Associate Professor 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 currently works in the College of Arts, Society and Education and a teaching and research academic. He is also currently a research fellow with the Cairns Institute.

Nick's research work predominantly covers the areas of lifestyle migration, internal migration, social theory, place and Australia's coasts, higher education labour and climate change adaptation. In the past, he has published several books including Understanding Lifestyle Migration with Professor Michaela Benson (Palgrave, 2014), Seeking Authenticity in Place, Culture and Self (Palgrave, 2012) and Towards a Sociology of the Coast (Palgrave, 2019). He has also published widely on higher education labour culminating in the book The Social Structures of Global Academia with Dr Fabian Cannizzo (Routledge, 2019).

Nick is currently working on a number of projects including work with colleagues from the University of Sydney investigating internal migration within Australia. In addition to this, he is working on a project detailing return migration of domestic migrants into regional places, such as Tasmania and has produced reports on internal migration to Tasmania in the past. Nick is also working on a follow up monograph on Australian coasts as places of historical and future importance for Australia.

He has extensive experience with honours and PhD students in sociology, geography, planning and theory. Currently he is supervising students in various areas and is available for supervision especially on areas of population and sociology.

Nick currently serves also as the TASA Social Theory Thematic Group co-convener, and on the editorial board of Australian Planner, the American Journal of Cultural Sociology and Societies.



  • SY2005: Qualitative Research (Level 2; CNS)
  • SY2100: Migration, Ethnicity and Belonging (Level 2; CNS)
  • SY3012: Social Analysis of Contemporary Australian Issues (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • Cultural Sociology; Classical Sociology; Social Theory; Lifestyle Migration; Climate Change and Society; Internal Migration
  • 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
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 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 45+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Nick Osbaldiston from 2010 onwards.

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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.

  • Live Action Role Play (LARP): What do adults "get out of it"? (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • In Defence of the North - The Narrative of Place and the Art of Becoming Northern Queensland 1971-1981 (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Rifts and Reconnection: An Examination of Reconnective Mitigative Practices under Capitalism (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Migration and Liveability in Regional Australia: Back to basics in a Post-Pandemic Era (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Settlement and acculturation experiences of French migrants in Far North Queensland. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • 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)
  • School-based Community Gardens Battling Food Disconnection as a Manifestation of Environmental Generational Amnesia (2024, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An exploration of the digital nomad lifestyle in pandemic times (2024, PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Social Media as a zone of violence: Neoliberal ideology and violent self-presentation in online spaces (2023, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Housing the homeless: housing crisis and caravan parks – a Bourdieusian perspective (2021, PhD , Primary Advisor)

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  • 1 collaboration
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