Dr Rose Butler



Associate Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Rose Butler is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, and a sociologist of youth and childhood. She is the author of Class, Culture and Belonging in Rural Childhoods (2018), an ethnographic study into how rural children negotiate economic insecurity and difference, and is co-editor of the Special Issue 'Asian Migration and Education Cultures in the Anglo-Sphere' in The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (with Megan Watkins and Christina Ho). Prior to joining Deakin, she was a Chief Investigator on youth-focused research projects at UNSW Sydney.

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Research interests

Youth and childhood; inequality; class and intimacy; multiculturalism and globalisation; schooling and social change; rurality.

Professional activities

Member, The Australian Sociological Association

Co-convenor, Sociology of Youth Thematic Group, The Australian Sociological Association (2016-2017)

Member, Consortium for Youth, Generations & Culture

Member, American Sociological Association


Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Australian Research Council (2019-2021)

The Sociological Review Foundation Conference Support, UK (2017-2018)

The Australian Sociological Association Thematic Group Support (2017)

Australian Network of Student Anthropologists Postgraduate Travel Grant (2014)

The Australian Sociological Association PhD/Early Career Scholar Award (2013)

Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Grant for Higher Degree Research, Australian National University (2012)

Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian National University (2010-2013)


Chief Investigator: 'Young People's Rural Multicultures: Strengthening Intercultural Relationships among Australia’s Rural Youth'. Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Australian Research Council, 2019-2021.

Chief Investigator: 'Widening Participation and Outreach for Students from Regional and Remote, Low-SES, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Backgrounds'. The University of Sydney, 2017.

Chief Investigator: 'The Ryde and Northern Beaches Projects Evaluation'. Department of Social Services, Mission Australia & The Burdekin Association, 2016.


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Class, culture and belonging in rural childhoods

R Butler

(2018), Singapore, A1


Asian migration and education cultures in the Anglo-sphere

M Watkins, C Ho, R Butler

(2017), Vol. 43, pp. 2283-2299, Journal of ethnic and migration studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


'Tutored within an inch of their life': morality and 'old' and 'new' middle class identities in Australian schools

R Butler, C Ho, E Vincent

(2017), Vol. 43, pp. 2408-2422, Journal of ethnic and migration studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Young people's education biographies: family relationships, social capital and belonging

R Butler, K Muir

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 316-331, Journal of Youth Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Children making sense of economic insecurity: facework, fairness and belonging

R Butler

(2017), Vol. 53, pp. 94-109, Journal of Sociology, London, Eng., C1


'They try to avoid.' How do parents' feelings about ethnicised and classed differences shape gentrifying school communities?

E Vincent, R Butler, C Ho

(2017), Vol. 25, pp. 29-36, Emotion, space and society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Local kids, 'refugees' and publics of privilege: Children's mediated and intercultural lives in a regional Australian city

Rose Butler

(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 339-354, Journal of intercultural studies, London, Eng., C1


Indigenous small businesses in the Australian Indigenous economy

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


Schools, 'ferals', stigma and boundary work: parents managing education and uncertainty in regional Australia

R Butler

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 340-355, Ethnography and education, London, Eng., C1-1


Everyday and cosmo-multiculturalisms: doing diversity in gentrifying school communities

C Ho, E Vincent, R Butler

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 658-675, Journal of intercultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Images of the child and environmental risk: Australian news photography of children and natural disasters, 2010-2011

Rose Butler

(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

  • 2019: $29,077


No completed student supervisions to report