Dr Nick Osbaldiston is a sociologist who joined JCU in 2015. He has previously worked at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and Federation University (Gippsland). Nick has many interests in sociological and social theory but three main themes have been the focus of his research.

Theme One: Lifestyle Migration

Along with colleagues Dr Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths University of London) and Dr Felicity Picken (Western Sydney University), Nick has published widely in the area of lifestyle migration. He presently is investigating the upcoming relationship of migration for the purposes of 'finding a better way of life' and environmental risks that may deter or hinder this in the future. Nick is also interested in theoretically unpacking the concept of lifestyle migration and is using a Weberian framework to understand what it entails and how scholars can ground this further.

Theme Two: Critical Engagements with Higher Education

Along with colleagues Fabian Cannizzo (Monash University) and Christian Mauri (Murdoch University), Nick has led three major projects focussed on examining the relationship of work/life balance to present day Australian academics. He has co-published papers on how academics negotiate their time in the Journal of Sociology and Time and Society. Along with Fabian Canizzo, he has published a new edited volume called The Social Structures of Global Academia (Roultedge, 2019).

Theme Three: Cultural Sociological understandings of Place and Self

In 2012, Nick published his first monograph Seeking Authenticity in Place, Culture and Self with Palgrave Macmillan. The publication empirically and theoretically explored the creation of place and how lifestyle migrants or seachangers negotiated these. He has also published a second monograph entitled Towards a Sociology of the Coast which seeks to utilise the classical sociological thought of Weber amongst others to unpack how coasts were encountered and how they have developed through the modern process. He was recently asked to discuss this project on the London School of Economics blog which can be found here.


  • SS1010: Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism (Level 1; CNS)
  • SY1001: Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology (Level 1; CNS)
  • SY2100: Migration, Ethnicity and Belonging (Level 2; CNS)
  • SY3012: Social Analysis of Contemporary Australian Issues (Level 3; TSV)
  • Cultural Sociology; Classical Sociology; Social Theory; Lifestyle Migration; Climate Change and Society;
  • 2014 - Lecturer in Sociology, Federation University (Victoria)
  • 2014 - Visiting Scholar, Goldsmiths University of London (London)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Lecturer in Sociology, Monash University (Victoria)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Melbourne (Victoria)
Research Disciplines
  • 2017 - JCU Rising Star Award
  • 2010 - Executive Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis (QUT)
  • 2014 - Visiting Fellow - Goldsmiths University of London (London)
  • 2007 - Member of The Australian Sociological Association
  • 2010 to 2014 - Executive Committee Member of the Australian Sociological Association
  • 2010 to 2012 - Co-convener of the Cultural Sociology Thematic Group (TASA)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Co-Editor of Nexus (TASA)

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 41+ research outputs authored by A/PROF Nick Osbaldiston from 2010 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Cairns Regional Council - Contract Research

Building Community Economic Capacity through Understanding Insurance Levels

Indicative Funding
This research will assist in understanding the vulnerability and resilience of the Cairns Community to major natural disaster events such as cyclones. Using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative research, the project will collect data on how communities across Cairns insure their property and what levels of under or noninsurance there is. In doing so, the project will provide one of the first attempts to quantify and qualify under/noninsurance in the Cairns region to date. This research will also build on former similar research conducted through James Cook University (Osbaldiston, McShane and Oleszek, 2019).
Nick Osbaldiston (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Underinsurance; Sustainability; Vulnerability; Cairns; Resilience

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Reflections on the natural beauty of the Daintree Rainforest (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Social Media as a zone of violence: Neoliberal ideology and violent self-presentation in online spaces (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • In Defence of the North - The Narrative of Place and the Art of Becoming. North Queensland 1971-1981 (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Rifts and Reconnection: An Examination of Reconnective Mitigative Practices under Capitalism (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Planning for Sustainability using School-based Community Gardens: Growing Food and Community for a Post-COVID World (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Migration and Liveability in Regional Australia: Back to basics in a Post-Pandemic Era (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A sociological exploration of the digital nomad lifestyle and its implications for the future of work (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Receptivity, Affect, Endurance and Democracy: A Comparison Between Two Political Organizations, La Madres de Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina and, the Townsville Feminist Collective in North Queensland, Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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