Our people


Dr Cassandra Loeser

Director, RCGS

Cassandra Loeser

Cassandra Loeser works in Academic Development Research Education in the Learning and Teaching Unit. Dr Loeser's PhD research focused on the ways young men with hearing disabilities negotiate the everyday realms of social interaction, friendship, school, sport and recreation, and in particular how the identities of masculinity and disability are inter-related in the construction of their embodied subjectivities. Dr Loeser continues to publish from her doctoral project and is currently undertaking research on the experiences of higher degree by research students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Her research interests are:

  • masculinities and femininities
  • disability and hearing disability
  • bodies, embodiment and affect
  • ethics of embodiment
  • post-essentialist theory
  • disability and higher degrees by research.


Dr Kiera Lindsey

Deputy Director, RCGS

Kiera LindseyDr Kiera Lindsey is a lecturer in Australian History and Australian Studies within the David Uniapon Centre for Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER). Her PhD was concerned with abduction, as the practice of bride theft was legally known, in nineteenth-century Ireland and Australia. In 2009 she was the winner of the inaugural Greg Dening Award for her exploration of the intersections between gender and imperial identity in colonial Sydney. She has published nationally and internationally on this topic and is currently investigating the relationship between marriage and multiculturalism, consent and citizenship in contemporary Australia and the UK. In 2013 she presented a regular program on Radio ABC 891FM and a regular column in the Adelaide Review. She is an executive member of the International Australian Studies Association and a committee member of the History Council of South Australia. Her research and supervisory interests include:   

  • gender and imperialism
  • consent and citizenship
  • marriage and the state
  • migration and nationalism
  • spatial and environmental history.


Dr Snjezana Bilic

Bilic photoSnjezana is a lecturer at UniSA College. Snjezana has a deep concern for issues related to education and justice which led her to working within the enabling education field and this informs her teaching approaches. Her PhD dissertation titled ‘Women’s Rights and Cultural Rights of Liberian and Afghani Women in Multicultural Australia’ is inspired by the theoretical debates about the tensions between women’s rights and cultural rights. With her research Snjezana aims to contribute to feminist discussions about rights and also to research on policies concerning refugee women and their communities in multicultural contexts. Her research interests include:

  • Women’s rights
  • Feminist theory
  • Cultural rights
  • Multiculturalism
  • Enabling pedagogies

Associate Professor Lia Bryant

Lia BryantLia Bryant is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy. Her recent work has focused on questions of gender, sexuality and embodiment, and gender relations in large organisations. She has vast experience in studies on rural society and is the author (with Barbara Pini) of Reimagining the rural: gender and intersections in rural settings (Routledge, 2010). Her research interests are:

  • youth
  • rural and global labour markets
  • occupational health and safety
  • information technology
  • agriculture and gender relations among workers, families and community members.

Dr Fiona Buchanan

Fiona BuchananFiona Buchanan started as a full-time lecturer at UniSA in January 2012. Previously Fiona worked for many years as a social worker in community health and non-government agencies in the UK and Australia. Working from an empowerment perspective, her experience includes counselling, group work, community development and agency coordination. Areas of expertise include the effects of domestic violence on women and children, young people, women's health and the effects of sexual abuse. Fiona's honours thesis was entitled Feminist collective organisation and her PhD The effects of domestic violence on the relationships between women and their babies: beyond attachment theory. Fiona’s research interests include:

  • domestic violence
  • mothering
  • childhood trauma
  • innovation in teaching and learning
  • knowledge in emotions
  • incorporating arts as research methods.

Dr Gilbert Caluya

Gilbert CaluyaDr Gilbert Caluya is an ARC DECRA Fellow and Research SA Fellow of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Studies. His current research project focuses on the ways intimacy is used as a site for managing Muslim citizenship in western countries. His research on the intersections of race and intimacy in gay culture, security culture and citizenship has been published in several journals and he has co-authored chapters for the Sage handbook of cultural analysis and the forthcoming Sage handbook of feminist theory. Gilbert graduated with a PhD from the Gender and Cultural Studies Department, University of Sydney in 2009 and is the recipient of the University of Sydney Medal and the Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives Prize.

Dr Vicki Crowley

Vicki CrowleyVicki Crowley is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages. Her research interests are:

  • racism and sexualities
  • queer theory/queer ageing
  • cultural politics of the body
  • ARC reconciliation project
  • 'kinship of the abnormals' and acting politically.

Dr Jean Duruz

Jean DuruzJean Duruz is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Hawke Research Institute. Her current research stresses the connections of food, place, identity and memory in contemporary western cultures especially as these represent engagements with meanings of 'Asia', globalisation and cosmopolitanism. Her research interests are:

  • cultural and feminist theory in relation to memory
  • identity and urban life
  • ethnographic approaches to documenting everyday 'lived' cultures.

Professor Suzanne Franzway

Suzanne FranzwaySuzanne Franzway is Adjunct Professor in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages. She has taught and researched in the areas of gender studies and sociology. Her research focus is on politics in greedy institutions and work. Projects include an ARC-funded study of women engineers, workplace culture and change, an international project on transnational labour activist networks, and a national project on care work in aged care and child care. She is the author of Sexual politics and greedy institutions: union women, commitment and conflict in public and in private (Pluto Australia, 2001) and Making feminist politics: transnational alliances between women and labor (with Mary Margaret Fonow, University of Illinois Press, 2011). She has longstanding commitments to the South Australian Working Women's Centre, as well as other labour and women's community organisations. Her research interests include:

  • 'greedy institutions' of work and family
  • labour movements
  • transnational labour activism networks
  • caring work in aged care and child care
  • workplace cultures
  • women engineers
  • domestic violence in the workplace.

Associate Professor Judith Gill

Judith GillJudith Gill is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Education. After teaching high school students for ten years, she came to educational research in order to investigate gender effects and schooling. Her current research focuses on questions of power and politics as evidenced by qualitative research into young people's understandings of the world. She has maintained an interest in gender as a key dimension of social, intellectual and cultural organisation and has conducted research into the ways in which gender impacts on people's self-understanding, world vision and life choices. She is the author of Beyond the great divide: coeducation or single sex? (UNSW Press, 2004) and co-author of Knowing our place: children talking about power, identity and citizenship (with Sue Howard, ACER Press, 2009), Gender-inclusive engineering education (with Julie Mills and Mary Ayre, Routledge, 2010), and Globalisation, the nation-state and the citizen: dilemmas and directions for civic and citizenship education (with Alan Reid and Alan Sears, Routledge, 2010). Her research expertise includes:

  • gender and education; investigation of the ways in which gender continues to impact on experience and outcomes at all levels of education
  • women, work and lifestyles
  • young people and Australian citizenship.

Dr Sarah Hattam

Sarah HattamSarah Hattam is a lecturer and Diploma Program Coordinator at UniSA College and has been part of the core teaching team since its inception in 2011. Sarah has extensive experience at teaching, course coordination and curriculum development within the higher education sector in the fields of Sociology, Cultural Studies and Politics. Sarah's high levels of performance in teaching have been recognised as she was a recipient of a UniSA Supported Teacher Award in 2011. Her research interests are:

  • Family policy
  • Motherhood
  • Enabling education
  • Critical theory
  • State theory
  • Women's policy
  • Feminist theory
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Human Rights

Dr Lisa Hodge

Lisa HodgeLisa Hodge is a sessional staff member in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy and a research assistant in the School of Nursing & Midwifery. She is a qualified social worker, and has previously worked at Uniting Communities (UC) as a Counsellor/Case Manager in Therapeutic Youth Services, in the Homelessness Gateway Service at UC, at the Eating Disorders Association of South Australia and in the Cultural Diversity Project. She is passionate about improving women's position in society. Her research interests are:

  • feminist social work
  • eating disorders
  • mental health
  • suicide and cultural competency.


Dr Kameljeet Kaur

Kam Kaur

Kameljeet Kaur works as a casual tutor for a number of courses in Aboriginal Studies located in the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER) and University Studies located at UniSA College. Kaur has recently passed her PhD thesis which explores specific narratives that have been constructed in relation to domestic violence in ethnic minorities in the context of the UK. Drawing upon inter-disciplinary research including philosophy, psychoanalysis, postcolonial, sociology, cultural and media studies and legal frameworks, Kaur argues that the language of honour crimes, shaped by western, orientalist discourses, continues to damage the ways that we approach victims of domestic violence within ethnic communities. The aim of the research is to challenge the language of race and its colonial legacies that continue to frame how ethnic communities are discussed in national and international discourses. It is hoped that the research contributes to – and contests – existing narratives of gender and domestic violence within ethnic minorities. Her research interests are:

  • Bodies, morals and affect
  • Racism and gender
  • Race, empire and nation
  • Cultural/media representations
  • Domestic Violence and Honour Crimes
  • Rhetoric and social order
  • Decolonial thought
  • Race and Postcolonial theory.

Professor Kay Lawrence

Kay LawrenceKay Lawrence is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art, Architecture and Design. She supervises postgraduate students enrolled in the PhD Visual Art (major studio project), Master of Visual Arts and the Master of Design. Her particular interest and expertise is in contemporary visual arts, and the area of textiles practice and theory, especially in relation to tapestry weaving. Her research interests are:

  • contemporary visual art and craft practice
  • gender identity, place and representation
  • the relationship of textiles practice to visual arts and craft
  • the development of the community tapestry movement in Australia
  • the history and practice of woven tapestry.
  • Indigenous Australian fibre arts.


Emeritus Professor Alison Mackinnon

Alison MackinnonAlison Mackinnon is a professor of history and gender studies and also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Umeå in Sweden. She has published widely in women's history, the history of women's higher education, in historical demography and changing patterns of family formation. She is also interested in contemporary issues of family formation, fertility change, of disadvantaged girls and issues of combining work and family. She is the author of Gender and the restructured university: changing management and culture in higher education (Open University Press, 2001), Women, love and learning: the double bind (Peter Lang, 2010) and co-author of Fresh water: new perspectives on water in Australia (with Emily Potter, Stephen McKenzie and Jennifer McKay, Melbourne University Press, 2007) and Hope: the everyday and imaginary life of young people on the margins (with Simon Robb, Patrick O'Leary and Peter Bishop, Wakefield Press, 2010). Her research interests include:

  • women's social history
  • history of women's higher education
  • higher education and family formation
  • feminist and interdisciplinary perspectives on demography
  • feminist theory
  • changing relations between the sexes
  • academic women and restructuring
  • ageing in historical perspective
  • the changing cultures of work and responsibility in globalising societies
  • the politics and demography of population change and population ageing.

Dr Nicole Moulding

Nicole MouldingNicole Moulding is Program Director for the Master of Social Work in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy. She is a qualified social worker with a background in women's health and community health. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of gender and mental health, social exclusion and mental health and interpretive research methodology, particularly post-structural approaches. She has a particular interest in the social construction of subjectivity and the implications for mental health and well-being. Her current research interests are:

  • social exclusion and mental health, specifically the intersections between homelessness, gender and mental health
  • gender discourses structuring health care interventions for eating disorders.

Associate Professor Margaret Peters

Margaret PetersMargaret Peters is an Adjunct Associate Professor in organisational communication and culture. She is the co-author of Sonic synergies: music, identity, technology, community (with Gerry Bloustein and Susan Luckman, Ashgate, 2007) and Youth, music and creative cultures: playing for life (with Gerry Bloustein, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011). Her research interests are:

  • socioeconomic impacts of globalisation and postmodernism on national and multinational public and private corporations
  • research reconceptualisations of 'Western' and 'Asian' management paradigms, particularly knowledge management, and the impact on senior women executives
  • organisational communication, power, politics and ethics
  • sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication
  • youth cultures
  • gender, work and organisations
  • work–life balance
  • media ethics.

Dr Rosie Roberts

Rosie RobertsRosie is a Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies Education located in the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER). She is an interdisciplinary cultural studies researcher whose work focuses on the intersections of culture, place, equity and belonging. Her postgraduate research expanded upon labour-centred constructions of skilled migration, demonstrating the diverse mobility pathways and visa categories that migrants experience over time and through space. She previously worked for the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) researching educational aspirations among young people living in low socio-economic status communities. Rosie is currently publishing material from her doctoral research and is also engaged in a research project exploring issues of community identity in regional festivals. Her research and supervisory areas of interest include:

  • space and place
  • home and belonging
  • migration
  • narrative and identity
  • education, equity and social inclusion (including issues of race, class and gender).

Dr Margaret Rowntree

Margaret RowntreeMarg Rowntree is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy. Her PhD, titled Trimillennium feminine sexualities: representations, lives and daydreams, examines the intersections and interstices between the symbolic, material and imaginary realms of women's sexualities. Marg has published on sexuality, the feminist subject, child and adult sexual violence, and emotion. Her current research interests include:

  • sexualities
  • masculinities and femininities
  • emotion
  • application of memory and daydream work to social inquiry.

Professor Rhonda Sharp

Rhonda SharpRhonda Sharp is an Adjunct Professor of Economics in the Hawke Research Institute. Her research and scholarship have straddled the interrelated areas of economics, political economy, gender studies and public policy. She has undertaken research and policy work on gender and economic issues with governments and community groups in Australia, United Kingdom, Norway, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Italy, the Basque Country, Sweden, Barbados, Samoa and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She is the author of Budgeting for equity: gender budget initiatives within a framework of performance (UNIFEM, 2003) and co-author of Short-changed: women and economic policies (with Ray Broomhill, Allen & Unwin, 1988). Dr Sharp's research interests include:

  • gender and government budgets
  • gender, restructuring and globalisation
  • women and economic policies.

Dr Garth Stahl

Garth StahlGarth Stahl is a full-time Lecturer in the School of Education. He recently completed his PhD at University of Cambridge, UK. His research, which studied twenty-three white working-class boys’ experiences with education and their identity construction, will be published by Routledge in 2014 titled Identity, neoliberalism and aspiration: educating white working-class boys. This research was conducted in three South London urban school environments using classroom observation, semi-structured interviews, visual methods and focus groups. Garth is very interested in the nexus between learning environments and neo-liberalism and its impact on gender identity. Prior to this research Garth worked in the London state education sector as a teacher of English and Head of Sociology Department over nine years. Currently he is working on the Life After School Project which explores young men’s masculine identities in a time of transition and liminality – the post-school year. The project will apply the theoretical lenses of transition, intersectionality, networking and mobility in their first year following school completion (aged 17–19). The project has received a Hawke ‘Identity Transformations’ Seed Funding Grant. Garth’s main research interests are:

  • social research methods and methodology
  • masculinities
  • Bourdieu’s conceptual tools in the study of gender
  • ethnography
  • educational inequalities (race, class, gender, etc).

Dr Tangi Steen

Tangi SteenTangi Steen is Associate Head of School, David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research. Her academic interest lies in information technology (IT) education and its uses in learning and research. Her PhD research focused on the problem solving strategies that students use when they encounter difficulties in IT. She is also interested in cultural studies of culturally and linguistically diverse people of Australia and that of the world's indigenous people. In particular, the changing social constructions of themselves as minority groups and their levels of participation in the social, political and economic processes that impact their lives. Her research interests are:

  • impacts of information technology on education and training of Indigenous peoples
  • factors that influence the use of information technology in tertiary (mainly university) learning
  • social diffusion of information technology and its impacts on traditional societies
  • representations of Indigenous knowledge in the world wide web
  • community radios and its role in community building.

Associate Professor Sarah Wendt

Sarah WendtSarah Wendt is Associate Head of School, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy. She is the author of Domestic violence in Australia (Federation Press, 2009). Her research expertise includes:

  • feminist theory and social constructivism
  • rural and community sociology, rurality
  • violence and abuse
  • social work theory and practice
  • qualitative methodologies and interpretative epistemologies.

Dr Carole Zufferey

Carole ZuffereyCarole Zufferey worked as social work practitioner for over 15 years prior to being employed at the university. Since 2006 she has worked on various collaborative research projects particularly in the areas of domestic violence and women's employment, child protection, mental health, homelessness and social work education, with the aims of improving service delivery and/or social work education. She has published a number of articles particularly in the area of homelessness and social work. Her research interests include:

  • homelessness
  • gendered violence
  • issues for single parents
  • child protection
  • employment
  • mental health
  • social work practice
  • social policy
  • social work education and
  • addressing inequalities related to class, culture and gender.

Associate members

Dr Valerie Adams

Valerie AdamsValerie Adams is a Research Associate at the Hawke Research Institute and has worked on research projects across the social sciences since 2004. Formerly a registered nurse for over 25 years, she now researches caring labour from a feminist economics perspective with a focus on the undervaluation of care work in market terms and the interplay of tasks and motivations involved in providing good quality care. Her continuing research interests include:

  • empirical investigations of paid and unpaid care work
  • the undervaluation of care work
  • gender equity issues
  • the care economy and
  • the emerging feminist economics theorising on caring labour.

Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw

Dale BagshawDale Bagshaw is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy. Her research interests are:

  • conflict management
  • alternative dispute resolution (mediation, conciliation, negotiation)
  • family mediation
  • managing conflict in the workplace
  • children and the law, child protection and children's rights
  • child-centred practice and family and child practice
  • domestic violence
  • social work theories and practice
  • gender issues, eg verbal abuse and the social construction of gender.

Associate Professor John Holmes

John HolmesJohn Holmes is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Education. His research interests are:

  • sexuality, race, education and the arts and how these intersect and are played out though body image, curriculum, gender, equity and the work of teachers.


Dr Katrina Jaworksi

Dr Katrina JaworskiKatrina Jaworski is a social philosopher. Her research moves between cultural studies, continental philosophy, gender studies and sociology. She also works with colleagues in health sciences, which includes mental health. She enjoys being an interdisciplinary scholar, even though it's challenging as much as it's rewarding.

She is passionate about researching the agency of suicide, with a focus on the body, gender, sexuality and/or ethics. Her research extends to the philosophy of death and dying bodies, as well as African genocide, violent extremism, older men and urban private sheds, cultural politics
of thinking, women in higher education, and pop-up economies.

Professor Susan Luckman

Susan LuckmanSusan Luckman is Professor: Cultural Studies in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages and Associate Director: Research and Programs of the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations. She is also a member of the Hawke Research Institute and leader of the CIL Creative Communities and Global Cosmopolitanisms Research Group. Susan is an interdisciplinary cultural studies scholar whose work is concerned with the intersections of culture, place and creativity. Her research explores these relationships in relation to creative and cultural industries, digital media, and grassroots innovation.  She is currently Chief Investigator on a 3 year Australian Research Council Discovery Project 'Promoting the Making Self in the Creative Micro-economy’ which explores how online distribution is changing the environment for operating a creative micro-enterprise and, with it, the opportunities for mobile working lives and the impacts upon the larger relationship between public and private spheres this entails.

Dr Elspeth McInnes

Elspeth McInnesElspeth McInnes is Senior Lecturer/Research Degree Coordinator: Early Childhood in the School of Education. Her research interests are:

  • family and society
  • sociology of interpersonal violence
  • child abuse and child protection
  • single-parent families
  • social policy
  • social welfare.

Professor Julie Mills

Julie MillsJulie Mills is an Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environments. Her research interests are:

  • civil engineering
  • women in engineering
  • engineering education.

Professor Elisabeth Porter

Elisabeth PorterElisabeth Porter is Professor in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages. Her research interests are:

  • women and politics
  • dialogue across difference
  • feminist ethics
  • ethical issues in international politics
  • security and peace building.

Areas of study and research

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