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Welcome Karla and Barrie! 

As many of you will know, Yarrow Andrew recently stepped down as convenor to pursue adventures outside of academia. As the TASA 2018 G&S Thematic Group Annual Meeting, Karla and Barrie both volunteered to join me in convening the group. While Yarrow will be sorely missed, both Karla and Barrie bring a wealth of expertise and experience to our team and I am excited to be working with them. You can read their bios below.

Just a reminder to get in touch if you have recently published a journal article, book or written a chapter within an edited collection so we can share it in on our blog, Facebook and Twitter. And if you haven’t already, be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. The three of us look forward supporting our members best we can.

Best Wishes,

Kythera Watson-Bonnice

Dr Karla Elliott is a Research Fellow – Gender, Violence, and Social Inequalities, at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. Her research primarily investigates gender, men and masculinities, gendered and family violence, young people, and social inequalities. Her recent projects include an investigation of men’s ‘risky’ drinking practices (with the School of Social Sciences Monash University, Turning Point and VicHealth), a study on Adolescent Family Violence in Victoria (with Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre), and an evaluation of community based initiatives for the prevention of family violence in migrant and refugee communities (with the Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne).


Barrie is a PhD candidate and casual academic currently based at the University of Newcastle, NSW, completing their thesis while teaching sociology and social science subjects at undergraduate and enabling levels. Their current research concerns the narratives and experiences of transgender and gender diverse young people as they relate to both formal and informal sex education. Barrie’s broader research interests include social media, online counterpublics and community building, online gaming communities, education policy, enabling education and mental health and wellbeing in academia. Barrie has published their work in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. In their spare time, Barrie prefers to retreat entirely into cooking, video games and TV.


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