My research examines how broad social and structural transformations surface in the everyday lives of children and families through dilemmas over care, dignity and belonging. My PhD, which stems from 18 months qualitative research in regional Victoria, analyses children’s social and emotional strategies for coping with experiences of economic insecurity in everyday life. This concerns how children develop and sustain feelings of belonging when facing situations of economic instability which arise through broader social, economic and environmental processes.
Thesis title: In Fairness We Trust: Children Making Sense of Economic Insecurity
Children and youth, families, inequality, insecurity, belonging, everyday life, culture, class, education, emotions, consumption, media and visual studies, qualitative research methods, research with children and young people.
In 2012, I was a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia, US (3 months).
Butler, R. 2013. Images of the child and environmental risk: Australian news photography of children and natural disasters, 2010-2011. Visual Studies 28(2): 148-160.
Conference Papers and Invited Lectures:
'In Fairness We Trust: Children, Families and Economic Insecurity'. Paper presented in the session 'Understanding Continuity and Change' at the Australian Sociological Association Symposium: Emerging Priorities in the Sociology of Youth, University of Melbourne, November 2013.
‘Fieldwork and Research Methods’. Invited Lecture in ANTH1002 Culture and Diversity: Introducing Anthropology, School of Archaeology & Anthropology, Australian National University, April 2013
‘Feelings of Inadequacy in an Era of Economic Opulence: Notes from Children’s Lives in Regional Australia’. Paper presented in the session on Children and the Post-Industrial Economy at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Denver CO, US, August 2012.
‘Children and Public Cultures of Environmental Risk’. Invited Lecture in ANTH2128 Media and Modernity, School of Archaeology & Anthropology, Australian National University, October 2010.
'Fairness and Belonging in Low-Income Australian Childhoods'. Department of Sociology Work-in-Progress Graduate Seminar Series, University of Virginia, November 2012.
2013. Sessional Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Australian National University. ANTH2128/6514 Media and Modernity (semester 1)
2008. Tutor, Koori Centre, University of Sydney. ANTH1002: Anthropology and the Global (semester 2)