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UON ranked in the world's top 150 for Sociology
The University of Newcastle's sociology discipline is ranked in the top 150 in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.
Exploring the exciting complexities of the human race and the ever-changing societies we live in, sociology equips our students with transferable skills that lead to rewarding careers in diverse fields. Backed by experienced educators, the study of sociology puts the facets of modern life under the microscope and provides fascinating insights into how society works by examining the way we live.
Professor Pamela Nilan
An accomplished researcher in the sociology of youth, Professor Pam Nilan works on an international stage, collaborating with colleagues in Indonesia, Fiji, Spain and France.
Professor Nilan has devoted much of her academic career to studying young people. Her research endeavours have resulted in her being well-known for her work, receiving grants and being invited to give keynote addresses at international conferences.
Following on from leading previous studies and projects, Professor Nilan is currently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant – Fostering Pro-Environment Consciousness and Practice: Environmentalism, Environmentality and Environmental Education in Indonesia.
The project aims to foster environmental awareness in Indonesia by investigating how some people have become environmentally aware, and by evaluating various environmental education and activism projects.
Dr David Farrugia
Sociologist Dr David Farrugia is supporting the development of strong regional communities through his study 'The Formation of Young Workers: A Multi-Sited Study on the Periphery’.
The study focuses on how youth in regional areas are responding to conditions of high unemployment and industrial restructuring. The purpose of his study is to provide an innovative evidence base for the design of welfare interventions and social policies that support marginalised young people to build fulfilling employment futures.
David was a recipient of the 2016 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award which has helped support his current three-year study.