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Rural Issues

Aims and objectives:
The Rural Issues thematic group aims to bring together sociologists interested in the dialectical relationship that exists between urban and rural Australia and seeks to prioritise the unique social experiences of rural and regional Australians.
Collectively, we aim to support empirical, theoretical and multidisciplinary research related to a broad range of rural and regional issues:

  • policy and policy change;
  • social impacts of climate change;
  • social and cultural diversity;
  • business, work, government and services;
  • economic and social development;
  • community engagement and civil society;
  • culture, cultural diversity and cultural change;
  • relationships between research and practice;
  • interdisciplinary research and practice;
  • agriculture;
  • food security;
  • social impact of water and water resourcing;
  • rural and regional social issues; and
  • commonalities of all Australians.

Year Established: September 2010

Convenor and contact details: 
Christina Malatzky (12/16)

Group members:

  • Kate Brooks
  • Joan Abbott-Chapman
  • Merrilyn Crichton
  • Geoffrey Lawrence
  • Stewart Lockie
  • John Scott
  • Evan Willis
  • Elena Wilson
  • Jo-Anne Everingham
  • Martin Forsey
  • Barton Loechel
  • Sarah Palmer
  • Lynda Cheshire
  • Eileen Clark
  • Marea Capell
  • Louise Holdsworth
  • Edgar Burns
  • Juliette Grey
  • Josephine Clarke
  • Christina Malatzky
  • Daniela Stehlik
  • Janet Congues
  • Diane Luhrs
  • Sophie Lewis
  • Fiona Lokot
  • Scott Fitzpatrick
  • Bernard Gardiner
  • Catherine Waite
  • Samantha Clune
  • EJ Shu
  • Aqua Hastings
  • Tim Harrison
  • Laura Rodriguez Castro
  • Rachael Wallis
  • Keith Noble
  • Michelle Buck
  • Heather Downey
  • Jane Frank
  • Patrick O'Keeffe
  • Sohoon Lee
  • Luisa Matacin
  • Xiaoxuan Li
  • Nicholas Kimberley
  • Ros Wong
  • Lila Singh-Peterson
  • Noah Mokaya Omambia Sanganyi
  • Lee Steinbacher
  • Alexandra Langford

Events

Rural Issues Thematic Group Planning Day

Bringing Australian Rural Sociologists together
October 28th 2011. Further details here.