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Executive Committee 2021 - 2022

TASA’s Executive Committee (EC) governs the Association and manages its daily business as outlined in the Constitution and by established policies. A copy of TASA’s Organisational Chart can be viewed here. A call for nominations for the 2023 – 2024 Executive term will be disseminated on July 1, 2022. If you are interested in a particular Executive position, and you would like more information, we encourage you to contact the member currently in that role, see below, for a confidential chat. Note, you can view the position descriptions for each role here.  

President: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
Alphia Possamai-Inesedy is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Western Sydney University. She was the editor in chief of the Journal of Sociology (2013- end of 2016) as well as the co-creator of the Risk Societies Thematic Group within the Australian Sociological Association. She has worked as an Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor of Academia and was responsible for the creation of the Master of Research at WSU (the first centralised degree of the University). Her recent work includes Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach (with Henslin and Possamai, 2014, Pearsons); as well as upcoming books on Digital Methods and examining religion through the digital (Sage and deGruyter). Alphia is currently involved in ongoing research that focuses on risk society, religion, and methodologies.

Vice-President: Peta Cook
Dr Peta Cook is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts. She is a sociologist of knowledge, with a specific focus on ageing, medical science, health and illness, and identity and embodiment. Her research is primarily concerned with what forms of knowledge count and why; how this knowledge is produced; and personal mean-making and experiences of ageing, and health and illness. She has wide expertise in qualitative research methods, including interviews, focus groups, observation, discourse analysis, and photography. Experienced at sole and collaborative research, Peta frequently works in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary teams.

Secretary: Kay Cook
Kay Cook is an Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology and a current ARC Future Fellow. She has been a long-term member of TASA, having previously convened what was then the Families, Relationships and Gender thematic group. Kay has served as the research director for the Department of Social Sciences and now the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at a university that foregrounds the technological, physical and health sciences. She has a strong appreciation for the challenges facing the social sciences and humanities, and have successfully advocated for the social sciences at Swinburne.

Treasurer: Anna Hickey-Moody
Anna is a Professor of Media and Communication at RMIT University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2017-2021. She brings leadership experience from previous work at Goldsmiths College, The University of Sydney, Monash and UniSA. Anna is known for her theoretical and empirical work with young people with disabilities, young refugees and migrants, and men at the margins of society. Her books include “Deleuze and Masculinity” (Palgrave, 2019) ”Imagining University Education’ (Routledge, 2016), Youth, Arts and Education’ (Routledge, 2013), ‘Unimaginable Bodies’ (Sense Publishers, 2009) and ‘Masculinity Beyond the Metropolis’ (Palgrave, 2006).

Anna is  an ethnographer who is committed to advancing the public understanding of the value of sociology and, more broadly, raising public awareness of the social sciences and humanities in Australia.  Anna believes that sociological research makes societies happier, healthier and more sustainable.

Public Sociology: Roger Patulny
Roger Patulny is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wollongong. He researches emotions and emotion management, gender, social capital and social networks, loneliness, (un)employment and the future of work. He has published over 75 papers (articles, chapters, reports, Conversation pieces), and has completed ARC Grants on gendered social isolation and exclusion (DP: 2009-11), and social networks and emotional wellbeing of unemployed Australians (LP: 2015-18). He co-founded the Contemporary Emotions Research Network (CERN); the TASA Thematic Group on the Sociology of Emotions and Affect (TASA-SEA); has edited special editions on emotions for AJSI and Emotion Review; and recently published Emotions in Late Modernity (Ed) with Routledge. He has experience with public sociological engagement, having worked for the NSW government, been involved in evaluation research projects whilst working at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW (2008-2012), in the course of recent ARC Linkage work with employment service providers (LP: 2015-18), and in ongoing engagements with practitioners in the field of loneliness studies. He is also a committed social creative writer and poet, and recently founded and is lead editor of the online community writing magazine Authora Australis. His profile, publications and creative works are at:

Dorinda ’t Hart: Postgraduate Portfolio Leader
Dorinda is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Dorinda's current research project is a qualitative interview-based examination of post-abortion stories, shared by Perth women. This project examines the exercise of agency by autonomous women towards an abortion decision.

Dorinda's research interests lie in qualitative methodology, including research ethics within sensitive research. She also has research interests in those things that impact women and families more broadly, as well as rural communities and social theory.

Twitter: @dorinda_joy

Equity and Inclusion: Heidi Hetz
Heidi is a sociologist interested in refugee storytelling and (self-)representation. Her PhD, awarded in 2020, explored the impact of Australian asylum seeker debates upon refugee participants’ storytelling about the refugee experience. At present, Heidi is working on two projects in refugee research. Since 2015, she has been a sessional teaching academic in the enabling program at UniSA College and she has lectured in sociology at undergraduate level. Heidi has also served as a  postgraduate representative for the Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (MEM) thematic group at TASA. Prior to 2015, she worked and volunteered with newly arrived refugees for several years.

Thematic Groups: Ramon Menendez Domingo
Ramon received his PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University in 2017; He has been a TASA member since 2013. His research interests look at authenticity and identity from a sociological perspective. Ramon has a number of open-access publications, and he has assisted other researchers with their academic publications, on this topic. He has also published interdisciplinary research on the impact of social stigma on knowledge production among sheep producers in Australia, collaborating with researchers from the fields of Microbiology and Veterinary Science. Ramon often uses mixed-methods in his research, as has is familiar with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. In 2018, he joined the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism at La Trobe University (La Trobe Business School) as a casual academic, both in teaching and research assistant roles. He is currently teaching Strategic Management at this department.

Helen Forbes-Mewett
JoS Editor in Chief: Helen Forbes-Mewett
Helen Forbes-Mewett is Discipline Head of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Deputy Director of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre. Helen's interdisciplinary background includes Sociology, Psychology and International Business, degrees all awarded by Monash University. Her work focuses on human security, migration, cultural diversity, and social cohesion, with a particular focus on international students. Since 2018, Helen has supervised to completion eight PhD theses. In addition, Helen is currently supervising a 12 Higher Degree Research students from 10 different countries - all undertaking work relating to migration, international education/students and social inclusion. Read on... 
HSR Editors in Chief: Karen Willis
Karen Willis is Professor, Allied Health Research, La Trobe University and Melbourne Health. Her disciplinary background is in sociology and she has expertise in qualitative methodologies and methods. Her work examines the links between individual health behaviours and broader social and policy ideas. Karen has led, and been an investigator, on a range of competitive grants (See CV). She has published a textbook on Sociology for Nursing students (two editions); various book chapters and has consistently published in high quality peer reviewed journals across both health sciences and sociology (see CV). She is a regular contributor to The Conversation and is an active user of Twitter, to disseminate current research findings and contribute to contemporary debates.

Karen has been a member of TASA since 1993; has taken part in many Annual Conferences in the Health Section and delivered a keynote address at the Health Thematic Group meeting in June 2015. She has published three articles in Health Sociology Review, has contributed book reviews, and acted as a reviewer for the journal on several occasions. Karen has peer-reviewed for a range of health and social science journals, including Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, Qualitative Health Research, and BMC Journals. She is a panel member for the Steve Crook Memorial Prize (2014 and 2018). Karen is an active member of the RC15 the Health Thematic Group at ISA, organising sessions on sociological approaches to health care systems at both Vienna (2016) and Toronto (2018) ISA meetings. She organised a session at the European Sociology of Health and Medicine Society (ESHMS) in Lisbon in 2018. She is a regular attender and presenter at the annual BSA Medical Sociology Conference. Her sociology networks include the UK (with UK collaborators on funded grants), US and Scandinavia (through the Bourdieu health capital research group).

Her previous appointments have included Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University (2015-2017); Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Sydney; Senior Lecturer, School of Sociology and Social Work, University of Tasmania (2006-2012).

HSR Editors in Chief: Sarah MacLean
Sarah MacLean is a health sociologist employed as Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Social Work and Social Policy (SWSP) at La Trobe University, Sarah is highly regarded for her work exploring various forms of substance use, and the development of appropriate policy responses to reduce associated harms. Her research identifies how experiences of marginality (Indigeneity, poverty, gender and sexuality) impacts on, and is in turn affected by, substance use. A further area of her academic expertise is in collaborative methods for community- based research. She has been awarded ARC, NHMRC and other funding and is currently a named investigator on two ARC Discovery projects. She held an ARC postdoctoral fellowship from 2010-2015. Prior to working at La Trobe University, Sarah was employed as a Senior Research Fellow at the Onemda Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne.

Sarah has been a member of TASA since 2000. She co-convened the TASA Youth Sociology thematic group from December 2011-January 2013. Sarah has served as an Associate Editor on Health Sociology Review since 2015. In this capacity she has managed book reviews and peer review for journal articles submitted to the journal and actively contributed to discussions on the future of Health Sociology Review. She has published in journals including Sociology, Journal of Youth Studies, Addiction and Critical Public Health (see attached CV). In addition, she has edited special editions of Substance Use & Misuse and the Australian Journal of Primary Health and is a regular reviewer of papers for a range of journals.  Sarah’s involvement will ensure continuity between the incoming and outcoming editorial teams.

Digital Publications Editor (new to this term): Roger Wilkinson
"I studied undergraduate and postgraduate Sociology at La Trobe University before moving to James Cook University in north Queensland. I taught many subjects and travelled between campuses until video-conferencing offered a weak alternative to face-to-face teaching. Dissatisfaction with this mode of teaching led me to consider and develop podcasting. The rise of the iPhone and a chance meeting with a student led me to search for ways of embedding video-podcasts on smart phones. I then used this method to digitally grade essays by making movies. While there was little interactivity, it solved some problems and, in consultation with students, created other possibilities.

Recently retrenched, I decided to become a student again, completing a postgraduate qualification in Human Resource Management. Subsequently, I commenced postgraduate study in Digital Communications but have paused that study because I was frustrated with the content, teaching methods and backwardness of the literature. I may never return to that formal study but it has provided me with invaluable negative lessons about the experience of being a student in the digital age.

These desire to keep learning, reading and developing my digital literacy attracted me to the position of digital publications editor at TASA."

Immediate Past President: Dan Woodman
Associate Professor Dan Woodman is in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. As well as President of TASA he is Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Youth within the International Sociological Association. His work focuses on the sociology of generations, social change, and the impact of insecure work and variable employment patterns on people’s relationships. His recent books include Youth and Generation (Sage) and the four volume collection Youth and Young Adulthood (Routledge).

Past Presidents Deb King (L) and Jo Lindsay

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