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Dr Farnaz Zirakbash

Sociologist
Doctor of Philosophy , Swinburne University , Australia; Master of Arts (women studies), Griffith University , Australia; BA of Arts (Hon), Tehran, Select Country/Region

Biography

Dr Zirakbash lectures and tutor in sociology and is also a research fellow. Farnaz completed her PhD in sociology in 2014. Her PhD thesis explored the lives of highly educated, professional Iranian women who migrated to Australia after the Islamic revolution of 1979. The study highlights the roles of gender and education in migration studies; issues not well addressed in previous research studies. Farnaz also has done a MA degree by research in sociology prior to her PhD and women studies in Australia utilising qualitative research methods.


Farnaz has 12 years’ experience in teaching and has taught multiple sociology units at Swinburne that explore issues of identity, gender, race, class through to challenges of living in a digital age.


Farnaz is specialised in research projects exploring very sensitive issues such as domestic and family violence and have interviewed vulnerable groups including victims of domestic and family violence, refugee women and low socio-economic status background families. In 2021, Farnaz began guest lecturing in Graduate Certificate in Family Violence at Chisholm institute.  At Chisholm Farnaz lectures in Gender, Power & State unit as well as Primary Prevention in Family Violence.

Research interests

Families, Marriages and Relationships; Women and education; Migration and identity; Domestic and family violence

Fields of Research

  • Sociology - 441000

Teaching areas

Families, Relationships and Sexuality (2nd year subject);Race, Ethnicity and Migration (2nd year subject);Sociological Foundation (1rst year subject);Understanding the Modern World (1rst year subject);Grand Challenges: Making a difference (3rd year subject);Innavation Cultures: Perspectives on Science and Technology

Awards

  • 2021, Swinburne, School Teaching Excellence Award: For developing an integrated pedagogical practice which promotes holistic learning, cultivates ‘belonging’ and creates ‘culture of care’ in the classroom., Swinburne University
  • 2020, National, Outstanding Student Satisfaction Rating , Open University Australia
  • 2020, Swinburne, official recognition for OUTSTANDING academic teaching by Swinburne's Vice Chancellor and Provost, Swinburne University
  • 2019, National, Teaching Excellence Award, Open University Australia
  • 2019, Swinburne, official recognition for OUTSTANDING academic teaching by Swinburne's Vice Chancellor and Provost, Swinburne University
  • 2019, Swinburne, Dean's award for Teaching and Learning Category, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2018, Swinburne, official recognition for OUTSTANDING academic teaching by Swinburne's Vice Chancellor and Provost, Swinburne University
  • 2017, Swinburne, official recognition for OUTSTANDING academic teaching by Swinburne's Vice Chancellor and Provost, Swinburne University
  • 2016, Swinburne, Official Recognition for Teaching Excellence by Swinburne Vice Chancellor and Provost , Swinburne University
  • 2015, Swinburne, Official Recognition for Teaching Excellence by Swinburne Vice Chancellor and Provost , Swinburne University
  • 2010, Swinburne, Postgratuate Research Award-SUPRA Swinburne UT, Swinburne University
  • 2008, Other, Award for Academic Excellence , Griffith University

Publications

Also published as: Zirakbash, Farnaz; Zirakbash, F.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Doing better for vulnerable young parents and their children: an exploration of how the use of technology could catalyse system transformation *; FamilyLife_FL
  • 2018: Renewable Energy Retrofitting and Energy Poverty in Low-income households *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2018: Supporting families effectively through the homelessness services system *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects

* Chief Investigator


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