About

Dr Nick Osbaldiston is a cultural sociologist who joined JCU in 2015. He has previously worked at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and Federation University (Gippsland). As a cultural sociologist, 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. Nick is now working with his colleagues on understanding the relationship between academics and service to disciplines and what this will entail for the future.

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. Nick is presently preparing his second monograph on 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.

 

Teaching
  • BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place (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; CNS & TSV)
  • SY4017: Classical Social Theory (Level 4; CNS)
Interests
Research
  • Cultural Sociology; Classical Sociology; Social Theory; Lifestyle Migration; Climate Change and Society;
Experience
  • 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
Honours
Awards
  • 2017 - JCU Rising Star Award
  • 2010 - Executive Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis (QUT)
Fellowships
  • 2014 - Visiting Fellow - Goldsmiths University of London (London)
Memberships
  • 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)
Other
  • 2010 to 2013 - Co-Editor of Nexus (TASA)
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 25+ research outputs authored by Dr Nick Osbaldiston from 2010 onwards.

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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.

Current
  • An Indigenous Interpretive Research Inquiry into Torres Strait Regional Autonomy (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Drivers of Sustainability in Small Communities in Northern Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Medical Pluralism in Public Health in Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Housing the Homeless: An Ethnography of Caravan Park Dwelling in Rural North Queensland. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • In Defence of the North - The Narrative of Place and the Art of Becoming. North Queensland 1971-1981 (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
Collaboration

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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  • D3.139, The Cairns Institute (Cairns campus)
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