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Prof Andrew Singleton

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Head Of School (Research)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Education

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2000
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University, 1994

Contact

Biography

Andrew is one of Australia's leading sociologists of religion. His research interests include spirituality, youth religion, new religious movements, global Christianity, secularisation, non-religion, religious change, religious movements in the Global South. Andrew has presented and published extensively in these areas both nationally and internationally. He is author of Gods, Ghosts and Gays: Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity (with M.L. Rasmussen, A. Halafoff & G.D. Bouma, 2021) Bloomsbury 2021Religion, Culture and Society: A Global Approach (Sage 2014) and The Spirit of Generation Y: Young People’s Spirituality in a Changing Australia (with M. Mason & R. Webber, Garrett Publications, 2007). He is a skilled quantitative and qualitative researcher and specialises in mixed-method projects.

Andrew is a multi award-winning educator and supervised many Masters and PhD theses in the sociology of religion, as well as gender studies, health and media. He currently teaches social research methods (qual. and quant.) including SPSS. 

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Research interests

Sociology of religion: spirituality, youth religion, new religious movements, global Christianity, secularisation, non-religion, religious change, religious movements in the Global South
Gender: men, masculinity, gender and the media
Research methods: quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods.

Units taught

AIX707: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

AIX708: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH

ASC250: SOCIAL RESEARCH: AN INTRODUCTION

Knowledge areas

Sociology of religion: spirituality, youth religion, new religious movements, global Christianity, secularisation, non-religion, religious change, religious movements in the Global South
Gender: men, masculinity, gender and the media
Research methods: quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods.

Expertise

Religion in Australia: all aspects; Religious change internationally
  • Religion

Publications

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2020

Strong Church or Niche Market? The Demography of the Pentecostal Church in Australia

Andrew Singleton

(2020), Vol. 36, pp. 88-105, Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements Arguments from the Margins, Leiden, The Netherlands., B1

book chapter

Religious literacy of Australia's Gen Z teens: diversity and social inclusion

A Halafoff, A Singleton, G Bouma, M Rasmussen

(2020), Vol. 41, pp. 195-213, Journal of beliefs and values, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Complex, critical and caring: young people's diverse religious, spiritual and non-religious worldviews in Australia and Canada

A Halafoff, H Shipley, P Young, A Singleton, M Rasmussen, G Bouma

(2020), Vol. 11, pp. 1-12, Religions, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Methodological challenges of designing a survey to capture young people's (non-binary) affiliations in relationship to religion, sexuality and gender

Mary Rasmussen, Sulamith Graefenstein, Andrew Singleton, Anna Halafoff, Gary Bouma

(2020), pp. 1-15, International journal of social research methodology, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

A sociologist among the spirits

Andrew Singleton

(2019), Vol. 32, pp. 196-206, Journal for the academic study of religion, Sheffield, Eng., C1

journal article

The AGZ Study: project report

Andrew Singleton, Mary Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff, Gary Bouma

(2019), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2018

Beyond faith? Recent trends in religion and spirituality among teenagers

A Singleton

(2018), pp. 23-35, Re-enchanting education and spiritual wellbeing: fostering belonging and meaning-making for global citizens, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Influences on Australian adolescents' recreational reading

A Singleton, L Rutherford, M Merga

(2018), Vol. 41, pp. 44-56, The Australian journal of language and literacy, Norwood, S. Aust, C1

journal article

Do digital devices enhance teenagers' recreational reading engagement? Issues for library policy from a recent study in two Australian states

L Rutherford, Andrew Singleton, Leonee Derr, Margaret Merga

(2018), Vol. 37, pp. 318-340, Public library quarterly, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The AGZ Study: press kit

A Singleton, Mary Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff, Gary Bouma

(2018), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper
2017

The summer of the spirits: spiritual tourism to America's foremost village of spirit mediums

A Singleton

(2017), Vol. 67, pp. 48-57, Annals of Tourism Research, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Making the difference: theatre increasing the education and wellbeing of young people

A Singleton, R Webber, S Lacy

(2017), Burwood, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Making sense of the generational decline of Anglican identity

A Singleton

(2017), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2016

Contemporary sociological approaches to spirituality

A Singleton

(2016), pp. 39-50, Spirituality across disciplines: research and practice, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

Contemporary Sociological Approaches to Spirituality

Andrew Singleton

(2016), pp. 39-50, Spirituality across Disciplines: Research and Practice:, B1

book chapter

Seven heavens? The character and importance of afterlife belief among contemporary Australians

A Singleton

(2016), Vol. 21, pp. 167-184, Mortality, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Review essay : making sense of the world of faith: recent trends in data, methods and explanations of religious change

A Singleton

(2016), Vol. 29, pp. 94-107, Journal for the academic study of religion, Sheffield, Eng., C1

journal article

Anglican identification across the generations: what can census and survey data tell us?

A Singleton

(2016), Burwood, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Teens, drinking culture and theatre as awareness-raising: findings from research conducted on the audience of Phunktional theatre company's regional performaces of Love Drunk - interim report April 2016

A Singleton, R Webber

(2016), Burwood, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Teens, cyberbullying and theatre as awareness raising : interim findings from research conducted on the audience of Phunktional Theatre Company's regional performances of 'who stole the sole?' (October 2015)

A Singleton, R Webber

(2016), Burwood, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2015

Are religious 'nones' secular? the case of the nones in Australia

A Singleton

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 239-243, Journal of beliefs and values: studies in religion and education, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article
2014

Religion, culture and society: a global approach

A Singleton

(2014), London, Eng., A1-1

book
2013

Echoes of the past: the influence of spiritualism on contemporary belief

A Singleton

(2013), pp. 35-50, The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and around the World, Santa Barbara, California, B1-1

book chapter
2012

Beyond heaven? Young people and the afterlife

A Singleton

(2012), Vol. 27, pp. 453-468, Journal of contemporary religion, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2011

The impact of World Youth Day on religious practice

A Singleton

(2011), Vol. 32, pp. 57-68, Journal of beliefs and values, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2010

Models of youth ministry in action: the dynamics of christian youth ministry in an Australian city

R Webber, A Singleton, M Joyce, A Dorissa

(2010), Vol. 105, pp. 204-215, Religious education: the official journal of the Religious Education Association, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2008

"It's because of the invincibility thing": young men, masculinity, and testicular cancer

A Singleton

(2008), Vol. 7, pp. 40-58, International journal of men's health, United States, C1-1

journal article
2007

The spirit of Generation Y: young people's spirituality in a changing Australia

Michael Mason, Andrew Singleton, Ruth Webber

(2007), Mulgrave, Vic., A1-1

book

The spirituality of young Australians

M Mason, A Singleton, R Webber

(2007), Vol. 12, pp. 149-163, International journal of children's spirituality, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2004

A comparative study of the successful management of religious diversity: Melbourne and Hong Kong

G Bouma, A Singleton

(2004), Vol. 19, pp. 5-24, International sociology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Spirituality in adolescence and young adulthood: a method for a qualitative study

A Singleton, M Mason, R Webber

(2004), Vol. 9, pp. 247-262, International journal of children's spirituality, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Good advice for godly men: oppressed men in Christian men's self-help literature

A Singleton

(2004), Vol. 13, pp. 153-164, Journal of gender studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2003

Men getting real? A study of relationship change in two men's groups

A Singleton

(2003), Vol. 39, pp. 131-147, Journal of sociology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2002

The importance of narrative in negotiating otherworldly experiences: the case of speaking in tongues

A Singleton

(2002), Vol. 12, pp. 351-373, Narrative inquiry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2001

"Your faith has made you well": the role of storytelling in the experience of miraculous healing

A Singleton

(2001), Vol. 43, pp. 121-138, Review of religious research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

No sympathy for the devil: narratives about evil

A Singleton

(2001), Vol. 16, pp. 177-191, Journal of contemporary religion, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Australian Young People's Perspectives on Religions and Non-religious Worldviews

A/Prof Mary Louise Rasmussen, Prof Gary Bouma, Prof Andrew Singleton, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Paul Myers

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2018: $36,169
  • 2017: $161,611

Let the dead speak: Social engagement in a new religious movement

Dr Matthew Tomlinson, Prof Andrew Singleton

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2019: $45,973
  • 2018: $36,153
  • 2017: $26,102

Discovering a ¿good read¿: Pathways to reading for Australian teens

A/Prof Leonie Rutherford, Dr Michael Dezuanni, Prof Katya Johanson, Prof Andrew Singleton, A/Prof Donald Matheson, Dr Susan La Marca

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2020: $65,313
  • 2019: $51,907

Other Public Sector Funding

Anglican identity in Australia

Prof Andrew Singleton

  • 2017: $1,915
  • 2016: $7,000
  • 2015: $3,000

Industry and Other Funding

Evaluation of Phunktional Theatre Company Performances

Prof Andrew Singleton, EM/Prof Ruth Webber

  • 2016: $30,000
  • 2015: $30,000

Christian youth workers in secular space

Prof Andrew Singleton, Mr David Fagg

  • 2020: $3,000
  • 2019: $3,000
  • 2018: $5,000

Re-examining the church¿s practice of youth ministry (Christian youth workers in secular spaces)

Prof Andrew Singleton, Mr David Fagg

  • 2018: $5,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2020

Samuel Hogan

Thesis entitled: Interfaith Peacebuilding in Regional Australia: Religious Diversity and Its Management in Toowoomba

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2018

Caroline Lucy Denigan

Thesis entitled: Women's Home-made Houses: Sex, Gender and Self-build Housing in Australia 1970-2014

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences