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Dr Sarah Maslen

Associate Professor (Sociology) 
School of Government & Policy
Highest Qualification - PhD
HDR completions - 0

Contact Details
Phone No.: +61 (0) 2 6201 2735
Email: sarah.maslen@canberra.edu.au

Narrative

My research focuses on knowledge and expert practice in diverse occupational contexts including music, medicine and engineering. My doctoral research revealed how specialized forms of sensing, from a doctor’s clinical skills to a musician’s hearing of pitch and harmony, are configured through interaction and embodiment. To date, I have published a series of articles on the senses in medical practice. The full study is being developed into a monograph. I am currently advancing this work by examining the role of digital health technologies in health decision making.

My post-doctoral research addressed a series of questions relating to expertise and decision-making among engineers working in hazardous industries. I have delivered four funded research projects on topics including expertise development, incentive arrangements and decision-making motivations, incident reporting systems to support collective knowing, and impacts of personal liability concerns on decision-making.

  • April 2014 – March 2016. 'Supporting collective memory and organisational learning for disaster prevention'. Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre supported through the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Program.
  • April 2012 – March 2014. 'Identification of senior executive incentives schemes that most appropriately focus attention on catastrophic risk'. Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre supported through the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Program.
  • April 2012 – December 2012. 'The Reproduction of a Safety Culture across Generations'. Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre supported through the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Program.
  • Sarah Maslen and Deborah Lupton (2019). 'Enacting Chronic Illness with and through Digital Media: A Feminist New Materialist Approach', Information, Communication and Society, online first. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2019.1602665;
  • Sarah Maslen (2019). 'Playing with imagined others: developing a musical ear in conversation with recordings', Symbolic Interaction, online first. DOI: 10.1002/SYMB.411;
  • Sarah Maslen (2015). 'Researching the senses as knowledge: a case study of learning to hear medically', The Senses & Society 10: 1, 52–70;
  • Andrew Hopkins and Sarah Maslen (2015). Risky Rewards: How Company Bonuses Affect Safety, Ashgate: Surrey;

Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=BSyIH0cAAAAJ&hl=en

Sarah is available for a HDR supervision consultation to prospective students.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Sociology of the senses
  • Expertise and decision-making
  • Social studies of science and technology
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Digital health
  • Cultural sociology
  • Risk and disasters

Research Theories / Models of Interest

  • Interpretivist Sociologies of Knowledge
  • Symbolic Interactionism
  • Phenomenology
  • Organizational Sociology

Research Methods of Interest

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Ethnography