Dr Joshua Roose


Joshua Roose is a political sociologist and the Senior Research Officer at the Religion and Society Research Centre working on the ARC funded study titled ‘Testing the Limits of Post-Secularism and Multiculturalism in Australia and the USA: Shari’a in the Everyday Life of Muslim Communities’. He is also a Co-Convenor of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism thematic group (2013-2014).Joshua completed his PhD in 2012 titled ‘Contesting the Future: Muslim Men as Political Actors in the Context of Australian Multiculturalism’ at the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute.

Joshua has worked as a researcher on a variety of ARC grants including ‘Citizenship and Identity amongst Muslims in Australia and the United Kingdom’ (University of Melbourne), ‘The Civic Life of Young Muslims: Active Citizenship, Community Belonging and Social Inclusion’ (Monash University) and ‘Young People and Social Inclusion in the Multicultural City’ (University of Queensland). He has also developed extensive private sector experience as a Project Manager for TNS Australia (Social and Government), working on a variety of Federal and State Government and Not-for-Profit Sector research reports in the areas of tertiary and vocational education, health and evaluation. Joshua has also previously worked as an Investigations Associate for Garside Consulting in the area of workplace bullying and discrimination.


PhD (University of Melbourne), BA (Hons) (Monash University)

Areas of Research

Multiculturalism, Islam in Western Contexts, Political Islam, Shari’a law and Legal Pluralism, Citizenship, Terrorism and Radicalisation, Power, The Politics of Hope, Masculinity, Middle Eastern Politics, Contemporary applications of Bourdieu, Political Sociology, Horn of Africa Politics, Youth Studies.

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

2013 Roose, J.M., ‘Contesting Islam through the 2012 Sydney Protests: An Analysis of Post-Protest Political Discourse amongst Australian Muslims’, Journal of Islam and Christian Muslim Relations, Vol. 24, No. 3. 

2013 Possamai, A.; Turner, B.; Roose, J.M; Dagistanli, S.; Voyce, M., ‘Defining the Conversation: Perceptions of Shari’a in Australian Newspapers', Current Sociology, pp.626-645.

2013 Roose, J.M.; Akbarzadeh, S., ‘The Special Broadcasting Service and the Future of Multiculturalism: An Insight into Contemporary Challenges and Future Directions’, Journal of Communication, Politics and Culture, Vol. 46, pp. 93-115.  

2012 Roose, J.M. ‘Young Muslims of Australia: Anatomy of a Multicultural Success Story’, The La Trobe Journal, No.89, May 2012, pp.151-163.

2011 Akbarzadeh, S. Roose, J.M. ‘Muslims, Multiculturalism and the Question of the Silent Majority’, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2011, pp.309-325

2010 Roose, J.M. ‘The Future of Islam and Australian Multiculturalism’, Australian Political Studies Association Conference Proceedings Online, The University of Melbourne, September 2010.

Short Publications

2013 Voyce, M.; Possamai, A.; Roose, J.M.; Turner, B.; Dagistanli, S., ‘Sharia Law and Family Provision,’ Retirement and Estate Planning Bulletin, Vol. 15, No. 9 (2013), pp.174-177. 

Research Conferences


2013 University of Birmingham Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies, ‘Collaborative Partnerships Between Universities and Muslim Institutions Dismantling the Roadblocks’, University of Birmingham 27 June 2013 (Paper Presentation). The National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies 2007-2012: Challenges and Lessons

2013 City University of New York, Graduate Centre, Committee for the Study of Religion, Xenophobia and Religion Series, 17 April 2013 (Invited Presentation). Australian Xenophobia, Racism and Neo-Liberalism.

2013 American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies Conference: ‘Continuity and Change in Islamic Societies’, 5-6 April 2013, Seton Hall University (Paper Presentation).  Muslim Men as Political Actors in the Context of Australian Multiculturalism. 

2013 University of Indiana Turkish Studies Chair Conference: ‘Islam, Political Islam and Islamophobia: An International Conference’, 29-30 March, 2013, University of Indiana, Bloomington (Paper Presentation). Islamophobia, Shari’a and the Global City: Insights from Sydney and New York. 

2012 Roose, J.M. The Role of Islam in Promoting Social Inclusion: The Australian Multicultural Example, British Sociological Association: Sociology of Religion Study Group Conference: ‘Religion and (In) Equalities’, 28-30 March 2012, University of Chester, UK.

2012 Roose, J.M. Factors Influencing Civic Participation in Muslim Men: The Australian Multicultural Example University of Surrey Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism / PIDOP Consortium 2nd International Conference: ‘Political and Civic Participation’, 16-17 April 2012, University of Surrey, UK.


2012 Roose, J.M. Defining the Conversation about Shari’a and Legal Pluralism: Representations in Sydney and New York Daily Newspapers, The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference: ‘Enduring and Emerging Inequalities’, 27-29 November, University of Queensland, Australia.

2012 Roose, J.M. Akbarzadeh, S. SBS and the Future of Australian Multiculturalism: A Case Study. Deakin University Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation 3rd  International Symposium, ’Reclaiming Multiculturalism: Global Citizenship and Ethical Engagement with Diversity’,  15-16 November 2012, Deakin University, Australia. 

2012, Roose, J.M. Contesting the Future: Muslim Men as Political Actors in the Context of Australian Multiculturalism, Australian Association for the Study of Religion Conference: ‘Multiple Religious Modernities’, 28-30 September 2012, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

2011  Roose, J.M. Applying Bourdieu to the Study of Young Australian Muslim Men, University of Western Sydney Centre for Cultural Research Conference: ‘Antipodean Fields: Bourdieu and Southern Cultures 8-10 June 2011, University of Western Sydney, Australia.  

2010 Akbarzadeh, S., Roose, J.M. Islamophobes and Islamists Unite: Multiculturalism and the Question of the Silent Majority, Deakin University Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation International Symposium, ‘Comparative Multiculturalism from Transnational and Global Perspectives’, 25-26 November 2010, Deakin University, Australia.

2010  Roose, J.M. The Truth of the Matter: Conflicting Claims to Islamic Legitimacy in the Context of Australian Multiculturalism, University of Melbourne Centre for Islamic Law and Society Postgraduate Conference. 22-23 November 2010, the University of Melbourne, Australia

2010 Roose, J.M. The Future of Australian Islam and Multiculturalism, Australian Political Studies Association Conference: ‘Connected Globe, Conflicting Worlds’ 27-29 September 2010, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Community Engagement

2013 Roose, J.M., ‘Multiculturalism Trumps Terrorism’, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Drum (23 May 2013). 

2012 Roose, J.M. Sydney riots show pain, but a hint of progress (opens in a new window), The Conversation 18 September 2012:


2011 Roose, J.M. Principle: the Right to Cultural Maintenance, Australian Mosaic, (Magazine of the Australian Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils, Australia) Issue 27, April 2011, pp.19-21.

2011-2012 Guest on the Triple R Fm 102.7 ‘Detour’ program (Melbourne) with Jacinta Parsons. Discussing issues in including Islam in Australia, racism, multiculturalism and the rise of the extreme right in Europe. Joshua has also conducted Interviews with Radio 2UE 954 ‘Legal Matters’ program, 2state Radio and The Australian newspaper.

Professional Affiliations

The Australian Sociological Association
International Sociological Association

Contact Details

Email: J.Roose@uws.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9772 6647

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