Ms Harriet Westcott

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6681

Biographical details

Harriet Westcott teaches in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the friendship experience of skilled migrants to Australia. Prior to academia Harriet worked in social and policy research roles for NGOs and government in the UK and Australia. She has a BA (Hons) in Sociology and a Masters in Culture and Media.

Research interests

Harriet’s research interests include friendships, personal relationships, and social media.

Teaching and supervision

Current Teaching

SCLG2602 - Social Inquiry: Qualitative Methods

SCLG2632 - Quantitative Methods

SCLG3602 - Sociological Theory and Practice

Past Teaching

SCLG2628 - Surveillance and Society

SCLG3604 - Environmental Sociology

SCPL3604 - Social Policy and Practice

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Westcott, H. (2013). Migrants' Visits to Old Friends: An Analysis of Friendship Maintenance Work Using Social Ritual. In Sharon Wray, Rosemary Rae (Eds.), Personal and Public Lives and Relationships in a Changing Social World, (pp. 2-17). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journals

  • Vazquez Maggio, L., Westcott, H. (2014). Researchers' reflections of empathy following interviews with migrants. Qualitative Research Journal, 14(3), 214-227. [More Information]
  • Westcott, H., Owen, S. (2013). Friendship and trust in the social surveillance network. Surveillance and Society, 11(3), 311-323.
  • Smith, G., Westcott, H., San Roque, M., Marks, P. (2013). Surveillance texts and textualism: Truthtelling and trustmaking in an uncertain world. Surveillance and Society, 11(3), 215-221.
  • Westcott, H. (2012). Imaginary Friends: Migrants' emotional accounts about friends outside Australia. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 47(1), 88-103.

Conferences

  • Westcott, H. (2014). 'I had no idea that it could be put this way': The language barriers of migrants with non-native English to enacting emotionally intimate relationships. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2014: Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities, Adelaide: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Westcott, H., Vazquez Maggio, L. (2013). 'I'm much more fun in Spanish': Experiences of skilled migrants to Australia with new friends when using non-native English language and humour. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2013: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Melbourne, Vic: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Westcott, H. (2011). Thea: An investigation of the friendship experiences of an Adult Transnational Child following migration to Australia. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.
  • Westcott, H. (2010). Putting Friends in a Box: Methodological considerations regarding the technique of mapping migrants' friendships. The annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association TASA 2010, Australia: The Australian Sociological Society.
  • Westcott, H. (2010). Research insights about the use of observation as a method for investigating skilled-migrants to Australia with their friends. Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated Social Science Methodology Conference ACSPRI 2010, Australia: ACSPRI: Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Ind.
  • Westcott, H. (2009). The welcome or not so welcome back - An application of Goffman's social rituals to skilled migrants' visiting friends outside Australia. The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association TASA 2009, Australia: TASA.

2014

  • Westcott, H. (2014). 'I had no idea that it could be put this way': The language barriers of migrants with non-native English to enacting emotionally intimate relationships. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2014: Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities, Adelaide: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Vazquez Maggio, L., Westcott, H. (2014). Researchers' reflections of empathy following interviews with migrants. Qualitative Research Journal, 14(3), 214-227. [More Information]

2013

  • Westcott, H., Vazquez Maggio, L. (2013). 'I'm much more fun in Spanish': Experiences of skilled migrants to Australia with new friends when using non-native English language and humour. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2013: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Melbourne, Vic: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Westcott, H., Owen, S. (2013). Friendship and trust in the social surveillance network. Surveillance and Society, 11(3), 311-323.
  • Westcott, H. (2013). Migrants' Visits to Old Friends: An Analysis of Friendship Maintenance Work Using Social Ritual. In Sharon Wray, Rosemary Rae (Eds.), Personal and Public Lives and Relationships in a Changing Social World, (pp. 2-17). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Smith, G., Westcott, H., San Roque, M., Marks, P. (2013). Surveillance texts and textualism: Truthtelling and trustmaking in an uncertain world. Surveillance and Society, 11(3), 215-221.

2012

  • Westcott, H. (2012). Imaginary Friends: Migrants' emotional accounts about friends outside Australia. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 47(1), 88-103.

2011

  • Westcott, H. (2011). Thea: An investigation of the friendship experiences of an Adult Transnational Child following migration to Australia. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.

2010

  • Westcott, H. (2010). Putting Friends in a Box: Methodological considerations regarding the technique of mapping migrants' friendships. The annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association TASA 2010, Australia: The Australian Sociological Society.
  • Westcott, H. (2010). Research insights about the use of observation as a method for investigating skilled-migrants to Australia with their friends. Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated Social Science Methodology Conference ACSPRI 2010, Australia: ACSPRI: Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Ind.

2009

  • Westcott, H. (2009). The welcome or not so welcome back - An application of Goffman's social rituals to skilled migrants' visiting friends outside Australia. The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association TASA 2009, Australia: TASA.

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