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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.
The Department of Sociology offers two higher degree by research (HDR) programs; the Master of Research (MRes) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
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.
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: email@example.com
Dr Hangyoung Lee: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
|Elizabeth Bennett (MRes)||2018||Dr Kumiko Kawashima|
Carlos Palacios Obregon (PhD)
Pushing humanitarian thought: From Adam Smith to Michel Foucault to the volunteer tourist
Lukas Hofstaetter (PhD)
Carina Hart (MRes)
Emma Mitchell (PhD)
Moral selves and mean welfare: Responsibility and vulnerability in multicultural Sydney
Cooper Beilby (MRes)
Rachel Leembruggen (MRes)
Thomas Antwi Bosiakoh (PhD)
Claire Farrugia (PhD)
Imagining an African community: African women in Western Sydney and the politics of sharing
Brigit Busicchia (PhD)
Varieties of food capitalism? A political economy of food provisioning in the United Kingdom, France, and Australia
Ruth Gresham (PhD)
Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Eloise Hummel (PhD)
Associate Professor Pauline Johnson
Fesaitu Taito (MRes)
Dr Kristine Aquino
Sharni Elizabeth Mai-Ling Chan (PhD)
Deidre Anderson (PhD)
Vikas Arya (MRes)
Thi Quy Tran Nguyen (PhD)
Randa Abdel-Fattah (PhD)
Lynette Hicks (PhD)
Mitra Pariyar (PhD)
Lien Thi Pham (PhD)
Lynette Ryan (PhD)
Bittiandra Chand Somaiah (PhD)
Charlotte Overgaard (PhD)
Robert Bernard Pereira (PhD)
Professor Gail Whiteford
Laavanya Kathiravelu (PhD)
Everyday racism and resistance: the lives of Filipino migrants in Australia
Sudheesh Bhasi (PhD)
Laavanya Kathiravelu (PhD)
Banu Senay (PhD)
Last updated: 17 Dec 2019