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2015-2016 Postgraduate Committee:


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.