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Professor Karen Farquharson

Professor of Sociology


Karen Farquharson is Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design. Karen is a sociologist with research interests in the areas of diversity, 'race' and ethnic relations, the media, and sport. Her current research projects explore: news media representations of racialised minorities and responses to those representations; and how junior sports clubs manage diversity. She has previously held the positions of Associate Dean (Research & Development) and Head, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Swinburne. Prior to working at Swinburne, Karen was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne. She holds Masters and PhD degrees from Harvard University in sociology and a Bachelors degree in social science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Research interests

Sociology of race and ethnicity; Sociology of the media; Sociology of sport; Sociology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Race, ethnicity, sport, media: I am interested in supervising projects in the areas of the sociology of race, ethnicity, sport and media. Contact me for particular topics.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Racism, ethnicity, media, migration, sport: I am interested in supervising topics in the sociology of racism, migration, media and/or sport

Fields of Research

  • Sociology - 160800


  • 1995, International, IIE Fulbright International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright

Further information



Also published as: Farquharson, Karen; Farquharson, K.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2015: Academic staff capacity building: training in qualitative and quantitative methods *; Melbourne-Sarawak Research Collaboration Scheme
  • 2014: Participation versus performance: managing (dis)ability, gender and cultural diversity in junior sport *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2014: PhD Scholarship for Thi Thanh Giang Tran *; Vietnam International Education Development
  • 2011: Media treatment and communication needs of Sudanese-Australians *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator