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Social Scientist Dr Helen Masterman-Smith is a sociologist primarily researching questions of social, labour and ecological justice, and their interconnectedness. This work is based in the sociology of work and environmental sociology/political economy fields. Much of her career has concentrated on the former, culminating in the coordination of an ARC Linkage Grant on low pay and working poverty in Australia. From 2006, Helen's research activities have increasingly centred on the nexus between labour and environmental issues, from a social science perspective. Her most recent research has explored labour dimensions of climate change including 'just transition' practices, labour market inequalities in the green economy, and metabolic rift analysis as it pertains to the animal industrial-complex. Currently, she is leading a DEWHA project investigating the sustainability education needs of healthcare workers.

Research Interests

  • Environmental justice
  • Sustainable community development
  • Human-animal relations
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Community-embedded research

Professional Information

Professional Memberships: 

  • Australian Environmental Justice Research Network (founding member)
  • Regional Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Development (Murray-Darling), (founding member)
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)


  • SOC212 Class: Images and Reality
  • SOC102 Social Inequalities
  • SOC108 Sociology of Health

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science/Sociology), University of Western Sydney


Award Date: 01 Jan 2006

Bachelor of Arts (Labour History) (Hons), University of Western Sydney


Award Date: 30 Nov 1997

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Research Output

Operationalising a brave new way of doing wildlife health surveillance

Peters, A., Masterman-Smith, H. & Rafferty, J., Sep 2019.

Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • The empowering potential of community organising in Australia: A regional city case study

    Masterman-Smith, H., 24 Sep 2019, 12th Liveable Cities Conference Proceedings. Nerang, Qld: Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., p. 18-32 14 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

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    The organising hole in a working class heartland

    Masterman-Smith, H., Nov 2019, 2019 TASA Conference Proceedings: Diversity & Urban Growth. The Australian Sociological Association, 6 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

  • An Australian experiment in transformative community organising

    Masterman-Smith, H., 25 Nov 2018, Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference: Precarity, Rights and Resistance. Zajdow, G. (ed.). Deakin University, Burwood, Vic: The Australian Sociological Association, p. 26-32 7 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

  • Not enough feathers flying

    Crampton, A., Ragusa, A. & Masterman-Smith, H., 2016, Imagined futures: sociology, science and the arts. New Zealand: Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand, p. 55-61 7 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper


    • 1 Workshop/course/forum
    • 1 Thesis Examination

    PhD Thesis

    Helen Masterman-Smith (Examiner)

    28 Jun 2016

    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringThesis Examination

    Sustainability Leadership Forum

    Helen Masterman-Smith (Invited speaker), & John Rafferty (Invited speaker)

    07 Jul 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumGovernment

    Press / Media

    Arts students told degrees are 'not relevant'

    Helen Masterman-Smith & Jared Van Duinen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    CSU staff 'on tenterhooks', bracing for restructure

    Helen Masterman-Smith & John Germov


    106 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    CSU announces date for job losses

    Helen Masterman-Smith & John Germov


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media