Alex Broom

  • Sociology of health, illness and medicine
  • Cancer, palliative and end-of-life care
  • Death, dying and bereavement
  • Traditional, complementary and alternative medicines
  • Intersections of individual biographies and illness experiences
  • Social inequalities and social justice
  • Professional and inter-professional dynamics in health and medicine;
  • Health in developing countries

Amanda Kearney

  • Sociocultural anthropology
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Ethnic studies
  • Cultural wounding and healing
  • Trauma and violence in place

Andrew Metcalfe

  • Social theory
  • Relationship
  • Gift and charity
  • Belonging
  • Time and space

Katrina Moore

  • Ageing and wellbeing
  • Ethnography
  • Intergenerationality
  • Community
  • Social memory

Claudia Tazreiter

  • Sociology of migration
  • Human rights/post-human ethics
  • Gendered violence and human mobility
  • Civil society and civility
  • Social theory
  • Memory studies

Melanie White

  • Classical Social Theory (especially 19C & early 20C French Social Theory)
  • Contemporary Social Theory (especaially Bergson, Canguilhem, Foucault & Bourdieu)
  • Vitalism, Life & Biopolitics
  • Human/ Non-Human Relations
  • Citizenship & Civility
  • Sympathy & Suffering
  • Sociology of Religion

Mary Zournazi

  • Subjectivity, intimacy and care
  • Rethinking dementia
  • Migration studies
  • Visual ethnography
  • Memory and belonging
  • Identity and postcolonial thought
  • Cinema and the image
  • Social justice
  • Hope
  • Ecology and the social
  • New philosophies of thinking
  • Writing and performance
  • Social Theory
  • Film Documentary

The following Sociology and Anthropology Higher Degree Research Candidates are supervised by our academic staff:


  • Joseph Alizzi – Responsiveness to climate change: exploring action and vulnerability through the innate political
  • Holi Birman – Understanding care: volunteering in the space of palliative care
  • Abe Bradfield – Imagining Indigenous Australia: portrayals of an imprisoned people
  • Kim Chong –The world and the garden
  • Jac Dalziell – Mind out of place: thinking matter through posthumanism
  • Jillian Gardner, Intimacy and Violence: Settler colonial realities and redressing projections of belonging in Australia
  • Timothy Heffernan, Ethnicity and Nationalism in Iceland: Models of the Global South Applied to the North
  • Roxarne Moon, Ontological Security and Social Forms
  • Anne Reddacliff Happiness and Bipolar Experience
  • Megan Russell, Identity Play: Rethinking Subculture through a Study of Harajuku Kawaii Fashion
  • Dita Svelte – Beyond futility and the fashion system: Theorising fashion's appeal and allure as a form of wit

Recent Completions

  • Margo Adams: Maternal Ambivalence
  • Guat Im Bok – Beauty and the bitch: the beauty retail industry
  • Na’ama Carlin – Violence, writing, and identity: an opening up of the question of ethics through Jewish ritual circumcision
  • Rebecca Oxley –The lived embodiment of fathers with postnatal depression
  • Rosalind Tan – The ethic of politeness and the development of the public sphere in eighteenth century England