Dr Emma Quilty

Dr Emma Quilty

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary


I am a social anthropologist and in 2020 I completed my Doctor of Philosophy in anthropology under the supervision of Dr. Kathleen McPhillip’s and Dr. Hedda Askland. I completed fieldwork amongst the Australian witchcraft community, showing how young women find themselves and find where they belong.  I am currently adapting my thesis into book chapters and journal articles.

I work as a Research Officer in the Everymind team, based in Newcastle at the James Fletcher Hospital. This is an interdisciplinary research and project team involved in mental health and suicide prevention policy and national promotion programs of work.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Sociology), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Class I, University of Newcastle


  • Ethnography
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Social Science
  • Social anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Suicide Prevention

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/4/2013 - 31/12/2013 Research Assistant

Research Assistant


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science


Code Course Role Duration
EDUC2103 Schooling, Identity and Society
University of Newcastle, Faculty of Education and Arts

This course provides students with an introduction to the sociological study of education. Through investigating equity issues in schooling and early childhood education the relationships between identity, schooling and society emerge. The course prepares students to explore and understand historical and contemporary education systems and care, including elements of education policy and practice both in Australia and globally. There will be a focus on the needs of students from economically, socially and culturally disadvantaged backgrounds, and the ways in which educators might contribute to a just society.

Tutor 1/7/2016 - 30/11/2016
SOCA1030 Introduction to the Sociology of Religion
School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle
Students will be introduced to the study of religion as an aspect of social structure and social change. The course will examine sociological approaches to systems of belief based on classical and post-modern theorists and define the basic concepts which underpin contemporary debates about the role of religion in society.
Lecturer and Tutor 28/7/2014 - 6/11/2016
SOCA1040 Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Society
University of Newcastle - School of Humanities and Social Science
The course provides an introduction to the study of children and families within a social and political context. The course encourages a critical perspective by examining debates about the historical and sociocultural constructions of childhood in relation to families. The diversity of family forms in contemporary Australia will be examined in the context of class, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity. There will be a particular focus on how those constructions impact upon young children and how young children understand them. An analysis of the role of the family in liberal democracy and the policing of families will form the foundation for a critical understanding of current policy debates.
Tutor 28/2/2014 - 3/6/2016
SOCA3350 The Sociology of Food
University of Newcastle - School of Humanities and Social Science
Aims to provide students with a sociological understanding of the social context of food and nutrition. Students examine the production, distribution and consumption of food to understand 'why we eat the way we do'. Topics include: the causes of world hunger; the rise in popularity of vegetarianism; the environmental consequences of food production and consumption practices; debates over the genetic modification of food; the links between gender and food; and the influence of social class and culture on food habits.
Lecturer and Tutor 1/7/2017 - 30/11/2017


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

Review (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Quilty E, ''Kathryn Rountree. 2015 Contemporary Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe'. The Australian Journal of Anthropology. (2016)
2016 Quilty E, 'Vibeke Steffen, Steffen Jöhncke and Kirsten Marie Raahauge (eds.) Between magic and rationality: on the limits of reason in the modern world . Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford. (2016)

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Quilty E, 'ISA Third ISA Forum of Sociology', The University of Vienna, Austria (2016)
2016 Quilty E, 'ANU Anthropology Seminar Series - Paper Presented 'The Cosmology of the Spirit Place: Spiritual Landscapes in Witchcraft'', Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2016)
2015 Quilty E, 'AAS Australian Anthropology Society', The Univeristy of Melbourne (2015)

Dr Emma Quilty


Conjoint Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology