Overview

Current Work

Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. My research focuses on three main areas: 1. youth and subcultures with a particular focus on skateboarding, and also girls and women in male dominated scenes and professions 2. migration, ethnicity and multicultural issues and 3. transnational adoption and family studies. I am also a casual Lecturer and Convener at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) teaching qualitative research and sociology, and a Teaching Instructor at the School of Languages, Humanities and Social Science (LHS), teaching the Sociology of Youth in person and online. I also have experience in teaching Sociology of Sport, Qualitative Methods and Sociology at The University of Queensland. I am also a volunteer involved with the skateboarding and Asian Australian communities, and received a Medal in the Order of Australia for my community work with the Vietnamese community.  

Expertise Keywords

  • Migration
  • multiculturalism
  • skateboarding
  • subculltures
  • transnational adoption
  • transnationalism
  • youth cultures

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, 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