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Department of Social Sciences

Christine Agius

Politics; International Relations; Security Studies; European Politics; Nordic Politics; Gender; Discourse Analysis; Violence; International Relations Theory; Identity; Social Democracy; Foreign Policy
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Christine Agius is Senior Lecturer in Politics and IR, with a specialism in Security Studies. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Political Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a PhD in International Relations and Security from the University ...

Damon Alexander

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Damon Alexander completed his PhD at Monash University in 2006 examining Pauline Hanson's One Nation and the Far Right in Australia and lectures in public policy and Australian politics. Prior to joining Swinburne Damon worked as a Senior Research Fellow a...

Aisling Bailey

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As an environmental anthropologist and sociologist, Aisling's research explores relationships between people and the natural environment. Specifically, Aisling's research investigates the role cultural understandings play in shaping these relationships in ...

Glenda Ballantyne

Sociology; Migration; Migration and New Media; Multiculturalism; Multiple Moderntiies; Social Theory; Identity; Interculturalism; Transformations of Tradition
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Glenda began lecturing in Sociology at Swinburne in 2004, after a number of years teaching at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and RMIT. In an earlier life she worked as a publisher and editor. She has been active in the women's movement an...

Simone Battiston

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Simone is senior lecturer in Italian Studies and History.  His position is partly sponsored by the Cassamarca Foundation (Italy). His research interests include migration history, transnational politics and labour and artisan history. He has publishe...

Shenshen Cai

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Originally from Beijing, Shenshen completed her PhD in contemporary Chinese culture studies with the School of Humanities at Griffith University and has a broad research interest in contemporary Chinese literature, film, theatre and folklore studies. Shens...

Lara Corr

Dr Corr is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Early Career Fellow with a Masters of Public Health and PhD from the University of Melbourne. Lara is a public health sociologist and epidemiologist researching how work impacts on the wellbeing of workers. Pri...

Deborah Dempsey

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Associate Professor Deborah Dempsey is Academic Director Research Training for the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Deb’s research interests are in the sociology of families, sexuality and health, especially family formation through assist...

Michael Dix

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Arran Gare

Environmental philosophy; The metaphysical foundations of the sciences; Process philosophy; Complexity theory; Human ecology; The emergent theory of mind; Social and cultural theory and political philosophy
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Arran Gare is Associate Professor (Reader) in Philosophy and Cultural Inquiry, Swinburne University, and founder of the Joseph Needham Centre for Complex Processes Research. The focus of his research is on transforming culture to create a global ecological...