Category: Working Notes Issue 2

To Be or Not to Be ‘Too Academic’: Theory and Practice in Applied Contexts

Welcome to the second edition of Working Notes, the online bulletin for Sociology At Work. In this edition, we tackle the question of what it means to be ‘too academic’ in an applied context. The idea of being ‘too academic’ (or ‘not academic enough’…

Language, Ideas and Policy: Insights From the Periphery. Melbourne, Australia

In this paper Dina Bowman draws parallels between her initial encounters with the jargon and assumptions of employment services policy and the treatment of ‘invalid’ survey responses. The paper was presented at the Australian Sociological Association annual conference in 2010.

Do It Yourself Social Research and Everyday Evaluation: Lessons From a 40-year Career as an Applied Sociologist. Melbourne, Australia

Yoland Wadsworth has been working as an applied sociologist for almost four decades in Melbourne, Australia. She specialises in action research techniques, having worked with various research centres within universities as well as with state government research centres, and she also takes on other…

Health Matters: Working with Qualitative and Quantitative Methods. Melbourne, Australia

Christine Walker works with the Chronic Illness Alliance, in Melbourne, Australia. Christine specialises in qualitative research on health issues, but she has more recently began working with quantitative methods. In this profile Christine discusses her research on diabetes and epilepsy.

Addressing Disadvantage: Applying Theory to Practice. Melbourne, Australia

Dina Bowman talks about her work with a not-for-profit organisation in Melbourne, Australia, which addresses social disadvantage through services, advocacy and research. Dina’s current research focus is on understanding inequality in the ‘working years’. She outlines how it is possible to use social theory…

Sociological Leadership in Education: Abuja, Nigeria

Dr Steve Nwokeocha is based in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. Here he explains how sociology influences his management style, and demonstrates ‘the difference a sociologist can make in bringing about positive changes in an organisation and in launching a very new organisation…

Influencing Social Change: Advice for Students Who Want to Work with NGOs. Melbourne, Australia

Sharon Bond works as a Senior Research Officer with a not-for-profit organisation in Melbourne, Australia. Sharon conducts research and analysis to inform the planning and development of the organisation’s community services. One of Sharon’s primary research areas is on the ‘through school to work…