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Dr Lucy Nicholas

Senior Lecturer, Sociology
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom; MPhil, Griffith University, Australia


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

Teaching areas

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