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2011 – 2012 Executive Committee

The TASA Executive Committee (EC) governs the Association and manages its daily business as outlined in the Constitution and by established policies.

President - Deb King








I am a Senior Research Fellow in the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University. I work in a multi-disciplinary environment in which I provide a sociological (in particular, qualitative) perspective on issues relating to work and employment. My main research interests revolve around the role of emotion in the organisation and experience and work; the relationship between work and wellbeing; care work; and the impact of complex disadvantage on workforce participation. Read the full bio in Word (16 kb)  or  Pdf (12 kb).

Immediate Past President - Michael Gilding






Michael Gilding is a professor of Sociology at the Institute for Social Research, and Deputy Dean Research in the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. His main interests are the sociology of families and intimacy, economic sociology, and the sociology of science and technology. Read the full bio in Word (11kb) or Pdf (38kb).

Vice President - Jo Lindsay






Jo Lindsay is Associate Professor and Convenor of Sociology in the School of Political and Social Inquiry (PSI) at Monash University.

Jo Lindsay specializes in the sociology of families, consumption, youth and health. Read the full bio in Word (45.5kb) or Pdf (34.3kb)

Secretary - Eileen Clark







I was elected to the Executive in 2004 and became Secretary in 2006, but my involvement in TASA dates back to around the mid 1980s, when I attended the memorable conference at the University of New England where the campus was blanketed in snow. I soon joined the women’s section within TASA, and then the health section. Read the full bio in Word (11kb) or Pdf (16 kb).

Treasurer - Katie Hughes








Katie Hughes works at Victoria University where she is currently Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor. She is co-author, with David Holmes and Roberta Julian of ‘Australian Sociology: A Changing Society’ – the third edition will be published in 2011. She has published in the areas of feminist education and the adult children of divorces. She is currently engaged in research on the ways in which new generation universities productively engage with first-in-family students to enhance their first year at university and overcome the transition from high school.

Postgraduate Member - Theresa Petray







Theresa Petray has recently completed her PhD at James Cook University in Townsville. Her research focused on Aboriginal activism in North Queensland, particularly the relationship between the social movement and the Australian state.  Prior to enrolling at JCU, Theresa earned a BA with Honours at St Lawrence University in upstate New York. Read the full bio in Word (11 kb) or Pdf (32 kb).

Thematic Group Convener - Julie Matthews







Associate Professor Julie Matthews has a background in sociology, anthropology, education, and cultural studies. Her research addresses issues of sustainability and education; cultural diversity; the education of minority, refugee and international students; diaspora, globalisation and transnationalism; critical pedagogy and postcolonial, Foucaldian and feminist theory.  Read the full bio in Word (62.0 kb) or Pdf (13.1 kb)

Web Editor - Roger Wilkinson









I teach Sociology and Criminology at James Cook University in Cairns. I have a special interest in the use of new media in teaching both face-to-face and distance students.

I teach in the areas of ‘New forms of work’,’Family, gender and sexuality in contemporary society’,’Qualitative methods’ and ‘Deviance, crime and society’

General Member - Alan Petersen











I am a Professor of Sociology in the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Monash University. Before that I worked at Plymouth University (2001-2007), Murdoch University (1992-2001), Curtin University (1988-1992) and Murdoch University (1986-1987). My research interests span the fields of the sociology of health and illness, the sociology of new technologies, and gender and society. Read the full bio in Word (12kb) or Pdf (17kb)

JoS Editor - Andy Bennett







Andy Bennett is Professor of Cultural Sociology and Director of the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. He has authored and edited numerous books including Popular Music and Youth Culture, Cultures of Popular Music, Remembering Woodstock, and Music Scenes (with Richard A. Peterson). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociology. He is a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology,Yale University, an Associate Member of PopuLUs, the Centre for the Study of the World’s Popular Musics, Leeds University, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Social Aesthetics Research Unit, Monash University.

HSR Editor - Julie Henderson

Julie Henderson is a Research Fellow in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Flinders University working in the area of Primary Health Care. Her current research focus is upon food regulation and trust in the food system and chronic disease self-management. She also has a long standing interest in the sociology of mental health and the mental health workforce.

Nexus Editor - Nick Osbaldiston







Nick Osbaldiston is a lecturer in Sociology at Monash University Gippsland. Nick is the co-editor of Nexus with Kirsten Harley (University of Sydney) and is also the co-convenor of the Cultural Sociology Thematic Group. He has previously worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in climate change adaptation at the University of Melbourne. Currently, Nick is continuing to research the impact of urban-regional migration on coastal and country townships and has published widely on the subject. Nick is also currently an editorial board member of the journal Social Alternatives.