Associate Researchers and Assistants

Ms. Sarah Thurgood

With a passion and insight into what drives personal and relational problems, Sarah began her professional career working as a personal therapist and team coach. These experiences inspired Sarah to undertake a Social Sciences undergraduate with the University of Newcastle, majoring in Politics, to explore the broader sociological implications of power, how it manifests in society and how the problematisation of particular policy problems makes some outcomes more likely than others. On completing her undergraduate at the end of 2017, Sarah will begin Honours in 2018, researching the sociological implications of public policy on cooperative modes of organisation. Sarah's career highlights for 2016 include, winning first prize in the Opus Magazine Essay Writing Series and being awarded an academic internship with Dr Hosseini, researching populism. During 2017, Sarah commenced employment with the University of Newcastle performing mixed methodological analysis on student feedback and has also worked as a Research Assistant for the Common Alternatives network, supporting two grant applications for the Australian Social Sciences Academy (ASSA) and a Strategic Network Grant Application.