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Overview

Current Work

Bio:

Dr Indigo Willing OAM is a sociologist whose theoretical and empirical work examines issues of social inclusion, diversity and equality as well as pathways of representation for women and minority groups. With a strong focus on community engagement, she was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for her work with the Vietnamese community and is currently researching the legacy of the Vietnam War in the lead up to its 50th anniversary in 2025. A Vietnamese migrant herself, she has an established profile in transnational adoption studies and also writes about broader issues of migration, diversity and cosmopolitanism. Breaking boundaries and stereotypes, Indigo is also a dedicated skateboarder, and is a co-founder and volunteer in a women's skateboarding network. She publishes on the topics of migration, adoption, the sociology of youth and subcultures, including skateboarding. As a lecturer, she teaches in the areas of sociology, criminology and qualitative research methods.

Fellowships and Awards:

Adjunct Research Fellow and former Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant Research Fellow at The Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR), Griffith University. Former Rockerfeller Research Fellow at The William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, UMASS, Boston, USA. Former recipient of a Traveling Fellowship Grant from The Australian Academy of the Humanities to do research in Sweden, a GCSCR travel grant to do research with the Finnish Youth Research Network, Helskinki, Finland, an Elizabeth Usher Memorial Grant from the University of Queensland Alumni to present research in Pittsburg, USA, and an International Travel Grant from Yale University to present research at the inaugural SEAS Conference, New Haven, USA. Also the recipient of a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) for volunteer work with the Vietnamese community.

Research:

Representative studies cover three main areas: 1.Minority Populations and Social Inclusion - including in youth cultures, skateboarding, and women's participation in male dominated scenes and professions 2. Migration and Multiculturalism - including research on various diasporas, theories of transnationalism and cosmopolitanism, transnational adoption, celebrity adoptions, adoptive parents and sociological frameworks for the study of adoption and 3. The Vietnam War - including war orphans, Vietnamese adoption, and most recently, how music connected with the conflict has an impact on people's attitudes and emotional responses towards 'sending troops overseas' to wars and 'tours of duty' in contemporary times.

Teaching:

Current teaching includes as a Lecturer and Convener in T1 at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) teaching Qualitative Social Research Methods (Honours level students) and Introduction to Social Problems. Other teaching also includes as an Instructor at the School of Languages, Humanities and Social Science (LHS), teaching The Sociology of Youth in person in T2 and online in T1 and T3.

Community Engagement:

Projects include volunteer work that supports and promotes youth cultures, with a special focus on girls and women in skateboarding, as well a co-founding and running networks focused on Asian Australian communities and the adopted Vietnamese and transnational adoption community.
 

Expertise Keywords

  • migration
  • multiculturalism
  • skateboarding
  • subculltures
  • transnational adoption
  • transnationalism
  • youth cultures
  • youth cultures lifestyle sports and ageing

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 9 (Other: 9)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Understanding Social Problems (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Understanding Social Problems (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Understanding Social Problems (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Sociology of Youth (2026LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Understanding Social Problems (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Sociology of Youth (2026LHS)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Understanding Social Problems (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Understanding Social Problems (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Crime and Society (1008CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Qualitative Social Research (6007CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland -
  • MA Master Of Arts, The University of Technology, Sydney -
  • BA Bachelor Of Arts In Humanities, The University of Technology, Sydney -
  • DipJour Diploma Of Journalism, The Macleay College -

Academic experience

  • Adjunct Research Fellow (2016 to current), Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research 2016 -
  • Visiting Researcher June and September, Finnish Youth Research Network, Helskini, Finland 2015 - 2015
  • Travelling Fellowship Recipient, The Australian Academy of the Humanities 2015 - 2015
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research 2013 - 2015
  • Rockerfeller Research Fellow in the Humanities, The William Joiner Center for War and its Social Consequences, UMASS, Boston, USA 2001 - 2002

Awards and Honours

  • Medal in the Order of Australia, Order of Australia 2006 -

Professional memberships

  • TASA Member, The Australian Sociological Association 2005 - 2018