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Michelle Peterie

Research Fellow, University of Sydney

Dr Michelle Peterie is a Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Sydney. She co-leads the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies’ research theme on Work, Education and Welfare.

Michelle's research concerns the social and emotional impacts of government policies, including Australia's immigration detention and social security policies. Her research has been published in Australian and international books and journals, and submitted as expert evidence to the Australian Senate and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Michelle is the author of Visiting Immigration Detention (2022), the co-author of Compulsory Income Management in Australia and New Zealand (2022), and the co-editor of Emotions in Late Modernity (2019). She is an Associate Editor of The Australian Journal of Social Issues and a recent co-convener of The Australian Sociological Association’s Sociology of Emotions and Affect thematic group.


  • 2021–present
    Research fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2020–2021
    Research fellow, University of Wollongong
  • 2018–2020
    Research fellow, University of Queensland


  • 2018 
    University of Sydney, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association