Researcher biography

Dr Michelle Peterie is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. She 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's main research area is the sociology of emotions and affect. She is particularly interested in emotional well-being in situations of inequality and injustice, and in the emotional complexities of 'care' and activism. Michelle's doctoral research concerned the experiences of volunteers who support asylum seekers in Australian immigration detention facilities and within the Australian community. Her current research focuses on the socio-emotional aspects of unemployment, and on the impact of compulsory income management.

Michelle is a member of the Contemporary Emotions Research Network (CERN), the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC), and the Australian Sociological Association (TASA). She co-convenes TASA's Emotions and Affect Thematic Group.