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Applied Sociology

Aims and objectives:

The Applied Sociology Thematic Group aims to create a supportive network for applied social researchers working in non-academic positions, and to increase visibility of their research projects, activities and achievements. Applied sociologists are employed in diverse contexts, including (but not limited to): consultancy and private industry, government and non-government organisations, and other contract work. Applied sociology has a focus on practical applications of sociological knowledge with a view to providing improved outcomes for different groups of people. This research is often conducted within a multidisciplinary environment and in collaboration with different organisations, including community services, activist groups and universities. Members are involved in dynamic research projects, including policy development, community advocacy, project management, and social welfare.

The Applied Sociology Thematic Group is committed to enhancing understanding of the challenges that their members face in their everyday working environments and in negotiating their career trajectories. The Group’s objectives are:

  • To raise the public profile of applied sociological research within TASA, academia and the wider public
  • To support sociology graduates and to develop an agenda for career opportunities outside of academia
  • To provide a basis for streams on applied sociology at TASA conferences
  • To organise workshops, seminars, conferences, lectures and other research activities on topics related to applied sociological research, with a sensitivity to the funding, geographic and time constraints of members’ working lives
  • To encourage publications that address the issues encountered by sociologists working outside academia
  • To nurture relationships with other interdisciplinary groups and organisations

Year established: 2007

Jon Gray (12/2016)
Mitzay Pomenta  (12/2015 – 12/2017)
Melanie Baker (12/2015 – 12/2017)

Continuing Education Officer
Alan Scott (12/2013)

Continuing Education Officer's Monthly Contact Emails


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2011 & 2012

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  • October 2011: How can we get Professional Development outside of Universities? – Word (16.6kb), Pdf (11.9kb)
  • November 2011: People Power – Word (21.7kb) and Pdf (11.2kb)
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Annual Reports - Archive

Annual reports: no longer a requirement of thematic groups

Click here for the 2008 Annual Report

Click here for the 2009 Annual Report

Click here for the 2010 Annual Report

For information on Applied Sociology see the Sociology at Work website

Group members

  • Malcolm Alexander
  • Rock Chugg
  • James Coughlan
  • Merrilyn Crichton
  • Dragica Veselinovic
  • Anne Bosio
  • Roberta Julian
  • Alan Scott
  • Sarah Palmer
  • Yoland Wadsworth
  • Peter Doran
  • Eileen Clark
  • Briony Horsfall
  • Claudine Moutou
  • Melissa Phillips
  • Kim Spurway
  • Roger Wilkinson
  • Mark McCrindle
  • Megan Moskos
  • Angela Lehmann
  • Clare Bartholomaeus
  • Hugh McDonald
  • Janine Pickering
  • Hal Kendig
  • Daniela Stehlik
  • Catherine Robinson
  • Mithzay Pomenta (De La Espriella)
  • Yvette Maker
  • Parlo Singh
  • Jae Eun Noh
  • Joseph Borlagdan
  • Kien Nguyen
  • Kim Stace
  • Jennifer Ayton
  • Nicholas Hill
  • Alissar El-Murr
  • Jon Gray
  • Alan Morris
  • Melanie Shier-Baker
  • Anne Stephens
  • Alison Herron
  • Kim Ball
  • EJ Shu
  • Leah Williams Veazey
  • Lisa Denny
  • Katherine Carroll
  • Lana Chung
  • Ashleigh Watson
  • Tim Harrison
  • kwasi tettey
  • Isabel McIntosh
  • Keith Noble
  • Rebecca Duell
  • James Baker
  • Steven Talbot
  • Marcus Banks
  • Kate Neely
  • Brett Shields
  • Aaron Hart
  • Kenneth Yates
  • Barbara Barbosa Neves
  • Jon Stokes
  • Paul Halman
  • Harriet Westcott
  • Sheena Mackie
  • Danielle Couch
  • John van Kooy
  • Jacqui Williams
  • Amy Vanderharst
  • Amanda Peters
  • Zurina Simm
  • Jodi Cowdery
  • Deborah Lee-Talbot
  • Christy Arnott
  • Jhumpa Das
  • Fiona Simon
  • Luke Pinney
  • mark smith
  • Ashley Macklin
  • Yee Man Louie
  • laurel mackenzie
  • Mohamed Wehby
  • Bhuva Narayan
  • Ann-Claire Herrmann
  • Heidi Hetz
  • Jessie Liu