Dr Julia Cook

Dr Julia Cook

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science

Loans, housing and young people

Dr Julia Cook is a youth sociologist whose research is revealing how housing and family finance impacts the lives of young people.

Dr Julia Cook

Dr Julia Cook is passionate about amplifying the voices of young people through her research. Her qualitative and mixed methods research allows her to convey young people’s experiences to the world, highlighting issues and areas where policy changes are needed, particularly in regard to housing, loans and family assistance.

Her work is producing impactful results with immediate implications for the creation of policies that are fit for purpose. She is the chief investigator on a project funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education which seeks to understand the housing experiences of undergraduate regional and remote students living away from the family home.

“Lately we are seeing reports recommending funding for purpose-built student accommodation on campus as a means of trying to increase university participation among regional and remote students,” Julia said. “However, there isn’t much evidence around the impact purpose-built on-campus housing has on this group compared to, for instance, living in the private rental sector. This project fills that gap in the literature.”

The project has surveyed 550 regional and remote university students who have relocated for their studies to see how their housing has impacted their experience of university.

“The aim of the project is to develop an evidence base that can feed into policy that is fit for purpose and recommendations that target the resources available for housing for regional and remote students into outcomes that are equitable and beneficial.”

“The project investigates the impact of different living arrangements on the student’s studies. Do those who are in purpose-built student accommodation fare better than those renting elsewhere? What challenges are presented in both those scenarios? Are any negative experiences caused or mediated by working part time? We want to understand some of the determinants of positive experiences at university and find evidence to see what students actually need and what will have a positive impact so we know where resources are best targeted,” Julia said.

Understanding intergenerational loans

In 2019 Julia was awarded a prestigious international research fellowship with the University of Birmingham’s Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM), where she furthered her research into the impact of intergenerational financial transfers to enable entry into the property market.

“I have also researched this topic in Australia and had some data on the prevalence of intergenerational loans but wanted to know more about the mechanisms behind how this happens,” Julia said.

Parents lending their children money to buy a house seems a straight forward transaction, but Julia is interested in the micro-social factors that make that possible.

“I enjoy engaging with participants in interviews and going into homes and talking to them about how this happens. I’m interested in the social norms that underpin these larger financial gifts.”

“The aim of this project is to try and understand the mechanisms through which intergenerational advantage and disadvantage are produced. Passing on money to buy a house is a direct way that home ownership is reproduced. We know if your parents are home owners, you’re more likely to be a home owner – that is the reproduction of advantage. In order to understand the wider agenda of disadvantage it’s necessary to understand the mechanisms through which advantage is reproduced.”

Regional youth and work, wellbeing and debt

Julia is also part of a project called ‘Regional youth in precarious times – work wellbeing and debt’ that aims to understand the debt and employment nexus for young people in the Hunter region. The project will begin with a policy analysis around debt and young people. Secondly, the project team will interview young people in the Hunter region to hear about their lived experiences with unsecured debt. Then they will use creative research methods, such as body mapping in workshops, to endeavour to further clarify young people’s relationship between debt, employment and wellbeing. The final step of the project will be to create a digital map of the various financial lenders in the Hunter with categories of lenders and the types of loans they offer.

“We’ll overlay this information on the map meaning we’ll be able to see the income of specific suburb and youth unemployment while also seeing the type of lenders in the area,” Julia said.

“With this information we are aiming to put together an intervention to make the financial aspects of life better for young people in the Hunter. We are partnering with the Greater Bank Financial Literacy Laboratory who are running financial literacy programs in secondary schools. The findings from our project will feed into those financial literacy programs as well as inform evidence-based policies.”

Loans, housing and young people

Dr Julia Cook is a youth sociologist whose research is revealing how housing and family finance impacts the lives of young people.

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Julia Cook is a Lecturer in Societies, Cultures and Human Services at the University of Newcastle. Her research interests include the sociology of youth, time and housing, and her most recent research addresses Australian young adults' pathways into home ownership, focusing particularly on the role of intergenerational transfers in facilitating entry into the property market. She co-convenes the Sociology of Youth thematic group in The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and is on the editorial board of the journal Time & Society. She recently published her first book Imagined Futures: Hope, Risk and Uncertainty (Palgrave, 2018). 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne

Keywords

  • futurity
  • housing
  • place
  • residential mobility
  • sociology of time
  • young adulthood
  • youth

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160805 Social Change 60
160806 Social Theory 30
160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

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


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Cook J, Imagined Futures Hope, Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, 141 (2018)

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Cook J, Woodman D, 'Digital Modes of Data Collection in Mixed-Methods Longitudinal Youth Research', Complexities of Researching with Young People, Routledge, Abingdon, UK 74-86 (2020) [B1]
DOI 10.4324/9780429424489
2019 Wyn J, Cuervo H, Cook J, 'Expanding theoretical boundaries from youth transitions to belonging and new materiality', Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging 12-24 (2019)

© 2020 selection and editorial matter, Sadia Habib and Michael R. M. Ward. This chapter draws on a longitudinal study of young Australians to analyse the spatial dimensions of you... [more]

© 2020 selection and editorial matter, Sadia Habib and Michael R. M. Ward. This chapter draws on a longitudinal study of young Australians to analyse the spatial dimensions of youth transitions through the concept of belonging. It argues that new materialist approaches provide a useful resource for moving beyond transitions frameworks. Focussing on the materiality of everyday events in young adults¿ lives, the authors show how young people¿s transitions are formed over time within networks of relationships with people, places and objects. They conclude that, when understood in this way, the concept of belonging becomes a useful tool for gaining insight into the relationship between biography and history in young people¿s lives.

DOI 10.4324/9780203712412-2
Citations Scopus - 3

Journal article (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Cahill H, Cook J, 'From Life-course Expectations to Societal Concerns: Seeking Young Adults Perspectives on Generational Narratives', YOUNG, 28 105-102 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1103308819825697
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2020 Cook J, 'Smoothing Rough Transitions: the Extensive Role of Family Assistance in Pathways into Homeownership', Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 3 79-93 (2020)
DOI 10.1007/s43151-020-00001-9
2020 Cook J, Woodman D, 'Belonging and the Self as Enterprise: Place, Relationships and the Formation of Occupation-Based Identities', Sociologia Ruralis, 60 375-393 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/soru.12285
2020 Fu J, Cook J, 'Browsing for Cunzaigan on WeChat: Young People s Social Media Presence in Accelerated Urban China', Young, 28 404-421 (2020) [C1]

© 2019 Sage Publications and YOUNG Editorial Group. This article examines how young Chinese adults living in urban areas experience cunzaigan (a Chinese word that translates to ¿s... [more]

© 2019 Sage Publications and YOUNG Editorial Group. This article examines how young Chinese adults living in urban areas experience cunzaigan (a Chinese word that translates to ¿sense of existence¿) through sharing mundane life moments on the social media platform¿WeChat. We draw on the theories of social acceleration and social presence to interpret this practice and, in so doing, find that for our participants, cunzaigan signifies a subjective experience, testifying that they are here, providing a counterpoint to their mobile and fast-paced urban lives. Drawing on their experience of temporal social presence on WeChat, we contend that technological developments, which have been identified as a key motor of social acceleration, can also be harnessed as a resource to serve ontological and social purposes in an accelerated social context. In so doing, we address the role that everyday engagements with social media play in shaping the temporal nature of young people¿s lives.

DOI 10.1177/1103308819877787
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2020 Cook J, 'Keeping it in the family: understanding the negotiation of intergenerational transfers for entry into homeownership', HOUSING STUDIES, (2020)
DOI 10.1080/02673037.2020.1754347
2019 Cook J, Cuervo H, 'Agency, futurity and representation: Conceptualising hope in recent sociological work', The Sociological Review, 67 1102-1117 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0038026119859177
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2019 Woodman D, Cook J, 'The new gendered labour of synchronisation: Temporal labour in the new world of work', Journal of Sociology, 55 762-777 (2019) [C1]

© The Author(s) 2019. Research considering how time is organised has shown that women tend to carry a disproportionate burden of coordinating the schedules of their households. Ho... [more]

© The Author(s) 2019. Research considering how time is organised has shown that women tend to carry a disproportionate burden of coordinating the schedules of their households. However, little research has considered how these gendered inequalities may manifest in the context of the shift away from ¿standard¿ work patterns and towards variable and non-standard hours. We address this question by using interview and digital data to consider how a selection of ¿ordinary¿ Australian young adults in heterosexual partnerships manage and coordinate their time. We contend that even for middle-class young adults with relatively high employment security, increasingly complex working arrangements are shifting existing inequalities in gendered divisions of temporal labour in ways that heighten feelings of temporal insecurity. We conceptualise our findings as part of an intensification of the existing need to schedule and manage lives that is widely felt in the so-called ¿gig economy era¿, even by those removed from gig work proper.

DOI 10.1177/1440783319879244
Citations Web of Science - 1
2018 Cook J, Cuervo H, 'Staying, leaving and returning: Rurality and the development of reflexivity and motility', CURRENT SOCIOLOGY, (2018)
DOI 10.1177/0011392118756473
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2018 Cook J, 'Gendered expectations of the biographical and social future', Journal of Youth Studies, 21 1376-1391 (2018)
DOI 10.1080/13676261.2018.1468875
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2018 Cuervo H, Cook J, 'Formations of belonging in Australia: The role of nostalgia in experiences of time and place', Population Space and Place, (2018)
DOI 10.1002/psp.2214
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2018 Cook J, 'Hope, Utopia, and Everyday Life: Some Recent Developments', Utopian studies, 29 380-397 (2018)
DOI 10.5325/utopianstudies.29.3.0380
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2017 Kosovac A, Davidson B, Malano H, Cook J, 'The varied nature of risk and considerations for the water industry: A review of the literature', Environment and Natural Resources Research, 7 80-86 (2017)
DOI 10.5539/enrr.v7n2p80
2017 Cook J, ' How much do I want the apocalypse to happen and just wipe this all clean? : The use of apocalyptic narratives by non-religious youth', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 30 52-72 (2017)
DOI 10.1558/jasr.31628
2016 Cook J, 'Young people's strategies for coping with parallel imaginings of the future', TIME & SOCIETY, 25 700-717 (2016)
DOI 10.1177/0961463X15609829
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2016 Cook J, 'Young adults' hopes for the long-term future: from re-enchantment with technology to faith in humanity', JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES, 19 517-532 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/13676261.2015.1083959
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11
2014 Cook J, Hasmath R, 'The discursive construction and performance of gendered identity on social media', CURRENT SOCIOLOGY, 62 975-993 (2014)
DOI 10.1177/0011392114550008
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 22
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $123,409

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20205 grants / $88,289

Regional youth in precarious times: Work, wellbeing and debt$70,000

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr David Farrugia (Lead); Dr Julia Cook; A/Prof Kate Senior; Dr Steven Threadgold; Dr Julia Coffey; Dr Kate Davies; Dr David Savage; Prof Helen Cahill (University of Melbourne).

Scheme Research Programs Pilot Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Newcastle Youth Studies Network$12,353

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr David Farrugia (Lead), Prof Penny Burke, Dr Julia Cook, Dr Steven Threadgold and Prof Pam Nilan

Scheme Strategic Network and Pilot Project Grants Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

2020 Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Application Support Scheme$2,500

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Julia Cook

Scheme 2020 FEDUA Strategic Application Support Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

2020 FEDUA 'Finish that Output' scheme funding$2,176

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr J Cook (Lead); Dr D Farrugia (UoN); Dr S Threadgold (UoN).

Scheme FEDUA 'Finish that Output' scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

2020 Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Early Advice and Feedback Scheme$1,260

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Julia Cook

Scheme 2020 FEDUA Strategic Early Advice and Feedback Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20191 grants / $35,120

Housing matters: understanding the housing experiences of undergraduate regional and remote students living outside the family home$35,120

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding body National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project Team Doctor Julia Cook, Doctor Matthew Bunn, Professor Penny Jane Burke
Scheme Research Grants Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1901066
Type Of Funding C2120 - Aust Commonwealth - Other
Category 2120
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD Sport and Social Change: A Class Analysis of Gentrification, Displacement and Activism in Newcastle, Australia PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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News

New research reveals unequal impact of the pandemic on young people

August 20, 2020

New research by the directors of the Newcastle Youth Studies Network, Drs Julia Cook, Steven Threadgold, David Farrugia and Julia Coffey, has revealed the extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people working in the hospitality sector.

CHASM Research Fellowship Awarded to Dr Julia Cook

February 8, 2019

Dr Julia Cook has been awarded a prestigious international research fellowship to the University of Birmingham.

Dr Julia Cook

Position

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

Contact Details

Email julia.cook@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4055 3018

Office

Room W314
Building Behavioural Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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