As a sociologist, educator and cultural theorist, I am constantly attempting to analyse the world around me – these are my musings. Over the last few decades, shock jocks and politically motivated commentators have promoted misinformation and researchers and academics must confront these.
My musings are not limited to politics only – I also write about the PhD journey, experiences of higher education and universities with the aim of promoting a smooth, fulfilling and empowering experience.
My third area of interest is looking at the role of art in our contemporary society: how artists reflect, comment and inform the world around us.
Before beginning this blog, I want to say that a ballot (or poll) on same sex marriage (or marriage equality) is one of the worst policy failures I have ever witnessed (up there with energy [...]
We can confidently say we are living in the age of the algorithm. Some of the most influential organisations of our day use secret algorithms that steer us towards what we should read and [...]
Despite 20 years of focus on improving university retention rates, we are still losing one in five of our first-year students. And the release of a new report by TEQSA again reminds us of the challenges [...]
I have now been an academic for just over 10 years. It is a job I love, and I have been lucky enough to experience some success. I work with some amazing people, get [...]
It is amazing to think that, as The Guardian reported earlier this year, vinyl albums sales now outstrip those of CDs - sales hit a 25 year high. It was not that long ago that people were predicted [...]
This week I had the pleasure of launching an exhibition of the work of Lee Hong. Lee is an Australian-Chinese artists who studied at the Central Academy of Art in Beijing. I find Lee’s [...]
Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the re-emergence of One Nation, refusal to accept human induced climate change and the failure of other evidence based policy initiatives such as needs-based school funding and health [...]
It has been over 18 months since I was appointed the Dean of Western Sydney University’s Graduate Research School. It is a job that I really do love. But is also a job that [...]