Professor Greg Noble

Associate Professor Greg Noble with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.

Greg’s research is in the intersecting areas of youth, ethnicity and gender; everyday multiculturalism; migration and diaspora; Bourdieusian theory; cultural pedagogies and habit; and multicultural education.

His current research includes the ARC Discovery Project 'Assembling and Governing Habits', with Tony Bennett, Gay Hawkins and Nik Rose, which explores the ways conceptions of habit inform the techniques of mundane urban governance, and the ARC Discovery Project ‘Parenting, Ethnicity and Schooling’ with Megan Watkins and Chris Ho (UTS). He has authored or edited 8 books, including Cultural Pedagogies and Human Conduct (2015), Disposed to Learn (2013) and Bin Laden in the Suburbs (2004).


  • BA (Hons 1st) Diploma of Education, 1983, English/History, Macquarie University, Australia
  • PhD, 1993, History, Macquarie University, Australia

Selected Recent Publications

Bennett, T., Carter, D., Gayo, M., Kelly, M. and Noble, G 2021, Fields, Capitals, Habitus: Australian Culture, Inequalities and Social Divisions (opens in a new window), London: Routledge.

Noble, G. and Idriss, S 2020, Cosmopolitics in the Syrian Australian Diaspora (opens in a new window), Journal of Intercultural Studies, 41:2, 116-131.

Noble, G 2019, ‘Foreword’, in S Habib and M Ward(eds), Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging, Routledge, London,.

Noble, G 2019, '"Asian fails" and the problem of bad Korean boys: multiculturalism and the construction of an educational "problem"', in M Watkins, C Ho & R Butler (eds), Asian migration and education cultures in the Anglosphere (opens in a new window), Routledge, London.

Watkins, M & Noble, G  2019, 'Lazy multiculturalism: cultural essentialism and the persistence of the multicultural day in Australian schools' (opens in a new window), Ethnography and Education.

Watkins, M, Noble, G & Wong, A 2019, It’s complex: working with students of refugee backgrounds and their families in New South Wales public schools (PDF, 2779.61 KB) (opens in a new window), New South Wales Teachers Federation, Sydney.

Wise, A and Noble, G (eds) 2018, Convivialities, Routledge, Abingdon.

Noble, G & Ang, I 2018, ‘Ethnicity and cultural consumption in Australia’ (opens in a new window), Continuum, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 296-307.

Ang, I & Noble, G 2018, ‘Making multiculture: Australia and the ambivalent politics of diversity’, in D Rowe, G Turner & E Waterton (eds), Making culture: commercialisation, transnationalism, and the state of ‘nationing’ in contemporary Australia (opens in a new window), Routledge, London, pp. 140-153.

Noble, G & Tabar, P 2017, 'The "career" of the migrant: time, space and the settling process', in M Boese & V Marotta (eds), Critical reflections on migration, 'race', and multiculturalism: Australia in a global context, Routledge, London, pp. 255-270.

Noble, G 2017, 'Learning with Bourdieu: pedagogy, cosmology and potty-training', in L Adkins, C Brosnan and S Threadgold (eds), Bourdieusian prospects (opens in a new window), Routledge, Oxford, pp. 13-30.

Noble, G & Tabar, P 2017, ‘Wounded Detachments: Cronulla, Social Memory and the Injuries of Racism’, Journal of Intercultural Studies vol. 38, no.3, pp.271-283.

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