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Rebecca Banham

Research Fellow, Sociology

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Biography

Dr. Rebecca Banham is a Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania. She completed her PhD there in 2019, exploring the emotional and ontological connections that people form with Tasmanian forests, using a symbolic interactionist approach to better explain what it is like to care about places that are under threat. She is particularly interested in the ways that emotion, ontology and experiences of vulnerability and relationship shape how people relate to both other people and to the nonhuman world.

Rebecca currently works as a Research Fellow on the Australian Research Council project, ‘Religious diversity in Australia: Maintaining social cohesion and preventing violence’. Led by Professor Douglas Ezzy (University of Tasmania), this project is a collaboration with Gary Bouma (Monash University), Greg Barton (Deakin University), Anna Halafoff (Deakin University), Robert Jackson (Warwick University), and Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa), and is the first major study of its kind in the Australian context. Rebecca also currently works as a Research Associate for the Institute for Social Change’s ‘The Tasmania Project’. She is responsible for coordinating interviews for the project, and provides analysis of qualitative data.

Rebecca is also associated with the international research project ‘Understanding Nonreligion in a Complex Future’, led by Professor Lori Beaman. Funded by the Canadian SSHRC, this 7-year interdisciplinary project examines the rise of nonreligion in Canada, Australia, the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland), the United States, the United Kingdom, and Latin America (Brazil and Argentina).

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Thesis titleUniversity Country Awarded
PhD‘Seeing the forest for the trees: Ontological security and experiences of Tasmanian forests’University of TasmaniaAustralia2019
Graduate Certificate in Creative and Professional Writing   Griffith University Australia 2015
Diploma of international Studies   University of Tasmania Australia 2014
BA (1st Class Hons) ‘The interplay of religion, morality, and environmental attitudes’ University of Tasmania Australia 2013

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Rebecca has worked as an Academic Tutor for a number of undergraduate Sociology units at the University of Tasmania. This includes teaching students about qualitative research methods, drawing on her experiences of using interviews and image analysis in her own work. She has also worked as Unit Co-coordinator and lecturer for first-year Sociology.

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Research Themes

Rebecca’s research aligns with the University’s research themes of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, and Creativity, Culture and Society. Her PhD research addressed important gaps in micro-sociological approaches to environmental problems, and social issues (such as forestry practices and place connections) that are particularly salient in Tasmania. Rebecca currently works as a Research Fellow researching religious diversity in Australia, and is a Research Associate for the Institute for Social Change’s ‘The Tasmania Project’.

Fields of Research

  • Environmental sociology (441002)
  • Religion, society and culture (500405)
  • Urban sociology and community studies (441016)
  • Health and community services (420305)
  • Counselling, wellbeing and community services (440902)

Research Objectives

  • Environmental ethics (130303)
  • Religion and society (130501)
  • Structure, delivery and resourcing (230113)
  • Arts (130199)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Mental health services (200305)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)

Publications

Total publications

7

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Banham R, ' Everyday resistance': challenging the norms of human-nonhuman engagements through bushwalking in Tasmania', Journal of Sociology ISSN 1440-7833 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/14407833211012764 [eCite] [Details]

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2021Ezzy D, Banham R, Beaman L, 'Religious diversity, legislation, and Christian privilege', Journal of Sociology pp. 1- 17. ISSN 1440-7833 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/14407833211022036 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ezzy D

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2020Banham R, 'Emotion, vulnerability, ontology: operationalising 'ontological security' for qualitative environmental sociology', Environmental Sociology, 6, (2) pp. 132-142. ISSN 2325-1042 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/23251042.2020.1717098 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

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2020Ezzy D, Bouma G, Barton G, Halafoff A, Banham R, et al., 'Religious diversity in Australia: rethinking social cohesion', Religions, 11, (2) Article 92. ISSN 2077-1444 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/rel11020092 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Ezzy D

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Banham RT, 'Empathetic ecocultural positionality and the forest other in Tasmanian forestry conflicts', Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity, Routledge, T Milstein and J Castro-Sotomayor (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 461-474. ISBN 9781138478411 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781351068840 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Banham RT, 'Resisting the marginalisation of the non-human: Interdependency, wonder, and humility in Tasmanian forests', TASA Conference Proceedings 2018, 19-22 November, Deakin University, Burwood Campus, pp. 42-48. ISBN 978-0-6482210-1-2 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2017Banham R, ' A walk among the gum trees': bushwalking, place and self-narrative', Conference Proceedings TASA 2017 Conference, 27-30 November 2017, University of Western Australia, pp. 116-121. ISBN 978-0-6482210-0-5 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$22,093

Projects

The Tasmania Project - Sexual Assault Support in the time of COVID-19 (2020)$4,000
Description
This is a short study conducted as part of The Tasmania Project to help the Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) understand the impact of social distancing on the provision of its services.
Funding
Sexual Assault Support Services ($4,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Banham RT; Pisanu N
Year
2020
The Tasmania Project: Wellbeing (2020)$18,093
Description
Design and delivery of a survey aligned to the OECDs Better Life Index identifying what matters to Tasmanians and how satisfied they are with each measure in their own lives, as a platform for future policy development.
Funding
Department of Treasury and Finance ($18,093)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA; Stoeckl NE; Tranter BK; Banham RT; Pisanu N; Horton EM
Year
2020

Research Supervision

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDCommunity Amongst Young People in Tasmania2021