Karen Farquharson is Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of Melbourne. Her research is focused on the sociology of ‘race’ and racism, ethnicity, and diversity, particularly in the contexts of media and sport.
Her recent work has looked at how organisations manage diversity including organisational opportunities for and barriers to increasing diversity.
Karen is co-author of three books including Qualitative Social Research: Contemporary Methods for the Digital Age (2016) and co-editor of three collections, most recently Australian Media and the Politics of Belonging (2018) and Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanisation, Belonging, and the Normativity of European Whiteness (2018). She is author of over 35 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and has supervised 17 PhD students to completion.
Karen was educated at Harvard University (MA, PhD) and the University of California, Berkeley (BA). Her work on the ‘Media treatment and communication needs of Sudanese-Australians’ and ‘Participation versus performance: managing (dis)ability, gender and cultural diversity in junior sport’ was supported by Australian Research Council Linkage Project grants.
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“That’s where the dollars are”: understanding why community sports volunteers engage with intellectual disability as a form of diversity
R Storr, R Jeanes, R Spaaij, K Farquharson
Journal article | 2020 | Managing Sport and Leisure
This paper aims to provide new insights into why community sports volunteers engage with intellectual disability as a form of dive..
Exploring the Effectiveness of an Energy Efficiency Behaviour Change Project on Well-Being Outcomes for Indigenous Households in Australia
Aron Perenyi, Rowan E Bedggood, Denny Meyer, Phillip Bedggood, Karen Farquharson, Clare Johansson, Gina Milgate
Journal article | 2019 | Sustainability
The Koorie Energy Efficiency Project (KEEP) was a Victoria-based, Australian social marketing initiative designed to provide suppo..
Participation-performance tension and gender affect recreational sports clubs’ engagement with children and young people with diverse backgrounds and abilities
Ramón Spaaij, Dean Lusher, Ruth Jeanes, Karen Farquharson, Sean Gorman, Jonathan Magee
Journal article | 2019 | PLoS One
Sport participation has been shown to be associated with health and social benefits. However, there are persisting inequities and ..
Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanisation, Belonging, and the Normativity of European Whiteness
Kathryn Pillay, Karen Farquharson, Philomena Essed, Elisa Joy White
Book | 2019
This international edited collection examines how racism trajectories and manifestations in different locations relate and influen..
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Head Of School, Social And Political Sciences
Social And Political Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
University of California - Berkeley