Virus, community, activism

Oil painting image of protesters at a Black Lives Matter Protest in Sydney. They are wearing surgical masks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since I last wrote you, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has obviously transformed the world. I went into voluntary lockdown in early March, and Australia went into official lockdown at the end of March. I’ve been writing a lot on the pandemic on my social media, especially on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram stories, as well as on my research blog.

Today, from 2.30pm-3pm AEST, you’ll be able to hear about some of this work on COVID-19. I did an interview with Bigoa and Baasto on 3CR Diaspora Blues about my research on Pandemic, race and moral panic. Below is a preview of the interview.

If you’d like to learn more of my work on COVID-19, have a read of my post, ‘Using sociology to think critically about Coronavirus COVID-19 studies,’ where I break down how to make sense of information about the pandemic and how to consider whether the media might be inflating research findings.

I have a couple of other research pieces in the works, on the social impact of suppression versus elimination strategies to the pandemic in Latin American nations, and a guide for COVID-19 research design.

Community work

Over the month of May, I volunteered with a community organisation and delivered three online workshops for practitioners. I hope to publish some of these resources on my blog in the coming weeks, so that others might benefit. Here are the topics:

  1. How to use Facebook and Instagram effectively
  2. Survey design and online tools for beginners
  3. Influencing social policy

Sociology activism

In June, as part of their focus on sociology and activism, The Sociological Review republished my post on ‘Indigenous Sociology for Social Impact.’ The post features the work of Bundjalung and Worimi woman, Associate Professor Kathleen Butler. This work captures how we can begin to decolonise sociology using Indigenous methods and knowledge, as well as how to rethink ethics and how to better draw on trauma-informed research practice.


In early July, I ran an online workshop for the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA). The session is titled, Career Planning in the Research Sector. My slides are below and you can read text descriptions on my blog.

What’s next

At the beginning of July, two projects that I lead were published as part of our team’s Annual Report. Keep a look out on my blog over the next week or so, where you’ll be able to read excerpts of our work. This includes our randomised control trial to increase completion rates of apprenticeships and traineeships, as well as another trial we have scaled across the state, to attract more pre-service teachers to rural and remote regions.

Other writing

Here’s a summary of my other recent writing