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Date: 5/23/2021
Subject: May 2021 Newsletter
From: TASA Applied Sociology

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Newsletter of the
Applied Sociology Thematic Group 

May 2021

Hi everyone

Hope you are well :) 
Update from April's meeting 
Another great discussion, covering a range of topics including the benefits of having data nerds inside the community partner organisations we work with; using routine data to understand impacts of COVID on client demographics; tailoring service responses based on routine data available. We also talked about the power of the client's voice; but also the importance of being prepared to take on board! We also touched on the gendered Budget2021 and women's movement, Anrows' new evaluation guide for DFV programs and the need for creating more job opportunities for entry level industry-based research assistant type roles. We discussed how frustrating grant writing can be and how small seeding grants can make a big difference for budding researchers. Thanks for the yarn :)

Next monthly meetings
Looking to our regular catch-ups. The next one is TOMORROW ! 
  •  Tues 24 May 2021, 1pm AEST 
  • Wed 23 June 2021, 1pm AEST
Zoom link (same for both meetings):

TASA Applied Sociologist seminar series

Our first one went well! Sophie presented a bit about her work (see video link below) then we had general questions and discussion with the audio (second part not recorded). 

Click to watch video

Catherine Hastings has kindly volunteered for our next one (details below). We are looking for more presenters so please email me if you are interested 

Save the date!

TASA Applied Sociology Seminar Series with Dr Catherine Hastings

  • Mon 19 July 2021, 1pm AEST

Zoom link:    Password: 695148 


We will circulate a blurb closer to the date. As a broad outline, Catherine will discuss the challenges of working across theoretical, academic and applied research drawing on examples from her work, and touch on translation/engagement/impact related matters.


Please fill out very short survey re your preferences for TASA Conference 2021 'pivot'

As you may have seen in TASA communications, unfortunately the large face-to-face TASA conference in Canberra will not go ahead this year. Instead, TASA will be running smaller events throughout the month of November. I am keen to hear you about what you want so fill out the SHORT survey indicating preferences. We can apply for up to $1000 to assist with event planning (but cannot be used for catering or venue hire).
Don't forget to nominate for the Sociology in Action award!

TASA Awards open for nominations this year include:

Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award: nominations close May 31
Outstanding Service to TASA Award: nominations close May 31
Teaching Sociology Award: nominations close June 15
Sociology in Action Award: nominations close June 15
Early Career Researcher - Best Paper Prize: nominations close June 30
Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award: nominations close July 31

This year, judging panels will also be assessing for the:

Best Paper in Health Sociology Review; and the
Best Paper in the Journal of Sociology.

You can access details about each award, and the nomination process/form, via TASAweb's Awards page.


Hope you are well and as always, don't hesitate to drop me a line
TASA Applied Sociology Thematic Group Convenor
Dr Sophie Hickey
Postdoctoral researcher
Molly Wardaguga Research Centre
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Level 11, East Tower
410 Ann St, Brisbane Qld 4000 Australia
Charles Darwin University