Dr Sandy Darab BA(Hons)(N'cle), PhD(N'cle) 

Sandy Darab has been lecturing at Southern Cross University since 2004 and is currently
located in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Before coming to SCU, she worked at
the University of Newcastle. She lectured in the Department of Sociology and
Anthropology, and in the Open Foundation program, as well as working as a research fellow
at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and at the Discipline of
General Practice. As a research fellow, she conducted qualitative research into
organisational change in the Hunter Area Health Service and worked on a project examining
violence against GPs. 

Sandy teaches sociology both at the under-graduate and post-graduate level in the
Community Development and Emergency Management degree. She has been involved in
designing, developing and delivering large-scale foundation studies unit for first year
students. She has an ongoing interest in pedagogy, curriculum and ethics and has
conducted research into tertiary students’ time use patterns. Sandy’s research focus is
upon issues of social justice and recent projects include a study on the WorkChoices and
Welfare to Work reforms and their effects in regional NSW. Currently, she is involved in
a project on homelessness with Dr. Yvonne Hartman. 

Journal articles


The power of the wave: activism rainbow region-style (with Yvonne Hartman), M/C Journal (2014)

The counterculture that arose during the 1960s and 1970s left lasting social and political reverberations...



A call for slow scholarship: a case study on the intensification of academic life and its implications for pedagogy (with Yvonne Hartman), The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies (Special Double Issue) (2012)


Understanding single older women's invisibility in housing issues in Australia (with Yvonne Hartman), Housing, Theory and Society (2012)

This paper examines the available literature on single older non-home owning women in Australia and...



Psychic wounds and the social structure: an empirical investigation (with Yvonne A. Hartman), Current Sociology (2011)

Empirical linkages between structure and agency, or system and life world, have traditionally not...



General practitioners’ assessment of risk of violence in their practice results from a qualitative study (with Parker Magin, Jon Adams, Elyssa Joy, Malcolm Ireland, and Susan Heaney), Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice (2008)

Rationale, aims and objectives Clinicians’ means of stratification of risk of violence has been previously...



Policy and the lifeworld: a comparative analysis (with Yvonne A. Hartman), Performing policy: the everyday experience of social policy symposium (2010)


The hidden costs of injured dignity: an exploration of one effect of Workfare policies (with Yvonne A. Hartman), Proceedings of Activating Human Rights and Peace Conference (2008)

This paper explores one effect of Workfare policies that were designed and operationalised under the...



How the WorkChoices and Welfare to Work reforms are affecting people in one region of New South Wales: preliminary findings (with Yvonne A. Hartman), Proceedings of The challenge to restore full employment : incorporating the 9th Path to Full Employment Conference and 14th National Conference on Unemployment (2007)

Howard's way: WorkChoices, welfare reform and the working wounded (with Yvonne A. Hartman), Road to Where? The Politics and Practice of Welfare to Work: Refereed Proceedings of the 2006 National Conference (2007)

The aim of this paper is to investigate Work Choices, the Welfare to Work reforms...


Transition to university: female students' coping mechanisms, Enabling Education Conference : What Works?. (2007)


An evaluation of the Perfecting Healthcare Delivery Project (with D Sibbritt, Jon Adams, E Southgate, R Walker, G Isbister, and M Bernard), Hunter Area Health Service, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Australia (2003)