Dr Lucy Nicholas
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom; MPhil, Griffith University, Australia
- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Department of Social Sciences
- 400B213 Hawthorn campus
My research specialises in gender and sexual diversities with interests in social and political theory, queer theory, feminisms and whiteness. My first book, Queer Post-Gender Ethics, was published in 2014 by Palgrave McMillan and received a special commendation for the Raewyn Connell Prize for the best first book in Australian Sociology. My second book, The Persistence of Global Masculinisms, co-authored with Dr Agius from Politics, was released in 2017. I am director of the Melbourne Queer, Feminist and Gender Studies Network. My PhD was awarded at University of Edinburgh where I worked before moving to University of Portsmouth and then to Australia, and I was awarded an Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2015 and a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence (Early Career) in 2017.
I am currently the coordinator of Swinburne's integrated PhD program and teaching in Global Gender and Sexuality in Sociology and Global Studies. Currently I am undertaking research on radicalisation of far-right white men and men's rights activists and backlash on the one hand, and creative and positive approaches to gender diversity and genderqueerness on the other.
I currently welcome interest for honours, masters and PhD projects looking at non-binary and genderqueer, queer theory, feminist theory, masculinism, whiteness and possibly other aspects of gender and sociology.
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
Gender, feminisms, queer theory, masculinism, backlash, whiteness
Available to supervise honours students.
Honours topics and outlines
Feminisms: Projects welcome that use feminist theory.
Non-binary and genderqueer: Projects welcome that address any element of non-binary, genderqueer, gender nonconformity
Queer theory: Projects welcomed that use queer theory
Fields of Research
- Sociology - 160800
Sociology;gender;sexualities;social theory;human rights;international studies
- 2018, Swinburne, Research Sabbatical Scheme, Swinburne
- 2017, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence (Early Career), Swinburne
- 2016, National, Raewyn Connell Prize for Best First Book in Australian Sociology Commendation, The Australian Sociological Association
- 2015, Swinburne, Strategic Research Funds, Swinburne
- 2015, National, Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Swinburne
- 2014, Swinburne, Research Development Grant, Swinburne
- 2013, Swinburne, Research Development Grant, Swinburne
- 2012, Swinburne, Research Development Grant, Swinburne
Also published as: Nicholas, Lucy; Nicholas, L.; Nicholas, Lucy K.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2019: Mapping right-wing extremism in Victoria and applying a gender lens to develop prevention and deradicalisation approaches *; Department of Justice and Community Safety
* Chief Investigator
- 2019-02-18: Gender troubles: Is “gender ideology” really a danger to feminism? - Inside Story
- 2017-06-02: Catholic schools’ ‘alternative’ to Safe Schools isn’t all that alternative - The Conversation
- 2016-03-18: Safe Schools review findings: experts respond - The Conversation
- 2016-02-19: Explainer: what is Safe Schools Coalition? - The Conversation
- 2016-02-16: We must celebrate gender and sexual diversity in our schools - The Conversation