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Peterie, Michelle Dr

Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Overview


Dr Michelle Peterie is a Research Fellow in the University of Wollongong’s School of Humanities and Social Inquiry. Michelle has previously worked at the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney and the University of New England, and has done research consultancy work in the third sector.

Michelle completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, examining bureaucratic violence in immigration detention facilities. Her current research concerns the social and emotional impacts of government policies and discourses, particularly those targeting forced migrants, Indigenous Australians and the unemployed.

Michelle's research has been published in Australian and international journals and books. She won the biennial award for the best article in the Journal of Sociology 2017-2018 and has been the recipient of several other awards and research grants. Michelle is currently working on a monograph regarding the collateral impacts of Australia's immigration detention system, and a co-authored book about compulsory income management in Australia and New Zealand.

Michelle’s work has also had impact beyond academia. She has been invited to give expert testimony at hearings of the Australian Senate and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and her research has received national media attention.

Further information about Michelle's research and outputs is available at www.michellepeterie.com.

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p>Invited Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs Inquiry into the Social Security Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020 - with Shelley Bielefeld, Greg Marston and Zoe Staines. Parliament of Australia. 23 October 2020. </p></li><li><p><a href="https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Legal_and_Constitutional_Affairs/ProhibitedItems/Submissions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020: Submission 49</a>. Parliament of Australia. 11 June 2020.</p></li><li><p><a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5bff47d1da02bc49ad4e890b/t/5dad1ff2218aa17443c3d116/1571627001963/Bielefeld+et+al.+Submission+re+IM+to+CDC+Transition+Bill+2019.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Invited Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs Inquiry into the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019: Submission 40</a> - with Shelley Bielefeld, Greg Marston and Zoe Staines.<a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5bff47d1da02bc49ad4e890b/t/5dad1ff2218aa17443c3d116/1571627001963/Bielefeld+et+al.+Submission+re+IM+to+CDC+Transition+Bill+2019.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a> Parliament of Australia. 18 October 2019.</p></li></ul>
  • <ul><li>Panel Lecture -<a href="https://soundcloud.com/sydney-ideas/trapped-inpushed-out-border-politics-in-the-us-and-australia" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a> <a href="https://soundcloud.com/sydney-ideas/trapped-inpushed-out-border-politics-in-the-us-and-australia" target="_blank" rel="noopener">'Trapped In/Pushed Out: Border Politics in the US and Australia'</a> - with David Fitzgerald, Graham Thom, Behrouz Boochani and Omid Tofighian. <em>Sydney Ideas. </em>University of Sydney, Camperdown. 12 April 2017.</li></ul>
  • <ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p>Quoted by Senator Rachel Siewart in the <a href="https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;orderBy=customrank;page=0;query=peterie%20Date%3A01%2F05%2F2017%20%3E%3E%2027%2F05%2F2020;rec=0;resCount=Default" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Adjournment Pensions and Benefits Speech</a>. Australian Senate. Parliament House, Canberra. 27 February 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in the <a href="https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;orderBy=customrank;page=0;query=peterie%20Date%3A01%2F05%2F2017%20%3E%3E%2027%2F05%2F2020;rec=1;resCount=Default" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Community Affairs Legislation Committees Dissenting Report by the Australian Greens</a>, Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019. Commonwealth of Australia. Parliament House, Canberra. November 2019.</p></li><li><p>Presented expert testimony to the <a href="https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=COMMITTEES;id=committees%2Fcommsen%2F46d3fa61-a486-4b82-8acf-4049c289db59%2F0001;query=Id%3A%22committees%2Fcommsen%2F46d3fa61-a486-4b82-8acf-4049c289db59%2F0000%22" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committees Inquiry into the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019: Senate Hearing</a>. Australian Senate. Parliament House, Canberra. 14 October 2019.</p></li><li><p>Research article ‘Technologies of Control: Asylum Seeker and Volunteer Experiences in Australian Immigration Detention Facilities’ submitted as expert evidence at a hearing of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). AAT.<em> </em>Melbourne. 2019.</p></li></ul>
  • <ul><li><p>Interviewed for radio by Ella Tooms. ‘Banning Mobile Phones in Immigration Detention Centres’. <em>3CR Melbourne. </em>7 September 2020.</p></li><li><p>Interviewed for radio by Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis. <a href="http://radioadelaide.org.au/2020/09/02/mobile-phone-restrictions-in-detention-centres/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Mobile Phone Restrictions in Detention Centres’</a>. <em>Radio Adelaide. </em>2 September 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in article by Jarni Blakkarly. <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/there-s-more-to-the-reopening-of-christmas-island-s-detention-centre-immigration-experts-say" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘There's More to the Reopening of Christmas Island's Detention Centre, Immigration Experts Say’</a>. <em>SBS News. </em>5 August 2020.</p></li><li><p>Interviewed for radio by Tom Reynolds. ‘Relocations in Immigration Detention’. <em>RTRFM Perth. </em>17 March 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in article by Rebecca Gredley. <a href="https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6650449/cashless-welfare-card-harms-aussies-study/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Cashless Welfare Card Harms Aussies: Study’</a>. <em>The Canberra Times</em>. 26 February 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in article by Shannon Jenkins. <a href="https://www.themandarin.com.au/126015-cashless-debit-card-scheme-has-overwhelmingly-negative-impact-on-users-study-finds/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Cashless Debit Scheme has Overwhelmingly Negative Impacts on Users, Study Finds’</a>. <em>The Mandarin. </em>26 February 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in article by Luke Michael. <a href="https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2020/02/i-go-in-come-out-and-im-all-in-tears-vulnerable-people-humiliated-by-cashless-welfare-card/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘“I Go in, I Come Out, and I’m All in Tears”: Vulnerable People Humiliated by Cashless Welfare Card’</a>. <em>Pro Bono Australia. </em>26 February 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in article by Lorena Allam. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/15/cashless-welfare-card-loophole-allows-use-of-credit-cards-without-detection" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Cashless Welfare Card: Loophole Allows Purchase of Alcohol and Pornography’</a>. <em>The Guardian. </em>15 October 2019.</p></li><li><p>Interviewed for radio by Hilary Harper. <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/unemployment/11396540" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Understanding the Real Reasons People are Unemployed’</a>. <em>ABC Radio National Life Matters</em>. 12 August 2019.</p></li><li><p><a href="https://postgraduates.tasa.org.au/featured-member-profile-michelle-peterie/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">'Featured Member Profile'</a>. <em>The Australian Sociological Association’s Postgraduates Website</em>. 17 October 2017.</p></li></ul>

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • - Lived experiences of social policy
    - Socio-emotional wellbeing
    - Government responses to people seeking asylum
    - Social security and welfare policy
    - Social stigma
    - Volunteering, advocacy and activism
    - The politics of compassion
    - Discourse analysis
    - Qualitative research with vulnerable groups

Full Name


  • Michelle Peterie

Mailing Address


  • Building 19, Room 2008

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p>Invited Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs Inquiry into the Social Security Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020 - with Shelley Bielefeld, Greg Marston and Zoe Staines. Parliament of Australia. 23 October 2020. </p></li><li><p><a href="https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Legal_and_Constitutional_Affairs/ProhibitedItems/Submissions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020: Submission 49</a>. Parliament of Australia. 11 June 2020.</p></li><li><p><a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5bff47d1da02bc49ad4e890b/t/5dad1ff2218aa17443c3d116/1571627001963/Bielefeld+et+al.+Submission+re+IM+to+CDC+Transition+Bill+2019.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Invited Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs Inquiry into the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019: Submission 40</a> - with Shelley Bielefeld, Greg Marston and Zoe Staines.<a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5bff47d1da02bc49ad4e890b/t/5dad1ff2218aa17443c3d116/1571627001963/Bielefeld+et+al.+Submission+re+IM+to+CDC+Transition+Bill+2019.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a> Parliament of Australia. 18 October 2019.</p></li></ul>
  • <ul><li>Panel Lecture -<a href="https://soundcloud.com/sydney-ideas/trapped-inpushed-out-border-politics-in-the-us-and-australia" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a> <a href="https://soundcloud.com/sydney-ideas/trapped-inpushed-out-border-politics-in-the-us-and-australia" target="_blank" rel="noopener">'Trapped In/Pushed Out: Border Politics in the US and Australia'</a> - with David Fitzgerald, Graham Thom, Behrouz Boochani and Omid Tofighian. <em>Sydney Ideas. </em>University of Sydney, Camperdown. 12 April 2017.</li></ul>
  • <ul data-rte-list="default"><li><p>Quoted by Senator Rachel Siewart in the <a href="https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;orderBy=customrank;page=0;query=peterie%20Date%3A01%2F05%2F2017%20%3E%3E%2027%2F05%2F2020;rec=0;resCount=Default" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Adjournment Pensions and Benefits Speech</a>. Australian Senate. Parliament House, Canberra. 27 February 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in the <a href="https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;orderBy=customrank;page=0;query=peterie%20Date%3A01%2F05%2F2017%20%3E%3E%2027%2F05%2F2020;rec=1;resCount=Default" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Community Affairs Legislation Committees Dissenting Report by the Australian Greens</a>, Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019. Commonwealth of Australia. Parliament House, Canberra. November 2019.</p></li><li><p>Presented expert testimony to the <a href="https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=COMMITTEES;id=committees%2Fcommsen%2F46d3fa61-a486-4b82-8acf-4049c289db59%2F0001;query=Id%3A%22committees%2Fcommsen%2F46d3fa61-a486-4b82-8acf-4049c289db59%2F0000%22" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committees Inquiry into the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019: Senate Hearing</a>. Australian Senate. Parliament House, Canberra. 14 October 2019.</p></li><li><p>Research article ‘Technologies of Control: Asylum Seeker and Volunteer Experiences in Australian Immigration Detention Facilities’ submitted as expert evidence at a hearing of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). AAT.<em> </em>Melbourne. 2019.</p></li></ul>
  • <ul><li><p>Interviewed for radio by Ella Tooms. ‘Banning Mobile Phones in Immigration Detention Centres’. <em>3CR Melbourne. </em>7 September 2020.</p></li><li><p>Interviewed for radio by Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis. <a href="http://radioadelaide.org.au/2020/09/02/mobile-phone-restrictions-in-detention-centres/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Mobile Phone Restrictions in Detention Centres’</a>. <em>Radio Adelaide. </em>2 September 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in article by Jarni Blakkarly. <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/there-s-more-to-the-reopening-of-christmas-island-s-detention-centre-immigration-experts-say" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘There's More to the Reopening of Christmas Island's Detention Centre, Immigration Experts Say’</a>. <em>SBS News. </em>5 August 2020.</p></li><li><p>Interviewed for radio by Tom Reynolds. ‘Relocations in Immigration Detention’. <em>RTRFM Perth. </em>17 March 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in article by Rebecca Gredley. <a href="https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6650449/cashless-welfare-card-harms-aussies-study/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Cashless Welfare Card Harms Aussies: Study’</a>. <em>The Canberra Times</em>. 26 February 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in article by Shannon Jenkins. <a href="https://www.themandarin.com.au/126015-cashless-debit-card-scheme-has-overwhelmingly-negative-impact-on-users-study-finds/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Cashless Debit Scheme has Overwhelmingly Negative Impacts on Users, Study Finds’</a>. <em>The Mandarin. </em>26 February 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in article by Luke Michael. <a href="https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2020/02/i-go-in-come-out-and-im-all-in-tears-vulnerable-people-humiliated-by-cashless-welfare-card/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘“I Go in, I Come Out, and I’m All in Tears”: Vulnerable People Humiliated by Cashless Welfare Card’</a>. <em>Pro Bono Australia. </em>26 February 2020.</p></li><li><p>Quoted in article by Lorena Allam. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/15/cashless-welfare-card-loophole-allows-use-of-credit-cards-without-detection" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Cashless Welfare Card: Loophole Allows Purchase of Alcohol and Pornography’</a>. <em>The Guardian. </em>15 October 2019.</p></li><li><p>Interviewed for radio by Hilary Harper. <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/unemployment/11396540" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Understanding the Real Reasons People are Unemployed’</a>. <em>ABC Radio National Life Matters</em>. 12 August 2019.</p></li><li><p><a href="https://postgraduates.tasa.org.au/featured-member-profile-michelle-peterie/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">'Featured Member Profile'</a>. <em>The Australian Sociological Association’s Postgraduates Website</em>. 17 October 2017.</p></li></ul>

Potential Supervision Topics


  • - Lived experiences of social policy
    - Socio-emotional wellbeing
    - Government responses to people seeking asylum
    - Social security and welfare policy
    - Social stigma
    - Volunteering, advocacy and activism
    - The politics of compassion
    - Discourse analysis
    - Qualitative research with vulnerable groups

Full Name


  • Michelle Peterie

Mailing Address


  • Building 19, Room 2008

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Geographic Focus