BA (Hons) PhD, UWS
Helen has over 20 years’ experience as a sociologist. She teaches and researches a wide range of social issues including: labour struggles and working poverty, social class and other inequalities, political economy and democracy, revolutions, political organisations and social movements, communities, rurality, globalisation, media, health, environmental justice, and human-animal relations. She specialises in class analyses of these issues employing Marxist, Weberian, feminist and other critical theoretical frameworks.
Helen has conducted research on the sociologies of class and work since the 1990s. Since 2007, she has linked this work to environmental justice and animal studies. Most recently, Helen has led projects on community building and organising within working class neighbourhoods, with a focus on the links between social justice and environmental sustainability.
Helen welcomes enquiries from potential honours, Masters and PhD students on topics relevant to her research background.
Some recent RHD and honours students:
NSW Environmental Trust, Powering Down: an energy efficiency education project. Environmental Education Program. Team: Helen Masterman-Smith, John Rafferty.
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Action Matters for Sustainability in Albury, community engagement project. Team: Helen Masterman-Smith, John Rafferty, Marie Sheahan
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Our Place Program (Wave 2), community environmental engagement project. Team: Helen Masterman-Smith, John Rafferty, Marie Sheahan
Commonwealth Government, Higher Education Pathways and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), Learning Communities: Creating Sustainable Communities Theme. Team: Helen Masterman-Smith, John Rafferty, Shelby Laird
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Our Place Program, community environmental engagement project (Wave 1). Team: Helen Masterman-Smith, John Rafferty, Jillian Dunphy, Shelby Laird
Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Education for Sustainability Grant. Title: Education for Sustainability Models for Australian Healthcare Degrees. Team: Helen Masterman-Smith, Jillian Dunphy, Ruth Townsend, Robin Harvey, Marie Sheahan.