Staff Profile


Career Summary


Eva joined the University of Newcastle in mid 2009. Before that she held academic positions at other Australian and Danish universities. By bringing together Foucauldian discourse analysis, policy sociology, actor-network theory, poststructural feminist theory and institutional ethnography she has brought new perspectives on academic cultures, work and subjectivities. Generally, she is interested in identity/subject formation in education contexts. Eva's work is published in international highly-regarded journals and she is often invited to talk at conference and seminars.


  • PhD (Sociology), University of Copenhagen - Denmark, 09/03/2004
  • Master of Arts, Roskilde University - Denmark, 14/03/1999
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Monash University, 02/04/2009


Research keywords

  • Academic Culture
  • Equity and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Gender and Feminist theory
  • Higher Education Policy
  • Identity Formation in Educational Contexts
  • Poststructural Ethnography
  • Poststructuralism
  • Research Methodology

Research expertise

Academic culture and academic identity formation; identity formation in educational contexts more broadly; lived experience of higher education policy; neoliberalism; inclusion and exclusion in higher education; gender construction and affirmative action; qualitative research; postmodern research methodologies; narrative and discourse analysis; history of ideas in education; teacher education.


  • Danish

Fields of Research

130299Curriculum And Pedagogy Not Elsewhere Classified100


Eva has a strong record of co-publishing with international and Australian colleagues on a wide range of issues.


Administrative expertise

Programme and Course coordination; Honours coordination; Faculty Research Ethics Advisor; Member of the Human Research Ethics Committee; past member of inauguaral Steering Committee for Leadership Development Programme for Women (CSU); past Deputy Chair of the Danish Gender Studies Association; past Guest Editor of Scandinavian Gender Studies Journal.


Teaching keywords

  • Educational Psychology
  • Research Methodology (undergraduate and posgraduate)
  • Sociology of Education

Teaching expertise

Research methodology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; educational psychology; sociology of education; history of ideas.

Course Coordinator



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Book (1 outputs)

2004Petersen E, Academic Boundary Work. The discursive constitution of 'scientificity' amongst researchers within the social sciences and sumanities, Sociologisk Institut, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 228 (2004) [A1]

Chapter (2 outputs)

2008Petersen EB, 'Passionately Attached: Academic subjects of desire', Judith Butler in Conversation. Analysing the texts and talk of everyday life, Routledge, London, United Kingdom 55-68 (2008) [B1]
2007Petersen EB, 'Un/doing Academicity: Academic subjectification in a neoliberal policy landscape', Magtballader: Magt, Modstand og Subjektivering, Danmarks Paedagogiske Universitetsforlag, Copenhagen, Denmark (2007) [B1]

Journal article (18 outputs)

2014Petersen EB, 'Re-signifying subjectivity? A narrative exploration of 'non-traditional' doctoral students' lived experience of subject formation through two Australian cases', STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 39 823-834 (2014) [C1]
2014Millei Z, Petersen EB, 'Complicating 'student behaviour': exploring the discursive constitution of 'learner subjectivities'', Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, (2014)
2013Petersen EB, 'Cutting edge(s): An ethnographic drama in three acts', Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 13 293-298 (2013) [C1]
2011Petersen EB, 'Staying or going?: Australian early career researchers' narratives of academic work, exit options and coping strategies', Australian Universities' Review, 53 34-42 (2011) [C1]
2010Petersen EB, Davies B, 'In/Difference in the neoliberalised university', Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 3 92-109 (2010) [C1]
2009Petersen EB, 'Resistance and enrolment in the enterprise university: An ethno-drama in three acts, with appended reading', Journal of Education Policy, 24 409-422 (2009) [C1]
2008Petersen EB, 'The Conduct of Concern: Exclusionary discursive practices and subject positions in Academia', Educational Philosophy and Theory, 40 394-406 (2008) [C1]
2007Petersen EB, O'Flynn G, 'Neoliberal technologies of subject formation: A case study of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme', Critical Studies in Education, 48 197-211 (2007) [C1]
2007Petersen EB, O'Flynn G, 'The 'good life' and the 'rich portfolio': Young women, schooling and neoliberal subjectification', British Journal of Sociology of Education, 28 459-472 (2007) [C1]
2007Petersen EB, 'Negotiating Academicity: Postgraduate Research Supervision as Category Boundary Work', Studies in Higher Education, 32 475-487 (2007) [C1]
2007Petersen EB, 'A day at the office at the University of Borderville: An ethnographic short story', International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20 173-189 (2007) [C1]
2005Davies B, Petersen EB, 'Intellectual workers (un)doing neoliberal discourse', Subjectivity, 13 32-54 (2005) [C1]
2005Davies B, Petersen EB, 'Neoliberal discourse in the academy : The forestalling of collective resistance', Learning and Teaching: the international journal of higher education in the social sciences, 2 77-98 (2005) [C1]
2004Davies B, Browne JA, Gannon S, Honan E, Laws C, Mueller-Rockstroh B, Bendix Petersen E, 'The ambivalent practices of reflexivity', Qualatative Inquiry, 10 360-389 (2004) [C1]
2001Hammershoj LG, Petersen EB, 'Can a social construction hurt? Reconstructing current worries and misunderstanding of social constructivism', Sosiologi Idag, 31 41-65 (2001) [C1]
2000Petersen EB, 'Mainstreaming of 'irrelevant' phenomena - is it possible?', Kvinder, Koen og Forskning, 8 53-57 (2000) [C1]
2000Staunaes D, Petersen EB, 'Transgressive Methodologies - an introduciton', Kvinder, Koen og Forskning, 9 3-15 (2000) [C1]
1999Petersen EB, 'Fisseflokken's Feminist Paces', Kvinder, Koen og Forskning, 7 86-92 (1999) [C1]
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Conference (6 outputs)

2012Petersen EB, 'Keynote address: Monsters astray in the flesh: A layered exploration of the im/possibilities of resistance-work in the neoliberalised university', Academic Identities Conference 2012, Auckland, NZ (2012) [E3]
2010Parkes RJ, Petersen EB, 'The collision of vertical and horizontal curriculum discourses in contemporary higher education', AARE 2010 Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]


2010Petersen EB, Parkes RJ, 'Pedagogical refrains in Australian teacher education: Developing a conceptual frame for empirical exploration', Teacher Education for a Sustainable Future. The Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association for Research (ATEA), Townsville, QLD (2010) [E3]


2010Petersen EB, 'Non-traditional doctoral students negotiating conflicting subject positions', AARE International Education Research Conference - 2010, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Parkes RJ, Loughland A, Petersen EB, 'Unfashionably postmodern: Rethinking teacher education and the Project of Consensus', Teacher Education for a Sustainable Future. The Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association for Research (ATEA), Townsville, QLD (2010) [E3]


2006Petersen EB, 'Australian early career researchers negotiating the 'culture change' of higher education reform', Refereed Conference proceedings for The Australian Sociology Association annual conference, Perth, Australia (2006) [E1]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$5,750

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2013 (1 grants)

AARE 2013 (Australian Association for Research in Education), Hilton Adelaide, 1-5 December 2013$750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Eva Petersen
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2010 (1 grants)

New Staff Grant 2010$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Eva Petersen
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.5

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20112014PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorInterrogating the Discursive Constitution of the 'Normal' in Early Childhood Education
20102018PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorAn Examination of the Discursive Construction of Academic 'Underachievement'

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Education)Co-Supervisor'Do You Ride Horses?': Discursive Construction of Chinese Minority 'Mongolian University Students' Subjectivities

Dr Eva Petersen

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PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEducation
Hunter Building,
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Callaghan NSW 2308