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Biography

I have been lecturing in Sociology since 1973, at UNSW till 1988, and following 1990 at the University of Newcastle. My initial research interests were in gender and sexuality. From about 1993, I shifted my research interest to environment and society, working on the political implications of environmental problems such as global warming. I began research in the Hunter in 1995 to consider attitudes of the public to environmental problems and environmental policy, culminating in a survey with the Hunter Valley Research Foundation in 2003. Another area of interest that has developed during this period is project design for food security and sustainable agriculture in developing countries. In relation to this I have researched an EU project for irrigation for poor farmers in Northern Bali with my student Nazrina Zuryani, and projects for rural development and food security in South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Namibia. Out of my research in South Africa came a monograph "Permaculture Strategy for the South African Villages" which was published in 2009. I am at present working on a documentary on the CELUCT project in Zimbabwe. In the last few years I have revived a long standing interest in social theory and am writing a book about the relevance of humanist realism to the social sciences in terms of epistemology, ethics and social analysis. I have also been publishing more on the topic of the global environmental crisis and the political response to that, working with some of my students and colleagues to consider the responses of business leaders and young people in the Hunter to these issues. I maintain a website that has pdfs and web pages for my writings - www.gifteconomy.org.au.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney
  • Master of Arts, Carleton University - Canada

Research

Research keywords

  • Food Security and Development
  • Non Market Socialism
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • The Environmental Crisis

Research expertise

Dr. Terry Leahy has undertaken research and consultancy work on environmental attitudes, landcare and sustainability in the Hunter Valley, Australia, as well as in Indonesia and Southern Africa. At present his research covers three broad topics. The first is food security in the context of rural development. The second is the global environmental crisis and the response of the public to environmental politics. The third is social theory, the philosophy of the social sciences and the place of a humanist realist perspective in sociological analysis. His most recent monograph is "Permaculture for the South African Villages", a study of project design for food security for South Africa.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160899Sociology Not Elsewhere Classified70
070199Agriculture, Land And Farm Management Not Elsewhere Classified20
050299Environmental Science And Management Not Elsewhere Classified10

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - The Australian Sociological Association

Invitations

Bachelor of Land Management (Ecological Agriculture)
Charles Sturt University (Orange), Australia (External Reviewer - Programs.)
2005
Advance Australia Queer: New Imaginary Relationships between the mainstream and the marginal
Sociology, Latrobe University, Australia (PHD Examiner.)
2001
Crystal Waters: A Permaculture Community
Anthropology, University of Sydney, Australia (PHD Examiner.)
2002
Dancing With Leviathan: Community in the Sydney Anti-Nuclear Warship Movement
Sociology, University of New South Wales, Australia (PHD Examiner.)
1997
Dancing With Leviathan: Community in the Sydney Anti-Nuclear Warship Movement
Sociology, University of New South Wales, Australia (PHD Examiner.)
1997
Research assessment on Greenpower options for University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle Council, Australia (University Council Working Party)
2007

Collaboration

My primary research collaboration at present is with Steven Threadgold and Vanessa Bowden, but I have also published a number of papers with other authors.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Terry Leahy is currently the program convenor for the Master of Social Change and Development and the Discipline Convenor for Sociology and Anthropology.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Environment and Society
  • Food Security
  • Key debates in the Social Sciences

Teaching expertise

Terry Leahy has extensive teaching experience.

His current undergraduate teaching includes, "Professional Practices and Key Debates in the Social Sciences", "Media and Society", "Environment and Society".

His current postgraduate teaching includes, "Environmental Issues" and "Supervised Reading".

He is the convenor of the Master of Social Change and Development Program.

He is also coordinating the Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture Stream of the Master of Social Change and Development.

He is supervising 6 research postgraduates at the present time and has had 8 successful PhD completions since 2003.

Many of Terry Leahy's works are made available to students through his website <www.gifteconomy.org.au>

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Coates J, Leahy TS, 'Ideology and politics: Essential factors in the path toward sustainability', Electronic Green Journal, (2006) [C1]
2005Gow JF, Leahy TS, 'Apocalypse probably: agency and environmental risk in the Hunter region', Journal of Sociology, 41 117-141 (2005) [C1]
2003Leahy TS, 'Ecofeminist in Theory and Practice: Women's responses to Environmental Issues', Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 7 106-125 (2003) [C1]
2010Leahy TS, Bowden VM, Threadgold SR, 'Stumbling towards collapse: Coming to terms with the climate crisis', Environmental Politics, 19 851-868 (2010) [C1]
2010Leahy TS, 'Alternative scenarios: technological optimism or low energy futures', Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Routledge, London 280-296 (2010) [B1]
2011Leahy TS, 'Teaching them to fish: Entrepreneurial ideology and rural projects in South Africa', South African Review of Sociology, 42 37-57 (2011) [C1]
2009Leahy TS, Permaculture Strategy for the South African Villages: Towards MDG 7 - Environmental Sustainability, PI Productions Photography for Terry Leahy, Palmwoods, QLD, 228 (2009) [A2]
2008Leahy TS, 'Discussion of 'global warming and sociology'', Current Sociology, 56 475-484 (2008) [C1]
2008Leahy TS, 'Unsustainable food production: Its social origins and alternatives', A Sociology of Food & Nutrition: The Social Appetite, Oxford University Press, Oxford 58-77 (2008) [B1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Leahy TS, Permaculture Strategy for the South African Villages: Towards MDG 7 - Environmental Sustainability, PI Productions Photography for Terry Leahy, Palmwoods, QLD, 228 (2009) [A2]

Chapter (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Leahy TS, 'The gift economy', Life Without Money, Pluto Press, London 214-234 (2011) [B1]
2010Leahy TS, 'Alternative scenarios: technological optimism or low energy futures', Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Routledge, London 280-296 (2010) [B1]
2008Leahy TS, 'Unsustainable food production: Its social origins and alternatives', A Sociology of Food & Nutrition: The Social Appetite, Oxford University Press, Oxford 58-77 (2008) [B1]
2007Leahy TS, 'Sociology and the environment', Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest 429-451 (2007) [B2]
2004Leahy TS, 'Food, society and the environment', A sociology of food & nutrition the social appetite, Oxford University Press, Victoria 52-76 (2004) [B1]
1999Leahy TS, 'Food and the Environment', A Sociology of Food and Nutrition: The Social Appetite, Oxford University Press, 253 Normanby Road, South Melbourne, Victoria, Ausralia 3205 34-53 (1999) [B1]
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Journal article (15 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Leahy TS, 'Facing the Apocalypse: Environmental Crisis and Religion', Religion and Society, 4 182-187 (2014)
2013Leahy T, 'The Perils of Consumption and the Gift Economy as the Solution Daniel Miller's Consumption and Its Consequences', Electronic Green Journal, 1 1-12 (2013) [C1]
2012Leahy TS, 'The elephant in the room: Human nature and the sociology textbooks', Current Sociology, 60 806-823 (2012) [C1]
2012Alinyo F, Leahy TS, 'Designing food security projects: Kapchorwa and Bukwo, Uganda', Conception de projets de securite alimentaire: Kapchorwa et Bukwo, Ouganda, 22 334-346 (2012) [C1]
2011Leahy TS, 'Teaching them to fish: Entrepreneurial ideology and rural projects in South Africa', South African Review of Sociology, 42 37-57 (2011) [C1]
2010Leahy TS, Bowden VM, Threadgold SR, 'Stumbling towards collapse: Coming to terms with the climate crisis', Environmental Politics, 19 851-868 (2010) [C1]
2009Leahy TS, 'Ruling class men: Money, sex, power', Journal of Sociology, 45 109-110 (2009) [C3]
2008Leahy TS, 'Discussion of 'global warming and sociology'', Current Sociology, 56 475-484 (2008) [C1]
2006Coates J, Leahy TS, 'Ideology and politics: Essential factors in the path toward sustainability', Electronic Green Journal, (2006) [C1]
2006Zuryani N, Leahy TS, 'Structural impediments to the empowerment of women within organisations in northern Bali', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 40 113-142 (2006) [C1]
2005Gow JF, Leahy TS, 'Apocalypse probably: agency and environmental risk in the Hunter region', Journal of Sociology, 41 117-141 (2005) [C1]
2003Leahy TS, 'Ecofeminist in Theory and Practice: Women's responses to Environmental Issues', Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 7 106-125 (2003) [C1]
2003Leahy TS, 'Nature and Social Theory', Journal of Sociology, 39 195-197 (2003) [C3]
1999Leahy TS, 'Cultural Battles: The Meaning of the Viet Nam - USA War (Review)', Cantrills Filmnotes, 93 - 100 89-90 (1999) [C3]
1998Leahy TS, 'The Politics of Environment in Southeast Asia: Resources and Resistance (Review)', RIMA, 32, No. 2 259-261 (1998) [C3]
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Conference (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Leahy TS, 'An elephant in the room: Human nature and the sociology textbooks', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]
2009Leahy TS, 'Teaching them to fish: Entrepreneurialist approaches to rural development in South Africa', The Future of Sociology, Canberra, ACT (2009) [E1]
2009Leahy TS, 'Flexible strategies for rural development: Three locations', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2009: Book of Abstracts, Cairns, QLD (2009) [E3]
2008Leahy TS, 'Checkmate: Why capitalism cannot survive global warming', Re-imagining Sociology, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E1]
2007Leahy TS, 'Types of agricultural projects in the South Africa', TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference Proceedings, Auckland, New Zealand (2007) [E2]
2004Gow JF, Leahy TS, 'Nesters and happy workers: An exploration of contradictory environmental values amongst the 'battlers'', TASA Conference 2004: Revisioning Institutions: Change in the 21st Century: Conference Handbook and Program, Beechworth, VIC (2004) [E3]
2004Leahy TS, Zuryani N, 'Environmental sustainability and an EU irrigation project', TASA Conference 2004: Revisioning Institutions: Change in the 21st Century: Conference Handbook and Program, Beechworth, VIC (2004) [E3]
2001Leahy TS, 'Market Forces, Globalisation and Agriculture - the example of Sulawesi', Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), University of Sydney (2001) [E1]
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Leahy TS, Leahy GA, The Chikukwa Project, CUBA IPC11 Permaculture Convergence (2014)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants8
Total funding$8,877

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2013 (1 grants)

International Permaculture Convergence, Havana Cuba, 24 November to 5 December 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Terrence Leahy
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1301096

2009 (1 grants)

Institute of Australian Geographers; Cairns; 28 September - 8 October 2009$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Terrence Leahy
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020092009
GNo:G0190547

2008 (1 grants)

Re - Imagining Sociology, University of Melbourne, 2/12/2008 - 5/12/2008$820
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Terrence Leahy
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$82020082008
GNo:G0189615

2007 (1 grants)

TASA and SAANZ Joint Conference, The University of Auckland, 3/12/2007 - 9/12/2007$873
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Terrence Leahy
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$87320072007
GNo:G0188388

2006 (1 grants)

Sociology for a Mobile World (TASA), Humanities & Soc Sci. Murdoch University WA, 4 - 7 December 2006$899
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Terrence Leahy
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$89920062006
GNo:G0186878

2004 (1 grants)

The Australian Sociological Association annual conference, 8-11 December 2004$252
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Terrence Leahy
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25220042004
GNo:G0184983

1996 (1 grants)

Asia Pacific Regional Conference of Sociology - Philippines - 28-31/5/96$533
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Terrence Leahy
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$53319961996
GNo:G0176335

1993 (1 grants)

The impact of environmental awareness.$3,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Terrence Leahy
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,00019931993
GNo:G0173132
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1

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

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorWhen the Living Spaces are Ours: Investigating Environmental Activism Among Youth in Three Cities of Indonesia
20122016PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorConsuming the 'Other' to Heal the Self: Seeking Indigenous Amazonian Plant Medicine Ritual to Heal Western Maladies
20102014PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorHunter Business Leaders Response to Climate Change
20072010PHD Sociology
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorKorean Adoptions in Australia

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Classics)Co-SupervisorThe Gallic Wars: A Reassessment of Caesar's Interpretation of Gallic Leadership and Military Response to Rome
2013PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Sole SupervisorSocial Connectedness and the Built Environment
2013PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorExperiences of the 1996-2006 Civil Conflict in Nepal: Narratives of Engagement of Tamangs (Indigenous People) and Buhan-Chhetris (Non-Indigenous People)
2010PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal Supervisor(Re)Embodying Identity: Understanding Belonging, 'Difference' and Transnational Adoption Through the Lived Experiences of Korean Adoptees
2009PhD (Humanities)Co-SupervisorParenthood and Mental Illness: A Sociological Journey Through Silenced Experiences of Illness
2007PhD (Environmental Eng)Co-SupervisorImplementing Water Sensitive Urban Design: The Context of Changing Urban Stormwater Technologies in Australia
2007PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Sole SupervisorEmpowerment and Development Initiatives: Two Villages from the European Union Project in North Bali
2006Masters Sociology
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorSaving the Orangutans and Forests of Kalimantan
2006PhD (Leisure & Tourism)Principal SupervisorAre You A Boy or A Girl? Contesting the Uncontested: Intersex and Genders
2006PhD (Sociology)Co-Supervisor'Anti-Gay' Violence, Criminal Justice and Victimhood in New South Wales
2005Masters Sociology
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorThe Wave of Pictures: A discourse analysis of the Boxing Day Tsunami broadcast
2005PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Sole SupervisorThe Soap Opera of Everyday Life: A Political Economy Of Privacy
2004Masters Enviro Studies Not Elswr Class
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorEnvironmental Problems and Urban Planning: Three cities of the developing world
2003PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Sole SupervisorTravel Talk: When Knowledge and Practice Collide. Tracking gendered discourses in popular texts; in the stories of contemporary Australian women who work in the travel industry; and women who begin international leisure travel in mid-life
2003PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorOut of Time: Women's Unpaid Work
2001Masters Sociology
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorExperts on their own transitions: young women on becoming adult
2001PHD Sociology
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorPlaying With Culture: Young Children's Play and Their Social World
1997PHD Sociology
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorHeart Health Promotion in A Respectable Community
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Dr Terrence Leahy

Work Phone(02) 4921 6106
Fax(02) 4921 6902
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Office
W342,
Behavioural Sciences,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/terry-leahy