President’s Letter

Katie Hughes, TASA President: 2016 seems to be the year of elections, and TASA is no exception to this! Thanks to all TASA members who took the time and made the effort to vote for our next Executive which will hold office in 2017 and 2018.

It was very pleasing to see the number of nominations and I’d like to thank all those who nominated themselves for election this year and congratulate those who were elected:

  • President: Dan Woodman
  • Vice President: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
  • Secretary: Luke Gahan
  • Treasurer: Shanthi Robertson
  • Thematic Group Portfolio Leader: Peta Cook
  • Postgraduate Portfolio Leader: Ashleigh Watson
  • Applied Sociology Portfolio Leader: Joseph Borlagdan
  • Multimedia Portfolio Leader: Brady Robards


I would particularly like to congratulate Joseph Borlagdan, from the Brotherhood of St Laurence, who is our first Applied Sociology Portfolio Leader – a position created this year to ensure that TASA better meets the needs of Sociologists working across diverse sectors. The newly elected members will shadow their predecessors from now until they assume their roles in 2017.

On behalf of members, I would also like to extend my grateful thanks to the Executive members who are ending their terms on the TASA Executive:

  • Jo Lindsay (Immediate Past-President)
  • Joshua Roose (Secretary)
  • Kris Natalier (Treasurer)
  • Karen Soldatic (Thematic Group Portfolio Leader)
  • Christina Malatzky (Postgraduate Portfolio Leader)

Each has made a great contribution to ensuring TASA is as lively and engaged as it is. Thank you all so much.

From 2017, we will also have a new editorial team for the Journal of Sociology. Dr Kate Huppatz from Western Sydney University, and Associate Professor Steve Matthewman from the University of Auckland will become Joint Editors in Chief for 2017 to 2020. The TASA Executive is delighted with this cross-Tasman partnership which looks set to herald a new internationally focused era for our signature journal. Congratulations to the new team.

In December, TASA will be hosting Professor Margaret Abraham (President of the International Sociological Association) and Benjamin Tejerina (Vice-President, Finance and Membership of the International Sociological Association). Between December 12th and 15th, both will be in Melbourne to inspect the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, see the various levels of accommodation we have available, visit Melbourne University and explore what Melbourne has to offer delegates to the 2022 World Congress of Sociology. Jo Lindsay, Dan Woodman and myself are coordinating the visit, and liaising with the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre to ensure that all goes as smoothly as possible in this final stage of the bid process.



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