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Nicholas Hookway

Lecturer, Sociology

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Nicholas Hookway is Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences. His research focuses on how morality, identity and giving behaviours are being reshaped by wider social change. Nick uses empirical case studies, including kindness, volunteering and ethical consumption to answer big questions about how processes of individualism, consumerism and technological change are transforming Western societies. He is particularly inspired by the work of Zygmunt Bauman. One of Nick’s biggest contributions has been in the field of online search methods, helping pioneer blogs as a social research method. His 2008 article ‘Entering the Blogosphere’ has been cited over 500 times. Nick is an Associate Editorial Board member of the journal Sociology and an Executive Committee member of The Australian Sociological Association. Nick makes regular contributions to the media and was awarded the 2016 University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Community Engagement. You can follow Nick on Twitter or listen to his podcast – ‘Eavesdrop: Stories of the Everyday’ – on iTunes.

Career summary

Biography

Nick took up a position as lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania in 2015. In 2016, Nick held visiting research fellowships at The Bauman Institute, University of Leeds and the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Nick was co-convener of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Cultural Sociology Thematic Group from 2014–2016 and in 2017 was voted to the TASA Executive Committee as Public Engagement Portfolio Leader.

Research Themes

Nick is a cultural sociologist who does theoretically informed empirical work on culture, values and ethics. His research aligns to the University’s Creativity, Culture and Society research theme. Nick’s research focuses on how morality, identity and social bonds are being transformed by wider social and cultural changes. Recently, Nick has used everyday expressions of kindness in Australia as an avenue to investigate wider claims about the moral direction of Western societies. Nick’s research into morality and kindness has resulted in publications in prestigious sociology journals, including Sociology and British Journal of Sociology and led to community partnerships with the Foundation for Young People Australia, Australian Business Consulting and Solutions, Volunteering Tasmania and the Launceston City Council. From inspiring the development of whitepapers on kindness in the private sector and invited national radio discussions to citations in youth policy documents and innovative social media projects, Nick’s research has helped drive the public conversation about values and social change in Australia. In his role as co-convener of the TASA’s Cultural Sociology thematic group with Sara James (La Trobe), Nick organised two symposiums, Cultures of Authenticity (Adelaide, 2014) and Meaning and Morality in an Age of Uncertainty (Melbourne, 2016).

Memberships

Professional practice

Executive Committee Member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), 2017–Present

Associate Board Member of Sociology, flagship journal of the British Sociological Association (BSA), 2016–Present

Thematic Group Co-Convener, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Cultural Sociology Thematic Group, 2014–2016

Affiliated Member of the Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania, 2015–Present

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Nick is a passionate teacher who designs interactive learning experiences that ‘fire-up’ students’ sociological imagination and encourages them to creatively apply sociological ideas and concepts to their own and others’ lives. He believes that sociology can change people’s lives and relishes seeing students ‘turned on’ to sociological thinking. The effectiveness of Nick’s approach to teaching is recognised in the award of four University of Tasmania Teaching Merit Certificates (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).

Teaching responsibility

Units

Research Invitations

– Visiting research fellow, The Bauman Institute, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 2016

– Visiting research fellow, Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016

– Invited Annual Agnes Heller Lecturer, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 2016

– Invited speaker for the Tasmanian Leaders Program Alumni, Webinar, 2016

– Invited speaker for the international Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland, Australia, 2015

– Invited speaker for Central Launceston Rotary Club, Tasmania, 2015

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Expertise

Nick’s research focuses on how social bonds, morality and identity are being transformed by wider social change. He has particular research expertise in social theory, online research methods and the sociology of morality. Nick is one of only a few international sociologists to combine cultural and moral sociology with new empirical methods. He was the first sociologist in Australia and one of the first in the world to develop a methodology for using blogs in social research. His 2008 article ‘Entering the Blogosphere’ has become a seminal piece in the field, cited over 500 times and reproduced in over seven international edited collections. As part of his wider research program on morality and social change, Nick’s current research analyses how kindness and community is changing in Australia, particularly across generations. The kindness research has led to extensive commentary with more than 30 local and national media outlets and engagement with a range of external stakeholders, including the World Kindness Movement (WKM), Australian Business Consulting and Solutions (ABCS) and the Foundation for Young People Australia (FYA). Nick makes regular contributions to the media on a wide range of cultural and social issues, from the impacts of social media and changes in intimate relationships to wellness movements, generational change and practices of kindness.

Current projects

Everyday Morality and Kindness: Nick has made a significant contribution to the sociology of morality. Critiquing dominant sociological accounts of moral decline, Nick makes the case for the significance of emotions, embodiment and values of authenticity as everyday moral structures. This research has been published in top international journals, including Sociology, The Sociological Review and Acta Sociologica. His monograph, Everyday Moralities: Doing it Ourselves in an Age of Uncertainty (Routledge) is forthcoming in 2018. This theoretical work has framed Nick’s empirical research on everyday expressions and understandings of kindness with colleagues Daphne Habibis and Anthea Vreugdenhil. The survey component of the kindness research has been published in the British Journal of Sociology, one of the most prestigious sociology journals in the world. The kindness research is also linked to a wider community engagement agenda and has resulted in partnerships with Australian Business Consulting and Solutions (ABCS), World Kindness Movement, Foundation for Young People Australia (FYA), Volunteering Tasmania and Launceston City Council. With Volunteering Tasmania and Launceston City Council, Nick led a multi-level community engagement project that used an Instagram competition, short-films and public exhibitions to celebrate the kindness and civic-participation of young Tasmanians. You can read about the Random Snaps of Kindness project in this feature article from The Age.  

Online Research Methods: Nick was the first sociologist in Australia and one of the first in the world to develop a methodology for using blogs in qualitative social research. His 2008 article ‘Entering the Blogosphere’ has become a seminal piece in the field, cited over 500 times (Google scholar) and reproduced in over seven international edited collections. He has recently published with Dr Helene Snee (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) on using blog in social research in The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods.

Book clubs:  Led by colleague Robert Clarke, Nick is investigating the social and cultural benefits of book clubs in Tasmania and beyond. Nick is named as a chief investigator on a current ARC Discovery application that examines the history, role and impacts of books club in Australia with colleagues Robert Clarke (UTAS), Marguerite Nolan (ACU), Martyn Lyons (University of New South Wales), James Proctor (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne) and Danielle Fuller (University of Birmingham).

Online wellness movements and moral subjectivity: In collaboration with Tim Graham (Australian National University) and Naomi Smith (Federation University), this project uses ‘big data’ analysis of Facebook and Twitter posts to examine how online wellness culture (e.g., Isagenix; ‘I Quit Sugar’ and Paleo) are transforming practices of body, self and morality.

Fields of Research

  • Social Change (160805)
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
  • Social Theory (160806)
  • Sociology (160899)
  • Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
  • Screen and Media Culture (200212)
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
  • Literary Studies (200599)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
  • Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography (160402)
  • Social Program Evaluation (160703)
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature (200501)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Social Ethics (950407)
  • Social Class and Inequalities (940116)
  • Women's Health (920507)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Languages and Literature (950203)
  • Ageing and Older People (940103)
  • Workforce Transition and Employment (939908)

Publications

Nick has published in the best international sociology journals in the world, including British Journal of Sociology, Sociology, Acta Sociologica, The Sociological Review and Qualitative Research. His article ‘Entering the Blogosphere’ has become a seminal piece in online research methods, cited over 500 times (Google Scholar). Nick regularly reviews articles for the journal Sociology in his role as Associate Board member, has co-edited a special issue of the journal M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture (2015) and is regularly invited to review articles from a range of national and international sociology journals.

Total publications

44

Highlighted publications

(1 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2013Journal ArticleHookway N, 'Emotions, body and self: critiquing moral decline sociology', Sociology, 47, (4) pp. 841-857. ISSN 0038-0385 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0038038512453787 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

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Journal Article

(14 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Clarke R, Hookway N, Burgess R, 'Reading in Community, Reading for Community: A Survey of Book Clubs in Regional Australia', Journal of Australian Studies, 41, (2) pp. 171-183. ISSN 1444-3058 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14443058.2017.1312484 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Clarke R

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2017Hookway N, 'The moral self: Class, narcissism and the problem of do-it-yourself moralities', The Sociological Review pp. 1-15. ISSN 0038-0261 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0038026117699540 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Hookway N, Elmer S, Frandsen M, 'Risk, morality and emotion: social media responses to pregnant women who smoke', Health, Risk and Society pp. 1-14. ISSN 1369-8575 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13698575.2017.1385731 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Elmer S; Frandsen M

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2017Hookway N, Graham T, '22 Push-Ups for a Cause': Depicting the Moral Self via Social Media Campaign #Mission22', MC Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 20, (4) ISSN 1441-2616 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017Hookway N, 'Zygmunt Bauman's moral saint: Reclaiming self in the sociology of morality', Acta Sociologica pp. 1-10. ISSN 0001-6993 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0001699316688947 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Habibis D, Hookway N, Vreugdenhil A, 'Kindness in Australia: an empirical critique of moral decline sociology', British Journal of Sociology, 67, (3) pp. 395-413. ISSN 0007-1315 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12194 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Habibis D; Vreugdenhil A

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2015Hookway N, 'Moral decline sociology: critiquing the legacy of Durkheim', Journal of Sociology, 51, (2) pp. 271-284. ISSN 1440-7833 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1440783313514644 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2015Hookway NS, 'Living Authentic: 'Being True to Yourself' as a Contemporary Moral Ideal', M/C journal : A Journal of Media and Culture, 18, (1) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1441-2616 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015Hookway NS, Habibis D, ''Losing my religion': Managing identity in a post-Jehovah's Witness world', Journal of Sociology, 51, (4) pp. 843-856. ISSN 1440-7833 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1440783313476981 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Habibis D

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2015Hookway NS, James S, 'M/C Journal : A Journal of Media and Culture', 18, (1) ISSN 1441-2616 (2015) [Edited Journal]

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2015Hookway NS, James S, 'Authentic Lives, Authentic Times: A Cultural and Media Analysis', M/C journal : A Journal of Media and Culture, 18, (1) pp. online. ISSN 1441-2616 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2014Hookway N, 'Tasting the Ethical: Vegetarianism as Modern Re-Enchantment', M/C journal : A Journal of Media and Culture, 17, (1) pp. 1. ISSN 1441-2616 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2013Hookway N, 'Emotions, body and self: critiquing moral decline sociology', Sociology, 47, (4) pp. 841-857. ISSN 0038-0385 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0038038512453787 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

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2008Hookway N, 'Entering the blogosphere: some strategies for using blogs in social research', Qualitative Research, 8, (1) pp. 91-113. ISSN 1468-7941 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1468794107085298 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 229Web of Science - 188

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Chapter in Book

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Hookway N, 'Archives of Everyday Life: Researching Blogs', Innovative Methods for Qualitative Data Collection: A Practical Guide to Textual and Virtual Techniques, Cambridge University Press, Clarke, V and Braun, V (ed), United Kingdom (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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2017Hookway N, Ezzy D, 'Aesthetic and Relational Ethics: Beyond Bauman's Postmodern Ethics', Beyond Bauman: Critical Engagements and Creative Excursions, Routledge, MH Jacobsen (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 29-45. ISBN 9781472476111 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Ezzy D

2017Hookway N, Snee H, ' The Blogosphere'', The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Sage Publications, NG Fielding, RM Lee and G Blank (ed), United Kindom ISBN 9781473918788 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Hookway NS, 'Entering the blogosphere': Some Strategies for Using Blogs in Social Research', Researching Society Online, SAGE Publications, Matthew David and Peter Millward (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 91-113. ISBN 9781446273357 (2014) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2014Hookway NS, 'Entering the Blogosphere': Some Strategies for Using Blogs in Social Research', Qualitative Research in Psychology, SAGE Publications, Gough B (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9781446282335 (2014) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2012Hookway NS, 'Entering the Blogosphere: Some Strategies for Using Blogs in Social Research', Digital Qualitative Research Methods: Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, Sage, Dicks, B (ed), London, pp. 153-176. ISBN 9781847879523 (2012) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2012Hookway NS, 'Entering the Blogosphere: Some Strategies for Using Blogs in Social Research', Sage Internet Research Methods, SAGE, Hughes, J (ed), London, pp. 69-92. ISBN 9781446241042 (2012) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2012Hookway NS, 'Entering the Blogosphere: Some Strategies for Using Blogs In Social Research', Virtual Research Methods, SAGE Publications Ltd, Christine Hine (ed), New Delhi, pp. 91-113. ISBN 978-0-85702-740-5 (2012) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2012Hookway NS, 'Entering the Blogosphere: Some Strategies for Using Blogs in Social Research', SAGE Biographical Research, SAGE Publications Ltd., John Goodwin (ed), India, pp. Chapter 65. ISBN 978-1-4462-4691-7 (2012) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2010Hookway NS, 'Entering the Blogosphere: Some Strategies for Using Blogs in Social Research', Data Collection: Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, Sage, Vogt, W (ed), London ISBN 978-1-84787-930-1 (2010) [Revised Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Hookway NS, 'Salvaging Self in Bauman's Postmodern Ethics', TASA 2013 Conference Proceedings, 25-28 November 2013, Melbourne, pp. 1-13. ISBN 9780646911267 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Hookway N, 'DIY Morality: Choice, Body and Authenticity', Emerging and Enduring Inequalities - The 2012 Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association, 26-29 November 2012, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978-0-646-58783-7 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Hookway N, 'Beyond Durkheim and Decline Sociology: Theorising Alternative Moral Structures', Proceedings of 2011 TASA Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, 28 Nov-1 Dec 2011, Newcastle, Australia, pp. 1-19. ISBN 9780646567792 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2008Hookway NS, 'Human Documents Research: From the Diary to the Blog', Re-imagining sociology : the annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2008, 2-5 December 2008, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 1-18. ISBN 978-0-7340-3984-2 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

(16 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Clarke RGH, Hookway NS, 'Reading in the Regions: A Scoping Study of Online and F2F Book Club Activity in Northern Tasmania', Culture Domain: Culture. Connectivity. Community., UTAS, Hobart, 1, pp. 14-15. (2014) [Internal Newsletter]

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Co-authors: Clarke RGH

2012Hookway NS, 'Broadcast yourself', The Examiner, Sunday Magazine, Fairfax Media, Launceston, Tasmania, 1, 29 April 2012, pp. C6-C7. (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Hookway NS, 'Getting Fair Dinkum on Un-Australian Label', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, Tasmania, 4 August 2012 (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Hookway NS, 'Facebook Flak for Business', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, Tasmania, 26 August 2012 (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Hookway NS, 'Australia - A Kind Nation?', The Conversation, The Conversation, Melbourne, In Press, p. 1. (2012) [Magazine Article]

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2012Hookway NS, 'Taking the 'cheap way out' to end your relationship', The Examiner, Fairfax Regional Media, Launceston, 2 December 2012 (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Hookway NS, 'Body Image Obsession can Lead to Steroid Use', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, Tasmania, 18 March 2012, p. 1. (2012) [Media Interview]

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2011Hookway NS, 'What a hoot: social media in flap over latest craze', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, Tasmania, 12 September 2011, p. 1. (2011) [Media Interview]

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2010Hookway NS, 'More people finding love online', 7.30 Tasmania, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Interview with Fiona Breen, 14 August 2010, p. 1. (2010) [Media Interview]

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2010Hookway NS, ''Twittering' politics: the case of the fakes'', ON LINE Opinion, Internet Thinking Pty Ltd., Australia (2010) [Magazine Article]

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2009Hookway NS, 'Politics, it's a funny game', The Mercury, Davies Brothers, Hobart, Tasmania, 10 November 2009, p. 1. (2009) [Media Interview]

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2009Hookway NS, 'Mobile phones, texting and flirtation', ABC Radio Drive Program, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 2009 (2009) [Media Interview]

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2009Hookway NS, 'Travel blogs', The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian, Davies Brothers, Hobart, Tasmania, 6th December 2009, p. 1. (2009) [Media Interview]

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2008Hookway NS, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart... again... (...and repeat)'', ON LINE Opinion, Internet Thinking Pty Ltd., Australia (2008) [Magazine Article]

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2008Hookway NS, 'On the Question of Community: Blogs and Belonging', ON LINE Opinion, Internet Thinking Pty Ltd., Australia, pp. 1-2. (2008) [Magazine Article]

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2006Hookway NS, 'Blogs and Morality', ABC Local Radio Northern Tasmania, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Launceston, Tasmania, 17 August 2006, p. 1. (2006) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Successful Internal Grant Support includes:

2013: Dr Robert Clarke and Dr Nicholas Hookway, 'Reading in the Regions: A Scoping Study of Online and F2F Book Club Activity in Northern Tasmania'; UTAS C-Domain grant, $5,000.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$30,007

Projects

The 'Generational Paradox'? Changing Understandings and Practices of Kindness in Australia (2015)$15,333
Description
This study will gather the necessary data to provide proof of concept for a wider ARC Linkage application seeking to analyse generational transformations in kindness.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($15,333)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hookway NS
Year
2015
Kindness: It Starts with Us (2015)$7,684
Description
Documenting and celebrating kindness and civic participation of young people in northern Tasmania using focus groups to map perceptions of kindness and using mixed media to document acts of kindness.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($5,684)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hookway NS
Year
2015
Mobilities and Active Experiences in Tasmania (2015)$6,990
Description
By establishing a new, cross-disciplinary, cross-Faculty research collaboration between the Schools of Social Sciences and theGeography Discipline of the School of Land and Food the project will explore the connections between place, mobilit ies, and the burgeoning endurancesport sector in Tasmania. The proposed research complements and strengthens an existing research collaboration (ARC Linkage project) between UTas andUniversity of Wollongong (UoW) by extending the concept of city revitalization to regional revitalization and investigating endurance sports in thesecontexts.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,990)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Palmer C; Stratford E; Hookway NS
Year
2015

Research Supervision

Nick is keen to work with PhD students in areas such as identity, morality and changing social bonds and relationships. Nick has the capacity to strengthen a number of PhD projects with expertise in social theory, online research methods and qualitative research methods. Nick is currently seeking suitable candidates for an advertised PhD project on ‘Kindness in a Changing World’.

Current

4

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersHeretics and Heresies: The making of a heretic2016
PhDOut of the Digital Closet: Young Same-Sex Attracted Peoples Experience of Coming Out Online2016
PhDImpact of Issues of Trust for Frontline Workers Doing Suicide Risk Assessments in Non-Government Mental Health Services2017
PhDThe Role and Impact of Organised Team Sport in Tasmanian Communities2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDThe Negotiation of Religious, Sexual and Gendered Identities among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Attendees of Four Church Congregations in Australia
Candidate: Bronwyn Joan Fielder
2015