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Dr Glenda Ballantyne

Senior Lecturer


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 and local initiatives to foster intercultural dialogue and active citizenship, social engagements she maintained at Swinburne through her involvement in the Swinburne Diversity Film Festival . Glenda's BA (Melb) was in History and Politics, but she eventually saw the light and moved to La Trobe to undertake postgraduate studies with the internationally renowned social theorist, Professor Johann Arnason. Her MA prelim thesis examined new social movements, and her PhD explored the emerging paradigm of 'multiple modernities,' and brought together the work of the French social theorist Alain Touraine and philosopher Paul Ricoeur in an analysis of agency, subjectivity, modernity and hermeneutics. She is currently supervising doctorates in the areas of sociology of food, Indigenous traditions, second generation migrants in Australia, superheroes, art and imagination.

Glenda's teaching philosophy begins from the premise that it is necessary to connect with students 'where they are at' in order to expand their horizons. She strives to foster capacities for critical reflection and independent learning by combining effective communication with a strong commitment to pastoral care based on respect for individual differences and needs. Her commitment to her students was recognised in 2005 in a Swinburne University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2006 and in 2012 by a Carrick Institute Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Glenda is currently involved in four research projects. Zooming In: Multiculturalism through the lens of the next generation, with Vincent Giarrusso, funded by the Victorian Multicultural Commission is exploring visions of multiculturalism through films made by Swinburne students. Intercultural Cities, with Prof Robyn Eversole, is an investigation of Intercultural approaches to diversity in local government. New Media, Ageing and Migration, with Dr Liam Burke, is examining new media usage by older Irish migrants in Australia. Tradition and Transformation is exploring the intergenerational transmission and transformation of tradition among Turkish Alevis in Australia.

Research interests

Sociology; Migration; Migration and New Media; Multiculturalism; Multiple Moderntiies; Social Theory; Interculturalism; Transformations of Tradition; Narrative Identities

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross-cultural Studies - 470212
  • Sociology - 441000
  • Migrant Cultural Studies - 470211


  • 2012, National, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Office of Learning and Teaching
  • 2006, National, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning , Carrick Institute
  • 2005, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Swinburne University


Also published as: Ballantyne, Glenda; Ballantyne, G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Multicultural Film Festival 2023 *; Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • 2022: Multicultural Film Festival 2022 - Regional Tour (Metro) *; Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • 2021: Embedding Intercultural Cities in Australasia *; European Commission
  • 2021: Keeping it in the family: Business training for migrant families *; IGENFOUNDATION_FS
  • 2021: Multicultural Film Festival 2021 *; Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • 2021: Swinburne / Victorian Multicultural Commission Film Festival Roadshow *; City of Casey Fund Scheme
  • 2019: 2019 VMC Film Festival: Making Diversity Great Again *; Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • 2019: Visiting Fellowships Scheme 2019 - Professor Ricard Zapata-Barrero *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2018: Making Diversity Great Again *; VMC Community Support Fund
  • 2017: My Generation: stories of everyday multiculturalism *; Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • 2017: Zooming In: Multiculturalism through the lens of the next generation *; Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • 2017: Zooming In: Multiculturalism through the lens of the next generation (2017-2020) *; Victorian Multicultural Commission

* Chief Investigator