Dee Michell

Dr Dee Michell

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts


Dee Michell is a feminist theologian and social researcher whose research interests pivot around the themes of lived experience, marginalisation and transformation.

Dee has a broad interest in gender, religion and spirituality, and a particular interest in the women dominated 19th century American traditions of Spiritualism, Theosophy, Christian Science and New Thought. You can hear Dee in conversation with writer James Boyce at Adelaide Writers' Week 2015 as they discuss his book, Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World.

Dee was made a Ward of the South Australian State in 1960 and remained in foster care for 15 years. She worked as an administrator for a multi-national corporation before going to university in her 40s, when she combined study with primary care for her three children.

Dee is the first in her families (family of origin and foster family) to go to university. She is a founding member of the Alliance for Care Experience People in Higher Education, an international support organisation for those who have been displaced from family during childhood and who are studying and working in universities.

Dee Michell was also on the Steering Committee for the inaugural Care Experienced History Month - April 2021 and with Rosie Canning in the UK, has designed a website, Care Experience and Culture, which is a digital archive of literature, films and television shows about Care Experienced People, and a record of Care Experienced People who are artists and writers etc. Funding for the development of the website has been provided by The Welland Trust, UK.

From 2013-2016, Dee worked on a 3 year ARC funded project on the history of foster care in Australia (with Nell Musgrove, Australian Catholic University). You can hear Dee talk about this project on Housing Matters Radio and via Radio Adelaide's Searchlight program. A book based on the findings, The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia. Just Like A Family? was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018 and launched by the Honourable Rachel Sanderson MP, Minister for Child Protection, on 21st June 2019 at Relationships Australia.

Dee is currently working on another 3 year ARC funded project with Nell Musgrove - Care Leaver Activism & Advocacy: From Deficit Models to Survivor Narratives.

Dee has peer reviewed articles for the following scholarly journals: ACM Transactions on Computing EducationAustralian Social Work; Colloquy Monash University; Depression Research & Treatment; Emotions: History, Culture, Society; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (USA); Life Writing; Outskirts Online Journal; International Journal of English and Literature; Journal of Gender StudiesSocial Sciences; Studies in Higher Education (UK).   

Invitations to speak:

  • Annual Sophia Feminist Theologies Day, Saturday, 29th June 2019. Paper title: "Gatherings from the Divine Storehouse: The Theology & Writing of Ella wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)"
  • Women in STEM Society, University of Adelaide, 8th March 2019. "Women in Computer Science: Research Findings"
  • WhoCares?Scotland Global Care Family Gathering, 27th October, 2018. The full event can be viewed here, Dee's presentation here
  • Women in STEM Society, University of Adelaide, 3rd August, 2018. "Towards a Socio-Ecological Framework to adress gender inequity in Computer Science.
  • NTEU Universities & the Future of Workers & Work Panel Discussion, 2nd August, 2018.
  • Uniting Communities, Youth Workers Training Day, Friday 26th March, 2018, "Real Life Super Heroes"
  • Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) Netfest 2018, Friday 16th February, 2108. "Real Life Super Heroes"
  • Annual Sophia Feminist Theologies Day, Saturday, 12th August 2017. Paper title: "How to Ruin Your Reputation: Elizabeth Cady Stanton & The Woman's Bible"
  • Mary Lee Exchange Theme: Home, Saturday 15th July 2017
  • Adelaide Festival Writers Week, in Conversation with 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, Hisham Matar, 29th May 2017
  • Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, On Family, Caroline Baum & Catherine De Saint Phalle, Tuesday 7th March 2017
  • Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, War Correspondent, Janine di Giovanni, Wednesday 8th March 2017
  • SA Dept of Child Protection Residential Care Service Recognition Event, Adelaide Oval, Monday 20th February 2017
  • Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants 7th National Apology Anniversary, 16th November 2016
  • Plenary Rountable Discussion on Engagement and Impact in history of Childhood Research, Rexamining Australian Childhood Conference, Deakin Uni, Melbourne, 12-13th December 2016.
  • Adelaide Festival Writers Week, "Dedication Brenda Niall", Monday 29th February 2016.
  • Launch of Prayers for a Secular World at Dymocks Bookshop, 21st October 2015
  • Adelaide Festival Writers Week, In Conversation with James Boyce, author of Born Bad:Original Sin and the Making of the Western World, 4 March 2015.
  • Chair, 5th Annual SA Women's and Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture, 6 May 2014 - Lecture delivered by Professor Shurlee Swain, Australian Catholic University on the topic "Feminism and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse"
  • Academic Women's Promotion Forum, University of Adelaide, 25 March 2014
  • Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Chair, Faith Based Session with Diarmaid MacCulloch & Francis Spufford, 6 March 2014 
  • Keynote Address for IAP Forum, University of Adelaide, February 2012
  • "In Bed with Tracey Emin" Public Forum - Invitation to speak and participate in a panel discussion at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 16 October 2011.
  • Invitation to attend National Domestic Violence Conference for Mount Gambier - Weds 13 to Fri 15 July 2011- and conduct a workshop with Tony Tonkin (BSW) based on our 2010 article "The Reverse Role Play - An Innovative Way of Confronting Men" In  Australian Social Work 63(4), 460-465.
  • Creativity Forum, Sophia Ecumenical Feminist Spirituality Centre on May 7, 2011.
  • Workshop facilitation at the 2008 Network of Women Students Australia (NOWSA) Conference, Flinders University, 8th July 2008.

Podcasts

Conversation over coffee with Tony Tonkin

Lisa Cherry Trauma Resonance Resilience Podcast, Series 3, Episode 6, Dee Michell & Rosie Canning on Care Experience & Culture

Nowhere Child by Caroline Overington, The Australian, Episode 6and 'Bonus Material' for Episode 7.

Radio Appearances

  • Life Matters, ABC Radio National, "Are we learning from our past foster care mistakes?", with Hannah McGlade, Curtin University
  • Radio Adelaide Morning Juice, 25th October 2018 7.35am "Children in foster care" with Nell Musgrove, ACU
  • Afternoons with Alan Hickey, FIVEaa, 1.05pm on 7th June 2018, contributing to the conversation on changes to the Miss America competition.
  • Afternoons with Alan Hickey, FIVEaa, 12.00pm on 16th August 2016, referencing a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendation that Catholic priests become mandated reporters
  • Jeremey Cordieux program, FIVEaa, 12.30pm on 20th July 2016, referencing the story about Cheltenham Girls School in Sydney requiring staff to cease saying ‘girls, ladies, women’
  • June 2015 a number of radio interviews about foster care in Australia, including with 891ABC, Port Pirie ABC, Searchlight (Radio Adelaide) and National Radio News (Charles Sturt University Ballarat) 
  • Housing Matters Radio February 2014
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2013 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2011 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2010 Tutor University of South Australia
    2005 - 2010 Educator Relationships Australia
    2003 - 2010 Associate Lecturer Flinders University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2003 Scholarship Overseas Field Trip Award Flinders University
    2003 Scholarship Travel Grant Award Flinders University
    2002 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award
    2000 Recognition Chancellor's Letter of Commendation Flinders University
    2000 Award Golden Key Award
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2008 Flinders University Australia PhD
    2002 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Theology (Hons)
    2000 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Theology
    1998 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Major in Women's Studies)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Michell, D. (2021). Blood doesn't define evotypical families: Eleanor Spence's stories of informal and formal foster care in Australia. Bookbird: a journal of international children's literature, 59(2), 27-39.
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    2020 Michell, D. (2020). Recovering from Doing Research as a Survivor-Researcher.. Qualitative Report, 25(5), 1377-1392.
    2018 Michell, D., Szabo, C., Falkner, K., & Szorenyi, A. (2018). Towards a Socio-Ecological Framework to address gender inequity in computer science. Computers and Education, 126, 324-333.
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    2017 Michell, D., Beddoe, L., Fraser, H., & Jarldorn, M. (2017). Solidarity and support: feminist memory work focus groups with working-class women studying social science degrees in Australia. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 30(2), 175-189.
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    2017 Michell, D., Szorenyi, A., Falkner, K., & Szabo, C. (2017). Broadening participation not border protection: how universities can support women in computer science. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 39(4), 406-422.
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    2016 Barclay, K., Michell, D., & Due, C. (2016). Providing care for children: how service providers define and apply care in contemporary South Australia. Children Australia, 41(3), 178-189.
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    2016 Michell, D. (2016). Dear Miss Spence: An Open Letter to Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910). Life Writing, 13(4), 481-492.
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    2016 Fraser, H., Michell, D., Beddoe, E., & Jarldorn, M. (2016). Working-class women study social science degrees: remembering enablers and detractors. Higher Education Research and Development, 35(4), 684-697.
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    2015 Jarldorn, M., Beddoe, E., Fraser, H., & Michell, D. (2015). Planting a seed: encouraging service users towards educational goals. Social Work Education, 34(8), 921-935.
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    2015 Michell, D. (2015). Foster care, stigma, and the sturdy, unkillable children of the very poor. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 29(4), 663-676.
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    2015 Fraser, H., & Michell, D. (2015). Feminist memory work in action: Method and practicalities. Qualitative Social Work, 14(3), 321-337.
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    2014 Michell, D. (2014). Healing and happiness in the Christian Science tradition. Feminist Theology, 22(2), 203-212.
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    2014 Mendes, P., Michell, D., & Wilson, J. (2014). Young people transitioning from out-of-home care and access to higher education: a critical review of the literature. Children Australia, 39(4), 243-252.
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    2014 Michell, D. E. (2014). Cautionary Tales. Review of The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption. History Australia, 11(2), 271-273.
    2014 Papadelos, P., Michell, D., & Eate, P. (2014). 'Bending and morphing': the department of women's studies at the University of Adelaide continues past its twenty year anniversary. Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, 31, 16 pages.
    2013 Oakley, S., & Michell, D. (2013). Partnering students in practical research. ergo, 3(2), 23-30.
    2012 Brook, H., & Michell, D. (2012). Learners, learning, learned: Class, higher education, and autobiographical essays from working-class academics. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 34(6), 587-599.
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    2012 Michell, D. (2012). A suddenly desirable demographic?: care leavers in higher education. Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, 2012(33), 44-58.
    2011 Michell, D. (2011). An Interrupted Pathway. Australian Universities' Review, 53(1), 89-93.
    2010 Brook, H., & Michell, D. (2010). Working-Class Intellectuals: (Oxy) moronic Professors and Educational Equality (A Response to Ken Oldfield, A&S, 41, 1016-1038). Administration & Society, 42(3), 368-372.
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    2010 Tonkin, T., & Michell, D. (2010). The reverse role play - an innovative way of confronting men. Australian Journal of Social Work, 63(4), 460-465.
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    2008 Michell, D. E. (2008). Unbroken Spirit: How a Young Muslim Refused to be Enslaved by Her Culture by Ferzanna Rily. Feminist Theology, 17(1), 128-131.
    2006 Michell, D. (2006). God is changeable and therefore not perfect. Women - Church, 38(Autumn), 21-22.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2018 Musgrove, N., & Michell, D. (2018). The slow evolution of foster care in Australia: Just like a family?. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
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    2016 Michell, D. (2016). Florence Scovell Shinn PLAYING THE GAME OF LIFE An adaptation. People's voice publishing.
    2016 Michell, D. (2016). Florence Scovell Shinn PLAYING THE GAME OF LIFE An adaptation. People's voice publishing.
    2016 Michell, D. (2016). Emma Curtis Hopkins 12 Lessons in Spiritual Healing. An Adaptation.
    2015 Michell, D., Wilson, J. Z., & Archer, V. (Eds.) (2015). Bread & roses: voices of Australian academics from the working class. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Springer.
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    2015 Michell, D., Wilson, J. Z., & Archer, V. (Eds.) (2015). Bread & roses: voices of Australian academics from the working class. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Springer.
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    2014 Brook, H., Fergie, D., Maeorg, M., & Michell, D. (Eds.) (2014). Universities in transition: Foregrounding social contexts of knowledge in the first year experience. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
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    2014 Michell, D. E. (2014). Ways of the Wicked Witch. Elizabeth, South Australia: Peoples Voice Publishing.
    2011 Michell, D., & Taylor, P. (Eds.) (2011). Recipes for Survival. Stories of Hope & Healing by Survivors of the State 'Care' System in Australia. Elizabeth, South Australia: Peoples Voice Publishing.
    2010 Michell, D., & Noble, J. (Eds.) (2010). Women journeying with spirit. Port Adelaide, SA: Ginninderra Press.
    2009 Michell, D. (2009). Christian science: women, healing and the church. Lanham, Maryland, USA: University Press of America, Inc.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2019 Michell, D. E. (2019). Oral Histories and Enlightened Witnessing. In K. Moruzi, N. Musgrove, & C. Pasco Leahy (Eds.), Children’s Voices from the Past New Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (pp. 211-231). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
    2019 Jurczyszyn, R., & Michell, D. (2019). We Can Do It and So Can Our Future Care Leavers! Care Leavers at University. In P. McNamara, C. Montserrat, & S. Wise (Eds.), Education in Out of Home Care (pp. 255-266). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.
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    2019 Jurczyszyn, R., & Michell, D. (2019). We Can Do It and So Can Our Future Care Leavers! Care Leavers at University. In P. McNamara, C. Montserrat, & S. Wise (Eds.), Education in Out of Home Care (pp. 255-266). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.
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    2018 Michell, D. (2018). Academia as Therapy. In A. Black, & S. Garvis (Eds.), Women Activating Agency in Academia: Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir. Oxon; United Kingdom: Routledge.
    2017 Michell, D., & Petrilli, P. (2017). Similarities in Difficulties: Australians Raised in Out-of-Home Care. In S. Petrilli (Ed.), Challenges to Living Together: Transculturalism, Migration, Exploitation (pp. 413-424). Italy: Mimesis International.
    2017 Michell, D., & Fraser, H. (2017). Using Feminist Memory Work with working-class women trying to complete social science degrees. In 0 (Ed.), Sage Research Methods Cases Part 2. Sage.
    2017 Michell, D., & Fraser, H. (2017). Using Feminist Memory Work with working-class women trying to complete social science degrees. In 0 (Ed.), Sage Research Methods Cases Part 2. Sage.
    2017 Michell, D. (2017). Systemic Familial Alienation and the Australian Foster Care System. In S. Petrilli (Ed.), Challenges to Living Together. Transculturalism, Migration, Exploitation (pp. 395-412). Italy: Mimesis International.
    2016 Michell, D., & Scalzi, C. (2016). I want to be someone, I want to make a difference: Young care leavers preparing for the future in South Australia. In P. Mendes, & P. Snow (Eds.), Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care (1 ed., pp. 115-133). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
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    2016 Michell, D., & Scalzi, C. (2016). I want to be someone, I want to make a difference: Young care leavers preparing for the future in South Australia. In P. Mendes, & P. Snow (Eds.), Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care (1 ed., pp. 115-133). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
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    2015 Michell, D., Wilson, J., & Archer, V. (2015). Introduction: A Working-Class World-View. In D. Michell, J. Wilson, & V. Archer (Eds.), Bread and Roses: Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class (1 ed., pp. vii-xvi). Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
    2015 Michell, D., Wilson, J., & Archer, V. (2015). Introduction: a working-class world-view in an academic environment. In D. Michell, J. Wilson, & V. Archer (Eds.), Bread and roses: voices of Australian academics from the working class (1 ed., pp. vii-xvi). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
    2015 Michell, D., Jackson, D., & Tonkin, C. (Eds.) (2015). Against the odds: Care leavers at University. In . Elizabeth, South Australia: Peoples Voice Publishing.
    2015 Michell, D. (2015). Up from the lowest rung. In D. Michell, D. Jackson, & C. Tonkin (Eds.), Against the Odds: Care Leavers in Higher Education (1st ed.). Elizabeth, South Australia: Peoples Voice Publishing.
    2014 Michell, D., Tonkin, C., & Eate, P. (2014). Kane & Edgar: playing with age in film. In I. Whelehan, & J. Gwynne (Eds.), Ageing, popular culture and contemporary feminism: Harleys and hormones (1 ed., pp. 219-232). Houndmills, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.
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    2014 Michell, D. (2014). Traces of a feminist protest: Kylie Tennant's novel Tell Morning This. In P. Ashton, & J. Wilson (Eds.), Silent system: forgotten Australians and the institutionalisation of women and children (1 ed., pp. 193-208). Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
    2014 Brook, H., Fergie, D. J., Maeorg, M., & Michell, D. (2014). Introduction. In H. Brook, D. Fergie, M. Maeorg, & D. Michell (Eds.), Universities in transition: Foregrounding social contexts of knowledge in the first year experience (Vol. -, pp. 1-9). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
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    2014 Bletsas, A., & Michell, D. (2014). Classism on campus? Exploring and extending understanding of social class in the contemporary higher education debate. In H. Brook, D. Fergie, M. Maeorg, & D. Michell (Eds.), Universities in transition: Foregrounding social contexts of knowledge in the first year experience (pp. 77-96). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
    2014 Brook, H., & Michell, D. (2014). Knowing students. In H. Brook, D. Fergie, M. Maeorg, & D. Michell (Eds.), Universities in transition: Foregrounding social contexts of knowledge in the first year experience (pp. 229-244). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
    2012 Michell, D. (2012). Divine horizons: religion and social class in the lives of two leading Australian women, Betty Archdale and Kylie Tennant. In R. Francis, P. Grimshaw, & A. Standish (Eds.), Seizing the Initiative: Australian Women Leaders in Politics, Workplaces and Communities (1 ed., pp. 185-197). Australia: Australian Women's Archives Project.
    2011 Michell, D. E. (2011). Two Mothers. In D. Michell, & P. Taylor (Eds.), Recipes for Survival: Stories of Hope and Healing by Survivors of the State 'Care' System in Australia (pp. 33-42). Elizabeth, South Australia: Peoples Voice Publishing.
    2011 Michell, D. E. (2011). Woman Suffrage in Australia (1908): Vida Goldstein. In T. K. Wayne (Ed.), Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World A Global Sourcebook and History. ABC-CLIO.
    2011 Michell, D. E. (2011). The Female Eunuch (1970): Germaine Greer. In T. K. Wayne (Ed.), Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World A Global Sourcebook and History. ABC-CLIO.
    2010 Michell, D. (2010). Apology excepted: a response to the SA government's apology. In R. Hil & Branigan (Ed.), Surviving care: achieving justice and healing for the forgotten australians (pp. 151-172). Bond University Press.
    2010 Michell, D. E., & Noble, J. (2010). Introduction. In D. E. Michell, & J. Noble (Eds.), Women Journeying with Spirit (pp. 7-10). Port Adelaide: Ginninderra Press.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2015 Falkner, K., Szabo, C., Michell, D., Szorenyi, A., & Thyer, S. (2015). Gender gap in academia: perceptions of female computer science academics. In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Vol. 2015-June (pp. 111-116). Vilnius, Lithuania: ACM.
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  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2021 Michell, D. (2021). Beyond the Orphanage by Deborah Dzifah Tamakloe.
    2021 Michell, D. (2021). Careless by Kirsty Capes. Care Experience & Culture.
    2021 Michell, D. (2021). Letters to Gil by Malik Al Nasir. Orphans & Care Experience in Literature.
    2021 Michell, D. (2021). A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler. Care Experience & Culture.
    2020 Michell, D. E. (2020). The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman. Orphans & Care Experience in Literature.
    2020 Michell, D. E. (2020). Parragirls: Reimagining Parramatta Girls Home Through Art and Memory. Orphans & Care Experience in Literature.
    2020 Michell, D. E. (2020). The Orphan Collector. Orphans and Care Experience in Literature.
    2019 Michell, D. E. (2019). Book Review: No One Was Watching by Annie Horner. Orphans & Care Experience in Fiction.
    2019 Michell, D. (2019). Book Review. Burnished: Burnside Life Stories, compiled by Kate Shayler. Orphans & Care Experience in Literature.
    2019 Michell, D. E. (2019). Book Review: Jae-Dee Survives the Home of Many Mothers by Jae-Dee Collier. Orphans & Care Experience in Literature.
    2019 Michell, D. (2019). Book Review: Burnished: Burnside Life Stories, compiled by Kate Shayler.
    2019 Michell, D. E. (2019). Book Review: Shaped by Silence: Stories from the Inmates of the Good Shepherd Laundries and Reformatories by Rie Croll.
    2018 Musgrove, N., & Michell, D. (2018). Why children in institutional care may be worse off now than they were in the 19th century. The Conversation.
    2018 Musgrove, N., & Michell, D. (2018). Why children in institutional care may be worse off now than they were in the 19th century. The Conversation.
    2017 Michell, D. (2017). Book Review: Oi You F*cker by Snowball. Orphans & Care Experience in Fiction.
    2016 Michell, D. E. (2016). Beyond Ourselves: Dee Michell launches 'Prayers of a Secular World' edited by Jordie Albiston and Kevin Brophy. Rochford Street Review.

2021-2022 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant

  • Research Team: Nell Musgrove (Australian Catholic University), Dee Michell (University of Adelaide)
  • Project: Care Leaver Activism & Advocacy - From Deficit Models to Survivor Narratives

2021 Welland Trust UK - Grant

  • Research Team: Rosie Canning (Southhampton University), Dee Michell (University of Adelaide)
  • Project: Care Experience & Culture Digital Archive

2018 Consultancy, Uniting Communities

  • Research Team: N. Greenland (Uniting Communities), V. Wise (Uniting Communities), D. Michell (University of Adelaide
  • Project: Jo's Evaluation - Evaluation of Therapeutic Residential Care

2015 - 2017 Industry Funding - Google Australia

  • Research Team: K. Falker, C. Szabo, A. Szorenyi & D. Michell,
  • Project: Pathways to Computer Science: Enabling Equity and Diversity, Google Australia

2015 University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund

  • Research Team: Dr Katie Barclay (Humanities), Dr Dee Michell (Social Sciences) & Dr Clemence Due (Psychology)
  • Project: Dis/Located Children: Children in/and Care

2013-2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant 

  • Chief Investigators: Dr Nell Musgrove, Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne; Dr Dee Michell, University of Adelaide
  • Project: A Long history of foster care in Australia: hidden stories of growing up in foster care in the nineteenth and twenthieth centuries

2013 Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty Research Grant

  • Chief Investigators: Dr Dee Michell, Universityof Adelaide; Mr Rob Martin, CREATE Foundation
  • Project: Care Leavers in Higher Education: Aspirations, Pathways and Outcomes

2013 Flinders University Faculty Research Grant

  • Chief Investigators: Dr Heather Fraser, Flinders University; Dr Dee Michell, University of Adelaide, Ms Michele Jarldon, Flinders University; Dr Liz Beddoe, University of Auckland
  • Project: What helps and hinders women from low socio-economic backgrounds complete social science degrees?

2012 Fay Gale Research Centre Fellowship

  • Project: On The Edge: Kylie Tennant's Representation of Adolescent Girls in State Care

Dee is an enthusiastic teacher. Her aim is to excite students about their studies through well-constructed courses which connect theory and contemporary research, to enable them to befriend each other as well as to have many ‘light bulb’ moments through working together in small groups, and to prepare them to make a tangible and positive difference in the world as employed, engaged and socially just citizens.

Current Courses

  • Qualitative Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • Consumption, Work & the Self
  • Public Scandals & Moral Panics
  • Sociological Contentions
  • Taking it to the Streets

 

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  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Punishing Disability: The Lived Experience of Incarcerated Women with Cognitive Disabilities in Australian Prisons Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Julie-Anne Toohey
    2013 - 2019 Co-Supervisor ‘I feel like my luck's going to run out soon’: Youth Citizenship and Housing Responses to Homelessness in South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sharyn Leanne Goudie
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - 2015 Member Fay Gale Centre Research Program Committee, 2016 Conference
    2015 - 2015 Member PASS Reference Group University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2015 Member Learning & Teaching Committee School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2015 Member Bachelor of Health Sciences Management Committee University of Adelaide
    2014 - ongoing Member Rachael Romero's 'Enslaved' Adelaide Exhibition Launch Committee
    2010 - 2011 Member Reference Group, Social Work Education Project: Curriculum Mapping for Content on Forgotten Australians Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFA)
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2014 - ongoing Member Alliance for the Study of Adoption & Culture
    2012 - ongoing Member Education Research Group of Adelaide (ERGA)
    2011 - ongoing Member Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
    2004 - ongoing Member Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)
    2002 - ongoing Member Sophia Ecumenical Spirituality Centre Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Board Member Peter Lang Series: Reflections on Signs and Language
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Student Support Academic Mentor, Faculty of Arts University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Honours Coordinator Dept of Gender Studies & Social Analysis
    2014 - ongoing Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Social Sciences University of Adelaide Australia
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133675
  • Email: dee.michell@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 8375
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 1
  • Room: 1 39
  • Org Unit: Sociology, Criminology & Gender Studies

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