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Committee Member's Bios

Anthony K J Smith – Chair/Postgraduate Portfolio Leader

Anthony K J Smith is a Scientia PhD Candidate at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. His doctoral research examines sexual health clinicians’ and general practitioners’ perspectives of providing an HIV prevention drug, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Anthony is broadly interested in qualitative methodologies and social aspects of health, HIV, gender, and sexuality.

Outside of academia, he enjoys video games, board games, tabletop RPGs, trashy tv, vegetarian cooking, and admiring cats.

Email: anthony.smith@unsw.edu.au
Twitter: @anthonykjsmith



Richa Sarah George

Richa Sarah George is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Clayton. Her research project lies at the intersection of social media research and critical studies in men and masculinities and examines the experiences of masculinity among digitally engaged young men in Australia. Her research interests include youth sociology, digital culture, gender studies and qualitative methodologies. Outside of academia, she enjoys wiki articles, board games, adult colouring books and chunky cookies. She is also pining for a puppy.

Email: richa.george@monash.edu


Twitter: @thegeorgeteller



Dorinda ’t Hart 

Dorinda

Dorinda ’t Hart 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




Defeng Jin

Defeng Jin is a PhD candidate and research assistant in Centre for Social Research in Health, the University of New South Wales. She was a university lecturer in psychology and counsellor in Wuhan Huaxia University of Technology. Defeng has been involved with community health promotion on hepatitis B among Australian Chinese in Sydney. Her research interests include stigma associated with hepatitis B, mental health and wellbeing, health of Chinese migrants living in western countries.



Twitter: @JDefeng



Sam Miles

Sam
Sam Miles is a second-year Urban Sociology PhD Candidate researching the student experiences of international undergraduate university students living in Purpose-Built Student Accommodation in Melbourne, at Monash University. Sam currently lives and works as a Senior Residential Tutor in Arts at Queen’s College, The University of Melbourne. Prior to this, he worked in federal and state politics across Adelaide and Melbourne university student services, as well as a youth social worker after a couple of years studying and working in Copenhagen and Istanbul. Sam has an Honours 1 in Urban, Social & Community Planning and postgraduate degrees in International Relations and Politics.

LinkedIn: @SamMilesPhD

Twitter: @SamMilesPhD



Annette Pyatt

Annette Pyatt holds a B.A. (Sociology), and is on the pathway to a Masters Degree by Research. Her Honours thesis at La Trobe University, Melbourne for 2021 will address 'The rise of fourth-wave feminism in Australian politics'. Included in Annette’s B.A. Degree were two Study Abroad programs – 2019 in Italy, and 2020 at Tilburg University (Netherlands) studying Sociology. Annette is currently a volunteer Assistant Researcher at the Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo, and her maxim is ‘Know yourself’.

Twitter: @pyatt_annette


 

Laura Simpson Reeves

Laura Simpson Reeves
Laura Simpson Reeves is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland. Her PhD explores the everyday lives of Samoan and Tongan diaspora living in the greater Brisbane area. Her research more broadly focuses on vulnerable and marginalised populations, using qualitative and visual research methods to raise their voices and (hopefully) enact social change. Laura has a background in research communications and international development.

Twitter: 
@LauraSimRee 


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Sub-committee Members


Postgrad Portfolio Leader
Anthony K J Smith
UNSW 

Richa Sarah George
Richa Sarah George
Monash University

Dorinda 't Hart
University of Western Australia

Defeng Jin
Defeng Jin
UNSW, Sydney 

Sam Miles
Monash University

Annette Pyatt
La Trobe University

Laura Simpson Reeves 
University of Queensland

 
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