Visiting Academics - 2011

Dr Rachael Dobson

July-August 2011
Dr Rachael Dobson Dr Dobson is a lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Leeds. She works in the field of welfare practitioners, practices and social policy. Her research includes a focus on care, support and therapeutics, where she explores the place of discipline, regulation and control at the 'front-line'. Dr Dobson’s research extends to practitioners in a range of welfare fields, including housing, homelessness, asylum seeker support and prison domains. Her substantive interests are conceptualised in theoretical frames of power, social regulation and control. Dr Dobson undertook research on policy and practitioner approaches in the housing and homelessness sector in Sydney.
Dr Shona Hunter

January 2011
Dr Shona Hunter Dr Hunter is a RCUK Academic Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Dr Hunter’s research focuses on the nexus between racism, sexism, inequality and policy. Dr Hunter is the convenor of the WUN White Spaces? Network and was at the University of Sydney working with Dr Catriona Elder on their project on Critical Whiteness Studies and the (post)colonialism in Australia. Their work explores the circuits of whiteness through child migration.
Dr Martin French

2011
Dr Martin French Martin French is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Sociology at Queen's University in Canada. His research involves empirically specifying and assessing the information-processing practices of organisations, with particular attention to how information is used to shape and govern individual and social bodies. Currently Martin is investigating how circuits of information traverse and connect the institutions of law and science. His present focus is upon public-health practice, and specifically upon how public-health professionals understand and navigate their sometimes incommensurate obligations to serve clients whilst protecting the broader population. In addition to serving the pragmatic goal of highlighting and mobilizing innovative public-health practices, this research advances a novel concept - 'viropolitics' - to describe an emergent, vital politics of public health.