Ms Harriet Westcott

Sessional Lecturer and PhD candidate

F12 - Transient Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

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.

Research interests

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.

Teaching and supervision

SCLG2628 - Surveillance and Society

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

  • Westcott, H., Owen, S. (2014). Follower to Friend? An investigation of trust on Twitter in on - to offline friendships. Surveillance and Society.
  • Vazquez Maggio, L., Westcott, H. (2014). In what ways can a researcher respond when faced with empathy? Reflections from interviews with migrants to Australia. Qualitative Research Journal.
  • 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., 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., Owen, S. (2014). Follower to Friend? An investigation of trust on Twitter in on - to offline friendships. Surveillance and Society.
  • Vazquez Maggio, L., Westcott, H. (2014). In what ways can a researcher respond when faced with empathy? Reflections from interviews with migrants to Australia. Qualitative Research Journal.

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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