A/Prof Connor is a sociologist who specialises in understanding the intersection of culture, social action and change. His military and sport research centres on understanding cultural influences on negative behaviours, and consequently, how these might be changed. His work on the military includes the ARC DP “Institutional Abuse and Organisational Reform in the ADF” (with A/Prof Wadham, $127k). Recent publications in Armed Forces and Society – “The Military Scandal: Its Definition, Dynamics, and Significance” (2019) and “Military Loyalty as a Moral Emotion” (2019).
He has been funded by the Australian and World anti-doping agencies to explore how and why athletes dope and cheat. Essentially, He tries to understand intransigent problems of behaviour in organisations and how we might overcome them utilising novel theory and methods.