Join a leading research community

Our department is an ideal place to pursue higher degree research. We have expertise in high-level quantitative methods, social network analysis, qualitative methods including ethnographic research, and in social theory.

Our substantive research expertise covers several key areas of sociology, including migration and diversity, childhood, gender and intimate life, social movements, social policy and work and inequality. Our Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rating of 4 places us at above world standard.

Research students are important members of our academic community, participating in research seminars and the collegial life of the department. Many of our PhD students have gone on to successful academic careers or to work in senior roles in government, with NGOs and in the private sector. You will find information below on our past students’ research projects.

Higher degree research

The Department of Sociology offers two higher degree by research (HDR) programs; the Master of Research (MRes) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Master of Research (MRes)

The 2-year MRes trains students in a range of qualitative and qualitative research methods and provides a strong foundation in the discipline of sociology. Students complete research training coursework in their first year and a thesis in their second year. The MRes can be studies as a self-contained research degree and offers a pathway to the PhD. Entry requirements into the program include a strong 3-year Bachelor degree in Sociology or related discipline. Students with an Honours degree may apply for direct entry into the second year.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The three-year PhD offers students the opportunity for sustained research. In addition to the pathway from the MRes, local and international students with a two year Masters degree with a thesis may qualify for direct entry to our PhD program.

Applications are sought from high-achieving, motivated students whose research interests align with expertise in the Department. If you have undergraduate honours and/or Masters level qualifications in Sociology or related disciplines to contact us for further information. Explore our areas of research expertise here and the profiles of our researchers here.

Further information may be obtained from our departmental Directors of Higher Degree Research:

Dr Kumiko Kawashima: kumiko.kawashima@mq.edu.au

Dr Hangyoung Lee: hangyoung.lee@mq.edu.au

The Department’s researchers also include the postgraduate research students who complete theses under staff supervision. In recent years, theses have explored questions across Sociology.

Author

Year

Title

Supervisors

Elizabeth Bennett (MRes)2018

At the frontier: gender diverse professionals in corporate workplaces and LGBT+ support mechanisms in Sydney, Australia

Dr Kumiko Kawashima

Carlos Palacios Obregon (PhD)

2018

Pushing humanitarian thought: From Adam Smith to Michel Foucault to the volunteer tourist

Associate Professor Shaun Wilson

Lukas Hofstaetter (PhD)

2018

Class formation in the global feld of finance: A comparative study of Frankfurt and Sydney

Dr Norbert Ebert
Associate Professor Shaun Wilson
Professor Sighard Neckel

Carina Hart (MRes)

2018

Young Australian accountants as ‘gold collar’ migrants: Class, professional socialisation and the life course

Dr Kumiko Kawashima

Emma Mitchell (PhD)

2018

Moral selves and mean welfare: Responsibility and vulnerability in multicultural Sydney

Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Dr Selvaraj Velayutham

Cooper Beilby (MRes)

2018

Trolling for norms: The (de)politicising of irony, stigma, and affect

Dr Justine Lloyd

Rachel Leembruggen (MRes)

2018

'Selfie freedom': Towards a sociology of everyday selfie practices

Dr Alison Leitch

Thomas Antwi Bosiakoh (PhD)

2018

Mixed embeddedness and Nigerian immigrants’ informal entrepreneurship in Ghana

Associate Professor Ellie Vasta
Dr Norbert Ebert

Claire Farrugia (PhD)

2018

Imagining an African community: African women in Western Sydney and the politics of sharing

Dr Justine Lloyd
Dr Alison Leitch

Brigit Busicchia (PhD)

2018

Varieties of food capitalism? A political economy of food provisioning in the United Kingdom, France, and Australia

Dr Ben Spies-Butcher
Dr Alison Leitch
Associate Professor Shaun Wilson
Dr Didier Chabanet

Ruth Gresham (PhD)

2017

Knowledge, experiences, perceptions and attitudes of the receiving society to international students

Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Dr Kristine Aquino

Eloise Hummel (PhD)

2017

Running with fire: Catalan ethnic identity in 21st century Spain

Associate Professor Pauline Johnson
Dr Kristina Everett

Fesaitu Taito (MRes)

2017

Middle-class Pacific Islanders in Australia: Negotiating identity, race and class

Dr Kristine Aquino

Sharni Elizabeth Mai-Ling Chan (PhD)

2017

High skilled precarious work: beyond existing concepts?

Dr Norbert Ebert

Deidre Anderson (PhD)

2017

Games that adults play: Sport, alcohol usage and university students

Professor Michael Fine
Dr Harry Blatterer

Vikas Arya (MRes)

2017

The Kerala conundrum: Exploring the relationship between social change and high suicide rates in the Indian state of Kerala

Associate Professor Shaun Wilson
Dr Tobia Fattore

Thi Quy Tran Nguyen (PhD)

2016

Situating encounter: negotiating cultural diversity in the Australian employment services providers

Dr Selvaraj Velayutham
Associate Professor Amanda Wise

Randa Abdel-Fattah (PhD)

2016

Islamophobia, racial Australianisation and everyday multiculturalism

Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Dr Selvaraj Velayutham

Lynette Hicks (PhD)

2016

Dim and dimmer: An exploration of the production and diffusion of scientific knowledge in Australia between the 1770s and the 2010s

Dr Tobia Fattore

Mitra Pariyar (PhD)

2016

Overseas caste among military migrants: the migration and settlement of Nepalese Gurkhas in Britain

Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Dr Selvaraj Velayutham

Lien Thi Pham (PhD)

2016

Understanding the transformative potential of international education for Vietnamese overseas graduates and their communities

Dr Adam Stebbing
Dr Ben Spies-Butcher
Dr David Saltmarsh

Lynette Ryan (PhD)

2016

Active ageing and misrecognition: How older people in Australia perceive respect and how this is reflected in popular film

Dr Justine Lloyd
Dr Harry Blatterer

Bittiandra Chand Somaiah (PhD)

2016

Neo-folk, Indigenous-itinerant Hinduism : the Kodavathees of Singapore

Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Dr Maria Amigo
Dr Selvaraj Velayutham

Charlotte Overgaard (PhD)

2015

Volunteer care work: A comparative study of volunteers, cultures of care and gender in Australia and Denmark

Associate Professor Shaun Wilson
Professor Thomas P. Boje

Robert Bernard Pereira (PhD)

2013

The politics of participation: A critical occupational science analysis of social inclusion policy and entrenched disadvantage

Professor Gail Whiteford
Associate Professor Ellie Vasta

Laavanya Kathiravelu (PhD)

2013

Everyday racism and resistance: the lives of Filipino migrants in Australia

Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Dr Selvaraj Velayutham

Sudheesh Bhasi (PhD)

2013

Migration, faith and social capital: an ethnography of Sydney's Hindu diaspora

Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Dr Selvaraj Velayutham

Laavanya Kathiravelu (PhD)

2011

Destination Dubai: Migration and city-building in a rapidly developing city-state

Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Dr Selvaraj Velayutham

Banu Senay (PhD)

2010

The Turkish state and its cultural attachés: Long-distance Kemalism in Australia

Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Dr Selvaraj Velayutham

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Last updated: 17 Dec 2019