Merete Schmidt is a lecturer in Sociology at the Cradle Coast Campus. She is especially interested in community partnered research for and with communities and creating local solutions through place-based research and learning.
In 2004 Merete completed an undergraduate degree in Scandinavian Languages and Literature, specializing in sociolinguistics, at the University of Aarhus (Denmark). After completing undergraduate studies and Honours in Sociology, in 2016 she completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Tasmania (Australia).
Date of award
BA Scandinavian Languages and Literature
Young people’s post-compulsory educational choices in a small rural Tasmanian town
Languages (other than English)
- 2020-current: Regional research network
- 2019-current: Cradle Coast Leadership Group
- 2017-Current: Sustainable Regions Applied Research Network
- 2016-Current: The Cradle Coast Academic Community of Practice
- 2006-Current: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
- 2006-Current: TASA’s thematic group on Education, Social Inequality, Youth and Rural Studies
- Unit Coordinator, Cradle Coast
First year Sociology, Sociology of Education, Youth, Gender, Rural Areas
HGA101 Sociology: Understanding the Social World
HGA102 Sociology: Experiencing Social Life
- Sociology of education
- Rural areas
- Young people
Merete’s research aligns with the University’s research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research expertise includes the Sociology of Education, educational inequality, education in a regional context, young people, rural areas and gender.
Merete is currently involved in a number of projects examining educational aspirations in a rural context. For example, together with colleagues from three other regional universities in Australia she is conducting the study Studying Regionally: Experiences of University Students on Regional Campuses. This study aims to strengthen the understanding of the experiences and needs of regional students and develop policy and practice recommendations to improve sustainability for the provision of regional university education.
Merete is especially interested in community partnered research for and with communities and creating local solutions through place-based research and learning.
Fields of Research
- Sociology of education (390203)
- Sociology (441099)
- Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management) (390107)
- Rural community development (440406)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion (450408)
- Health and community services (420305)
- Rural sociology (441003)
- Equity and access to education (160201)
- Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
- Community health care (200302)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community service programs (210101)
Journal Article(1 outputs)
|2017||Schmidt M, ' No one cares in the city': how young people's gendered perceptions of the country and the city shape their educational decision Making', Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, (3) pp. 25-38. ISSN 1839-7387 (2017) [Refereed Article]|
|2015||Schmidt MS, 'Young people's post-compulsory educational choices in a small rural Tasmanian town' (2015) [Professional Doctorate]|
Other Public Output(2 outputs)
|2020||Schmidt M, 'Reimagining our region: the transformative power of education', The Advocate, Tasmania, Australia, 3 September 2020, pp. 1-1. (2020) [Newspaper Article]|
|2014||Schmidt MS, 'Question taken on notice: Extent of Income Inequality in Australia', Community Affairs References Committee, Australia Govenment, Online (2014) [Report Other]|
|PhD||Pentecostal Churches in Tasmania||2020|