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2017-2018 Postgraduate Portfolio Leader (elected)

Ashleigh Watson


Ashleigh is a current PhD candidate at Griffith University and a 2017 Endeavour Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research explores narrative and fiction in society as well as in sociology. She is interested in cultural and public sociology, ethnography and arts-based research. Ashleigh tweets at @awtsn.

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Postgraduate Sub-Committee (self-nominated)

Ben Lohmeyer


Ben Lohmeyer is a PhD candidate at Flinders University. Positioned within a critical sociology of youth Ben’s PhD project focusses on the governing of young people and violence. Through semi-structured interviews with young people involved in child protection, juvenile justice and political activism he is exploring their experience of neoliberal violence. Ben also a lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tabor College. He tweets at @LohmeyerBen.

Josie Reade

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Josie Reade is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at the Youth Research Centre in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne. Her research interests include the body, gender, social media and innovative methodologies. Josie’s current work engages with feminist new materialism and the concepts of assemblage and affect to investigate the experiences and practices of ‘fitspirational’ bodies, and the identities constituted in digital-material ‘fitspo’ assemblages. She tweets at @JosieReade.

Zoei Sutton


Zoei Sutton is a PhD Candidate and Sessional Academic at Flinders University in the school of Social and Policy Studies. Her doctoral research examines the creation and navigation of human-companion animal relationships. Research interests include human animal studies, critical animal studies and species inclusive research. Zoei tweets at @zoei_Sutton.

Milovan Savic

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Milovan Savic is a PhD candidate at the Swinburne University of Technology. His research interests include social media, young people, digital parenting, digital youth cultures and digital citizenship. Milovan’s current project is a qualitative study looking at how parents and their pre-teen and teen children negotiate use of social media within the family context. He tweets @nav0lim.

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Postgraduate Portfolio Leader (elected)

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Christina Malatzky Postgraduate Portfolio Leader

Dr Christina Malatzky is a Research Fellow in Culture and Rural Health at the University of Melbourne. Her background is in gender relations and discourses of contemporary femininities and maternities. She has been a TASA member since 2011 and graduated from her doctoral studies in 2013 at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Her current research interests include the cultures of rural health services, discourses of rural health and gender and rurality.

Postgraduate self-nominated sub-committee


Thomas Antwi Bosiakoh PhD Student, Macquarie University

Thomas Antwi Bosiakoh is a doctoral student candidate at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He previously held teaching position in the Department of Sociology, University of Ghana where he obtained his B.A (2005) and M.Phil (2009) degrees in Sociology. His research interests include migration, criminology and child studies. He has published in the Children and Youth Services Review, International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, Journal of Educational Reviews, Ghana Journal of Development Studies and the Legon Journal of Sociology, among others.


Monika Dryburgh PhD Student, University of Melbourne

Postgraduate website Events page manager

Monika Dryburgh has been a member of TASA since 2006. She is currently a PhD student at the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD project is an interdisciplinary exploration of fatigue across different categories of chronic illness and disability, drawing on theory and methodology from the sociology of health and illness, critical disability studies and medical anthropology.


Laura Gobey PhD Student, Deakin University

Postgraduate website podcast manager

Laura Gobey is a current PhD candidate at Deakin University and her research investigates the lives and aspirations of young African migrant women in Melbourne. Laura completed her Honours degree in 2012 having researched the role of the wedding in contemporary society. Her areas of interest are gender, youth, migration, family and visual methodologies.



Ashlin Lee PhD Student, University of Tasmania

Postgraduate website thesis approver

Ashlin Lee is a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania.  His research interests focus on the intersection of society and technology, and also on the implications of surveillance systems in society.  His PhD explores the role of the latest generation of mobile technologies – what he calls convergent mobile technologies – and the experiences and implications of using a device that combines previously separate functions into one.  He has published in the Journal of Sociology, and has presented his work at a national and international level.


Ly Phan PhD Student, University of Sydney

Postgraduate website blog editor

Ly Phan is currently a PhD student at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, the University of Sydney. She holds a Bachelor degree in Vietnam and a Master degree from the University of Washington, USA, both in Sociology. Before continuing her PhD education, she had been working as a researcher at the Institute of Sociology in Vietnam. She is also an Endeavour Award holder and a Harvard-Yenching alumna.