Department of Indigenous Studies

Mr Ryan Frazer

Associate Research Fellow

Ryan FrazerEmail:
Phone: +61 (0)2 9850 9916
Office: W3A 402


  • 2015-2018 PhD (Human Geography), University of Wollongong
    Working title: Rethinking care through assemblage: the spatial politics of volunteering
  • 2013 Bachelor of Science, Honours Class I, University of Wollongong 
    Major: Human Geography
    Thesis: "It's the need that brings me back": Ageing Bodies and Volunteer Tourism, supervised by Professor Gordon Waitt
  • 2012 Bachelor of Arts, University of Wollongong
    Major: Philosophy

Current Research

This project explores the politics of volunteering in a mentoring program provided by a refugee support organisation located in the Illawarra, New South Wales. Drawing on the work of Deleuze and Guattari, the project will rethink the politics of care through assemblage as agencement. More specifically, it will unpack both what makes care possible and what care makes possible. In this way, the project will empirically engage with 'what works' for mobilising and immobilising care for and about refugees through assemblage thinking-extending conceptual discussions in geographies of care and best practice models of volunteering.

Journal Articles

Carlson, B., Jones, L., Harris, M., Quezada, N. & Frazer, R. 2017. Trauma, shared recognition and Indigenous resistance on social media. Australasian Journal of Information Systems. 21, 1-18.
Frazer, R. & Waitt, G. 2016. Pain, politics and volunteering in tourism studies. Annals of Tourism Research. 57, 176-189
Carlson, B. & Frazer, R. 2015. 'It's like going to a cemetery and lighting a candle': Aboriginal Australians, sorry business and social media. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. 11.3, 211-224.
Carlson, B., Farrelly, T., Frazer, R. & Borthwick, F. 2015. Mediating tragedy: Facebook, Aboriginal peoples and suicide. Australasian Journal of Information Systems. 19, 1-15.
Waitt, G. & Frazer, R. 2012. 'The vibe' and 'the glide': surfing through the voices of longboarders. Journal of Australian Studies. 36.3, 327-343.

Book Chapters

Carlson, B. & Frazer, R. 2016. Indigenous Activism & Social Media: A Global Response to #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA. In A McCosker, S Vivienne and A Johns (2016), Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest and Culture. Rowman & Littlefield International: Lanham.

Book Reviews

Frazer, R. 2016. Book review: Nothing Personal? Geographies of Governing and Activism in the British Asylum System. Progress in Human Geography.