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Leah Williams Veazey

ARC DECRA Research Fellow, University of Sydney

Leah Williams Veazey is a sociologist based at the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies at The University of Sydney, Australia, with research interests in migration, care, digital cultures and health. Her book, Migrant Mothers in the Digital Age (2021, Routledge) was awarded the 2022 Raewyn Connell Prize for Best First Book in Australian Sociology.

As an ARC DECRA Fellow, Leah is currently conducting a study of migration and mobility in the healthcare workforce, with a focus on how family relationships and networks of care affect migration decisions, experiences of the workplace and plans for the future. At the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies, she co-leads the Migration, Im/mobility and Belonging research theme. She is also an Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues and a co-convener of The Australian Sociological Association's Sociology of Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism thematic group.

Leah is part of the core research team at the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies at the University of Sydney. She also has over a decade’s experience of working in non-profit communications, focusing on women and health, and have specialised in managing online communities and social media for charities. Prior to completing her PhD at the University of Sydney, Leah completed a Master’s in Migration at Queen Mary, University of London (where she received the inaugural Paisner Prize for her dissertation), and a BA in Modern & Medieval Languages at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Research Officer, University of Sydney


  • 2019 
    University of Sydney, PhD in Sociology
  • 2003 
    Queen Mary, University of London, MSc in Migration
  • 2002 
    Queens' College, University of Cambridge, BA in Modern & Medieval Languages (French & German)


  • 2021
    Migrant Mothers in the Digital Age: Emotion and Belonging in Migrant Maternal Online Communities, Routledge