Dr Laura Beth Bugg

Senior Lecturer

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

Telephone +61 2 9114 1281

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Research interests

Dr. Bugg’s research interests are the intersection of religion, place and welfare governance. She is particularly interested in the experiences of new immigrant groups in the establishment of places of worship and religious schools, and the ways in which contestations around minority places of worship and schools are mediated and controlled by local governance processes. Recent research projects have examined forms of social organization and belonging in transnational migrant religious communities in Australia and comparative research on faith-based asylum-seeker welfare organisations in Australia and the UK that examines the way in which FBOs address the religious experience and cultural specificity of asylum seekers in program delivery.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching:
Doctoral Supervisions:
  • Curtis Dickson (PhD) - Queer Identity and Religion in Australia
  • Christine Campbell (PhD) - Re-imagining moral virtues for 21st Century Religious Communities
  • Lyndel Spence (PhD) - Religious anomie: revisiting Durkheim's functionalist theory of religion
  • Elsa Koleth (associate supervisor) (PhD) "Multiculturalism in an Age of Transient Migration"
  • Estella Carpi (associate supervisor) (PhD) – Ethnography of everyday life in the war-stricken areas of Beirut: local responsiveness to humanitarian intervention
  • Fadi Baghdadi (associate supervisor) (PhD) - The Headscarf, the Sacred and The Semiotic Chora
  • Jarrod Pendlebury (associate supervisor) (PhD) - The Enemy in our Midst? Perceptions of identity in the Australian Defence Force
  • Mohammad Salehin (associate supervisor) (PhD) – Islamic NGOs and the Welfare State in Bangladesh
  • Rebecca Williamson (associate supervisor) (PhD) - Forms of Socio-spatial Belonging for Migrants in Urban Australia

In the media

  • Bugg, L. (2012), 'A Pope of 'firsts' emerges from behind the smokescreen', ABC The Drum Opinion.
  • Bugg, L. (2010) ‘Catholic women need to challenge hierarchy for good of the church’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 October.

Grants, Fellowships and Awards

2012

  • Sydney Social Justice Network, The University of Sydney, The University Beyond Bars: Social Justice Through Transformative Education
  • The Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching, The University of Sydney (Early Career)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, The University of Leeds, School of Sociology and Social Policy

2011

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching (Design and Practice) Award, The University of Sydney
  • International Program Development Fund, Welfare Governance, Faith-Based Organisations and Asylum Seeker Provision
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Support Scheme, The University of Sydney, Transnational Religion, Community and Belonging: A Case Study of a Swaminarayan Hindu Community in Sydney and Gujurat

2010

  • Faculty of Arts Research Support Scheme, The University of Sydney, Religion on the Fringe: Planning for Minority Religious Space at Australia's Rural-Urban Interface
  • Interdisciplinary Research Cluster Seed Funding Grant, The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney (Dr Duanfang Lu, Lead - with Assoc. Prof. Nicole Gurran, Dr. Krishna Shrestha and Dr Chun-Fen Shao), Making Migrant Spaces
  • Irmgard-Coninx Stiftung Twelfth Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality: Cultural Pluralism Revisited, Religious and Linguistic Freedoms. Berlin, Germany, International juried essay competition, Religious Freedom and the Right to the City: Local Government Planning and the Rejection of Islamic Schools in Sydney, Australia http://www.irmgard-coninx-stiftung.de/241.html

Invited Addresses and Colloquia

  • Bugg, L. (2010) 'Too Visible in the Landscape: Minority Religious Facilities on the Rural-Urban fringe'. Biennial Australian Studies Conference, Sydney.
  • Bugg, L. (2013) 'Refugee Resettlement in Australia: Analysing the role of Faith-Based Organisations'. Department of Sociology and Social Policy Seminar Series, The University of Sydney.
  • Bugg, L. (2013) 'Australian local governments and planning for religious diversity: the refusal of a Hindu temple in Sydney'. The Social Policy Research Centre (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW).
  • Bugg, L. (2013)
    'Australian local governments and religious diversity'. Sociology Seminar Series, Macquarie University.

Conference Papers and Seminars

  • Bugg, L. (2012) 'Planning discourses and the refusal of a Swaminarayan temple on the Rural Fringe of Sydney, Australia', Gujarati Studies Association Biennial Conference, Dubai, UAE.
  • Bugg, L. (2011) 'Religions on the Fringe: Minority Religious Groups and Local Government Planning Policy in Peri-urban Sydney', Workshop on Religion and Social Policy in Australia and Neighbouring Countries, Workshop Program of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW, Sydney.
  • Bugg, L. (2011) 'It's not about religion?: Multicultural Policy, Local Government Planning and the Refusal of a Hindu Temple in Sydney, Australia', Recognition and the Politics of Identity and Inclusion in the 21st Century. Hong Kong University Law School, Hong Kong.
  • Bugg, L. (2010) 'It's not a Religious Issue: Local Government Planners and the Refusal of Islamic Schools', American Sociology of Religion Association, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Bugg, L. (2009) 'Incompatible Use: The Negotiation of Sustainability in a Case Study of Rejected Islamic Schools on the Fringes of Sydney, Australia', Asia Pacific Sociological Association, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Bugg, L. (2008) 'Learning from Camden: a Pedagogical Framework for Engaging with Religious Diversity', The Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools (ANZAPS) Conference, Sydney, NSW.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Welfare Governance, Faith-Based Organisations and Asylum Seeker Provision; Dobson R, Bugg L; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Bugg, L. (2014). How Gujarati Hindu Migrant Women Negotiate Identity and Belonging within their Religious Community: An Ethnographic Study. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. [More Information]
  • Bugg, L. (2013). Citizenship and Belonging in the Rural Fringe: A Case Study of a Hindu Temple in Sydney, Australia. Antipode: a radical journal of geography, 45(5), 1148-1166. [More Information]
  • Bugg, L. (2013). Collaborative Planning in a Complex Local Context: The Case of an Islamic School in Sydney, Australia. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 33(2), 204-214. [More Information]
  • Bugg, L. (2012). Religion on the Fringe: the representation of space and minority religious facilities in the rural-urban fringe of metropolitan Sydney, Australia. Australian Geographer, 43(3), 273-289. [More Information]
  • Bugg, L., Gurran, N. (2011). Urban Planning Process and Discourses in the Refusal of Islamic Schools in Sydney, Australia. Australian Planner, 48(4), 281-291. [More Information]
  • Gurran, N., Milligan, V., Baker, D., Bugg, L., Christensen, S. (2008). New directions in planning for affordable housing: Australian and international evidence and implications. Final Report Series of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), (120), 1-144.
  • Gurran, N., Milligan, V., Baker, D., Bugg, L. (2007). International practice in planning for affordable housing: lessons for Australia. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute AHURI Positioning Paper Series, 99(1), 1-90.

Conferences

  • Bugg, L. (2008). Learning from Camden: a pedagogical framework for engaging with religious diversity. ANZAPS 2008: Planning Education in a Globalised World, Sydney: ANZAPS.

2014

  • Bugg, L. (2014). How Gujarati Hindu Migrant Women Negotiate Identity and Belonging within their Religious Community: An Ethnographic Study. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. [More Information]

2013

  • Bugg, L. (2013). Citizenship and Belonging in the Rural Fringe: A Case Study of a Hindu Temple in Sydney, Australia. Antipode: a radical journal of geography, 45(5), 1148-1166. [More Information]
  • Bugg, L. (2013). Collaborative Planning in a Complex Local Context: The Case of an Islamic School in Sydney, Australia. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 33(2), 204-214. [More Information]

2012

  • Bugg, L. (2012). Religion on the Fringe: the representation of space and minority religious facilities in the rural-urban fringe of metropolitan Sydney, Australia. Australian Geographer, 43(3), 273-289. [More Information]

2011

  • Bugg, L., Gurran, N. (2011). Urban Planning Process and Discourses in the Refusal of Islamic Schools in Sydney, Australia. Australian Planner, 48(4), 281-291. [More Information]

2008

  • Bugg, L. (2008). Learning from Camden: a pedagogical framework for engaging with religious diversity. ANZAPS 2008: Planning Education in a Globalised World, Sydney: ANZAPS.
  • Gurran, N., Milligan, V., Baker, D., Bugg, L., Christensen, S. (2008). New directions in planning for affordable housing: Australian and international evidence and implications. Final Report Series of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), (120), 1-144.

2007

  • Gurran, N., Milligan, V., Baker, D., Bugg, L. (2007). International practice in planning for affordable housing: lessons for Australia. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute AHURI Positioning Paper Series, 99(1), 1-90.

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