Ms Michelle Mansfield

Ms Michelle Mansfield


Learning and Teaching

Career Summary


I am an associate lecturer in Social Enquiry (Sociology) in the Open Foundation Program, Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre (PALS) and a post-graduate candidate in Sociology and Anthropology. At present, I am the Program Convenor of the Open Foundation Program (Callaghan).

Research Expertise:

My PhD research focuses on young Indonesian street artists in Yogyakarta and the way they use their creative practice in political activism. I am a Sociologist with a particular interest in youth, the arts, aesthetic activism and cultural practices in Australia and Asia. My other research focuses on enabling education, inclusive language, pathways for non-traditional students and blended learning pedagogies.

Prior to my appointment in PALS (formerly ELFSC) in 2012, I worked as a researcher and research manager in The Cultural Industries and Practices Research Centre, The Arts Health Research Centre and The Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies in a broad range of research areas. During that time, I worked on a variety of ARC, DIAC and AUSAID funded research projects.

I have presented nationally and internationally at sociology and enabling education conferences.

Presently I am involved in a research project investigating Blended Learning for Enabling Sociology.


I am a passionate enabling educator. In my time at UON I have taught and coordinated courses in Sociology, Media Studies and Leisure and Tourism. My teaching has involved a variety of delivery modes including intensive, compressed, blended and entirely online courses across enabling, undergraduate and master’s programs.


My governance roles have included Deputy Program Convenor and Program Convenor of the Open Foundation Program (Callaghan), a position which I currently hold. I have served on the University Student Experience Committee and Learning Impacts Working Party. I am a member of the PALS Board and the PALS Teaching and Learning Committee.


  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation & Tourism), University of Newcastle


  • Aesthetic activism
  • Art
  • Creative practices
  • Sociology
  • Youth

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 30
160809 Sociology of Education 30
160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
Learning and Teaching
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies


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

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Nilan P, Mansfield MM, 'Youth culture and Islam in Indonesia', Wacana, 15 1-18 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Pamela Nilan
2013 Lovat TJ, Nilan P, Hosseini Faradonbeh S, Samarayi I, Mansfield M, Alexander W, 'Discrimination in the Labour Market: Exposing Employment Barriers among Muslim Jobseekers in Australia', Issues in Social Science, 1 53-73 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.5296/iss.v1i1.4374
Co-authors Pamela Nilan, Terry Lovat, Hamed Hosseini
2013 Lovat T, Nilan P, Hosseini SAH, Samarayi I, Mansfield MM, Alexander W, 'Australian Muslim Jobseekers: Equal Employment Opportunity and Equity in the Labor Market', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 33 435-450 (2013) [C1]

The experience of job market disadvantage is not a novel phenomenon for some in contemporary Australia, even in the face of embedded equal employment opportunity (EEO) ideals. Thi... [more]

The experience of job market disadvantage is not a novel phenomenon for some in contemporary Australia, even in the face of embedded equal employment opportunity (EEO) ideals. This article addresses the phenomenon of persistent job market disadvantage for some minority groups by presenting new data from a major multi-method study on labor market obstacles for Muslims seeking jobs in Australia. Responses from jobseekers and employment service providers are analyzed together to consider how EEO principles are experienced by Muslims who engage with employment services and move in and out of the labor force. The article proposes that key EEO tenets-freedom from discrimination and support to overcome disadvantage-are not represented at present in many Muslim jobseeker experiences. Furthermore, these same EEO principles appear to be somewhat compromised in employment service provision to Muslim jobseekers and, by extension, to other disadvantaged minority jobseekers. We offer some suggestions as to how the spirit of EEO legislation might be better reflected in support of Muslim jobseekers. It is concluded that an all government approach may be needed to counter the deep mistrust of Muslims in Australian society. © 2013 Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs.

DOI 10.1080/13602004.2013.866346
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Hamed Hosseini, Pamela Nilan, Terry Lovat

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Lovat TJ, Mitchell WF, Nilan PM, Hosseini Faradonbeh SA, Cook B, Samarayi I, Mansfield MM, 'Australian Muslim Jobseekers: Labour Market Experience, Job Readiness, and the Relative Effectiveness of Employment Support Services. A research report', Australia. Dept. of Immigration and Citizenship., 215 (2011) [R1]
Co-authors Terry Lovat, Hamed Hosseini, Bill Mitchell, Pamela Nilan

Ms Michelle Mansfield


Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre
Learning and Teaching
Academic Division

Contact Details

Phone (02) 49216888


Room GP Level One
Building GP Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308