Postgraduate Corner

Ashleigh Watson, Postgraduate Portfolio Leader:

The annual Postgraduate Day at the TASA Conference is nearly upon us! Over the past few months the postgraduate subcommittee has been working hard on the Postgraduate Day sessions for 2017, which will happen on Monday 27 November. Participants can expect a varied line up catering to those just starting their postgraduate research journey through to those of us quickly approaching submission and the big wide post-postgraduate world.

The 2017 Postgraduate Day features a line-up of early career and established sociologists working in a variety of professional capacities, who are keen to work with higher degree students to develop their skills and answer questions about the future of sociological work. Morning sessions will aim to facilitate peer networking, demystify professional sociological work, and connect students with mentors. Afternoon sessions will be split into two streams, targeted to early- and late-stage candidates.

Time Session Type Presenters Session Description
8:30–9:00 am Registration
9:00–10:30 am Welcome Session Ashleigh Watson (Griffith University)

Ben Lohmeyer (Flinders University)

Josie Reade (University of Melbourne)

Zoei Sutton (Flinders University)

Milovan Savic (Swinburne University of Technology)

In this interactive session run by the postgrad portfolio leader and postgraduate sub-committee, participants will meet peers and workshop issues central to their research and PhD ‘journeys.’ Postgraduate Conference Scholarships will also be presented.
10:30–11:00 am Morning Tea (provided)
11:00–12:00 pm A Day in the Life of Real Sociologists Panelists:

Shanthi Robertson (Western Sydney University)

Vicki Williams (Clear Horizon Consulting)

Gaye Mackenzie (Rangelands NRM)

Dan Woodman (University of Melbourne)


Luke Gahan (Federation University)

This panel session brings four sociologists working in various areas to discuss their everyday work lives and includes a Q&A session
12:00–1:00 pm Meet a Mentor Mentors:


In small groups arranged by field, approach or future interest, participants will meet mentors to discuss their projects and research trajectories
1:00–2:00 pm Lunch (provided)
2:00–3:00 pm Becoming a Tutor and Lecturer Teaching Sociology thematic group Members of the Teaching Sociology thematic group will present an interactive workshop of teaching tips and strategies
Publishing your PhD Research Kate Huppatz (Western Sydney University)

Steve Matthewman (University of Auckland)

Joanne Bryant (University of New South Wales)

Editors of TASA’s journals, JoS and HSR, will present a workshop on publishing strategies for late candidature and post-submission
3:00–4:00 pm Managing a PhD Project Nicholas Hookway (University of Tasmania)

Martin Forsey (University of Western Australia)

Peta Cook (University of Tasmania)

Experienced PhD supervisors will present a workshop on project management, aimed at pre-PhD and early- to mid- candidature participants
What Comes Next?? And How Do I Do It???? Brady Robards (Monash University)

Alphia Possamai-Inesedy (Western Sydney University)

Joseph Borlagdan (Brotherhood of St Laurence)

Experienced sociologists working in various positions will present a workshop on applying for post-PhD work and navigating academic and professional roles
4:00–4:05 pm Closing and Thanks Ashleigh Watson (Griffith University)

The most up to date schedule for the day is available online (see

The subcommittee has also been working hard on a workshop for postgraduate and early career researchers, to be jointly hosted with Western Sydney University in early 2018. This practical two-day workshop event will explore methodological developments in sociological research. Bringing together researchers working on a variety of topics, this event will provide participants with an opportunity to present and workshop their own methodological approaches, while gaining knowledge of those outside their immediate research focus. Sessions will involve practical workshops on designing, employing, and analysing research projects, organised into four streams: qualitative methods, digital ethnography, quantitative methods, and mixed methods research.

More information about this exciting event will be released soon. Watch this space!

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