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The first Postgraduate Executive position began in 2003 and it is now in its ninth successive term (2019-2020). In 2013, the Postgraduate Sub-Committee was established by the then Postgraduate Executive Representative, Karen Soldatic, for the term 2014 – 2015. Key areas of focus for the sub-committee include international networks with similar postgraduate organisations, TASA Postgraduate web strategies and information, and postgraduate transitions to employment. Since forming, the committee have worked together on several projects including this new website. The Postgraduate sub-committee Terms of Reference can be accessed here.

TASA hold committee Elections every 2 years. The next one is scheduled for mid 2020 for 2021-2022 Executive positions. The current TASA Executive committee can be viewed below:

The subcommittee members for the 2019-2020 term are:

  1. Ben Lohmeyer (Chair/elected Postgraduate Portfolio Leader)
  2. Marina Khan – Western Sydney University
  3. Simon Copland – Australian National University
  4. Claire Moran – Monash University
  5. Emma Barnard – The University of Melbourne
  6. Anthony Smith – The University of New South Wales


Dr Ben Lohmeyer – Chair/Postgraduate Portfolio Leader

Dr Ben Lohmeyer is a critical youth sociologist and youth worker. He is an Adjunct Researcher at Flinders University and Head of Youth Work at Tabor. Ben’s research interests include youth, governance, violence (personal, structural and neoliberal) and youth work practice.


Twitter: @Lohmeyerben


Marina Khan 

I am a Higher Degree Research candidate from the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. I have completed my Master of Research study in which I explored lived experiences of professionals working in the Australian migration industry. My PhD project titled ‘Mapping Migrancies’ is an exploration of how migrants encounters’ with multiple interlinked migration processes shape their migration experience.


Simon Copland

Simon Copland is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Australian National University (ANU), studying the online ‘manosphere’. Simon is a freelance writer, co-produces the podcast Queers, and had chapters in the books Queer Stories and Going Postal.

Simon powerlifts and is a David Bowie and rugby union fanatic.


Claire Moran


Claire is a Research Assistant, Teaching Associate and PhD student at Monash University, researching social media use amongst African-Australian youth. Impatient, driven, chatty and possibly a little nuts, Claire can often be seen scoffing an avocado at lunch or procrastinating over a coffee with colleagues.


Emma Barnard

Emma is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Health Equity, MSPGH,, where she also teaches qualitative research methods into the Master of Public Health program. Emma’s PhD explores how young women and girls understand and make decisions about genital cosmetic surgery. Her broader research interests include adolescent and women’s health, qualitative research methods, and health ethics.


Anthony Smith

Anthony K J Smith is a Scientia Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. He is researching clinician perspectives of prescribing HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Anthony has a background in philosophy, feminist and queer thinking, and now enjoys qualitative research methods and sociology of medicine.