in sectors that are ‘traditionally’ regarded as women’s work, such as textile industry, care work, entertainment work and farm work in three sites in Seoul and surrounding Gyeonggi Province.
Publications Commissioned Report/ Policy Paper

Referred Journal

  • Lee, Sohoon (2012) “Those Who Can Become “Foreign Koreans”: Globalisation, Transnational Marriages, and Shifting Nationalist Discourses in South Korea. Theory in Action 5:3

Book Chapters

  • Lee, Sohoon (forthcoming) “Asian Democracy and the Problem of Membership: Rules of Exception and “Legitimate” Discrimination against Migrants in South Korea” in Arvanitakis, James; Boydell, Spike; Mathews, Ingrid (eds) Citizen in the 21st Century.
    Ebook. Inter-disciplinary.net [draft title: accepted for publication]

Joint Report

  • Azhar, Haris; Ginbar, Yuval; Lee, Sohoon; Sigiro, Atnike; Yap, Swee Seng (2010) Hiding Behind Its Limits:Performance Report on ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development: Bangkok

Non-referred Articles

  • Lee, Sohoon (2010) “A Reality of Becoming Citizens: An Experience of Birth Registration ofthe Indigenous Peoples” Asian Human Rights Defenders V.6(2) Dec. 2010. FORUMASIA. Bangkok, Thailand

Brydan Sarah Lenne
Brydan Sarah Lenne

brydanlenne@gmail.com
Biography As an undergraduate student at USYD I became interested in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through my studies in psychology. I trained as an applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapist and worked with children diagnosed with ASD for over five years. Through this work I gained clinical insight into the difficulties encountered by families in the diagnostic and treatment process, as well as the general “messiness” of, and confusion surrounding, the diagnostic process.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Prof Catherine Waldby
Dr Katherine Carroll (Mayo Clinic)
Commenced March 2010
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic Observing the observer: Unravelling the construction of order in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Abstract The autism spectrum is truly diverse. It encompasses genius qualities (the savant), eccentricities and quirkiness, communication difficulties, learning difficulties, social awkwardness, and profound disability. Thus, clinical decisions regarding the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are commonly based upon heterogeneous evidence and expert opinion. This thesis presents a complex and socially nuanced picture of ASD within the medical context by focusing on understanding how the medical profession negotiates with and attempts to manage the complexities, uncertainties and difficulties associated with diagnosing this disorder. Of particular interest is the role played by diagnostic manuals, standardised tools and statistical approaches in the diagnostic session, and how these documents influence clinical decisions. To explore these issues a video-reflexive approach was employed to document ASD diagnostic sessions during a hospital drug trial for Australian autistic children with repetitive behaviours. Diagnostic sessions involving the children and parents were videoed and later played back to the clinicians for their analysis and comment in one-on-one interviews. This thesis explores the potential of video to allow clinicians to explain tacit knowledge and practices and for it to reinvent assumptions clinicians may have had about the way that they diagnose; and draws attention to the necessity of tinkering with and adapting diagnostic tools to particular patients and circumstances.
Publications
  • Lenne, B. S., & Waldby, C. (2011). Sorting out autism spectrum disorders: Evidence-based medicine and the complexities of the clinical encounter. Health Sociology Review, 20(1), 70-83.
  • Carroll, Katherine E., Brydan S. Lenne, Kerri McEgan, Gillian Opie, Lisa H. Amir, Sandra Bredemeyer, Ben Hartmann et al. (2014) Breast milk donation after neonatal death in Australia: a report. International breastfeeding journal, 9(1), 23.
  • Lenne, B (2013), ‘The Minus Children’: A History of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Australian Institution, Annual Conference Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association 2013 (TASA 2013), Monash University, Victoria: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

Li Mo
Li Mo

limo4795@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography I’m the PhD candidate of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy. I’m researching on the trends of marital dissolution in China from a quantitative approach.

After obtaining my first PhD at South Korea on International Management, I realized my real interest in research on family; therefore, I’m determined to continuing my research on family at the University of Sydney. Hopefully, I can become a real researcher on family related issues in the future.

Degree PhD
Supervisors Dr. Salvatore Babones; Dr. David Bray
Commenced March 2014
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Divorce and Remarriage Patterns in China: Trends in Different Regions
Abstract Since its opening up and reform policy was carried out in 1978, China has experienced great economic development and fundamental changes in traditional value system. As the most populous country in the world, China has the most families in the world; however, China’s divorce rate has been in the steady rise following the extremely low divorce rate in the 1950s and 1960s. Therefore, this thesis is intended to examine how time effect, socio-economic changes, educational level, number of kids, and regional effect are associated with CDR (Crude Divorce Rate), RDR (Refined Divorce Rate), and Remarriage Rate in China. An elaborate analysis will be conducted on the divorce trends of 32 provinces and municipal cities (Hongkong and Macao not included) based on the recent available datasets from China Statistical Yearbook, which were newly published by China Statistical Bureau. The datasets were modified and recombined in order to conduct a quantitative analysis, and SPSS 16.0 was used to do the analysis on the data from 1997 to 2013. To the author’s knowledge, so far, there have been very few research on the divorce trends and remarriage rate in China, especially in recent years, despite of the rich literature from western countries. Hopefully, this study can give some policy implications to China’s government to deal with the problems connected with the increasing divorce rate.

Key words: Time Effect, Socio-economic Changes, Educational Level, Number of Kids, Regional Effect, CDR (Crude Divorce Rate), RDR (Refined Divorce Rate), Remarriage Rate

Publications
  • Sep., 2013 Published “The Effects of Country-of-Origin, Brand Image, and Corporate Image Dimensions on Brand Evaluations and Purchase Intentions of Smart Phones of Five Brands: A Comparative Study of China and Korea” on Journal of Distribution Science
  • Aug. 2011Published “A Study on the Effects of Product Country Image, Corporate Image on Brand Equity and Purchase Intention of Chinese Youth—Focused on the Cell Phones of Three Countries’ Brands” on Korea Research Academy of Distribution and Management Review
  • Aug., 2010 Published “The Efficiency Enhancing Strategies of the Logistic Companies in China—A Case Study on Hair Logistics” on Korea Research Academy of Distribution and Management Review
  • Jun., 2008 Involved in the Editing of “Business English Extensive Reading
  • Oct., 2004 Published “Translation Purpose and Strategies—A Study on Yan Fu’s Translation” in “Foreign Language Teaching
  • Oct., 2003 Published “An Approach to Synonyms and Its Application” in Foreign Language Teaching

Nu Nguyet Anh Nguyen
Nu Nguyet Anh Nguyen

nngu5002@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography During her undergraduate course, she was awarded scholarship to study in Deajeon University, South Korea (2004) and awarded scholarship from Sumitomo Corporation, Japan (2004).

In graduate level, Ms. Nguyen was granted Toshiba Scholarship (2007) and completed Master of Sociology from Ho Chi Minh National University (2010). Besides, she also obtained Scholarship of Academic Exchange Fellowship Program 2009 from ASEAN University Network for her research on Vietnamese women married to Korean men, conducted in South Korea.

In 2012, she achieved Australia Scholarship for Development, for her Master of Philosophy and PhD of Sociology.

Degree MPhil
Supervisors Associate Professor Nicola Piper
Commenced March 2012
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Vietnam – South Korea Transnational Migration: Determinants and Cross-cultural Experiences
Abstract The research is a study of the determinants of migration to South Korea of Vietnamese labourers and their cross-cultural experiences. It aims to explore the decisive factors of mobility as well as the social and cultural impact of cross-cultural experiences for Vietnamese temporary migrant workers. Those two objectives are carried out at three different stages of the migration process: pre-departure, actual migration and return migration.
Publications
  • Nguyen Nu Nguyet Anh. Current Issues of Marriage Migration in Vietnam in the 2010 ARENA International Workshop From Individual to Community: On Reinterpreting Citizenship and Asian Marriage Migration. 4-5 June 2010 in Pusan, Korea. P.27-31.
  • Nguyen Nu Nguyet Anh. 2011. Life of Vietnamese Brides in Korea in The Update on ASEAN and Korean Studies: 2010. ASEAN Universities Network. P. 242-294

Derya Nizam
Derya Nizam

dniz1191@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Derya holds the University of Sydney International Research Scholarship. She has awarded for Ronald Wimberley Best Graduate Student Paper by the USA Rural Sociological Society in 2012. Derya has a BA (Honours) and M.A. degree in Sociology from Bogazici University, Istanbul. She participated as a researcher in two important research projects on “Globalization and Agriculture” and “Agrarian Change under Globalization” funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Foundation of Turkey (TUBITAK). She conducted various fieldworks and interviews with more than 500 farmers and other rural actors throughout Turkey. Her research experience focused on the effects of market reform legislations implemented in the Turkish agricultural sector beginning in the 2000s. She is further interested in agro-business appropriation and substitution strategies, anti-essentialist eco-feminism, localism and the agro-exceptionalist methodologies in rural sociology.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Salvatore Babones; Elisabeth Valiente-Riedl (assoc. supervisor)
Commenced 2011 March
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic How ‘geographical indicators’ (GIs), as a localist strategy to challenge conventional agricultural practice due to their explicit reference to place or territory, can strengthen the position of local growers in global markets
Abstract An understanding of geographical indicators (GIs) protection has been increasingly confronted with new challenges not only in harmonizing a global policy of GI but also in meeting demands relating to more environmental, cultural and socially equitable agriculture all around the world. This thesis identifies a policy goal of GI to capture more added value derived from local sources by creating resource and policy rents in economic, cultural and environmental terms. For this aim, the thesis presents a case study of Aegean Olive Oils GIs in Turkey using a disarticulation approach based on global commodity chain analysis. The thesis argues that GI can be a means of sustaining the viability of small farming and rural livelihoods only if resource and policy rents are disarticulated from the agro-business strategies of appropriation and substitution.
Publications
  • 2012. “Localization of Resource and Policy Rents: Geographical Indicators of ‘Aegean Cotton’ and ‘Aegean Olive Oils’”. (Ronald Wimberley Graduate Paper Award by the Rural Sociological Society
  • 2011. “Cografi Isaretler ve Kuresel Piyasalarda Yerellesen Tarim Urunleri” [Geographical Indications and Localized Agricultural Products in Global Markets], Praksis, 25:87-116.
  • 2009. Protection of Geographical Indication: A Study of “Aegean Cotton Mark”, Istanbul: MA. Thesis, Bogaziçi University: Sociology.
  • 2008. with Islamoglu, Huri, E. Guloksuz, A.Y. Kaya, U. Karakoc, D. Nizam, A. Cavdar ve G. Yazici. TUBITAK Proje Raporu: Turkiye’de Tarımda Donusum ve Kuresel Piyasalarla Butunlesme Surecleri: [The Project Report of Transformation and Integration with Global Markets in Turkish Agriculture] (Proje No.106K137). http://uvt.ulakbim.gov.tr/uvt/index.php?cwid=3&vtadi=TPRJ&ts=1358248685&
  • 2006. “Devrimin Dikisleri: Laclau and Mouffe” [The “Sutures” of the Revolution: Laclau and Mouffe] ,Birikim, 208:156-163.

Olga Oleinikova
Olga Oleinikova

oole8615@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Olga holds Bachelor and Master degrees with first class Honours in Sociology from KNU (Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine). In 2012 Olga joined the Department of Sociology and Social Policy with the University of Sydney International Research Scholarship. She specializes in social research with a particular interest in international migration, post-socialist social transformations, social change, post-Soviet migration to Australia, life-course and gender. She has experience in quantitative and qualitative research on labour migration in EU (Italy and Poland) and marginalization processes in contemporary Ukrainian society. Her professional experience includes work in social and market research companies. Before coming to Sydney, she worked as a research manager assistant in quantitative and qualitative Ad Hoc research divisions at Taylor Nelson Sofres Ukraine (TNS).
Degree PhD
Supervisors Catriona Elder; Deirdre Howard-Wagner
Commenced March 2012
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic “Life-Course Strategies and International Migration: Post-Independence Ukrainian Migrants in Australia”
Abstract This research project focuses on post-independence Ukrainian migration to Australia and is centred on Ukrainian migrants’ life-course strategies in Australia with respect to their employment, education or marriage. The focus is on the rationale behind the ‘waves’ of migrants who came to Australia in three periods (since 1990s, since 2000 and 2010). Particularly, research analyses the link between social transformations in post-Soviet Ukraine and international migration of Ukrainians to Australia since the 1990s, by focusing on the impact of socio-economic and political restructuring on the migrants’ life strategies.

This research investigates how individual pathways are changed and adapt under social transformations and which strategies individuals chose to follow to accommodate to changing social conditions, focusing on peculiarities of forming life strategies with the help of international migration. In order to trace the institutional impact and influence on the process of individual’s life-course strategy formation on micro-level of analysis, social transformations in Ukraine will be analysed within 3 dimensions – economic, political and social milieus in combination with the analysis of Australia’s immigration policy according migrants from post-Soviet countries since 1990s.

This project aims to provide insights into the following areas: (1) daily life and the socio-cultural problems Ukrainian migrants face in recipient societies, particularly barriers in realizing migrants’ pathways in terms of social inclusion, cultural differentiation, and shifts of national and cultural identities; (2) official migration policies of Ukraine and Australia; and (3) the socio-economic contradictions within Ukrainian society as a migration push factor. This research takes an original approach in that it brings the life-course strategy within migration methodology and deploys it in sociological context rather than its original psychological focus.

Publications
  • Oleinikova O. (2012) “Social Responsibility of the Ukrainian Nation State and Labour Migration: Contemporary Challenges”, The Australian Sociological Association Conference Proceedings, University of Queensland, 26 – 29 November, 2012
  • Oleinikova ,O., Kyzmenko, T. (2011) “Crime as a Display of Marginalization in Contemporary Ukrainian Society”, Collection of scientific papers “Gileya: scientific herald”. – K.: VIR UAS, 46 edition, pp. 626-632 [In Ukrainian]
  • Oleinikova, O. (2011) “Ukrainian Labor Migration: Role of Social Capital” Sociology-Social Work – Regulating Social Problems, Conference Proceedings, pp.189-193 [In Ukrainian]
  • Oleinikova, O. (2011) “Main Patterns of Current Ukrainian Emigration Wave” Sociology-Social Work – Regulating Social Problems, Conference for students and young researchers, Conference Proceedings, pp.93-95 [In Ukrainian]

Derya Ozkul
Derya Ozkul

sozk2606@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Derya studied her BA degree in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey and her MSc degree in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. Since then she has been involved in various projects on migration-related issues. She contributed to the research conducted at OHCHR, Committee on Migrant Workers and at ILO, MIGRANT Department in Geneva. She also worked as a researcher at the Migration Research Centre at Koc University (MiReKoc) in various EU-funded projects. Currently her doctoral thesis is part of the project called ‘Social Transformation and international Migration in the 21st Century, directed by Prof Stephen Castles. During her candidature she held guest researcher fellowships from the Social Science Research Centre in Berlin (WZB) and the University of Bielefeld in Germany.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Primary: Prof. Stephen Castles
Auxiliary: Hon. Assoc. Christine Inglis
Commenced July 2010
Full or part time Full-time
Thesis topic Transforming Diaspora Movements: Alevis in Germany and Australia from Social Equality to a Transnational Religious Movement
Abstract The aim of my thesis is to explore two case studies (Alevis in Germany and Australia) to understand how different national contexts have provided opportunities (and constraints) for Alevis to struggle for recognition, and how they have re-shaped their practices and belief systems. By looking at the relationship between the institutionalisation of the diaspora and the social, political and legal orders of the countries they live, I argue that the Alevi diaspora activists who initially mobilized around cultural rights have gradually moved to construct a foundation of religious institutionalisation in both contexts due to changing structural conditions in Turkey and in their new countries.
Publications EDITED BOOKS
  • Castles, Stephen; Ozkul, Derya; Arias Cubas, Magdalena. (2015) Social Transformation and Migration: National and Local Experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

EDITED JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUES

  • Eder, Mine and Ozkul, Derya. (Forthcoming in Fall 2016) Special issue on ‘Social Transformation and International Migration in Turkey’ [tentative title], New Perspectives on Turkey. (in preparation)
  • Ozkul, Derya and Obeng-Odoom, Franklin. (2013) Special issue on ‘Temporary Migration in Africa’, African Journal of Economics and Finance 5 (1).

BOOK CHAPTERS AND JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Ozkul, Derya. (Forthcoming in 2016) ‘From Social Equality to a Transnational Religious Movement: The Alevi Diaspora in Germany and Australia’ in Hege Markussen and Besim Can Zırh (eds). Alevi Identity Revisited. Leiden: Brill. (in preparation)
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2015) ‘Alevi “Openings” and Politicization of the “Alevi Issue” during the AKP rule’, Turkish Studies, 16 (1): 1-17.
  • Castles, Stephen; Ozkul, Derya; Arias Cubas, Magdalena. (2015) ‘International migration in an era of neoliberal social transformation’ in Stephen Castles, Derya Ozkul and Magdalena Arias Cubas (eds) Social Transformation and Migration: National and Local Experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia, Basingstoke: Palgrave., pp. 301-312.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (Forthcoming in 2015). ‘Australia’ in Gildas Simon (ed) Geo-historical Dictionary of International Migrations, Paris: Armand Colin. (in press)
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2015) ‘Australie’ in Gildas Simon (ed) Dictionnaire des Migrations Internationales: Approche Géohistorique. Paris: Armand Colin. [published in French]
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2015) ‘Migration flows in Turkey’s neoliberal era: the case of Kumkapı, Istanbul’ in Stephen Castles, Derya Ozkul and Magdalena Arias Cubas (eds) Social Transformation and Migration: National and Local Experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia, Basingstoke: Palgrave., pp. 151-166.
  • Castles, Stephen and Ozkul, Derya. (2014) ‘Circular migration: triple win, or a new label for temporary migration?’ in Graziano Battistella (ed) Theoretical Perspectives on Asian Migration, New York: Springer Publishing., pp. 27-49.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2014) ‘Emotive connections: insider research with Turkish/Kurdish Alevi migrants in Germany’ in Lejla Voloder and Liudmila Kirpitchenko (eds) Insider Research on Migration and Mobility, London: Ashgate., pp. 117-132.
  • Castles, Stephen; Vasta, Ellie and Ozkul, Derya. (2014) ‘Australia: a Classical Immigration Country in Transition’ in J. Hollifield, P. Martin and P. Orrenius (eds) Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 3rd Edition, Stanford CA: Stanford University Press., pp. 128-150.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2013) ‘International Migration and Local Policies’ in Marcela Balbo, Ahmet Icduygu and Julio Peres Serrano (eds) Countries of Migrants, Cities of Migrants: Italy, Spain, Turkey, Istanbul: The Isis Press.
  • Ozkul, Derya and Obeng-Odoom, Franklin (2013) ‘Temporary Migration: Views from the Global South’, African Journal of Economics and Finance 5 (1).
  • Castles, Stephen; Arias, Magdalena; Kim, Chulhyo and Ozkul, Derya. (2012) ‘Irregular migration: causes, patterns and strategies’ in Irena Omelaniuk (ed) Reflections on Migration and Development, GFMD Puerto Vallarta and Beyond Series: Global Migration Issues, Vol. 1, New York: Springer Publishing., pp. 117-151.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2012) ‘Managing the Diaspora: the Turkish Case’ in Jung-Eun OH (ed.), Diaspora as Focus Area of National Migration Policy, Seoul: IOM MRTC Special Issues in Migration Series No. 2., pp. 115-140.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2012) ‘Transnational Migration Research’, Sociopedia.isa. [The International Sociological Association’s dictionary].
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2012) ‘Ulus-ötesi Göç: Kuramsal Bir Değerlendirme [Transnational Migration: A Theoretical Evaluation]’ in Asli Sirin and Gulfer Ihlamur-Oner (eds) ‘Uluslararası Göçü Yeniden Düşünmek: Yeni Yaklaşım ve Yönelimler’ [Rethinking International Migration: New Approaches], Istanbul: Iletişim Yayınları., pp. 483-501. [published in Turkish]

PUBLISHED WORKING PAPERS

  • Castles, Stephen; Vasta, Ellie and Ozkul, Derya. (2012) ‘The internal dynamics of migration processes and their consequences for Australian government migration policies’, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Castles, Stephen; Arias Cubas, Malena; Kim, Chulhyo; Koleth, Elsa; Ozkul, Derya; Williamson, Rebecca. (2012) ‘Social Transformation and Migration: Methodological Dilemmas’, Social Transformation and International Migration in the 21st Century Working Paper No 2, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Castles, Stephen; Arias Cubas, Malena; Kim, Chulhyo; Koleth, Elsa; Ozkul, Derya; Williamson, Rebecca. (2011) ‘Karl Polanyi and Understanding Social Transformation’, Social Transformation and International Migration in the 21st Century Working Paper No 1, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2011) ‘Circular Migration Schemes: Renewed Interests in Destination Countries’, CARIM Best Participant Essays Series AS 2011/61, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, San Domenico di Fiesole (FI): European University Institute.

BOOK REVIEWS

  • Ozkul, Derya. (2012) The Politics of European Citizenship: Deepening Contradictions in Social Rights & Migration Policy, Peo Hansen and Sandy Brian Hager (Berghahn Books, 2010), Journal of European Social Policy, 22 (3), 332-333.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2011) Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration, Thomas Faist and Peter Kivisto (SAGE/Pine Forge Press, 2010), Journal of Sociology, 47 (2), 222-223.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

  • Ozkul, Derya. (2015) ‘Racism and Precarious Work in Kumkapı, Istanbul’, presented at the International Workshop titled Social Transformation and International Migration in Turkey, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, 8-9 January 2015.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2014) ‘The Alevi Diaspora: A Comparative study of Germany and Australia’, presented at the International Conference titled Alevi Identity Revisited: Cultural, Religious, Social and Political Perspectives, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, 21-22 February 2014.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2013) ‘Migration flows in Turkey’s neoliberal era: the case of Kumkapı, Istanbul’, presented at the International Workshop on Social Transformation and International Migration, University of Sydney, 22-23 August 2013.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2011) ‘The Changing Nation-State Policies for Diaspora: The Turkish Case’, presented at The Australian Sociological Association 2011 Conference, ‘Local Lives/Global Networks’, University of Newcastle, 28 November-1 December 2011.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2011) ‘Circular Migration in the European Union: The Recent Legislative Debates’, presented at the 60th British Sociological Association Conference, London School of Economics, 6-8 April 2011.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2011) ‘Circular Migration Schemes: Renewed Interests of the Destination Countries’, presented at NORFACE Migration Conference ‘Migration: Economic Change, Social Challenge’, University College of London, 6-8 April 2011.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2010) ‘Circular Migration: The new discourse of securitization’, presented at The Australian Sociological Association 2010 Conference, ‘Social Causes Private Lives’, Macquarie University, 6–9 December 2010.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2010) ‘Transnational Citizens in Borderlands’, presented at 6th CEU Conference in Social Sciences, ‘Social Science Perspectives on Global Transformations and Social Change’, Central European University, Hungary, 16-18 April 2010.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2009) ‘MIUM-TIE Process and the Findings’, presented at Conference on Managing International Urban Migration, Turkey-Italy-Spain, Koc University, Istanbul, 16 November 2009.
  • Ozkul, Derya. (2009) ‘Debating the Linkage between International Migration and Economic Crisis: Some Evidence from Turkey’, presented Conférence Internationale Impact des Crises sur la Migration, Ministere Chargée de la Communauté Marocaine Résidant A L’Etranger, Rabat, Morocco, 12-13 October 2009

Alexander Page
Alexander Page

alexander.page@sydney.edu.au
Biography Alexander Page completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons, First Class) with a thesis titled “Indigenous Peoples and the Settler-State in Twenty First Century Australia” in 2012. His research focused on the dynamic between the Australian Settler-State and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activists/advocates in the regional city of Townsville, North Queensland. In 2014, Alex began his PhD in Sociology at the University of Sydney, with a focus on Aboriginal community organisations and Australian government structures. Since 2013, Alex has also undertaken academic teaching in both sociology and socio-legal studies.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Primary: Dr. Deirdre Howard-Wagner (University of Sydney)
Auxiliary: Dr. Theresa Petray (James Cook University)
Commenced March, 2014
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Indigenous Agency, Service Delivery, and the Australian Settler-State
Abstract Alex’s current PhD research explores urban Aboriginal approaches to service delivery as resistance and reflexivity to structures and systems of Australian governmentality. This project seeks to understand the role of Indigenous institutions and organisations as mediators between state expectation and control on the one hand, and the needs of community on the other. Understanding such inter-relationships reveals the dynamics of power existing vertically and horizontally between the state, community organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.
Publications
  • Page, A., & Petray, T. (2015). Agency and Structural Constraints: Indigenous Peoples and the Australian Settler-State in North Queensland. Settler Colonial Studies, 5 (2).
  • Page, A. (2014). Taking on the Australian Settler-State: Sociology for Social Justice and a Critical Indigenous Research Paradigm. Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference, University of South Australia: Adelaide, November 2014.
  • Page, A. (2013). Indigenous Peoples and the Settler-State in Twenty-First Century Australia: Exploring the Duality of Agency and the State in Townsville, North Queensland. Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference, Monash University: Melbourne, November 2013.
  • Page, A., & Petray, T. (2012). The Dualism of Agency and the Australian Settler-State in the Twenty First Century. Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA), University of Queensland: Brisbane, November 2012.

Suraina Pasha
Suraina Pasha

spas1702@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography I have been working full-time in the human rights field since 2002 for national, regional and international organisations in roles focused on training, policy development, research and investigations. Prior degrees: LLB Laws (Honours) and LLM in International Human Rights Law (Distinction), both from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. My Masters dissertation focused on international law, the Oslo Peace Agreements and ‘targeted killings’ during the second Palestinian Intifada.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Professor Danielle Celermajer and Professor Michael Humphrey (co-supervision)
Commenced April 2013
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic (Working Title): ‘Rights talk’ in the Shadows of War and Displacement: Human Rights in the Response to Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Abstract The ongoing Syrian civil war has generated a global humanitarian crisis, the brunt thereof mostly borne by neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Drawing upon concepts and methods from legal anthropology, this study investigates the role of human rights and the human rights movement in the management of humanitarian emergencies through a case focusing on the current response to Syrian refugees in Jordan. The study charts the historical evolution of refugee management policies and the gradual reframing of refugees' predicament in terms of human rights. It identifies and situates 'rights talk' within the architecture of the current humanitarian support apparatus and considers the effects thereof on the lives and subjectivities of refugees. The multifaceted refugee situation and the responses thereto in Jordan enables the inductive exploration of broader themes pertaining to the global governance of refugees, the diffusion and vernacularisation of human rights, and the ways in which refugees seek to realise their rights through claim-making.
Publications
  • S.Pasha, The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Prevention of Torture, Essex Human Rights Review: Special Issue on Preventing Torture in the 21st Century, Vol 6 No 2, 2010.
  • S.Pasha, The Evolution of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions Regional Training Programme, Human Rights Education in the Asia Pacific, Vol 2, 2011, HURIGHTS OSAKA.

Michelle Peterie
Michelle Peterie

mpet7781@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Michelle holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies with first-class honours.

She has been employed in a variety of communications and research assistant positions, and spent over four years coordinating the University of Wollongong’s global student mobility programs.

In 2014 Michelle was awarded an APA scholarship to complete her PhD in the University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences. Her research focuses on the (micro) sociology of morality, emotion and friendship. She is interested in radio documentary as a medium for disseminating academic research.

Degree PhD
Supervisors Dr Susan Banki and Prof Stephen Castles
Commenced March 2014
Full or part time Full-time
Thesis topic Refugee and Asylum Seeker Friendship Programs: Theatres of Care, Platforms for Action
Abstract Broadly located within the sociology of morality, Michelle’s research concerns the ethico-political dimensions of ‘care’ and ‘compassion’ in Australia’s response to refugees and asylum seekers.

Her empirical work focuses on organised programs where members of the Australian public volunteer their time to be friends to refugees and/or asylum seekers in the Australian community or in on- or offshore immigration detention.

Against the background of Australia’s political discourses and government policies, Michelle’s work considers the significance and efficacy of these programs – both for those involved and for Australia’s broader asylum debate.

Publications

Mariana_Podesta-Diverio
Mariana Podesta-Diverio

mpod9655@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Mariana’s research interest is the application of the theoretical interaction of materialist feminist theory with Foucauldian biopolitics in understanding contemporary women’s labour practices. She wrote her honours thesis in 2014 on the topic of surplus value and atomisation in Indian commercial surrogacy.

Mariana has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class 1) from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. She was an editor of Honi Soit in 2013, the General Secretary of the USYD SRC in 2014, and has worked as a freelance journalist and editorial assistant at City Hub. Her creative work has been published in Hermes, ARNA, and Growing Strong.

Degree PhD
Supervisors Melinda Cooper
Commenced March 2015
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic The neoliberal biopolitics of atomisation: Biotechnology and women’s labour
Abstract
Publications Mariana contributed a paper on environmental Marxism to Conspicuous Assumption, the undergraduate political economy students’ journal, and has written extensively for Honi Soit in the areas of feminism and technology. She has also written for City Hub, Bull magazine, and co-authored an article for The Guardian in 2013.

Ly Phan
Ly Phan

Ly.phan@sydney.edu.au
Biography Ly Phan is currently a PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney. She holds a Bachelor degree in Vietnam and a Master degree from the University of Washington, United States, both in Sociology. Before continuing her PhD education, she had been working as a researcher at the Institute of Sociology in Vietnam. She is also an Endeavour Postgraduate Award holder and a Harvard-Yenching alumna.

Ly’s research interests include demography, gender equality, population, migration and urbanization in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. She is working on her thesis, “Women’s Empowerment and Fertility Preference in Southeast Asia”, which focuses on how women’s empowerment indicators affect their fertility preference, and consequently to the amazing fertility decline in Southeast Asia.

Degree PhD
Supervisors Assoc. Prof. Salvatore Babones
Dr. Gyu-Jin Hwang
Commenced 2012
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Women’s Empowerment and Fertility Preferences in Southeast Asia
Abstract The empowerment of women has been viewed as one of the key indicators in social development. Despite decades of standing in the literature, the concept and measurement of women’s empowerment has not reached a consensus. This study examines how women’s empowerment affects the fertility preference of women in four countries in Southeast Asia including Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and East Timor using data from the Demographic and Health Surveys.

First, micro data from these four countries are utilized to create measurement models for women’s empowerment concept. Other studies have suggested different ways to measure women’s empowerment, this study proposes an index to measure women’s empowerment using principal axis factoring with micro data from the Demographic and Health Surveys of four Southeast Asian countries. Indicators in women’s education, labor force participation, contraceptives use and household decision-making are operationalized to measure empowerment score of individual woman.

Second, women’s empowerment factors are theorized to have effects on their fertility preference, measured by the ideal number of children and the ideal number of sons. Regression results from OLS, Poisson and ordered logit models show that fertility preference is influenced by different women’s empowerment factors in each of the four countries of study. After controlling for background characteristics of the woman and her husband, it is expected that education factor and household decision-making factor has consistent negative impacts on fertility preference, while factor of labor force participation has a balancing effect on fertility preference to keep it at not too high or not too low levels.

Publications
  • Phan, Ly (2015). Measuring Women's Empowerment at Household Level Using DHS Data of Four Southeast Asian Countries, Social Indicators Research 120 (3): 1-20.
  • Phan, Ly. (2014). Internal Migration and the Renovation-era Fertility Decline in Vietnam, Population Review 53(1): 1-18.
  • Phan, Ly (2014). Gender Systems and the Very-Low Fertility: A Review of Japan and two Mediterranean countries and Implications for Vietnam, Sociology 1(2): 39-53 (Institute of Sociology – Vietnam).
  • Phan, Ly (2013). Women’s Empowerment and Fertility Change, International Journal of Sociology of the Family 39(1-2): 49-75.
  • Phan, Ly (2008). Gender and Opinions about Sexuality, pp. 347-370 (book chapter). In Trinh Duy Luan, Helle Rydstrom, Wil Burghhoorn (eds.), Rural Families in Transitional Vietnam. Hanoi. Hanoi Social Sciences Publishing House.
  • Phan, Ly & Trinh Thai Quang (2006). Some Remarks on Internal Migrants in a Mountainous Commune in Vietnam. Vietnamese Sociological Review 3: 73-78

Bobby Quinn
Bobby Quinn

rqui3924@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Bobby Quinn completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at the University of Western Australia in 2006.
Degree PhD
Supervisors A/P Catriona Elder; D Greg Martin
Commenced Semester 2 2010
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic The Post-Divorce Child: The Role of the Child as Figural Body
Abstract The objective of this research is to examine the figuration of the post-divorce child and identify its significance in making wider cultural claims. I propose that the dominant way the child appears in representations of divorce is as ‘victim’ and that this figuration is used to construct divorce as a threat to society. By looking at several sites through which the post-divorce child is figured, such as Australian Family Law, I ask how this figuration is utilised in the social construction of divorce.
Publications

Wuna Reilly
Wuna Reilly

wrei3205@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Wuna Reilly received her undergraduate education in Beijing and Washington DC, in the fields of education, finance and accounting. She received her MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Her career has included education, rural development, international cooperation and an extended period working as a development officer for NGOs in different countries. She is pursuing her interests in academic research in the areas of rural development and state-society relations.

Her research interests include rural land system, public policy, public finance and comparative state welfare.

Degree DocSocSci
Supervisors Supervisor: Dr. Gyu-Jin Hwang
Associate supervisor: Dr. David Bray
Commenced 2013
Full or part time Full-time
Thesis topic Chinese Rural Land System and State Welfare Regime
Abstract In China, most farmland cannot be bought or sold. Farms are held collectively, and allocated to individual families. My dissertation explores how this system shapes relations between the Chinese state and its 900 million rural residents. I first examine the Chinese state’s role in forming the rural land system, including the system’s history, and national level public policy, public finance, and taxation. I then compare three regions of China via case studies, examining how rural residents respond to and utilize the system.
Publications and Presentations
  • “Educating for Peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Presented at: “The Tasks of Peace Education in Asia and the Role of Religions,” November, 2009, Seoul, Korea.
  • “Agricultural Technology Dissemination Handbook for the Initial Stages of Rice-Planting in DPRK” in 2009 International Conference on Humanitarian and Development Assistance to DPRK (conference publication), Seoul, Korea.
  • “China’s Corporate Engagement in Africa,” in Africa in China’s Global Strategy, ed. Kittssou (London: Adonis and Abbey, 2007)
  • “Three Generations of North Korean and Chinese Leaders,” The Lowy Institute for International Policy, 28 September 2011.

Jessica Richards
Jessica Richards

jric9567@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Jessica’s research interests broadly focus on the sociology of sport, with a particular emphasis on sport fandom and spatial geography. After graduating from the University of Sydney with a B.A (Hons), she was awarded an Australian Post-Graduate Award to pursue further study in the field of sport sociology. Following work experience at a research agency, Jessica is now working full-time on her PhD, and is currently living between England and Australia. In Australia, she tutors in the Sociology and Social Policy department at the University of Sydney. In England, Jessica works as a Honorary PhD Student in the Management School at the University of Liverpool.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Fiona Gill; David Bray
Commenced March 2012
Full or part time Full-time
Thesis topic Oh The Places You’ll Go: A Cross Comparative Study of Sport Fandom in Australia and England.
Abstract This project examines the motivations and behaviour of sport fans of four sporting teams in England and Australia. It explores how fan identification takes its form; and the role of the sport stadium and local community in the creation of a sport teams narrative. It seeks to understand how sport fans identify with themselves and others inside sporting locations; and how sporting spaces can both encourage and restrict certain types of spectator behaviour. Data for this study is currently being generated in Australia and England, through the ethnographic methods of participant observation, in-depth interviews and visual mapping.
Publications
  • Which Player Do You Fancy Then?’ Locating the Female Ethnographer in the Field of The Sociology of Sport (forthcoming), Soccer and Society.
  • ‘Geographies of Gender’ (2014), Guest lecture for Sport, Crime and Society, February, Liverpool John Moores University, England
  • ‘Finessing Fandom’: How Female Fans Map Their Match Day Experience (2014), The British Society of Sports History Gender, Sport and Leisure Symposium, January, DeMontfort University, England.
  • ‘Ethnographic Methods in Sport Fan Research’: Critical insights into Covert and Overt Research Methodology [with Dr. Geoff Pearson, University of Liverpool] (2013), Research Seminar Series, November, University of Edge Hill, England.
  • ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go:’ A Comparative Study of Sports Spectatorship in England and Australia’ (2013), in Football and Communities Across Codes (pp. 71-83) Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press
  • ‘Which Player Do You Fancy Then?’ The Female Ethnographer in Football (2013), paper presented at the Football 150 Conference, 2-4 September, National Football Museum Manchester, England
  • ‘It’s The Journey Not The Destination That Counts’: Meaning and the Match Day Routine of Sport Fans in Australia and England (2013), paper presented at the 8th Annual Liverpool Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences, 28th – 30th August 2013, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’: A Comparative Study of Sport Spectatorship in England and Australia (2013) paper presented at 1st Football and Communities Across Codes Conference, Monday 4th February -Wednesday 6th February, Sydney, Australia
  • ‘Value in Variety’: Conceptualising Football Fans (2012) paper presented at the Research Seminar Series, 28 November, University of Bedfordshire, England.
  • ‘Sporting Places, Sporting Spaces’ (2012) paper presented at the Ethnography Knowledge Platform, 15 November, University of Liverpool, England.
  • Hamilton, R. & Richards, J. (2010) Odds and Evens: Two Studies in Historiography for Extension History, Teaching History, 44, 1, 11-15.

Richard Schweizer
Richard Schweizer

richardschweizer1980@gmail.com
Biography I am a student and tutor at Sydney University. My past-times include presenting a radio show, playing music and Australian politics.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Dr Melinda Cooper and Dr Catherine Waldby
Commenced July 2009
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic Identity re-formation and maintenance in people diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Abstract Twelve people diagnosed with schizophrenia were interviewed on the topics of identity disruption, re-formation and maintenance. Results were analysed through a number of theoretical lenses, including Goffman’s treatment of the stigma, Mead’ and Blumer’s theory of Symbolic Interaction, Bury’s concept of biographical disruption, as well as the work of Foucault and Rose. Emergent themes include the importance of medication; symbolic interactions with family, friends and community; life management; the impact of isolation; and changing power relations in a context characterised by deinstitutionalisation and the power of psycho-pharmaceutical companies.
Publications

Jeremy Simpson
Jeremy Simpson

jeremy.simpson@sydney.edu.au
Biography Born in New Zealand; dual New Zealand/Australian citizen. Resident in Australia. Holder of a Bachelor of Social Science with High Distinction in Sociology and Philosophy and First Class Honours in Sociology. Member of The Australian Sociological Association. Instructor in sociology as lecturer and unit coordinator. Educational researcher in addition to research for PhD. Ex-advisor to the Ministry of Education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Primary: Assoc. Prof. Fran Collyer
Auxiliary: Assoc. Prof. Salvatore Babones
Commenced March 2010
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic Sociology of risk as relating to risk-management in stabilisation operations (case study Afghanistan).
Abstract The thesis proceeds from a critique of the ‘risk society’ position of Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens, applying the critical sociology of knowledge position of Pierre Bourdieu. This critique focuses on the lack of empirical support for ‘risk society’, difficulties of operationalization or testing through empirical research, lack of utility for differentiation between social locations, and specificity of the position to a particular global class location. From this theoretical ‘break’ the study proceeds to an account of empirical conditions of risk in a ‘high-risk’ setting, based on field research in Afghanistan, utilising Bourdieu’s methodology and method of analysis, and focusing on strategies of risk-management on the part of intervening institutions. This provides a means of testing the ‘risk society’ thesis against actual conditions of risk and actual social action addressed to risk. The intention is to arrive at some preliminary findings regarding the principles structuring risk management strategies, and their relation to social location, as a basis for ongoing research on responses to risk in the Afghan case and in parallel cases.
Publications
  • Simpson, J. (2015) ‘Risk Management Responses to Armed Non-State Actor Risk in Afghanistan’ in Non-state armed groups in national and international politics, special issue of International Review of Social Research, (5) 2.
  • Simpson J. (2012) 'The Externalisation of Risk and The Enclavisation of Intervention in Afghanistan' in A. Broom and L. Cheshire (eds) Emerging and Enduring Inequalities: 2012 Refereed Conference Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association. The University of Queensland/TASA: Brisbane. Winner of a TASA postgraduate scholarship for 2012. Qualifies as HERDC conference publication – full paper refereed (E1).
  • Simpson, J. (2012) 'Stabilisation Operations and Structural Instability in the Contemporary World-System' in Chase-Dunn, C. and Babones, S. (eds) Routledge Handbook of World-Systems Analysis. Routledge: New York.
  • Simpson, J. (2010) 'Beyond 'Peacekeeping': Re-theorising the Legitimacy of Present Practice in Transnational Paramilitary Intervention' in Velayutham S., Ebert N. and Watkins S. (eds) Social Causes, Private Lives: 2010 Refereed Conference Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association. TASA: Sydney. Qualifies as HERDC conference publication – full paper refereed (E1).

Polina Smiragina
Polina Smiragina

polina.smiragina@sydney.edu.au
Biography MA Degree from the University of Gothenburg (2012) with a thesis on Male Victims of Human Trafficking: attitudes and approaches of anti-trafficking actors and a Specialist Degree (MA equivalent) from Moscow State University (2009).

Worked as a migrant counsellor and reintegration assistant at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission in Moscow (2012-2014).

Areas of interest: human trafficking, male trafficking, labour migration, forced labour and victimization.

Degree PhD Candidate
Supervisors Nicola Piper
Commenced March 2014
Full or part time Full-time
Thesis topic The Invisibility of Male Victims of Human Trafficking: Causes and Consequences
Abstract The Invisibility of Male Victims of Human Trafficking: Causes and Consequences focuses on obtaining detailed qualitative data on the reasons for and outcomes of the invisibility of male victims of human trafficking by means of conducting semi-structured interviews followed by a thorough data analysis using the grounded theory method integrated with Pierre Bourdieu’s “cultural capital”, concepts of men, masculinities, victimization and victimhood. This research addresses the types of exploitation men are subjected to, programs and policies designed specifically at assisting men and boys who have become victims of human trafficking, the assistance provided to male victims of human trafficking and how the international criminal justice system and the criminal justice system of the Russian Federation respond to male trafficking. In the long run this research should serve to highlight the instance of male trafficking as a genuine challenge to contemporary society.
Publications
  • Smiragina, Polina (2015). The Invisibility of Male Victims of Human Trafficking, NEXUS Newsletter of the Australian Sociological Association, V. 27(1) Mar 2015, pp. 39-40
  • Smiragina P.A. (2013). Human Trafficking, Forced Labor and Labor Exploitation, Migration Bridges in Eurasia. V International Conference: Labour Migration in the Russian Federation: The Prevention of Forced Labour, the Promotion of Social-Economical Development, Improvement Regulation, Moscow: RAS. pp. 229-232

Lyndel Spence
Lyndel Spence

lyndel.spence@sydney.edu.au
Biography From 2008- 2010 Lyndel completed a Bachelor of International Global Studies at the University of Sydney, majoring in sociology.

She was instantly drawn to sociology as a discipline. She became particularly captivated by sociological theory, both classical and contemporary, and in 2009 she was honoured to receive the Raewyn Connell Prize in Social Theory. In 2010 she embarked upon an exchange to McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with the aid of two university exchange scholarships. In 2011 she completed her Honours dissertation entitled “A God of One’s Own?: Modernising Durkheim and the Sociology of Religion”. Her thesis interrogated Durkheim’s hyper-social view of religion and argued that his conception of religion as a communal conduit to social cohesion may need to be supplanted by a more individualized and personalized view of religion. She was subsequently the recipient of the 2011 TASA Honours Student Award.

In 2012 she commenced her PhD candidature at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Dr. Laura Beth Bugg and Dr. Catriona Elder. Her thesis is an critical interrogation of gender, social justice and detraditionalisation within religion, explored through the empirical lens of the female ordination movement within the Catholic Church.

Lyndel has worked collaboratively on the development of Henslin et al, Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, 2e. Lyndel has presented at many conferences, including at the International Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan. Lyndel has also taught extensively both in sociology and in international and global studies. She has recently coordinated and lectured a unit on globalization and culture. Her core research interests are religion, community, resistance, globalisation, social justice, human rights, identity and gender and she maintains a keen interest in both classical and contemporary social theory.

Degree PhD
Supervisors Bronwyn Winter (Primary) and Catriona Elder (Auxiliary)
Commenced March, 2012
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Breaking the Stained Glass Ceiling: Resistance, Renewal and Revitalisation in the Female Ordination Movement
Abstract The female ordination movement within the Catholic Church is a dynamic and forceful example of the paradoxical binary of institutional oppression and individual liberation operating within the contemporary religious sphere. Proponents of this movement are seeking justice and gender equality in the face of systematic patriarchal oppression within the Catholic Church. This radical and pioneering international movement is struggling for recognition as a legitimate religious formation as it campaigns for a more inclusive and accountable Catholic Church. The female ordination movement thereby provides a fertile conduit for examining how religion can both oppress individual freedoms and also be used to mobilise political, social and spiritual liberation from institutional disempowerment.

This study will explore the intersection of this movement’s commitment to gender equality with other social justice oriented concerns such as LGBTIQ rights, race and racism, and social welfare for the poor. The female ordination movement is thereby constructed as firmly rooted in social justice principles with an ideological devotion to inclusion, equality, emancipation and empowerment. In pursuit of these aims, proponents of this movement have initiated complex and vibrant modes of resistance to traditional teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Their aim is to contest the Catholic hierarchy, by providing revitalised and revised practices in inclusive and progressive Catholic communities. Semi-structured interviews and ethnographic observations of three such communities in North America were analysed using narrative analysis and ritual analysis. This research revealed the depth and intricacy of this movement’s actions, as they seek to engender a renewed vision of religious participation in a community of equals.

Publications
  • “Between Oppression and Liberation: The Female Ordination Movement and its Use of Social Media” (2014) International Congress of Sociology, July, Japan.
  • “Digitizing Resistance in the Religious Landscape: Media and Mobilisation in the Female Ordination Movement” (2013) Higher Degree by Research Symposium, November, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • “Enchantment with the Disenchanted: Methodological Issues in Studying the Female Ordination Movement” (2014) Researching Gender in Religious Communities: Challenges and Solutions Symposium, November, University of Western Sydney Religion and Society Research Centre.
  • “Forging Webs of Connection on the Web: The Female Ordination Movement and its Use of Social Media” (2013) The Australian Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference, August, University of South Australia, Australia.
  • “Out With The Old, In With the Women: The Female Ordination’s Movement Detraditionalisation of Patriarchal Governance Structures Within the Catholic Church” (2014) The Australian Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference, November, Deakin University, Australia.

Ariel Spigelman
Ariel Spigelman

aspi2607@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Ariel was born in Sydney and moved to the UK when he was 11, where he completed high school and his undergraduate degree at University College London. In 2008 he returned to Australia to study for a Masters in Cross-cultural Communication at the University of Sydney.

Ariel has over a decade of social and market research industry experience, in particular working with the public and non-profit sectors and using quantitative survey methodology. He is a Full Member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society, as well as a Full Member of the UK Market Research Society.

Ariel currently serves as Vice President of the Management Committee of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), a leader in non-profit representation and casework management of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia, and also served for three years as a Trustee on the board of Asylum Aid, a charity in the UK providing free legal advice, support and representation to asylum seekers.

Degree PhD
Supervisors Salvatore Babones; Stephen Castles
Commenced 2012
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Modelling international migration intentions in 21st-Century South America
Abstract The purpose of this study is to account for the structural and individual social, political, cultural and economic correlates of international migration intentions, and attempt to model them in a formal framework. It will do this through a statistical analysis of several waves of repeated cross-section questionnaire data taken from the ‘Latinobarómetro’, an annual household survey programme conducted across Latin America. Due to the pre-existence of a large volume of scholarship on migration in Central America (and in particular, on the Mexico-USA migration corridor, the busiest in the world), this study will focus on the countries of mainland continental South America (excluding the Guianas): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. In addition, building on the statistical insights derived from the survey data, the study will attempt to operationalise a model of macro-level migration intentions through a computational agent-based simulation.
Publications
  • Spigelman, A. (2013). The depiction of Polish migrants in the United Kingdom by the British press after Poland’s accession to the European Union, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 33(1/2)

Mathew Toll
Mathew Toll

mathew.toll@sydney.edu.au
Biography Mathew Toll has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and political economy with Honours from the University of Sydney. His honours research was awarded first class and concerned University students’ perceptions of knowledge and knowledge claims. Since 2014 Mathew has engaged in academic teaching and tutoring for the Department of Sociology and Social Policy.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Primary: Associate Professor Karl Maton
Commenced March 2014
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Legitimacy and the Internet: Climate Sceptics’ Construction of Knowledge on Social Media Networks.
Abstract This thesis is an exploration of climate change scepticism on social media networks. Advocates of science communication were initially optimistic that the internet would provide a platform to share scientific research and increase the public’s level of scientific literacy. Much of this optimism was predicated on a ‘deficit model’ of science communication, holding that the misunderstanding or rejection of science was due to a lack of information. The internet, the ‘information highway’, would overcome this ‘deficit’ contributing to a greater understanding and acceptance of science. Yet the internet has been implicated in the circulation of various forms of science denialism or characterised as a site of alternative knowledge production that challenges the legitimacy of the scientific establishment. Researchers on the acceptance of climate change have continually pointed to the internet as an important source of misinformation; but empirical investigation of how climate sceptics construe knowledge and maintained their position in an information rich environment remains minimal. Social network analysis of blogs and corpus-assisted discourse analysis of blog posts and reader comments is employed to explore the cosmologies (worldviews) of climate sceptics and how they construe ideal knowers and legitimate knowledge on the internet.
Publications
  • Toll, M. (2014), “Discerning Knowers: Exploring University Students’ Perceptions of Knowledge Claims”, The Australian Sociological Association Conference Proceedings, University of South Australia, Adelaide, November 24- 27.

Hugh Tuckfield
Hugh Tuckfield

htuc1181@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Hugh holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University; and a Master in Human Rights & Democratisation (Asia Pacific Region) from the University of Sydney. His Masters thesis topic examined the influence of the US anti-human trafficking legislation on Nepal, a country widely recognised as a major source country of trafficking.

In 2013 and 2014 Hugh lived in Nepal and was a visiting lecturer in Refugee Studies and Professional Legal English at the Kathmandu School of Law and acted as a Presiding ICC Judge in the Henry Dunant Moot Court Competition. During this time Hugh was a consultant to the UN and several international NGOs and an advisor to the Nepali NGO, the Subaltern Forum. He also worked on anti human trafficking projects targeting orphanages and children’s homes in Nepal; and engaged in advocacy for the rights of urban refugees in Nepal seeking resettlement in Australia. In 2014 Hugh travelled to Dhaka, Bangladesh where for two months he and his partner documented the lives of Dhaka’s climate change refugees and the Stranded Pakistanis in Camp Geneva.

Hugh is a member of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and a founding member of the Institute of Human Rights and Democratisation at the Kathmandu School of Law. He has been admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Degree PhD
Supervisors Dr Susan Banki
Professor Nicola Piper
Commenced January 2014
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Protracted Refugee Situations in Nepal and Bangladesh: A Comparative Analysis of the Tibetans, the Bhutanese, the Rhohingya and the Stranded Pakistanis.
Abstract The research is focused on four populations of refugee and stateless persons situated in Nepal and Bangladesh. In Nepal it includes the Tibetans and the Bhutanese; and in Bangladesh it includes the Rohingya from Myanmar and the Urdu speaking stranded Pakistanis.

All four groups have been living under their respective status as refugees and or stateless for protracted periods of time. The Urdu speaking stranded Pakistanis (the ‘Besieged’ or the ‘Bihari’) have been held captive in camps in Bangladesh since the end of the War of Liberation in 1971; the Rohingya from Myanmar have been languishing in refugee camps in Bangladesh for over 20 years; the Tibetans have been in settlements in Nepal since the early 1950s; and the Bhutanese spent over 20 years as refugees in Nepal until being offered resettlement in 2007 onwards.

In the context of these four populations, the research seeks to:

  1. Compare and explain Nepal and Bangladesh’s restrictive policies directed at migrants, refugees and stateless persons.
  2. Explain the actions of international and domestic actors as they relate to migrants, refugees and stateless persons.
  3. Explain why the Bhutanese refugees have been resettled while no durable solutions have been created for the remaining three populations.
Publications Articles Published
  • Tuckfield, H.S. (2014). ‘Australia’s Troubling Asylum Seeker Policy’, Diplomat Magazine, (February 18)
  • Tuckfield, H.S. (2013). ‘The Transfer of Asylum Seekers in Australia to Third Countries – A Critical and Emerging Human Rights Issue – The Application of Human Rights Standards, Norms and Mechanisms’, Kathmandu School of Law Review, Vol.2 2013
  • Tuckfield, H.S. (2013). ‘Reality or Perception’, Op-Ed, Kathmandu Post, (May 7)
  • Tuckfield, H.S. (2013). ‘Bhutan's Refugees Keep Their Heads Above Water’, New Matilda, (September 27)
Seminars/Conferences Presented
  • Tuckfield, H.S. (2014). ‘The Ethics and Utility of Photojournalism in Reporting Human Rights Violations’, ARTS//MATTER, Conference UNSW, School of the Arts and Media (SAM), Sydney (Invited)
  • Tuckfield, H.S. (2014). ‘The Transfer of Asylum Seekers to Third Countries: Human Rights Norms, Standards & Mechanisms - Critical & Emerging Issues in Australia’, Conference, Kathmandu School of Law, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Tuckfield, H.S. (2013). ‘The Process of Democratisation in Nepal’, Nepal’s Subaltern Forum Youth Leadership Program, Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Tuckfield, H.S. (2013). ‘The 1951 Refugee Convention and Nepal - Should Nepal Accede to the 1951 Convention?’ Kathmandu School of Law Economic Social and Development Rights Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Tuckfield, H.S. (2013). ‘Freedom of Expression’, Martin Chautari Research and Policy Institute/LASANA, Conference/Workshop, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Research Team Member of University of Sydney Institute of Human Rights & Democratisation: Two-Day Workshop in Damak, Nepal: ‘Resettlement Issues Facing Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal’ (July 2013)
Exhibitions/Lecture
  • LeBeau N.E. and Tuckfield H.S. (2015) ‘Change Luck City - Climate Change Refugees in Dhaka, Bangladesh’ Photographic Exhibition/Lecture, University of Sydney, 15th April 2015.
  • LeBeau N.E. and Tuckfield H.S. (2015) ‘Living in Camp Geneva - The Bihari (Stranded Pakistanis) of Bangladesh’, Photographic Exhibition/Lecture, University of Sydney, 15th April 2015.

Harriet Westcott

harriet.westcott@sydney.edu.au
Biography Harriet is a PhD student and teaches in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include friendships/personal relationships, emotions, surveillance and social media. Harriet has over ten years experience as a social researcher for government and NGOs. She holds a Masters Degree in Culture and Media, and a Bachelors (Honours) of Sociology.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Catriona Elder; Rebecca Scott Bray
Commenced 2008
Full or part time
Thesis topic Friendship after migration
Abstract Harriet’s research focuses on the friendship experience of skilled migrants to Australia. It explores friendship initiation, maintenance and rupture following migration. Theoretically Harriet is influenced by the micro-order of social life and the rules of social etiquette as presented by Goffman, and the friendship philosophies of Aristotle.
Publications
  • Imaginary Friends: Migrants’ emotional narratives about friends outside Australia, Australian Journal of Social Issues, (2012) Volume 47, Number 1.
  • Migrants’ Visits to Old Friends: An analysis of friendship maintenance work using social ritual, in Personal and Public Lives and Relationships in a Changing Social World, Editors: Sharon Wray and Rosemary Rae, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (December 2012).
  • Thea: An investigation of the friendship experiences of an Adult Transnational Child following migration to Australia, TASA 2011 Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks.
  • Putting Friends in a Box: Methodological considerations regarding the technique of mapping migrants' friendships, TASA 2010 Conference: Social Causes, Private Lives.
  • Research insights about the use of observation as a method for investigating skilled-migrants to Australia with their friends, ACSPRI Conference 2010 Proceedings.
  • ‘Sociology: Instructor’s Manual’ and Companion Website, Pearson Higher Education Australia, 2010 (Supplementary to: Van Krieken et al., 2010, ‘Sociology’).
  • ‘Instructor’s Manual’ Pearson Higher Education Australia 2010 (Contributor - Supplementary to: Henslin et al., 2010, ‘Sociology’).
  • The welcome or not so welcome back - An application of Goffman's social rituals to skilled migrants' visiting friends outside Australia, TASA 2009 Conference: The future of Sociology.
  • ‘Why Australia Needs Skilled Migrants’, Local Government Manager, January 2009.
  • ‘A Sustainability Review of the Local Environment Plan’, Local Government Manager, August 2006.

Rebecca Williamson
Rebecca Williamson

rwil2924@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Rebecca received a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She works as a research assistant for the Social Transformation and International Migration research project at the University of Sydney, led by Professor Stephen Castles.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Stephen Castles; Robbie Peters; Laura Beth Bugg
Commenced March 2011
Full or part time Full time
Thesis topic Mundane Multiculture: Belonging as Spatial Practice in Suburban Sydney
Abstract Cities are places of increasing heterogeneity; stages for negotiations of strangerhood and intercultural encounter. They are epicentres for new registers of belonging, allegiance and citizenship arising in the context of broader transitions associated with global human mobility. Drawing on relational theories of the city and critical readings of urban diversity, my work interrogates how multi-ethnic neighbourhoods shape experiences of belonging for migrant inhabitants. It argues that pluralist policies attempt to coordinate and contain urban diversity, often leaving yawning fissures between politicised rhetoric and the lived socio-materialities of the city. These processes are particularly evident in the city of Sydney. The study applies a place-based approach and a Lefebvrian frame of analysis, to interrogate residents’ place making practices in a highly diverse, transitional suburb in Sydney. The research uses urban ethnographic methods, drawing on observation and interviews with migrant residents and local ‘space managers’, to analyse the interactional and socio-spatial orders of three suburban public spaces.
Publications
  • Williamson, R. (2015) Towards a multi-scalar methodology: The challenges of studying social transformation and international migration, in Castles, S., Arias Cubas, M., and Ozkul, D. (eds.), Social Transformation and Migration: National and Local Experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Williamson, R. (2015) Walking in the multicultural city: The production of suburban street life in Sydney. In Shortell, T. and Brown, E. (eds.), Walking in Cities: Quotidian Mobility as Urban Theory, Method and Practice. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Koleth, E. and Williamson, R. (2014) Temporary Migration and Social Transformation in Global Sydney. Working Paper commissioned by the Strategic Policy, Evaluation and Research Branch, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Canberra, Australia. Canberra: DIBP.
  • Williamson, R. (2013) Producing Multicultural Belonging: The Possibilities and Discontents of Local Public Spaces in Suburban Sydney. State of Australian Cities Conference (peer reviewed proceedings), 26-29 November 2013, Sydney.
  • Williamson, R. and Kim, C. (2012) Multicultural Society in New Zealand and the Pluralist Policy of Government: Biculturalism, Social Cohesion and Settlement of New Migrant Policies (IOM MRTC Working Paper Series No. 2012-07). International Organisation for Migration, Migration Research and Training Centre. Goyang-si, Republic of Korea.
  • Williamson, R. (2005) Flat Food: Food, sociability and the individual in the New Zealand Flat. New Zealand Sociology, Vol. 20(2): 4-17.

Mary Winter
Mary Winter

mary_winter@bigpond.com
Biography Prior to conducting her PhD Mary Winter was a trend analyst and conducted surveys on many social issues in Australia. She is a social researcher of approximately 20 years experience and has developed a particular interest in qualitative research and the complexity of issues that affect wider social groups in this country. Mary has a BA Hons and MA in Communication and Writing from Murdoch University and The University of Technology, Sydney. She is a full member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society.
Degree PhD
Supervisors Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Dr Brigid Rooney
Commenced 2009
Full or part time Part-time
Thesis topic Fleeing Neoliberalism: Tree Changing in Tasmania
Abstract The country movement has taken many forms throughout history as people have found ways to deal with social pressures and struggles through the ages. The latest form of the country movement in Australia is known as tree changing. As they struggle with the effects of neoliberal economic policy, some Australians in the city find themselves with intolerably large mortgages, the need for two incomes, reduced parental choices and the inability to live out the Australia dream of home ownership and ‘the good life’. Some of these people have fled to remote rural Tasmania as a way of combating social difficulties and find a better life. This thesis investigates the range of reasons these people fled, the outcomes of their decisions and the conflicts involved in adjusting to new cultures.
Publications Over the years Mary has contributed to many popular publications including BRW, The Financial Review, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and The Herald Sun. She has authored reports on Climate Change, The Digital Age and Australian Social Trends and has presented papers at conferences and given points of view in the media.

Leah Williams Veazey
Leah Williams Veazey

lwil2929@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Originally from London, Leah moved to Sydney in 2013. She attained a first class BA (Hons) degree in French & German from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge and an MSc in Migration from Queen Mary, University of London. Both dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level received first class marks, and her MSc dissertation on diasporic women writers received the inaugural Martin Paisner prize.

She has over a decade’s experience of working in non-profit communications and information services, focusing on health organisations and the women’s sector. Holding a professional qualification in online community management, she has recently specialised in managing online communities and social media for charities.

Her research interests include migration, motherhood, citizenship and identity, online communities and social networking.

Degree Leah has a first class BA (Hons) degree in French & German from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge and an MSc in Migration from Queen Mary, University of London.

Leah is currently studying for a PhD in the school of Sociology & Political Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Supervisors Catriona Elder
Commenced March 2015
Full or part time Full-time
Thesis topic Digitised diasporic motherhood: new migrant mothers and their online communities
Abstract Situated at the intersection of migration, motherhood and digital culture studies, this project explores the double dislocation/transformation involved in the experience of recent migration coupled with new motherhood, in the context of the development of instantaneous digital communication and the increasing ubiquity of social networks.

Looking at new migrant mothers' use of online communities and social networks, this project explores how mothering and migrant identities are formed and performed in these spaces, whether they can be a source of emotional support and meaningful connections, whether they significantly alter the experience of mothering away from home, and the implications that has for discourses of diaspora, integration and nationhood.

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Wen Long Yu
Wen Long Yu

weyu0393@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography Wen Long Yu, also known as Chin Jin, Australian writer and China watcher, is a Chinese-born Australian living in NSW Australia since 1988. He is an MA graduate of the University of Western Sydney, and has written widely on Human Rights and the political structure of China. His book MY QUEST FOR DEMOCRACY IN CHINA was published in Taiwan in late 2012. He is the main driver to set up the China Democracy Forum in June 2012 to observe and analyse the current development and evolvement of the political situation in China.
Degree DocSocSci
Supervisors Salvatore Babones and John Keane
Commenced March 2015
Full or part time Full-time
Thesis topic Social Movements in Greater China – Five Poisons
Abstract The so-called “Five Poisons” is a derogatory description by the Chinese government of its political opponents. According to the Chinese government, the following social forces are threats to its stable and smooth governance: Chinese pro-democracy movement, renegade Taiwan as the continuance of civil war between Kuomintang and CCP, Free Tibet movement led by the exiling spiritual leader Dalai Lama since 1959, Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang) Movement, and numerous Falungong practitioners who were outlawed by the Chinese government in June 1999.
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Kai Zhang
Kai Zhang

kzha9945@uni.sydney.edu.au
Biography 2005-2009 Bachelor Degree, Sociology, Nanjing University, China,

2009-2013 Postgraduate study, Sociology, Tsinghua University, China

Degree PhD
Supervisors Primary: Dr Beatriz Carrillo Garcia
Auxiliary: Professor David Goodman
Commenced July 2013
Full or part time Full-time
Thesis topic The Relocation and Community Development of A Qiang Village in Northwestern Sichuan, China
Abstract The abolition of the agricultural tax and the introduction of the ‘Building a New Socialist Countryside’ program in China resulted in the change to local governance settings and renewed the question of peasants as “active subjects” in rural development. The changes brought about different local official-peasant relationships and provided Chinese peasants directly and indirectly with a greater degree of maneuvre over their economic and social life. This research project uses the example of a peasant-initiated remote village relocation process in Northwest China to investigate the ways in which peasants engaged and negotiated with local government and various other stakeholders (such as NGOs) in the relocation process. The research seeks to clarify the social basis on which this self-initiated relocation happened and to provide a close analysis of the engagement of different stakeholders and their influences on the ongoing relocation process. Moreover, it will unveil the influence of the relocation process on the village community by comparing the village self-organizing mode before and after the relocation. The research undertakes this analysis from the perspective of peasants rather than from the more common government-centred approach, in order to put forward a better understanding of everyday organizing practiced amongst peasants in remote Chinese rural communities in the post-tax era.
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