Postgraduate Research Candidates

There are a number of postgraduate research candidates who are currently being supervised by SaGR members, including but not limited to:

Alina Ewald
Research Topic: 
Constructions, Experiences, and Negotiations of Workplace Flexibility: A Qualitative Examination of the Disconnect Between the Workplace and Contemporary Fatherhood.
Research Description: 
This research explores the way fathers of children 0-12 years, who work in the Australian Finance industry, construct, experience and negotiate flexible working arrangements (FWAs) (including parental leave). The aims of this research are threefold: 1) to explore the subjective experiences of workplace policies and practices surrounding FWAs from the perspective of men who are fathers; 2) to explore and provide insights into the way in which discourses of fatherhood, class, and masculinity shape fathers’ subjective experiences of FWAs; and 3) to examine how working fathers from different occupational status levels negotiate these discourses in the context of fathering and paid work.
Supervisors: 
Primary Supervisor - Dr Emilee Gilbert
Secondary Supervisor - Dr Kate Huppatz
Publication: 
Ewald, A., Gilbert, E., & Huppatz, K. (2020). Fathering and flexible working arrangements: A systematic interdisciplinary review. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 1-14 (Early View) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12363
Leisha Du Preez
Research topic:
Gendering Responsibilisation: Young women’s engagement with sexual violence discourses in the night-time economy.
Research description:
The neoliberal responsibilisation discourse increasingly encourages young women to ‘manage’ their own behaviour when participating in public space, particularly the night-time economy (NTE). While unofficially there are a myriad of ‘tales’ and protective strategies that young women undertake, there is a growing body of research that suggests the extent of the precautionary strategies and the possibility that they may be gendered. Overall, there is a paucity of research examining women's responses to these strategies. This study seeks to understand the strategies popularly promoted to young women, discuss whether they are gendered and young women's responses to strategies. The study is using Photovoice and Diary, Diary-Interview methods with women aged 18-24, from Sydney. It is important to problematise the entrenchment of neoliberal responsibilisation as young women's failure to 'manage' and undertake strategies may result in victim-blaming.
Supervisors:
Dr Selda Dagistanli (Primary Supervisor)
Dr Kate Huppatz
Daniel Perell
Research topic:
Queer precarity and a politics of vulnerability
Research description:In this project, I contemplate the ways in which multiple forms and expressions of vulnerability emerge across different social locations of power and compete for legitimacy in contemporary geopolitical moments related to gender, sexuality, and diversity. Specifically, I examine debates in Australia between 2014-17 in relation to the Safe Schools Project, same-sex marriage postal vote, and (cancelled) advance screening of the queer documentary Gayby Baby, to map the discursive function and figures of these claims to vulnerability. I work with a notion of human subjectivity that is relational and interdependent rather than individual, such that vulnerability is a constitutive dimension of what it means to live and persist and precariousness is a condition of the subject’s formation. Motivated by an understanding that this vulnerability is inequitably distributed, I specifically contemplate the intensification and exploitation of vulnerability experienced by historically marginalised communities, producing politically induced conditions of precarity. This project aims to develop an affirmative ethical and political position on understanding and responding to expressions of vulnerability and conditions of precarity.
Supervisors:
Kerry Robinson, Peter Bansel, Tania Ferfolja
Bijan Kardouni
Research topic:
Homophobia and execution: Media constructions of homosexuality in Iran
Research description: This thesis will undertake an analysis of media accounts of the execution of gay men in Iran. It will draw on different Persian speaking media, both inside and outside of Iran, and its impact on, and response to homophobia within Iranian society.
Supervisors:
Peter Bansel (Primary supervisor), Kate Huppatz, Selda Dagistanli

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