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Committee Member's Bios

Dr Ben Lohmeyer – Chair/Postgraduate Portfolio Leader

Dr Ben Lohmeyer is a critical youth sociologist and youth worker. He is an Adjunct Researcher at Flinders University and Head of Youth Work at Tabor. Ben’s research interests include youth, governance, violence (personal, structural and neoliberal) and youth work practice.


Twitter: @Lohmeyerben

Marina Khan 

I am a Higher Degree Research candidate from the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. I have completed my Master of Research study in which I explored lived experiences of professionals working in the Australian migration industry. My PhD project titled ‘Mapping Migrancies’ is an exploration of how migrants encounters’ with multiple interlinked migration processes shape their migration experience.

Twitter: @Marina_khan_

Simon Copland

Simon Copland is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Australian National University (ANU), studying the online ‘manosphere’. Simon is a freelance writer, co-produces the podcast Queers, and had chapters in the books QueerStories and Going Postal.

Simon powerlifts and is a David Bowie and rugby union fanatic.


Claire Moran

Claire Moran is a Research Assistant, Teaching Associate and PhD student at Monash University, researching social media use amongst African-Australian youth. Impatient, driven, chatty and possibly a little nuts, Claire can often be seen scoffing an avocado at lunch or procrastinating over a coffee with colleagues.


Emma Barnard

Emma Barnard is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Health Equity, MSPGH,, where she also teaches qualitative research methods into the Master of Public Health program. Emma’s PhD explores how young women and girls understand and make decisions about genital cosmetic surgery. Her broader research interests include adolescent and women’s health, qualitative research methods, and health ethics.


Anthony Smith

Anthony K J Smith is a Scientia Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. He is researching clinician perspectives of prescribing HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Anthony has a background in philosophy, feminist and queer thinking, and now enjoys qualitative research methods and health sociology.


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Postgrad Portfolio Leader
Ben Lohmeyer

Flinders University

Marina Khan
Western Sydney University

Simon Copland
Australian National University

Anthony Smith
UNSW, Sydney 

Emma Barnard
The University of Melbourne

Claire Moran 
Monash University 

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