Melissa-Jane Belle

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Melissa-Jane Belle

Melissa-Jane Belle

PhD candidate

Room L175, Arts Building, Newnham Campus

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Ms Melissa-Jane Belle is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences. She is a sociologist with a

specific focus on Health Sociology.


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
BA (Hons)SociologyUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2011


Professional practice

  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)


Sociology, Society Culture and Health

Teaching expertise

During her time at UTAS Melissa-Jane has held the position of Unit Co-ordinator for HGA101 Sociology A in 2015 and has tutored for the unit HGA138 Society, Culture and Health as part of the Bachelor of Nursing.

Teaching responsibility

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Research Themes

Melissa-Jane's research aligns with the University's theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her central interests lie in the field of the Sociology of Nursing.


  • The Australian Sociological Association Postgraduate Scholarship 2014
  • The Australian Sociological Association Postgraduate Bursary 2015

Current projects

Melissa-Jane is currently working on her PhD thesis which focuses on nursing as a profession with a specific focus on nurses' perceptions of their professional identity and how they negotiate this in everyday practice with other health professionals.  This project follows from Melissa's Honours project in which she explored how Child Health Nurses understand and manage maternal sadness.

Fields of Research

  • Sociology (160899)

Research Objectives

  • Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) (920201)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences (970111)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)


Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2013Belle M, Willis K, 'Professional practice in contested territory: Child health nurses and maternal sadness', Contemporary Nurse, 43, (2) pp. 152-161. ISSN 1037-6178 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5172/conu.2013.43.2.152 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
2016Belle MJ, 'Critical Care Nurses' (CCNs') Professional Identity: multiple processes of difference', Medical Sociology Study Group 48th Annual Conference, 7-9 September 2016, Birmingham, UK (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2014Belle MJ, 'Temporal boundary work: Critical Care Nurses' professional identity in Tasmania', TASA conference 2014: Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities, 24 - 27 November, Adelaide, pp. online. ISBN 9780646927350 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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