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Spotlighting sociologists for hire: Lara McKenzie

Recently, TASA created a ‘Sociologists Looking for Work‘ registry, to help connect members looking for work with people looking to hire tutors, research assistants, consultants, and more. We will be doing regular spotlights on sociologists looking for work. This post is part of that spotlight series…

Lara McKenzie is an honorary research fellow at UWA. Her latest research, based in Australia, focuses on recent PhD graduates’ experiences of looking for stable academic work, and addresses themes such as precarity, audit, and gender. She finished her PhD in 2013 and, since then, has worked both inside and outside of universities. Her PhD research explored love, gender, and age, and she has also worked on projects investigating internationalisation and online learning in universities.

Lara is looking for work in research support roles, from research assistance to grant writing and consultancy. Lara has expertise in a range of areas, including Economics & Economic Life, Education, Emotions and Affect, Family, Intimacy and Relationships, Feminism, Gender and Sexuality, Labor Movements, Methodology, Qualitative research, Teaching Sociology, Women in Society, and Work. You can contact Lara by emailing and you can find more information at