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Date: 7/12/2021
Subject: June 2021 Newsletter
From: TASA Applied Sociology

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Newsletter of the
Applied Sociology Thematic Group 

June & July 2021

Hi everyone


Bon courage to those in lock-down. Hope you are all doing well.

Applied Sociology seminar this Monday!
Please join us with Dr Catherine Hastings on Monday 19 July 2021, 1pm AEST

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.


Update from our May meeting

We discussed whether there would be interest in doing an applied sociology skills master class - for members and also perhaps industry people interested to know a bit more about using data in their everyday work. This would be geared for people considering alternatives to "Academic-pure" career options; to gain an understanding of how to see different stories from the data and design for impact. Just an idea, at this point we are just putting our feelers and seeking interested persons - as facilitators and/or audience members. 

We talked about our preferences for an end-of year TG event (see section below) and had a discussion about the regularity of our TG events and the changing purpose of these with Covid changes and more people going back to the office (well some of us...note, this meeting was just at the cusp of Sydney going into lock-down). We decided to have alternating monthly informal catch-ups with seminars from members, and to have a bi-monthly newsletter. 
Therefore our planned meetings for 2021 are as follows:

July Seminar - Dr Catherine Hastings, Monday 19 July 2021, 1pm AEST. 
Zoom link:

August Virtual catch-up - Wednesday 18 August 2021, 1pm AEST. (Calendar invite to be sent shortly)
Zoom link:

September Seminar - Sienna Aguilar, details TBC

October Virtual catch-up - Monday 11 October 2021, 1pm AEST. (Calendar invite to be sent shortly)
Zoom link:

November TASA event - in-person and online streaming, details TBC

December holidays. 
TASA Applied Sociology Thematic group event
Thanks everyone who completed the online survey about your preferences for a TG event during TASA month. We've decided to go for a hybrid event in November. Given a large contingent of active members are based in Sydney, we are thinking we could hold a in-person seminar event, with member presentations and guest speaker, which would be live streamed (and recorded) on Zoom for those who cannot attend in-person. This would be followed by a informal social catch-up for those who can attend in-person, e.g. afternoon/early evening drinks/coffee. We are thinking Monday 29 November 2021, details TBC. Please let me know your thoughts. 
Expressions of interest for TG convenor role
TASA TG convenor terms are typically 2 years, meaning my term will be coming up to a close/renewal at the end of this year. I invite anyone who might be interested in either this role or co-convening with me to get in touch. Happy to mentor someone in the role if you are feeling not quite ready to do on your own. Even if you just want to take over the Twitter account (sorry I am terrible at remembering to do the twitter stuff)! All things considered, it's a pleasure to be in this role and a great opportunity to network and keep in touch with other applied sociologists across Australia, so thank you for the opportunity :)
Always happy to receive feedback, in-put and ideas,

TASA 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


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