Mr Joel McGregor

Mr Joel McGregor

Associate Lecturer

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary


Joel Robert McGregor is an Associate Lecturer in the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre.  He began his PhD in August 2014 and, shortly after, started working as a sessional academic. He has taught into programs in the School of Humanities Social Sciences, Faculty of Education and Arts and the Open Foundations program, English Language and Foundations Studies Centre since 2015. His teaching experience means that he has knowledge in teaching low SES, Indigenous, mature-aged cohorts, as well as students coming to university from high school.

Joel has recently completed his PhD, titled 'Case Management in Youth Desistance: A Governmentality Approach’. The thesis seeks to uncover the ways in which case management and diversionary programs come together as a practice that is applied in the youth justice setting. It examines how youth case management and diversionary programs come together through complex relational practices. In particular, the thesis seeks to understand how practitioners do case management through their own subjectivities and the subjectivities that they imagine of their clients. It argues that, in managing ‘problem populations’, practitioners drew upon their personal understandings of young people to undertake their work rather than through the practices for working with post-release young people which were institutionally recognised. 


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


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

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Casual Academic 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)


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Mallett X, McGregor JR, Finau E, Markulin J, 'Interview with ABC investigative journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna', Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2 89-96 (2018)
Co-authors Xanthe Mallett
2018 Macfie T, McGregor JR, 'SHINE for Kids ¿Stand as One¿ mentoring program: The role of mentoring in supporting the transition from a juvenile justice centre to the community', Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2 83-88 (2018)
2018 McGregor JR, 'Understanding the role of lived experience in the practice of case management', Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2 3-15 (2018) [C1]
2017 McGregor JR, 'Case management and post-release young people', Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2 47-60 (2017)
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 McGregor J, 'Conceptualising ¿youth¿ through the lived experiences of case managers', Melbourne (2018)
2015 McGregor JR, 'Post-release becoming of youth who have participated in crime', Crowne Plaza Newcastle (2015)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $3,000

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20191 grants / $3,000

Sociological Insights: A critical investigation into the implementation of blended learning design in enabling sociology courses.$3,000

This project evaluates the implementation of a blended learning (BL) curriculum in two enabling sociology courses. A suite of BL modules comprising of visual learning objects and curriculum integration is currently being finalised for dissemination within EPHUMA254: Sociological Insights and EPHUMA310: Social Enquiry, Semester 2 2019. The feature of these modules are the visual learning objects, or videos, of experts within their disciplinary fields which are intended to supplement the course content with a focus on bring sociological theory into a real-world context. This research project will analyse the effectiveness of these modules on student learning and engagement. EPHUMA154/254 and EPHUMA310 students and staff will be invited to participate in this project, either via a quantitative survey or qualitative interview or focus group. In particular, the EPHUMA154/254 cohort will serve as a comparison group, whom have completed EPHUMA154 in a non-BL classroom but will be completing EPHUMA254 in a BL environment. At the conclusion of this project, the analysis of research data will contribute to current debates of best practice in online and BL programs particularly in the enabling context. 

Funding body: English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle

Funding body English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Joel McGregor; Michelle Mansfield

Scheme Sociological Insights
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Mr Joel McGregor


Associate Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Phone 492 18826
Link Twitter


Room HO 1.66
Building Humanities Building
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258