Dr Suzanne Egan

PhD (USYD)
Ewing Post Doctoral Fellow

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Suzanne’s research interests lay broadly in the deployment of contemporary social theories, to map, theorise about and conduct research on current social issues and concerns. Prior industry experience in the fields of sexual assault and youth and families enabled work with, and an understanding of both the possibilities and limitations of a range of social theories and concepts, in particular feminist and post-structural theories of gender, power and sexuality. Suzanne continued working with these ideas through doctoral research, which involved operationalising Foucault’s concepts of knowledge and power as methodological strategies to investigate the place of feminism and the deployment of trauma discourses in the field of sexual violence. This methodological approach has been instrumental in guiding Suzanne’s approach to subsequent work on research projects, which have included practices governing insecure academic employment, regulatory processes that shape professional academic disciplines, discursive representations of early childhood education policies and constructions of social change underpinning applied theatre pedagogies.

Research interests

Foucault's methodologies

Post structural feminist theories

Gender and sexuality

Science and technology studies

Teaching and supervision

Social Justice, Social Citizenship and Poverty (Usyd)

Research Skills (Usyd)

Indigenous Tutoring Assistance Scheme (Usyd, SCU)

Gender, Crime and Violence (WSU)

Family Violence. Policy and Practice (WSU)

Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice (WSU)

Social Policy and Social Work (WSU)

External examiner

Honours theses

Current projects

1.Neuroscience, trauma and violence against women: Reworking the theoretical/empirical nexus to investigate the governance of contemporary social policy issues

Part A) Exploring the impacts of the ‘brain sciences’ on the field of feminist services

Part B. Re-thinking the relationship between theory and methodology in empirical research.

2. The Feminist Clinique: A Foucauldian analytic of the production of sexual assault as trauma (monograph)

3.Engaging with a shift to the empirical in feminist scholarship: A symposium

Associations

  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • The Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) 
  • Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW)

Awards and honours

  • Berlin Summer School in the Social Sciences. Linking Theory and Empirical Research. July-17-28. Competitive selection process 2016
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Travel Scholarship 2016
  • Finalist Australian Women’s and Gender Studies PhD Thesis Award (2014-2015) 2016
  • Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) event funding award (with Associate Professor Susan Goodwin) 2016
  • Katherine Ogilvie Memorial Award 2010
  • University of Sydney Post Graduate Scholarship Award 2008-2010
  • Helen Marchant – Pritchard Memorial Award 2008 & 2009
  • Asia Pacific Rim UniversitiesDoctoral Students Network (Vice Chancellor’s) conference grant 2008

Social justice and community

Current

TASA work group on insecure employment in academia (member)

Past

  • Stepping Out: Women’s Housing Programme, Management Committee
  • New Street Adolescent Service Advisory Committee
  • New Street Adolescent Service Evaluation and Treatment Outcome Project Reference Group,
  • Organisation of forum to bring together NGO researchers and academic researchers from EDSW (with Sue Goodwin).
  • Organisation of Sydney based agency and university visits for the The “Learning from down under” student field trip (with Professor Dr. Angelika Henschel University of Luneburg, Germany)

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Atkinson, S., Weeks, R., Barbaux, M., O'Hara, A., Waugh, F., Egan, S. (2009). Making the Move from Static to Activity-Based E-Learning: Investigation of a Possible Model. In L. Gomez Chova, D. Marti Belenguer, I. Candel Torres (Eds.), EDULEARN09: International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Proceedings, (pp. 3497-3509). Spain: International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED).
  • Egan, S. (2008). Research for practice in small human service organisations: doing and disseminating small-scale research. In Bottrell, Dorothy and Meagher, Gabrielle (Eds.), Communities and change: selected papers, (pp. 303-317). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Egan, S. (2007). Are we on the right track? Mapping the terrain of anger management. (pp. 51-58).

Journals

  • Egan, S. (2016). Sexual assault as trauma: A Foucauldian examination of knowledge practices in the field of sexual assault service provision. Feminist Review, 112(1), 95-112. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Barbaux, M., Waugh, F., Weeks, R., Egan, S., Atkinson, S. (2010). Collaborative blended learning design. Learning Technology Research Fest 2010, Not published: Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition, University of Sydney.

Other

  • Waugh, F., Bowles, W., Giles, R., Egan, S. (2013), Authentic assessment in practice settings: A participatory design approach (online resource) Melbourne, Australian Teaching and Learning Council. [More Information]

Research Reports

  • Natalier, K., Altman, E., Bahnisch, M., Barnes, T., Egan, S., Malatzky, C., Mauri, C., Woodman, D. (2016). TASA Working Document: Responses to Contingent Labour in Academia, Australia: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). [More Information]
  • Bloomfield, D., Chambers, B., Egan, S., Goulding, J., Reimann, P., Waugh, F., White, S. (2013). Authentic assessment in practice settings: A participatory design approach | Final report 2013, (pp. 4 - 94). Sydney, Australia: Office for Teaching and Learning (OLT). [More Information]
  • Egan, S. (2008). "All school should be like Rosemount": An Evaluation of the Study Support Centre. Unpublished Research Report, Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services Inc, Afghanistan.
  • Egan, S. (2008). Sexual assault prevalence studies. Analysing frameworks and findings, Australia: Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services Inc..

2016

  • Egan, S. (2016). Sexual assault as trauma: A Foucauldian examination of knowledge practices in the field of sexual assault service provision. Feminist Review, 112(1), 95-112. [More Information]
  • Natalier, K., Altman, E., Bahnisch, M., Barnes, T., Egan, S., Malatzky, C., Mauri, C., Woodman, D. (2016). TASA Working Document: Responses to Contingent Labour in Academia, Australia: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). [More Information]

2013

  • Waugh, F., Bowles, W., Giles, R., Egan, S. (2013), Authentic assessment in practice settings: A participatory design approach (online resource) Melbourne, Australian Teaching and Learning Council. [More Information]
  • Bloomfield, D., Chambers, B., Egan, S., Goulding, J., Reimann, P., Waugh, F., White, S. (2013). Authentic assessment in practice settings: A participatory design approach | Final report 2013, (pp. 4 - 94). Sydney, Australia: Office for Teaching and Learning (OLT). [More Information]

2010

  • Barbaux, M., Waugh, F., Weeks, R., Egan, S., Atkinson, S. (2010). Collaborative blended learning design. Learning Technology Research Fest 2010, Not published: Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition, University of Sydney.

2009

  • Atkinson, S., Weeks, R., Barbaux, M., O'Hara, A., Waugh, F., Egan, S. (2009). Making the Move from Static to Activity-Based E-Learning: Investigation of a Possible Model. In L. Gomez Chova, D. Marti Belenguer, I. Candel Torres (Eds.), EDULEARN09: International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Proceedings, (pp. 3497-3509). Spain: International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED).

2008

  • Egan, S. (2008). "All school should be like Rosemount": An Evaluation of the Study Support Centre. Unpublished Research Report, Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services Inc, Afghanistan.
  • Egan, S. (2008). Research for practice in small human service organisations: doing and disseminating small-scale research. In Bottrell, Dorothy and Meagher, Gabrielle (Eds.), Communities and change: selected papers, (pp. 303-317). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Egan, S. (2008). Sexual assault prevalence studies. Analysing frameworks and findings, Australia: Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services Inc..

2007

  • Egan, S. (2007). Are we on the right track? Mapping the terrain of anger management. (pp. 51-58).

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