Professor Greg Noble

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

Professor Greg Noble research is in the ares of youth, ethnicity and gender; everyday multiculturalism; Bourdieusian theory; cultural pedagogies and habit; and the cultural analysis of education.

His current research includes the ARC Discovery project 'Australian Cultural Fields: National and Transnational Dynamics' (led by Professor Tony Bennett), which examines the transformations in cultural participation and production in Australia in the last twenty years, and 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.

He also has an ongoing interest in the Lebanese diaspora – currently researching migration and the 'ethnic habitus' with Paul Tabar – and in multicultural education (with Megan Watkins).


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

Selected Publications

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), London, Routledge.

Watkins, M & Noble, G (forthcoming) 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.

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.

Wise, A & Noble, G 2018, 'Introduction: convivialities: an orientation' in A Wise & G Noble (eds), Convivialities: possibility and ambivalence in urban multicultures, Routledge, London.

Wise, A & Noble, G (eds) 2018, Convivialities: possibility and ambivalence in urban multicultures (opens in a new window), Routledge, London.

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, UK, 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 2017, '"Asian fails" and the problem of bad Korean boys: multiculturalism and the construction of an educational "problem", Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 43, no. 14, pp. 2456-2471.

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