Dr Signe Ravn is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Signe's research is based in the sociology of youth with a particular focus on risk, gender, disadvantaged youth, and processes of marginalisation in youth transitions to adulthood.
She is interested in how young people in complex and disadvantaged situations navigate their present and imagine their futures.
Signe's research also contributes to the further development of qualitative research methods. She has extensive experience with conducting interviews and focus groups and works with visual and creative methods such as photo elicitation, life charts and drawings in her research.
Signe is currently on an ARC DECRA fellowship (2017-2020). This qualitative, longitudinal research project examines the everyday lives and imagined futures of young girls who have left the mainstream school system before finishing Year 12. The project is based in the sociology of youth and engages with key questions about how youth transitions are shaped in times of social change by exploring micro-processes of marginalisation, temporality and subjectivity with a particular focus on relations to place and belonging. Read more about this project here: http://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/girls-growing-up/
Signe has published her research in a number of high-ranking international journals such as Sociology, Current Sociology, Sociology of Health & Illness, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Journal of Youth Studies and Men & Masculinities. In 2019 she published her co-authored book 'Youth, risk, routine. A new perspective on risk-taking in young lives (Routledge) with Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson. She also publishes in Danish language books from time to time and has disseminated her research findings through a number of talks and presentations to professionals working with vulnerable youth, drug treatment etc.
Signe is an Associate Editor on the Journal of Youth Studies and the co-founder and -convenor of the Narrative Network in the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.
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Navigating the Tensions of Normative Masculinity: Homosocial Dynamics in Australian Young ..
Narrative sense-making and prospective social action: methodological challenges and new di..
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Navigating the Tensions of Normative Masculinity: Homosocial Dynamics in Australian Young Men's Discussions of Sexting Practices
Steven Roberts, Signe Ravn, Marcus Maloney, Brittany Ralph
Journal article | 2020 | Cultural Sociology
Building on research identifying sexting as an important aspect of contemporary youth cultures, this article critically explores t..
Narrative sense-making and prospective social action: methodological challenges and new directions
Ditte Andersen, Signe Ravn, Rachel Thomson
Journal article | 2020 | International Journal of Social Research Methodology
The ways in which humans narratively make sense of their lives shape how they navigate the future. At least, that is what prominen..
What Is "Publicly Available Data"? Exploring Blurred Public-Private Boundaries and Ethical Practices Through a Case Study on Instagram
Signe Ravn, Ashley Barnwell, Barbara Barbosa Neves
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
This article adds to the literature on ethics in digital research by problematizing simple understandings of what constitutes “pub..
Towards a Sociological Understanding of Sexting as a Social Practice: A Case Study of University Undergraduate Men
Steven Roberts, Signe Ravn
Journal article | 2019 | Sociology
This article makes the case for understanding young people’s engagement with ‘sexting’ as a social practice. Moving away from the ..
En anden fortælling? Musik som metode i interviews med udsatte unge’ [‘Another story? Music as method in interviews with vulnerable youth’]
S Ravn, Jeanette Østergaard
Book Chapter | 2019
Research with vulnerable or marginalised groups involve a number of challenges, not least the ethical dilemmas related to interpre..
Making pathways? A mixed methods analysis of young women who have left school early in ‘the new work order’
Signe Ravn, Brendan Churchill
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Sociology
Much research has investigated how young women with tertiary education fare in contemporary labour markets and pointed to persiste..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Sapere Aude 'Young Elite Researcher' grant
Research Fellow at SFI - The Danish National Centre for Social Research
Senior Lecturer In Sociology
Social And Political Sciences
Member Of Rn20 (Qualitative Methods) And Rn30 (Youth & Generation)
ESA - The European Sociological Association
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Science
Bachelor of Science