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Following a career in arts management in both Canada and Australia, Rachael Wallis began a foray into the world of academia, with a Master's degree thesis titled 'Australian attitudes to sustainability in Cuba, 1960-2000' from the University of Southern Queensland.

Her doctoral thesis, also from USQ, examines how media influence people to relocate to rural areas, and is titled 'The phenomenological and discursive practice of place for lifestyle migrants: a case study of Stanthorpe, Queensland'.

She writes on recurring themes of sustainability, media, cultural and social theory as well as on living in the country at


  • –present
    Lecturer and Research Fellow, University of Southern Queensland


  • 2018 
    University of Southern Queensland, PhD
  • 2014 
    University of Southern Queensland, Masters
  • 2010 
    Griffith University, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2019
    Area, Self telling place, identity and dress in lifestyle migration memoirs
  • 2019
    Rural Society, Banking on Banjo: business bias and belonging in rural social imaginaries
  • 2017
    Rural Society, Myths and imaginaries: depictions of lifestyle migration in Country Style magazine