Sociologists at Macquarie University undertake theoretically informed critical research on social issues within Australia and internationally. Core to our approach is the integration of theory and empirical work, and the Department has stand-out strengths in advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

Research areas

Political Economy and Social Policy

Shaun Wilson, Markus Hadler, Norbert Ebert , Tobia Fattore, Adam Stebbing, Ben Spies-Butcher , Pauline Johnson, Peter Rogers, Amanda Wise , Selvaraj Velayutham, Alison Leitch, Ellie Vasta

  • Political economy
  • Australian social policy - Tax, privatisation, welfare, social tax expenditure
  • Climate & environmental policy
  • Fiscal sociology
  • Political participation
  • Social inequality and class
  • Populism
  • Social Attitudes
  • Sociology of Work - Precarious work societies; Theories and conceptions of work; Labour movements & industrial relations; Employment and the welfare state; Migrant and transnational labour.

Public Sphere, Social Movements and Everyday citizenship 

Peter Rogers, Justine Lloyd, Pauline Johnson, Ben Spies-Butcher, Ellie Vasta, Alison Leitch, Judy Lattas

  • Theorising the public sphere
  • Everyday forms of democratic participation and resilience
  • Social movements
  • Disaster resilient communities
  • Listening practices
  • Cultural citizenship
  • Surveillance, Security & the City
  • Cities & citizenship
  • Public space

Migration, Multiculturalism and Nation 

Ellie Vasta, Selvaraj Velayutham, Amanda Wise, Judy Lattas, Maria Amigo

  • Social solidarity and belonging in diverse societies
  • Migration
  • Migrant communities, migrant women and generations
  • Transnational communities, connections and practice
  • Migrant labour
  • Diversity, place making and urban spaces
  • Identity, ethnicity and belonging
  • Interethnic relations & everyday multiculturalism in Australia and Asia
  • Indigeneity
  • Diversity and the City, Diversity and place

Gender, Generations and the Intimate Sphere 

Maria Amigo, Harry Blatterer, Tobia Fattore, Judy Lattas, Adam Stebbing

  • Theorising the intimate sphere
  • Friendship
  • Generations
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Social and tax policy, welfare and the family
  • Work and the family
  • Gender studies
  • Diversity, family and childhood
  • Sociology of Youth

Sociology of Culture and Everyday Life 

Alison Leitch, Justine Lloyd, Ellie Vasta, Selvaraj Velayutham, Amanda Wise, Harry Blatterer, Peter Rogers, John Lechte, Judy Lattas

  • Arts & Visual Cultures
  • Food cultures
  • Public Culture
  • Sub-cultures
  • Cosmopolitan and migrant cultures
  • Therapy cultures
  • Moral panics
  • Phenomenology of teaching
  • Cultural representations of intimacy
  • History, memory, visual and material cultures of the city
  • Space, place and culture
  • Diversity & the city
  • Identity and belonging
  • Place-making

HDR research project

Current HDR students

StudentRoomResearch thesis topic or areaSupervisor
Barry Ball Investigation of the sociological, economic and ethical implications of the role of the State intervening in the private sector through sponsorship of major professional sport?Prof John Lechte
Breanna Jones Gap Year Travel and Its Social Value.Dr. Justine Lloyd
Brigit Busicchia The Dimensions of Food Policy Regimes in Developed Economies; Australia, United kingdom and France in Comparative Perspective.Dr Benjamin Spies-Butcher
Carlos Palacios Obregon Being free to intervene: The Liberal Dilemma of Volunteer Travellers and Humanitarian Selves.Prof. Mitchell Dean
Chand Somiah The Social Construction of Motherhood Among (Migrant) Kadavathees in the Asia Pacific.A/ Prof Amanda Wise
Charlotte Overgaard Volunteer Care Work in Denmark and AustraliaA/ Prof Michael Fine
Claire Farrugia Sharing to Belong: Social Solidarity and African Women's Claims of Citizenship in the Western Suburbs of Sydney.A/ Prof Ellie Vasta
Deidre Anderson In the context of Australian a University Sport (AUS) the use of alcohol constitutes a form of play.A/ Prof Michael Fine
Desiree Gaillard Exploring the Partnerships between Non Profit Social Enterprises and Refugee Women.A/ Prof Ellie Vasta
Eloise Hummell The Limits of Ethnicity: Catalan Identity in 21st Century Spain.Dr Kristina Everett
Emma Mitchell Multicultural Perspectives of Welfare: Moral and Material Economies of Responsibility.A/ Prof Amanda Wise
Evelyn Honeywill Network Character: Social Character and the Network Society.Dr Norbert Ebert
Helen Barcham Self-help groups: an emerging social movement?A/Prof Pauline Johnson
James Justice Bond The politics of disability discrimination legislation in Australia and the United KingdomDr Adam Stebbing
Lise Barry The capacity Conundrum: How Lawyers Assess their Client's Decision Making Capacity.Dr Peter Rogers
Lien Pham Understanding the transformative potential of international tertiary education for overseas students and their local communities - Voices from VietnamDr Adam Stebbing
Lyn Hicks Curiouser and Curiouser: An Exploration of Scientific Knowledge and Diffusion in New South Wales between 1770 and 2010.Dr Tobia Fattore
Lyn Ryan Respect and Older Australians: Do Older People in Australia Believe they receive respect from contemporary Australian society and are they portrayed respectfully in contemporary mediaDr Tobia Fattore
Marios Ellis James Marshall (Jimi) Hendrix: Music, Celebrity and Identity.Prof John Lechte
Md Mostafizur Rahman Unlocking the Potentials of Social Protection Programs for Food Security in Southwestern Bangladesh.Dr Adam Stebbing
Mehdi Azam Strategies for Climate Governance Regimes from the Perspectives of New Social Movements.Dr Benjamin Spies-Butcher
Meghan Stevens Multimedia and its Implications for the News MessageProf John Lechte
Mitra Pariyar Caste in Diaspora: Nepalese Gurkhas in BritainDr. Selvaraj Velayutham
Paul Mitchell Integrate or transform? Climate change adaptation and sustainable development in the post-2015 era.Dr Peter Rogers
Penelope Bowyer-Pont Social Movements, political participation and the Internet; the efforts of online activism on the Australian political landscape.Dr Benjamin Spies-Butcher
Penelope Faulkner Social change in intimacy and sexuality: A case study of PolyamoryDr Harry Blatterer
Peter Mann The Sociology of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.Dr Peter Rogers
Phillippa Belmore The Tibetan Mentoring Program Case Study 
Preslava Nenova Disaster Resilience Research: Measuring ResilianceDr Peter Rogers
Randa Abdel-Fattah Phenomenology of Islamophobia.A/ Prof Amanda Wise
Roberta Simpson Drawing as a constitutive practice: a phenomenological approach.Prof John Lechte
Ruth Gresham Knowledge, experiences, perceptions and attitudes of the receiving society to international studentsA/Prof. Amanda Wise
Sheree Klein The Sociology of Everyday solitude: An exploration of time of oneself in the modern worldDr Harry Blatterer
Shivani Ganesan Raju Living Multiculturalism in ParramattaA/ Prof Amanda Wise
Sobhi Albadawi How Do Palestinian Refugees View the Right of ReturnDr Benjamin Spies-Butcher
Thomas Antwi Bosiakoh Towards an Understanding of Informal Migrant Business Activities of Nigerian Migrants in Accra, GhanaA/Prof. Ellie Vasta
Tran Nguyen Everyday Multiculturalism at the Workplace: Living with Difference in the Australian employment services providersA/ Prof Amanda Wise
Vincent Hurley Reconciling Policing, Culture and Control: A Critique of the Relationship between General Duty Police Officers and Crime Management Units.Dr Peter Rogers
Yin Yin Ye Embroidery, Gender and Self-representation of the Miao Women in Southwest Guizhou ProvinceDr. Judy Lattas
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