Dr Kim Gray

Casual Lecturer

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary


Research Expertise
Dr Kim Gray has been conducting sociological research in the areas of intercountry adoption, intercultural families and issues about cultural belonging and racial difference since the late 1990s. She conducted research on adoptive families' experiences of the adoption process in Australia as part of her Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree (1999), receiving the Faculty of Arts Deans Award for this research and the University Medal for her excellent undergraduate record. In 2001, Dr Gray received an Australian Postgraduate Award to conduct PhD research on intercountry adoptees' experiences of cultural belonging and issues of racial difference growing up in Australia. Her PhD research was published in 2009 in the book, ('Bananas, Bastards, and Victims'?:Hybrid Reflections on Cultural belonging in Intercountry adoptee narratives). Dr Gray's research work has also been included in a number of collaborative book projects in America and Australia. Her expertise in this field has led to invitations to review and assess scholarly research for the journals, Journal of Australian Studies and Australian Journal of Adoption. In 2014 she was invited to present her research at the International Forum on Intercountry Adoption & Global Surrogacy at The Hague, Netherlands in preparation for the Special Commission on the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to be held in 2015. Recent research projects include working as a Research Assistant on assessing student capabilities as part of a seed grant through the CEEHE at UoN. Previous research experience includes working as a Research Consultant with the Family Action Centre (2009), as a Research Assistant on the collaborative project with Home-Start Inc and the University of Newcastle (2004-5) and as a Research Assistant with the Hunter Division of General Practice (1996).

Teaching Expertise
Dr Gray has been teaching in sociology at the University of Newcastle since 2001. In recent years (from 2009), she has been lecturing and tutoring in enabling education, 'Social Enquiry', Open Foundation, English Language and Foundation Studies Centre. She has taught in a number of courses in the School of Humanities and Social Science including 'Society and Culture' SOCA1010, 'Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Society' SOCA1040 and 'The Sociology of Food' SOCA3350.


  • PhD (Sociology/Anthropology), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle


  • Constructions of Childhood and the Family
  • Cultural Identity
  • Intercountry adoption
  • Intercultural Families
  • Race relations
  • Social Enquiry, Open Foundation, ELFS
  • Society and Culture

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology 50
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies


Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2009 -  Membership - Australian Journal of Adoption Australian Journal of Adoption



Year Award
1999 University Medal
University of Newcastle
1999 Faculty of Arts Deans Award
The University of New South Wales

Research Award

Year Award
2001 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
University of Newcastle
1995 The Excellence in Research Methods Prize
University of Newcastle


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Gray KM, 'Bananas, Bastards and Victims'? Australian Intercountry Adoptees and Cultural Belonging, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 247 (2009) [A1]

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Gray KM, 'Australian intercountry adoptees' diverse experiences returning to the 'homeland'', Other People's Children: Adoption in Australia, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria 222-240 (2009) [B1]
2007 Gray KM, 'Identity and international adoptees: A comparison of the Vietnamese and Korean adoptee experience in Australia', International Korean Adoption: A Fifty-Year History of Policy and Practice, Haworth Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 237-262 (2007) [B1]

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Gray K, Irwin EL, 'Pathways to social inclusion: The participation of refugee students in higher education', National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Evonne Irwin
2009 Fletcher R, St George JM, Douglas SL, Gray KM, 'The dad, the chat and the cam: New father's use of the web', National Men's Health Gathering 2009: Program and Abstracts (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Jennifer Stgeorge, Richard Fletcher
2007 Gray KM, '(In)authentic identities: Hybrid modes of belonging in transnational adoptee narratives', Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities: A Conference about Migration, Connection, Heritage and Cultural Memory (2007) [E3]

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Burke PJ, Bennett AK, Burgess C, Gray K, Southgate E, 'Capability, Belonging and Equity In Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches', NCSEHE, 103 (2016)
Co-authors Pennyjane Burke, Anna Bennett, Erica Southgate

Dr Kim Gray


Casual Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Research Assistant
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Project Coordinator
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Email kim.gray@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5094


Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308