Dr Suzanne Egan

PhD (USYD)
Honorary Research Fellow

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

My principal research interests lay broadly in the deployment of contemporary social theories, to theorise about and conduct research on current social issues and concerns. Field based experience in the fields of sexual violence and youth services enabled me to work with, and understand 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.

I continued working with these ideas in my doctoral work, 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.

My current research extends on this by theory building in relation to the associations between neurobiological understandings and feminist knowledge/practices of sexual violence. This work involves engaging with different bodies of contemporary scholarship including feminist new materialist theories, affect theory, science and technology studies, and sociological work on the neurosciences.

Research interests

Foucault's methodologies

Post structural feminist theories

Gender and sexuality

Science and technology studies

Feminist New materialism

Teaching and supervision

Young people and sexuality

Research Methods

Social Policy

Indigenous Tutoring Assistance Scheme

Gender, Crime and Violence

Family Violence. Policy and Practice

Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

Honours Supervisor

External Examiner. Honours Theses

Higher Degree Seminar Series ( Working with theory in social research)

Current projects

1.Neuroscience, trauma and violence against women: Exploring the impacts of the ‘brain sciences’ on the field of feminist services

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

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

4. STS Across Borders. (ontributing editor)

Associations

  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • The Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) 
  • Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW)
  • AtGender. European Association of Gender Research, Educaion and Documentation
  • FASS Early Career Research Network, , University of Sydney

Awards and honours

  • Ewing PostDoctoral Fellowship, USYD (2017)
  • 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

Service

Current

  • AWGSA Best Thesis Award Selection Committee. Member

Past

  • TASA work group on insecure employment in academia (member)
  • 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., Waugh, F., Giles, R., Bowles, W. (2017). Authentic assessment: Partners in developing a web-based guide. Social Work Education, 36(6), 731-744. [More Information]
  • 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..

2017

  • Egan, S., Waugh, F., Giles, R., Bowles, W. (2017). Authentic assessment: Partners in developing a web-based guide. Social Work Education, 36(6), 731-744. [More Information]

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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