Dr Sarah Maslen
Associate Professor (Sociology)
School of Government & Policy
Highest Qualification - PhD
HDR completions - 0
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
- Organizational Sociology
Research Methods of Interest
- Qualitative research methods