Department of Sociology


Sociology Research Concentrations

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

We have specialist research expertise in the following 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 & 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

Support Form

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