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Dr. Angela T. Ragusa is a sociologist who critically examines social change in complex societies, locally and internationally, using qualitative and quantitative research methods. She researches challenges relating to the environment, consumerism, mental/physical health & well-being, communication, sustainability, and animals. How culture/sub-cultures affect social/self identity and exploring how/why individuals negotiate the systemic influence of social systems/social institutions (i.e. media, science, education and health) to produce change (i.e. legislative, community, policy, personal) are key areas of interest.

Research Interests

  • Environmental sociology
  • Health, well-being, culture and lifestyle
  • Media, communication & science/technology studies
  • Social inequality

Professional Information

Editorial roles for Journals:

  • Rural Society (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Sustainability (Editorial Reviewer Board member)
  • Information Resource Management Journal (Editorial Reviewer Board member)
  • Open Communication Journal (Editorial Advisory Board member)

Editorial roles for Conferences:

  • International Conference on Environment Pollution and Prevention (Invited Guest Speaker, Reviewer & Technical Committee Member)
  • SEGRA (Special Edition Guest Editor)


Subject Coordination & Teaching 

  • Introductory Sociology
  • Gender, Family & Society
  • Community Analysis
  • Media, Communication & Globalisation
  • Environment & Society
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Politics & Policy
  • Advanced Social Research Methods
  • Sociological Theory
  • Advantaced Social Theory
  • Policy, Power & Social Action
  • Gender Relations
  • Gender & Science
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Sociology Honours Research
  • Sociology Dissertation Research (PhD)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science (Sociology), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Master of Science (Science and Technology Studies), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours), St Francis College



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