Dr Victoria Rawlings

BEd(Hons)(Sydney); PhD (Sydney)
Early Career Development Fellow (Education Foundation Studies)

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone (02) 9351 6246

Biographical details

Vic's research focuses on the intersections between gender, sexuality, youth and social structures. Her PhD investigated the connections between gender, social structures and 'bullying' in two high schools in NSW. Following this work, Vic worked as a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University (UK) for two years, conducting a national study on LGBTQ young people, self-harm and suicide. Vic continues to research and teach about the ways that traditional concepts of 'bullying' fail to address violence in schools.

Research interests

Gender, Sexuality, Young People, Schooling, Social Structures, Bullying Discourse

Teaching and supervision

Semester 1:

  • EDUF 1018: Education, Teachers and Teaching
  • EDGU 1004: Young People, Sex and Sexual Health
  • GCST 3633: Sexualities and Cultural Transformation

Semester 2:

  • EDUF 2007: Social Perspectives of Education
  • EDUF 4044: Reading and Applying Research
  • EDMT 6012: Professional Research Project

Awards and honours

2016 Teaching Excellence Award (Nominee), Sydney School of Education and Social Work

2015 Lancaster University Division of Health Research Development Funding: Conference presentation (AERA, Chicago)

2013 Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Education and Social Work (The University of Sydney)

2012 British Educational Research Association Annual Conference: Outstanding Early Career Research Presentation (Manchester, England, September 2012)

2011 University of Sydney Faculty of Education Research Funding: Conference presentation: $2500

2009-2012 University of Sydney Thomas and Mary Ethel Ewing Doctoral Scholarship

In the media

Nothing uniform in debate over what kids should wear to school. Education HQ Australia, June 2017.

Catholic plan to combat homophobic bullying praised by education experts. The Guardian, June 2017.

Safe Schools. The Australian Education Reporter, May 2017.

Update on Safe Schools. 2SER, May 2016.

The student experience behind the Safe Schools furore. The Wire, March 2016.

Why Safe Schools program is not just for gay kids or straight kids. The Sydney Morning Herald, February 2016.

Crossroads program: should we teach children that gender identity is fluid? Here’s what the research says. The Conversation,September 2016.

Safe Schools review findings: Experts respond. The Conversation,March 2016.

Bullying linked to gender and sexuality often goes unchecked in schools.The Conversation, March2016.

Anti-bullying: Failing to tackle gender and sexual inequalities. Huffington Post,October 2015.

Ditching the sticks and stones: Facebook and the power of social regulation. Gender and Education Association Featured Posts,January 2013.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Rawlings, V. (2017). Gender regulation, violence and social hierarchies in school: 'sluts', 'gays' and 'scrubs'. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

Journals

  • McDermott, E., Hughes, E., Rawlings, V. (2017). Norms and normalisation: understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth, suicidality and help-seeking. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, In Press. [More Information]
  • McDermott, E., Hughes, E., Rawlings, V. (2017). The social determinants of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth suicidality in England: A mixed methods study. Journal of Public Health, Online first. [More Information]
  • Ringrose, J., Rawlings, V. (2015). Posthuman performativity, gender and "school bullying": Exploring the material-discursive intra-actions of skirts, hair, sluts, and poofs. Confero: essays on education, philosophy and politics, 3(2), 80-119. [More Information]
  • Rawlings, V., Russell, K. (2012). Gender control - (Re) framing bullying, harassment and gender regulation. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 1, 17-27.

Conferences

  • Rawlings, V., Russell, K. (2012). Gender regulation and social realities in contemporary high schools. British Educational Research Association Conference - BERA 2012.

Reference Works

  • McDermott, E., Rawlings, V. (2016). Online surveys. In A. E. Goldberg (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. (pp. 830-832). London: Sage.

2017

  • Rawlings, V. (2017). Gender regulation, violence and social hierarchies in school: 'sluts', 'gays' and 'scrubs'. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • McDermott, E., Hughes, E., Rawlings, V. (2017). Norms and normalisation: understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth, suicidality and help-seeking. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, In Press. [More Information]
  • McDermott, E., Hughes, E., Rawlings, V. (2017). The social determinants of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth suicidality in England: A mixed methods study. Journal of Public Health, Online first. [More Information]

2016

  • McDermott, E., Rawlings, V. (2016). Online surveys. In A. E. Goldberg (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. (pp. 830-832). London: Sage.

2015

  • Ringrose, J., Rawlings, V. (2015). Posthuman performativity, gender and "school bullying": Exploring the material-discursive intra-actions of skirts, hair, sluts, and poofs. Confero: essays on education, philosophy and politics, 3(2), 80-119. [More Information]

2012

  • Rawlings, V., Russell, K. (2012). Gender control - (Re) framing bullying, harassment and gender regulation. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 1, 17-27.
  • Rawlings, V., Russell, K. (2012). Gender regulation and social realities in contemporary high schools. British Educational Research Association Conference - BERA 2012.

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