Dr Peter Bansel

Peter Bansel was awarded his PhD (Education) at the University of Western Sydney in 2009. He has worked as a qualitative researcher at UWS since 2002 in the Schools of Psychology and Education. He has conducted research in the related areas of: globalisation and government; labour markets, work and worker identities; and universities, academic work and academic identities. In his thesis, Subjectivity at work, he pursued his interest in experience, narrative and the practice of giving a biographical account of oneself. In developing this interest in experience and biography, Peter has taken a multi-disciplinary approach to rethink narrative methodologies and analyses of narrative interviews. Combining Governmentality Theory and Actor Network Theory he has worked with empirical data collected in narrative life-history interviews to develop a relational account of experience and the human subject. This account articulated a human subject who is more than human and more than singular; a subject who emerges from relationships among human and non-human agents. He is a regular reviewer for Qualitative Studies in Education and Subjectivity.

Areas of Research/Teaching Expertise

Examining the impacts of neoliberalism on labour markets and worker identities, including academic labour and academic workers; the relationship between knowledge and economics in a global knowledge economy; life-history/biographical narrative interviews; narrative policy analysis; and low SES  students, diversity and equity.


PhD (UWS), MEd (UTAS), BEd (Early Childhood Education) (TCAE). 

Grants and Current Projects 

UWS internal grant (2010-2011) Examining the psychometric properties of socioeconomic status indicators for higher education. Denson, Bansel


Book Chapters

Bansel, P. (in press, 2011) Animated Becoming. In K.H. Robinson & C. Davies (Eds.) Queer and subjugated knowledges: Generating subversive imaginaries. Bentham Publishers.

Bansel, P., & Davies, B. (2010). Through a love of what Neoliberalism puts at risk. In J. Blackmore, M. Brennan & L. Zippen (Eds.) Re-Positioning university governance and academic work. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Walkerdine, V., & Bansel, P. (2010). Neoliberalism, work and subjectivity: Towards a more complex account. In M. Wetherell & C. Talpade Mohanty (Eds.),The SAGE handbook of identities (pp 492-507). London: Sage.

Bansel, P., Camden-Pratt, C., Davies, B., Ellwood, C., Gannon, S. & Zabrodska, K. (2010) A Day in the Art Classroom. In B. Davies & S.Gannon (Eds.) Pedagogical Encounters. Peter Lang: New York

Bansel, P. & Davies. B. (2007) Through a love of what neoliberalism puts at risk. In J. Kofoed & D. Staunæs (Eds.) Magtballader. Copenhagen: Danmarks Paedagogiske Universitetsforlag.

Journal Articles

Bansel, P. (in press, accepted 17 September, 2010). Becoming academic: A reflection on doctoral candidacy. Thematic Special Issue: Re-theorising the value and impact of the doctorate. Studies in Higher Education.

Davies, B. & Bansel, P. (2010) Governmentality and academic work: shaping the hearts and minds of academic workers. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 23(2).

Bansel, P., Davies, B., Laws, C. & Linnell, S. (2009) Bullies, bullying and power in the contexts of schooling’ British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30(1).

Bansel, P., Davies, B., Gannon, S. & Linnell, S. (2008) Technologies of audit at work on the writing subject. Studies in Higher Education, 33 (6), 673 – 683.

Davies, B. & Bansel, P. (2007) Neoliberalism and education. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education,  Special issue on neoliberalism and education edited by Bronwyn Davies and Peter Bansel, 20 (3), 247-260.

Bansel, P. (2007) Subjects of choice and lifelong learning. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20 (3), 283-300.

Davies, B. & Bansel, P. (2005) The time of their lives? Academic workers in neoliberal time(s). Health Sociology Review, 14 (1), 47-58.

Davies, B., Gottsche, M. & Bansel, P. (2006) The rise and fall of the neoliberal university, European Journal of Education, 41 (2), 305-319.

Linnell, S., Bansel, P., Elwood, C. & Gannon, S. (2008) Precarious listening. International Journal of Qualitative Inquiry, 14 (2), 285-305.