Researcher biography

Dr Michelle Peterie is a Research Fellow in the University of Queensland's School of Social Science and current co-convener of The Australian Sociological Association's Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group. Michelle has previously worked at the University of Sydney, the University of Wollongong and the University of New England, and has done research consultancy work in the third sector.

Michelle completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, examining bureaucratic violence in immigration detention facilities. Her current research concerns the socio-emotional impacts of punitive policies and discourses, particularly those targeting refugees, Indigenous Australians and the unemployed.

Michelle's research has been published in Australian and international journals and books. She won the biennial award for the best article in the Journal of Sociology 2017-2018 and has been the recipient of several other awards and research grants. Michelle's work has also had impact beyond academia. She has been invited to give expert testimony at hearings of the Australian Senate and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and her research has received national media attention.

Further information about Michelle's research and outputs can be found at

Areas of research