I am a sociologist and Senior Research Fellow with a background in anthropology and ethnography. My research focuses on how children, young people and families negotiate broadscale economic and social change and insecurity within their personal and social relationships, notably in relation to class, ethnicity, identity and emotion. I am particularly interested in rural lives and livelihoods and have undertaken work and research with young people and families in non-metropolitan Australia over the past 14 years. I joined ADI from UNSW Sydney and completed my doctorate at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2014.
More information about my publication history is available on academia.Read more on Rose's profile
I welcome inquiries from prospective postgraduate students in relation to my research interests.
Youth studies and childhood studies
Class, privilege and inequality
Intimacy, family and relationships
Migration, mobilities and multiculturalism
Rural life and critical rural studies
Schooling and education
Member: ADI Executive Committee
Member: The Australian Sociological Association (Youth; Migration, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism; Families and Relationships; Rural Issues Thematic Groups)
Member: American Sociological Association (Children & Youth; Family; International Migration)
Butler, R. and Vincent, E. How does class impact on Australians’ love lives? New research brings a complex issue into the open. The Conversation.
Butler, R. and Ho, C. Why do parents take such different approaches to their kids' education? The Conversation.
Muir, K., Powell, A. and Butler, R. A whacking stick is not enough to get young people into work. The Conversation.
I am currently leading two research projects:
- Young People’s Mobilities, Relationships and Place-Making in Rural Australia (ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award). This project investigates how young people from diverse ‘local’, migrant and humanitarian refugee backgrounds are negotiating difference and belonging in a multicultural settler rural town of Victoria undergoing rapid transformation. The research centres historical and contemporary rural configurations of class, race, economy and identity. More about this research is available here. This project builds on my doctoral research (published as the book Class, Culture and Belonging in Rural Childhoods) which was based on sustained ethnographic research with children and parents in two school communities of the same large rural town. This work examined the moral and classed cultural resources on which children draw to make sense of economic insecurity and inequality in everyday life. It showed how such resources shape the ability for children from differently situated backgrounds to shore up belonging within distinct social contexts.
- Love across Class: Social Difference and Intimacy in Contemporary Australia (with Eve Vincent, Macquarie University). This project explores the role that class plays within intimate partnerships between people from different class backgrounds. The research approaches romantic partnerships, forged across class differences, as an important yet little explored site for understanding how class and inequality work in contemporary Australia. Focusing on class at the intersection of economy and culture, the project attends to the role that deeply encultured class-based orientations play in the everyday experiences of such couples at the same time as it explores their entanglement with gender, race and sexuality. These shared inter-class intimacies offer fresh insights into frictions, desires, affinities, solidarities and amusement in relation to class.
I have ongoing interests in education, inequality, class and mobilites in Australia. My previous research has examined impacts of gentrification, class and racialisation on equality between and within primary schools; whiteness and classed rural identities within rural schooling communities; young people's education biographies and trajectories in regional and rural contexts; and transformations within Australia's middle classes via the lens of inner-city schooling. Along with Megan Watkins and Christina Ho, I co-edited the collection Asian Migration and Education Cultures in the Anglosphere.
Key previous external research projects in relation to young people include 'Widening Participation and Outreach for Students from Regional and Remote, Low-SES, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Backgrounds' (Lead CI, University of Sydney and UNSW, 2017), and 'The Ryde and Northern Beaches Projects Evaluation' (Second CI, Department of Social Services, Mission Australia, The Burdekin Association & UNSW, 2016).
(2021), Vol. 44, pp. 63-82, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1
S Idriss, R Butler, A Harris
(2021), pp. 1-17, Journal of Youth Studies, London, Eng., C1
(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 1178-1194, Journal of youth studies, London, Eng., C1
Rose Butler, Jehonathan Ben
(2020), pp. 1-19, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Rose Butler, Ho Christina, Eve Vincent
(2019), pp. 126-140, Journal Of Ethnic And Migration Studies, Abingdon, Eng., B1
(2019), pp. 147-159, Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging, Abingdon, Eng., B1
Megan Watkins, Christina Ho, Rose Butler
(2018), Singapore, A1
M Watkins, C Ho, R Butler
(2017), Vol. 43, pp. 2283-2299, Journal of ethnic and migration studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1
R Butler, C Ho, E Vincent
(2017), Vol. 43, pp. 2408-2422, Journal of ethnic and migration studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1
R Butler, K Muir
(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 316-331, Journal of Youth Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1
(2017), Vol. 53, pp. 94-109, Journal of Sociology, London, Eng., C1
E Vincent, R Butler, C Ho
(2017), Vol. 25, pp. 29-36, Emotion, space and society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
J Collins, M Morrison, B Krivokapic-Skoko, R Butler, P Basu
(2016), pp. 265-274, Engaging indigenous economy : debating diverse approaches, Canberra, A. C. T., B1
(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 339-354, Journal of intercultural studies, London, Eng., C1
(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 340-355, Ethnography and education, London, Eng., C1-1
C Ho, E Vincent, R Butler
(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 658-675, Journal of intercultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1
(2013), Vol. 28, pp. 148-160, Visual studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Australian Competitive Grants
Strengthening Intercultural Relationships among Australia's Rural Youth
Dr Rose Butler
ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
- 2021: $100,711
- 2020: $142,572
- 2019: $145,388
No completed student supervisions to report