Dr Michelle Mansfield

Dr Michelle Mansfield

Program Convenor

Learning and Teaching

Career Summary


I am an lecturer in Sociology in the Open Foundation Program. At present, I am the Program Convenor of the Open Foundation Program (Callaghan).

Research Expertise:

My PhD research focused 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.


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.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation & Tourism), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle


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

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
441016 Urban sociology and community studies 70
390203 Sociology of education 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Learning and Teaching
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 (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lovat TJ, Nilan P, Hosseini H, Samarayi I, Mansfield M, Alexander W, 'Australian Muslim Jobseekers and Social Capital', Canadian Ethnic Studies, 47 165-185 (2015) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Pamela Nilan, Terry Lovat, Hamed Hosseini
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 Terry Lovat, Hamed Hosseini, Pamela Nilan
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 - 2
Co-authors Hamed Hosseini, Terry Lovat, Pamela Nilan
2005 Mansfield M, 'Reimaging the suburbs: An investigation of a placemaking strategy in a deindustrialising city', Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, 3 179-187 (2005)
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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 Hamed Hosseini, Pamela Nilan, Bill Mitchell, Terry Lovat

Dr Michelle Mansfield


Program Convenor
Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre
Learning and Teaching
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email michelle.m.mansfield@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49216888


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