Dr Peter Khoury


School of Humanities and Social Science (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary


Dr Peter Khoury is a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy based at the Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah. He holds an Honours degree and a PhD in Sociology from the University of New South Wales. Previously he held teaching and senior research positions at the University of NSW and UTS. He has published in the areas of Social Policy and Indigenous Health.

His research interests are focussed on Inequality, Social Policy and the Sociology of Health and Illness. His current research projects involve a critical appraisal of Neoliberalism and Managerialism and the ways in which they have impacted on government policies and services in the health and social welfare sectors.

His work as an academic and educator is embedded in a strong commitment to social justice and the advocacy of principles of fairness, equity, social inclusion and ethical practice in social policy and public institutions.

Peter has received several teaching awards and has extensive postgraduate supervision experience in the areas of Social Policy and the State; Health Care and Disability; Indigenous Health; Identity and Cultural Politics; and Multiculturalism and Service Provision. Recent Postgraduate and PhD research supervision involved projects on the following topics:

- Aboriginal Women and Diabetes in Rural and Remote Communities.

- Family Dynamics, Bilingualism and Multicultural Policy in the Newcastle and Hunter Region of New South Wales.

- Work, Family and Gender: Policy Directions under the Howard Administration.

- Nationalism, Exclusion and Identity Politics on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

- Disability and Social Inclusion Policies and Programmes.

His current teaching involves courses on Social Policy and Social Justice; the Sociology of the Family; Health, Illness and Society; Human Service Organisations; and a critical appraisal of Neoliberalism and the State. A new course on the Sociology of Death and Dying has been developed and taught since 2012 as part of the Social Science program at the Central Coast campus of the University of Newcastle.

Research Expertise:
The impact of Neoliberalism on the Community Services Sector, Social Aspects of Health and Illness, Social Justice and Social Policy, Indigenous Government Policy. 

Recent Publications:

Khoury, P. (2015) ‘Beyond the Biomedical Paradigm: The Formation and Development of Indigenous Community-Controlled Health Organizations in Australia’, International Journal of Health Services, Volume. 45, No. 3, 471-494.

Khoury, P. (2015) ‘Neoliberal Governance: Auditing, Austerity and the Demise of Social Justice’ in Social Alternatives, Volume. 34, No. 3.


  • PhD, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of New South Wales


  • Australian Families: A Sociological Introduction
  • Health, Illness and Society
  • Neoliberalism and the State
  • Policy and Program Evaluation
  • Social Justice and the Welfare State
  • Social Policy
  • Social Policy and Social Justice
  • Social Science Research
  • Sociology
  • The Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Working in Human Service Organisations

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111708 Health and Community Services 40
160512 Social Policy 40
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science


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

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Khoury P, 'Beyond the biomedical paradigm: The formation and development of indigenous community-controlled health organizations in Australia', International journal of health services : planning, administration, evaluation, 45 471-494 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0020731415584557

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Total current UON EFTSL


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Antidote to the City: Place and Belonging on the NSW Central Coast
PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2003 PhD Hearing the Voices of Filipino Women: Violence, Media Representation and Contested Realities
PhD (Sociology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor

Dr Peter Khoury


School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Email peter.khoury@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4071
Fax (02) 4348 4075


Room HO1.62
Building Humanities Office
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258