Dr Kirsten Harley

BSc Sydney BA(Hons) UNE PhD Sydney
Postdoctoral Research Associate

C43A - Jeffrey Miller Admin Building Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9129

Biographical details

Dr Kirsten Harley joined the Health Governance research team, led by Professor Stephanie Short, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in January 2010. She conducts research on healthcare choice, public and private health care, primary health care governance, the history of sociology, disciplinarity and social theory. She teaches into courses that adopt a social approach to health sciences, and provides associate supervision on PhD projects in workforce governance (Fiona Pacey) and OT (Nancy Rushford).

Kirsten’s PhD, ‘What (else) is theory for?: A historical exploration of theory use in sociology', was awarded in June 2010 from the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Her thesis was about the place and uses of theory in sociology, including those concerned with research and understanding; disciplinarity and boundary work; and positioning and producing the individual sociologist in competitive institutional contexts.

Kirsten has previously coordinated and lectured introductory sociology, and taught in courses including sociology of consumption, sociological theory, and social justice, law and society. She has a background in communications policy and governance, having worked as a Research Fellow with communications policy and law group, Network Insight (RMIT), on the ARC Linkage project ‘Inclusive Communications Structures', and in positions in policy, government relations and audience research at the ABC.

Teaching and supervision

  • PhD Associate Supervisor: Fiona Pacey, Nancy Rushford
  • Tutor, BACH1161 (Introductory Behavioural Health Sciences) /HSBH1003 (Health, Behaviour and Society)
  • Lecturer and tutor in teaching team for HSBH1009 (Health Care Systems and Resources)

Associations

  • Deputy Convenor, HealthGov:http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/healthgov/
  • Co-Editor, Nexus, newsletter of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA), 2012-13
  • Co-Convenor, Teaching Sociology Thematic Group, TASA, 2011-12
  • Discipline Expert, Discipline Reference Group, Australian Sociology Threshold Learning Outcomes, 2011-12

Awards and honours

  • Honorary Associate, Department of Sociology & Social Policy (Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences)

In 2001 she received the University Medal (UNE) for her sociology Honours thesis, ‘Polynymity and the self: Testing the limits of Foucault', exploring the relevance of Foucault's work in a project on individuals' name biographies, and she has been awarded prizes in sociology, statistics, mathematics and geology.¿In 2011 she received the inaugural Rita and John Cornforth Medal, awarded by the University’s Alumni Council to one university graduate for exceptional contribution to the diverse life of the University and excellent academic results in a PhD degree.

Themes

Health Systems and Global Populations

Selected grants

2013

  • How Australians navigate the healthcare maze: the differential capacity to choose; Willis K, Short S, Collyer F, Harley K, Gabe J, Calnan M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2012

  • Navigating from Below: Patients Shaping Health Systems to Address NCDs; Short S, Harley K; Worldwide Universities Network/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Collyer, F., Harley, K., Short, S. (2014). Money and markets in Australia’s healthcare system. Sold Off: Markets, Rights and Power in Australian Social Policy. Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Pacey, F., Harley, K., Veitch, C., Short, S. (2012). A national scheme for health practitioner registration and accreditation: the case of Australia. In S. Short and F. McDonald (Eds.), Health Workforce Governance: Improved Access, Good Regulatory Practice, Safer Patients, (pp. 163-181). Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Short, S., Thabrany, H., Dimitrov Hadjiev, V., Ilyas, Y., Iredale, R., Lubis, F., Thongyoo, S., Harley, K. (2012). Good doctors, Safer patients, Improved Access: the case of Indonesia. In S. Short and F. McDonald (Eds.), Health Workforce Governance: Improved Access, Good Regulatory Practice, Safer Patients, (pp. 77-96). Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Harley, K. (2005). Disciplining Australian Sociology? Charting a History of Theory Use in Sociology. In J. Germov and T. R. McGee (Eds.), Histories of Australian Sociology, (pp. 343-354). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Journals

  • Veronesi, G., Short, S., Harley, K., Dugdale, P. (2014). Governance, transparency and alignment in the COAG 2011 National Health Reform Agreement. Australian Health Review, accepted Jan 2014.
  • Harley, K., Osbaldiston, N. (2013). A conversation about service and sociology. Nexus, 25(3), 36-41.
  • Hernandez, L., Leontini, R., Harley, K. (2013). Alcohol, university students, and harm minimization campaigns: "A fine line between a good night out and a nightmare". Contemporary Drug Problems, 40, 157-189.
  • Harley, K., Osbaldiston, N., Soldatic, K. (2013). Authorship and co-authorship – experiences and views. Nexus, 25(3), 26-31.
  • Harley, K., Willis, K. (2013). Private health insurance and the illusion of choice. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(8), 22.
  • Parer, J., Harley, K., Aird, R., Collyer, F., Cook, P., Dellemain, J., Hart, B., Rodriguez, L., Short, S. (2013). Teaching health sociology in Australia. Nexus, 25(3), 12-18.
  • Harley, K., Natalier, K. (2013). Teaching Sociology – Reflections on the Discipline. Journal of Sociology, 49(4), 389-396. [More Information]
  • Osbaldiston, N., Harley, K. (2012). 'The game of publishing: thoughts from sociologists'. Nexus, 24(2), 23-29.
  • Harley, K. (2012). Sociology's objects, objectivity and objectives: Successes and failures in establishing the discipline in America, England and Australia before 1945. Journal of Sociology, 48(4), 410-426. [More Information]
  • Harley, K. (2012). The history of Australian Sociology: Birthdays and beginnings. Nexus, 24(1), 10-11.
  • Harley, K., Willis, K., Gabe, J., Short, S., Collyer, F., Natalier, K., Calnan, M. (2011). Constructing health consumers: Private health insurance discourses in Australia and the United Kingdom. Health Sociology Review, 20(3), 306-320.
  • Harley, K. (2011). Teaching Methods. Nexus, 23(4).
  • Natalier, K., Harley, K. (2011). Teaching Sociology in Australia. Nexus, 23(2), 11-25.
  • Pacey, F., Short, S., Harley, K. (2010). The Patel case and its consequences for health workforce governance in Australia (letter to editor). BMJ: British Medical Journal.
  • Harley, K., Tang, S. (2008). Sociology teaching: Some postgraduate experiences. Nexus, 20(4), 11-12.
  • Harley, K. (2008). Theory Use in Introductory Sociology Textbooks. Current Sociology, 56(2), 289-306.

Conferences

  • Harley, K., Marcus (nee Verma), K., Willis, K., Short, S., Collyer, F. (2013). Navigating Australias healthcare maze: analysis of newspaper messages, 2011-2013. The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference, Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Pacey, F., Harley, K., Veitch, C., Short, S. (2012). A case study of health workforce change in Australia. Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Sydney University: Sydney University.
  • Harley, K., Collyer, F., Willis, K., Calnan, M., Gabe, J. (2012). Choosing health care: a view from the sociological literature. ISA Forum on Sociology, Social Justice and Democratization, Argentina.
  • Harley, K., Short, S. (2011). Developing an international comparative framework for primary health care governance. Menzies Centre for Health Policy Emerging Health Policy Research Conference, Australia: Menzies Centre for Health Policy.
  • Harley, K. (2011). Global chain of care: Social causes, private lives. Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Australia: Australian Sociological Association.
  • Pacey, F., Harley, K., Veitch, C., Short, S. (2011). Great expectations: the national registration and accreditation scheme and the continuing evolution of health workforce governance in Australia. Health System Reform in Asia Conference 2011, Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Harley, K., Willis, K., Short, S., Collyer, F., Gabe, J., Calnan, M. (2011). Navigating public/private healthcare boundaries: choice and healthcare capital. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.
  • Harley, K. (2011). On conceptual definitions and boundaries: the case of theory use. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.
  • Harley, K., Gabe, J., Willis, K., Short, S., Collyer, F., Natalier, K., Calnan, M. (2011). Partnership with the state: private health insurance in the United Kingdom and Australia. 2011 The British Sociological Association Annual Conference, United Kingdom: The British Sociological Association.
  • Marcus (nee Verma), K., Short, S., Harley, K. (2010). Global Chain of care: Social causes, private lives. TASA Annual Conference 2010, Australia: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Harley, K. (2010). Health professional regulatory change – By the (policy) book? Menzies Centre for Health Policy Emerging Health Policy Conference, Australia: Menzies Centre for Health Policy.
  • Harley, K., Collyer, F. (2010). Healthy consumers? A comparative analysis of private health insurance. Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Australia: Australian Sociological Association.
  • Harley, K. (2010). Negotiating Health Care. University of Sydney Early Career Showcase, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Harley, K. (2010). New challenges for teaching sociology: Developing academic standards for undergraduates. Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Australia: Australian Sociological Association.
  • Harley, K. (2010). Questioning the Trajectory of Australian Sociology. XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Spain: ISA.
  • Harley, K., Collyer, F. (2010). Researching the Social Experience of Healthcare: The Concept of Boundaries. Menzies Centre for Health Policy Emerging Health Policy Conference, Australia: Menzies Centre for Health Policy.
  • Collyer, F., Short, S., Harley, K., Willis, K., Bandyopadhyay, M. (2010). Social Values, Private Health Insurance. Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Australia: Australian Sociological Association.
  • Harley, K. (2005). What (else) is theory For? The case of a European social theory conference. TASA 2005 - The Australian Sociological Association Conference : Community, Place, Change, Hobart, Tasmania: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Harley, K., Babones, S., Quah, E., Leontini, R. (2011). Teaching Sociology in Australia: methods. Newsletter of the Australian Sociological association.

2014

  • Veronesi, G., Short, S., Harley, K., Dugdale, P. (2014). Governance, transparency and alignment in the COAG 2011 National Health Reform Agreement. Australian Health Review, accepted Jan 2014.
  • Collyer, F., Harley, K., Short, S. (2014). Money and markets in Australia’s healthcare system. Sold Off: Markets, Rights and Power in Australian Social Policy. Australia: Sydney University Press.

2013

  • Harley, K., Osbaldiston, N. (2013). A conversation about service and sociology. Nexus, 25(3), 36-41.
  • Hernandez, L., Leontini, R., Harley, K. (2013). Alcohol, university students, and harm minimization campaigns: "A fine line between a good night out and a nightmare". Contemporary Drug Problems, 40, 157-189.
  • Harley, K., Osbaldiston, N., Soldatic, K. (2013). Authorship and co-authorship – experiences and views. Nexus, 25(3), 26-31.
  • Harley, K., Marcus (nee Verma), K., Willis, K., Short, S., Collyer, F. (2013). Navigating Australias healthcare maze: analysis of newspaper messages, 2011-2013. The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference, Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Harley, K., Willis, K. (2013). Private health insurance and the illusion of choice. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(8), 22.
  • Parer, J., Harley, K., Aird, R., Collyer, F., Cook, P., Dellemain, J., Hart, B., Rodriguez, L., Short, S. (2013). Teaching health sociology in Australia. Nexus, 25(3), 12-18.
  • Harley, K., Natalier, K. (2013). Teaching Sociology – Reflections on the Discipline. Journal of Sociology, 49(4), 389-396. [More Information]

2012

  • Osbaldiston, N., Harley, K. (2012). 'The game of publishing: thoughts from sociologists'. Nexus, 24(2), 23-29.
  • Pacey, F., Harley, K., Veitch, C., Short, S. (2012). A case study of health workforce change in Australia. Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Sydney University: Sydney University.
  • Pacey, F., Harley, K., Veitch, C., Short, S. (2012). A national scheme for health practitioner registration and accreditation: the case of Australia. In S. Short and F. McDonald (Eds.), Health Workforce Governance: Improved Access, Good Regulatory Practice, Safer Patients, (pp. 163-181). Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Harley, K., Collyer, F., Willis, K., Calnan, M., Gabe, J. (2012). Choosing health care: a view from the sociological literature. ISA Forum on Sociology, Social Justice and Democratization, Argentina.
  • Short, S., Thabrany, H., Dimitrov Hadjiev, V., Ilyas, Y., Iredale, R., Lubis, F., Thongyoo, S., Harley, K. (2012). Good doctors, Safer patients, Improved Access: the case of Indonesia. In S. Short and F. McDonald (Eds.), Health Workforce Governance: Improved Access, Good Regulatory Practice, Safer Patients, (pp. 77-96). Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Harley, K. (2012). Sociology's objects, objectivity and objectives: Successes and failures in establishing the discipline in America, England and Australia before 1945. Journal of Sociology, 48(4), 410-426. [More Information]
  • Harley, K. (2012). The history of Australian Sociology: Birthdays and beginnings. Nexus, 24(1), 10-11.

2011

  • Harley, K., Willis, K., Gabe, J., Short, S., Collyer, F., Natalier, K., Calnan, M. (2011). Constructing health consumers: Private health insurance discourses in Australia and the United Kingdom. Health Sociology Review, 20(3), 306-320.
  • Harley, K., Short, S. (2011). Developing an international comparative framework for primary health care governance. Menzies Centre for Health Policy Emerging Health Policy Research Conference, Australia: Menzies Centre for Health Policy.
  • Harley, K. (2011). Global chain of care: Social causes, private lives. Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Australia: Australian Sociological Association.
  • Pacey, F., Harley, K., Veitch, C., Short, S. (2011). Great expectations: the national registration and accreditation scheme and the continuing evolution of health workforce governance in Australia. Health System Reform in Asia Conference 2011, Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Harley, K., Willis, K., Short, S., Collyer, F., Gabe, J., Calnan, M. (2011). Navigating public/private healthcare boundaries: choice and healthcare capital. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.
  • Harley, K. (2011). On conceptual definitions and boundaries: the case of theory use. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.
  • Harley, K., Gabe, J., Willis, K., Short, S., Collyer, F., Natalier, K., Calnan, M. (2011). Partnership with the state: private health insurance in the United Kingdom and Australia. 2011 The British Sociological Association Annual Conference, United Kingdom: The British Sociological Association.
  • Harley, K. (2011). Teaching Methods. Nexus, 23(4).
  • Natalier, K., Harley, K. (2011). Teaching Sociology in Australia. Nexus, 23(2), 11-25.
  • Harley, K., Babones, S., Quah, E., Leontini, R. (2011). Teaching Sociology in Australia: methods. Newsletter of the Australian Sociological association.

2010

  • Marcus (nee Verma), K., Short, S., Harley, K. (2010). Global Chain of care: Social causes, private lives. TASA Annual Conference 2010, Australia: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Harley, K. (2010). Health professional regulatory change – By the (policy) book? Menzies Centre for Health Policy Emerging Health Policy Conference, Australia: Menzies Centre for Health Policy.
  • Harley, K., Collyer, F. (2010). Healthy consumers? A comparative analysis of private health insurance. Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Australia: Australian Sociological Association.
  • Harley, K. (2010). Negotiating Health Care. University of Sydney Early Career Showcase, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Harley, K. (2010). New challenges for teaching sociology: Developing academic standards for undergraduates. Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Australia: Australian Sociological Association.
  • Harley, K. (2010). Questioning the Trajectory of Australian Sociology. XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Spain: ISA.
  • Harley, K., Collyer, F. (2010). Researching the Social Experience of Healthcare: The Concept of Boundaries. Menzies Centre for Health Policy Emerging Health Policy Conference, Australia: Menzies Centre for Health Policy.
  • Collyer, F., Short, S., Harley, K., Willis, K., Bandyopadhyay, M. (2010). Social Values, Private Health Insurance. Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Australia: Australian Sociological Association.
  • Pacey, F., Short, S., Harley, K. (2010). The Patel case and its consequences for health workforce governance in Australia (letter to editor). BMJ: British Medical Journal.

2008

  • Harley, K., Tang, S. (2008). Sociology teaching: Some postgraduate experiences. Nexus, 20(4), 11-12.
  • Harley, K. (2008). Theory Use in Introductory Sociology Textbooks. Current Sociology, 56(2), 289-306.

2005

  • Harley, K. (2005). Disciplining Australian Sociology? Charting a History of Theory Use in Sociology. In J. Germov and T. R. McGee (Eds.), Histories of Australian Sociology, (pp. 343-354). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Harley, K. (2005). What (else) is theory For? The case of a European social theory conference. TASA 2005 - The Australian Sociological Association Conference : Community, Place, Change, Hobart, Tasmania: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

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