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Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Newcastle

Julia Coffey is a senior lecturer in sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research is in the field of health sociology, with a focus on youth, the body, and gender. Her book 'Body work: youth, health and gender' was published by Routledge in 2016.

Julia has also worked on areas related to health and youth in education and development. Julia has published on young people’s body work practices and identity, health and the body, and pedagogy. She is especially interested in the ways body work practices are shaped by health and gender ideals and theories of the body.

Julia is currently working on a project titled: ‘Youth, transitions and bodies’, which aims to advance sociological understandings of body image and health in young people’s transitions from education to employment in rural and urban contexts.

Recent research projects have investigated: Youth health issues, such as ‘Learning Partnerships’ which explored young people’s willingness to seek help for sexual health, mental health and substance issues; and ‘NewGen Asia’ which targets a leadership and advocacy course to young people from key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure in Asia.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Sociology, University of Newcastle


  • 2012 
    University of Melbourne, PhD