Dr Angela Coco CELTA(Cam), DipT(BCAE), BA(Hons)(UQ), PhD(UQ) 

Research undertaken with refuguees in community development settings, in higher education
organization and teaching, and new religious and spiritual sensibilities particularly in
Catholicism and the Pagan movement. Interests focus on cultural and organisational
change, particularly the ways these are affected by the diffusion of information and
communication technologies. Currently, my direction in community engaged scholarship
examines issues related to settling refugees in the Northern Rivers Region. I expect to
broaden our cultural competence repertoires by examining issues to do with cultural
communication and integration. 

Feminist theories and methodological issues inform my research processes. I have
experience in a wide range of research methods including; in-depth Sense-making
interviewing (Dervin 1999), questionnaire design and analysis, phenomenological
ethnography, participatory action research, multi-methods and focus groups. My
interdisciplinary approach is unified by research and publications that explore issues of
power, gender, identity and community. 

I took up my lecturing position with the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern
Cross University in January 2004. My doctorate was awarded in the sociology of religion
at the University of Queensland in 1999 for the thesis titled Catholics' which was
published as a book entitled 'Catholics, conflicts and choices: an exploration of
power relations in the Catholic church' in March, 2013 with Acumen. 

Prior to my current position, I acquired ten years lecturing experience at The University
of Queensland and the Australian Catholic University teaching introductory sociology,
sociology of religion, work, the family, qualitative and quantitative methods, and
women's studies. 

Journal articles

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Using communications theory to explore emergent organisation in Pagan culture, Australian Religion Studies Review (2011)

Pagan culture presents a paradoxical case to the traditional frameworks and methodologies social scientists have...

 

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Paganism and commercialisation, Spellcraft (2008)
 

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Pagans online and offline: locating community in post-modern times, Sociological Spectrum (2008)

This article examines the ways Australian Pagans use e-mail discussion lists as a means of...

 

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Clients, colleagues or experts? Defining identities in an action research project (with Catherine Varnier and Chris Deftereos), Journal of Institutional Research in Australasia (2007)

This article examines how discourses shaped and were shaped by participants’ identities in a participatory...

 

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Discourses of authenticity in a pagan community: the emergence of the ‘fluffy bunny’ sanction (with Ian Woodward), Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (2007)

The commodification of the religious impulse finds its most overt expression in the New Age...

 

Books

Catholics, conflicts and choices: and exploration of power relations in the Catholic Church (2013)

Many Catholics today are disenchanted with the Church’s continuing distrust of women and laity. But,...

 

Home, school and community partnerships to support children’s numeracy (with Merrilyn Goos, Daniel Lincoln, Sandra Frid, Peter Galbraith, Marj Horne, Lesley Jolly, Alex Kostogritz, Tom Lowrie, Trisch Short, and Mohammad Ghoam), Home, school and community partnerships to support children’s numeracy (2004)

Key findings:

An Australia-wide survey of primary schools for the project identified 606 numeracy partnership...

 

Book chapters

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Pagan religiousness as ‘networked individualism’, Spirituality: Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy (2012)

In the age of the internet, the types of place and group bounded fixtures that...

 

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Sense-Making as methodology for spirituality theory, praxis, pedagogy, and research. (with Brenda Dervin, Kathleen D Clark, Lois Foreman-Wernet, Christlin P. Rajendram, and CarrieLynn D Reinhard), Spirituality: Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy (2012)

The purpose of this chapter is to describe a methodology that is derived from philosophic...

 

Transformation starts at home: understanding e-readiness in local communities, Closing the digital divide: transforming regional economies and communities with information technology (2003)
 

Conference publications

Pagan religiousness as 'networked individualism', Spirituality: theory, praxis and pedagogy (2012)

In the age of the internet, the types of place and group bounded fixtures that...

 

Sense-making as methodology for spirituality theory, praxis, pedagogy and research (with Brenda Dervin, Kathleen D Clark, Lois Foreman-Wernet, Christlin P Rajendram, and CarrieLynn Reinhard), Spirituality: theory, praxis and pedagogy (2012)
 

Barometers of institutional inflexibility: using the movement through timespace conceptualizations of Dervin’s sense-making methodology, 59th Annual International Communication Society Conference: workshop Addressing Communication's Keywords Communicatively: Multicontext Exemplars and Interrogations of the Uses of Dervin's sense-making methodology (2009)
 

Understanding students’ reception of study materials: Applying Dervin’s sense-making methodology, 59th Annual International Communication Society Conference: workshop Addressing Communication's Keywords Communicatively: Multicontext Exemplars and Interrogations of the Uses of Dervin's sense-making methodology (2009)
 

Gender: Pagan style, Society for Biblical Literature, Australian Association for the Study of Religions and Women Scholars of Religion and Theology Conference (2008)
 

Reports

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Walking with refugees: an educational field trip to Rocky Creek Dam (with Brad Shipway, Robert Lingard, Mendes Leandro, and and others) (2013)

Walking with Refugees: an education field trip to Rocky Creek Dam was devised and conducted...

 

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Assessing Progress in the Roof over our Heads Venture (with Louise Horstmanshof) (2012)

Executive Summary This report furnishes a progress evaluation of the cross disciplinary Roof over our...

 

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Functional Review of Multi-Faith Services (with Southern Cross University InterFaith Advisory Committee) (2010)

A review of Chaplaincy Services at Southern Cross University (SCU) in 2004 resulted in the...

 

Carole Park project: computers in the community, Report prepared for Brisbane City Council (2001)
 

Report on the student survey of post-graduate supervision, Studies in Religion Department, University of Queensland (1992)