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Dr Lena Rodriguez

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary

Biography

My work provides a contribution to address the lack of culturally appropriate, comprehensive studies in relation to Polynesian health in Australia. As Maori and Pacific Islanders are one of the fastest growing population groups in Australia, their long term health outcomes, particularly associated with obesity-related disease, will become of greater concern for Australian healthcare. I have published articles in relation to the complex issues surrounding this issue to raise awareness and also provide insight into more effective nursing and allied health practice in relation to working with this CALD group.

Other publications concern Polynesian masculinities and sport. Pasifika are highly visible in Rugby League and Rugby Union. These articles address issues affecting these players both on and off the field.

I also teach into the Masters of Social Change and Development. This program explores issues around the politics of aid and development and better ways to deliver more effective targeted programs. This entails a mix of research methods examining issues of governance, capacity building and social justice

Research Expertise
Expertise in the area obesity and its implications in Indigenous and migrant communities. Exploration of transitional youth masculinities in the extended Polynesian migrant community. This is one of Australia's fastest growing migrant population groups. Also experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods in particular regard to health and development studies.

Collaborations
PURAI is a newly launched initiative from the University of Newcastle that is attracting international scholars around issues concerning Black, Indigenous and Diasporic Studies


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Arts, Charles Sturt University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Indigenous health
  • Polynesian masculinities
  • Polynesian youth
  • gender and development
  • obesity

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111799Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified50
160899Sociology not elsewhere classified50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
27/03/2015 - 18/12/2015Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
19/07/2014 - 19/12/2014LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/02/2013 - 6/12/2013LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
16/08/2012 - 21/12/2012Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
26/07/2012 - 19/12/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
17/07/2012 - 21/12/2012Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
17/07/2012 - 21/12/2012Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
3/11/2011 - 16/12/2011Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
4/02/2008 - 10/12/2008Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
25/01/2007 - 15/12/2007LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
17/07/2006 - 15/12/2006Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/12/2012 - 1/12/2013Senior Research AssistantUniversity of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Recipient

YearAward
2012Teacher of the Year Award
University of Newcastle
2012Teacher of the Year Award
University of Newcastle

Invitations

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
2012All Blacks or wallabies? Identity transitions and notions of multiple trasnational identities for Maori and Pacific Island migrants to Australia
Organisation: The Australian Sociological Association Description: TASA 2012 - All Blacks or wallabies? Identity transitions and notions of multiple trasnational identities for Maori and Pacific Island migrants to Australia. UQ , 26-29 November.
2012All Blacks or wallabies? Identity transitions and notions of multiple trasnational identities for Maori and Pacific Island migrants to Australia
Organisation: The Australian Sociological Association Description: TASA 2012 - All Blacks or wallabies? Identity transitions and notions of multiple trasnational identities for Maori and Pacific Island migrants to Australia. UQ , 26-29 November.
2008Lena Rodriguez, Ms
Organisation: AQUA Description: To participate in a discussion regarding guidelines for the ethical storage of qualitative interview data at U of Queensland archive.
2008Lena Rodriguez, Ms
Organisation: AQUA Description: To participate in a discussion regarding guidelines for the ethical storage of qualitative interview data at U of Queensland archive.
2007Lena Rodriguez, Ms
Organisation: Social Sciences & Health Research Unit, Monash University Description: To present on how class and culture impact on the health of Maori and Pacific Island migrants in Australia.
2007Lena Rodriguez, Ms
Organisation: Social Sciences & Health Research Unit, Monash University Description: To present on how class and culture impact on the health of Maori and Pacific Island migrants in Australia.
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Rodriguez LL, 'The new culture wars: the growth of Polynesian migrant youth gangs in the United States', Essays on Social Themes, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens 203-214 (2011) [B1]

Journal article (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Rodriguez LL, George J, 'Is Genetic Labeling around Obesity Contributing to Resistance and Fatalism in Polynesian Communities', Contemporary Pacific, 26 65-93 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1353/cp.2014.0005
2014McDonald B, Rodriguez L, '¿It's our meal ticket¿: Pacific bodies, labour and mobility in Australia', Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science, 3 236-249 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1080/21640599.2014.972537
2013Rodriguez L, 'The subjective experience of Polynesians in the Australian health system', HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW, 22 411-421 (2013) [C1]
Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2013Rodriguez LL, McDonald B, 'After the whistle: Issues impacting on the health and well-being of Polynesian players off the field', Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport & Physical Education, 4 201-215 (2013) [C1]
2009George JR, Rodriguez LL, 'Hybrid youth identity in the Maori/Pacific Island diaspora in Australia: A study of young urban Polynesian men in Sydney', New Zealand Sociology, 24 3-23 (2009) [C1]
2006Rodriguez LL, 'The role of education in good governance for the future South Pacific', PAMBU: Pacific Arts Bureau Newslatter, 5 5-7 (2006) [C2]
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Conference (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Rodriguez LL, 'Contested aetiologies of obesity and related illness in the Maori/Pacific Islander migrant population in Australia', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]
2011Rodriguez LL, 'Identity transitions: Notions of hybrid, transnational identities for Maori and Pacific Island migrants to Australia', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]
2009Rodriguez LL, 'The role of visual arts in the preservation and adaptation of traditional Polynesian cultural practices in Australia', Improving the quality of social life in the Asia/Pacific: a challenge for sociology, Bali, Indonesia (2009) [E1]
2009Rodriguez LL, 'Science or bio-piracy? A sociological examination of genetic research into the 'warrior gene' in modern Polynesians', The Future of Sociology, Canberra, ACT (2009) [E1]
2007Rodriguez LL, 'Impact of migration and social disadvantage on Maori and Pacific Islander health in Australia', TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference Proceedings, Auckland (2007) [E1]
2007Rodriguez LL, 'Migration and the hybrid construction of identity for Maori and Pacific Islanders in Australia', Proceedings of the 5th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii (2007) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
Total funding$15,000

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20141 grants / $15,000

Network for Youth Research Outside the Northern Metropole$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamProfessor Pamela Nilan, Doctor Steven Threadgold, Conjoint Professor Andy Furlong, Doctor David Farrugia, Doctor Julia Coffey, Doctor Hedda Askland, Doctor Lena Rodriguez
SchemeStrategic Networks Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400957
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Places to Go: Witches to See Alternative Counter-Cultural Spiritual Practices among Australian Youth
Studies In Human Society, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Lena Rodriguez

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Emaillena.rodriguez@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5094

Office

RoomW314 Behavioural Sciences Bulding
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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