Dr Kirsten Harley

Honorary Assoicate;


Ph.D Sydney
BA (Hons 1, University Medal) University of New England
BSc Sydney




Kirsten Harley completed her PhD dissertation, ‘What (else) is theory for? A historical exploration of theory use in sociology’, within this department, where she has coordinated and lectured introductory sociology and taught in courses including sociological theory, exploring the social sciences, and social justice, law and society. She is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Health Systems and Global Populations Research Group in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Sydney. She has a background in communications policy and governance, having previously worked as a Research Fellow with communications policy and law group, Network Insight (RMIT), on the ARC Linkage project ‘Inclusive Communications Structures', and in positions in policy, government relations and audience research at the ABC.

Her current research areas include the social experience of healthcare, public and private health care systems, health workforce governance, the history of sociology and disciplinarity.

Select other offices:

  • Co-Convenor, TASA (the Australian Sociological Association) Teaching Sociology Thematic Group, 2011-12
  • TASA National Academic Standards Working Group, 2010-
  • Member, University of Sydney Student Appeals Body, 2007-08

Research Associate Supervision:

  • Fiona Pacey, Faculty of Health Sciences (2010-)
  • Nancy Rushworth, Faculty of Health Sciences (2011-)

Select grants and awards:

  • International Program Development Fund International Networks Grant 2011 (with Prof Stephanie Short) ‘Building International Research Collaboration to Strengthen Primary Health Care Governance in South East Asia’, 2010
  • Institute of Social Sciences, Social Science Support Program grant to attend ISA World Congress, Gothenburg, 2010
  • TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship, 2005

Publications

Refereed journal articles

  • Harley, K., Willis, K., Gabe, J., Short, S.D., Collyer, F., Natalier, K. & Calnan, M. (forthcoming), Constructing health consumers: Australian and UK private health insurance discourses, Health Sociology Review 20(3) [accepted 14/02/11]
  • Harley, K. (2008) Theory use in introductory sociology textbooks, Current Sociology 56(2): 289-306
  • Armstrong, M. & Harley, K. (2002) A funny thing happened on the way to a convergent regulator, Telecommunications Journal of Australia. 52(2): 47-53.

Scholarly book chapters

  • Harley, K. (2005) Disciplining Australian sociology? Charting a history of theory use in sociology, pp. 343-54 in J. Germov & T.R. McGee (eds.) Histories of Australian Sociology. Melbourne: MUP.

Refereed conference papers

  • Harley, K. (2005) What (else) is theory for? The case of a European social theory conference, in R. Julian, R. Rottier & R. White (eds.), TASA 2005 Conference Proceedings: Community, Place Change, The Australian Sociological Association.
  • Harley, K. & Armstrong, M. (2002) ‘Waiting for the convergent regulator’, Communications Research Forum, 2-3 October, Canberra.
  • Harley, K. (2001) ‘Plural name collections and the non-unified self’, in C. Browne, K. Edwards, V. Watson & R. van Krieken (eds.) TASA 2001 Conference: Refereed Papers (CD-ROM). Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Harley, K. & Thiele, S. (2001) ‘Method in his madness?: Foucault and social inquiry’, in C. Browne, K. Edwards, V. Watson & R. van Krieken (eds.) TASA 2001 Conference: Refereed Papers (CD-ROM). Sydney: University of Sydney.

Other publications

  • Natalier, K. & Harley, K. (2011) Teaching sociology in Australia, Nexus 23(2): 11-12.
  • Pacey, F.J., Short, S.D. & Harley, K. (2010) The Patel case and its consequences for health workforce governance in Australia (letter to editor), British Medical Journal 4 Nov. http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c3646.full/reply#bmj_el_244056
  • Harley, K., Tang, S. & Jericho, J. (2008) ‘Sociology teaching: Some postgraduate experiences’, Nexus 20(4): 11-12.
  • Harley, K. (ed.) (2002) Changing standards for Australian content on TV, seminar proceedings. Sydney: Network Insight, RMIT. ISBN 0864592027.
  • Harley, K. (ed.) (2002) Australian content in new media: Seminar proceedings. Sydney: Network Insight, RMIT. ISBN 0864591861.
  • Armstrong, M. with Harley, K., McGarrity, I. & Schultz, J. (2002) Public service program genres in the multichannel environment: A study of five East Asian countries, Network Insight research report. Funded by Hoso-Bunka Foundation, Japan.
  • Harley, K. (1999) Consuming bodies in Good Morning Australia, pp. 147-58 in A. Lundberg & K. Owler (eds.) Food for Thought: New Directions in Sociology 5 (conference proceedings). Sydney: School of Sociology, University of NSW.

Conference/workshop presentations

  • Harley, K., Gabe, J., Willis, K., Short, S.D., Collyer, F., Natalier, K. & Calnan, M. (2011) Partnership with the state: private health insurance in the United Kingdom and Australia, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London, April.
  • Harley, K., Willis, K., Natalier, K., Gabe, J., Short, S. & Collyer, F. (2010) Healthy consumers? A comparative analysis of private health insurance, Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Macquarie University, December.
  • Collyer, F., Short, S., Willis, K., Bandyopadhyay, M. & Harley, K. (2010), Social Values, Private Health Insurance, Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Macquarie University, December.
  • Ewan, C., King, D., McCallum, D. (discussant) & Harley, K. (discussant) (2010) New challenges for teaching sociology: Developing academic standards for undergraduates, Plenary, Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Macquarie University, December.
  • Verma, K., Short, S. & Harley, K. (2010) Global chain of care: Social causes, private lives, Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Macquarie University, December.
  • Harley, K. (2010) Negotiating health care, University of Sydney Early Career Showcase, Sydney, September.
  • Harley, K., Short, S., Willis, K., Collyer, F. & Gabe, J. (2010) Researching the social experience of healthcare: The concept of boundaries, Menzies Centre for Health Policy Emerging Health Policy Conference, University of Sydney, August.
  • Pacey, F., Short, S., Veitch, C. & Harley, K. (2010) Health professional regulatory change – By the (policy) book?, Menzies Centre for Health Policy Emerging Health Policy Conference, University of Sydney, August.
  • Harley, K. (2010) Questioning the trajectory of Australian sociology, XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden, July.
  • Harley K., What is theory for?: Positioning, politics and persona (2009) The 16th Workshop, Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, Nov.
  • Harley, K. (2007) Sociology at the University of Sydney: the in-between years, Australian Sociological Association/Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand Combined Annual Conference, Auckland, December.
  • Harley, K. (2005) Conference strategies and tips, TASA Postgraduate Day, University of Tasmania, Hobart, December.
  • Harley, K. (2005) Theory textbooks and the uses of theory in sociology: A historical analysis, presented to The 37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, Stockholm, Sweden, 5-9 July.
  • Harley, K. (2004) Use of theory in sociology: the textbook version(s), British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of York, England, 22-24 March.
  • Harley, K. & Thiele, S. (2003) Foucault, sociology and the problem of truth, Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand Annual Conference, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, 9-11 December.
  • Harley, K. (2003) Using theory to discipline sociology: A preliminary historical survey, Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of New England, 4 December.
  • Harley, K. (2002) Options for structural reform in spectrum management: Highlighting the submissions, Changes to Spectrum Allocation and Communications Regulators (Network Insight Seminar), Allens Arthur Robinson, Sydney, 5 December.