Mr Joel McGregor

Mr Joel McGregor

Associate Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary


Joel Robert McGregor is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities and Social Science and casual academic at University of Newcastle, Australia. His research interests lie at the intersection of sociology and criminology with a focus on the effects of incarceration on both detainees and officers. Currently, Joel is working on his PhD project which investigates the experiences of post-release youth. This project is supervised by Dr Steven Threadgold and Dr David Farrugia. Joel has also completed an honours project which explored the consequences of prison work on retired prison officers.


Post Graduate Thesis (completion: 2017)

‘I became interested in youth purely through conversations around my honours work. I interviewed retired correctional officers in my honours project who had strong family networks yet were still effected by prison work. I began to wonder: what about young people who did not have these strong emotional networks? How do they deal with the stresses of being detained and the struggles associated with it upon release’?

Joel’s PhD project is titled: ‘Post-release becomings of youth who have participated in crime’, supervised by Dr Steven Threadgold and Dr David Farrugia. This project aims to advance sociological understands young people, desistance from crime and re-integration after being detained.


Undergraduate studies

In 2014, Joel completed an honours degree in Social Science Honours (Class 1), majoring in Sociology/Anthropology. The conclusions of his thesis entitled: “If you didn’t give them the war face when things are hairy you were gone’: The Emotion and Performance of Prison Work’ centred on the impacts of prison work on retired correctional officers.

In 2011, while undertaking his undergraduate degree, Joel was award a positions in the University of Queensland’s Summer Research Scholarship Program. Under the supervision of Professor Brian Head, this project explored the trust which people have in politicians and other professionals. This included investigating literature on trust, political communication, rhetoric, deception and lying as well as developing a pilot survey concerning individual and systemic reasons for trust or not trusting politicians.


  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science, University of Newcastle


  • Sociology
  • Youth Sociology
  • Youth Transitions
  • Youth
  • Crime
  • Youth Crime
  • Punishment
  • Crime and Governance
  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Governance and Social Control
  • Reintegration

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
13/12/2011 - 10/02/2012 Summer Research Scholar University of Queensland
Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)


Code Course Role Duration
SOCA2081 New Media and Society
The University of Newcastle
This course looks at 'new' and 'old' media within a sociological framework. It considers a wide variety of media forms, practices and cultures, assessing their influence on human interactions and experiences. Key topics include: social media and smart phones; the videogame industry and gaming cultures; online communities and participatory media; new and old journalism and its democratic influences and social functions; political communication and its consequences; advertising and the designing of desire; and popular narratives in TV and cinema and their social influences. This course covers central material in the sociological understanding of media texts. It helps students understand power relationships in society and the social construction of culture. It answers sociological questions such as: Does the new media democratize electronic communication? Do the media influence our actions? What are the positive and negative social consequences of new media technologies? Do the media reinforce social stereotypes?
Lecturer and Tutor 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016
SOCA1040 Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Society
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts | Australia
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 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016


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

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 McGregor JR, 'Case management and post-release young people', Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2 47-60 (2017)

Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 McGregor JR, 'Post-release becoming of youth who have participated in crime', Crowne Plaza Newcastle (2015)

Mr Joel McGregor


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

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Phone 492 18826
Link Twitter


Room W321
Building Behavioural Sciences Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308