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Dr Tony Chalkley



Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning (Humanities and Social Sciences)


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2012
Master of Professional Education, Deakin University, 2001
Graduate Diploma in Education (Adult), University of Melbourne, 1989
Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Bendigo College of Adv. Edu., 1987

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Research interests

PhD thesis describes how Organisational Ethnography has been used discover how Housing Services Officers and Senior Managers both understand and experience major change associated with the shift from public housing to welfare housing. Organisational ethnography is a research approach that uses individual stories to create thick descriptions of the structures and culture of organisations, in this case, the Office of Housing. One of the strengths of an ethnographic approach is the capacity to discover meaning by working with individual stories, interpreting them in ways that go beyond the interpretations of the participants. This research pays particular attention to the researchers own experience when undertaking an ethnographic project; the role of gate keepers, identifying key informants, building trust, negotiating fieldwork, managing data and telling the tale. The author argues that a there is a growing need in contemporary social research for an approach that is inductive; from the ground up; concerned with understanding individual stories, social organisation and the everyday practices of day-to-day housing work and social welfare.


Australian Housing Institute.
Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute.
Centre for Applied Social Research @ RMIT University.

Asian Media Information and Communication Centre 

Teaching interests

Teaching Arts and Education students:
ALC314; Advertising: Designing Desires (wholly online),
ALC101: Contemporary Communication: Making Sense of Text, Image and Meaning (mixed mode).
ALC102; Contemporary Communication: Making sense of New Media (mixed mode).
ALC208 Researching Media (On campus).


Chalkley, Tony 2013, Teen identity in the digital age ??? who exactly is 'me' now days?, in AMIC 2013 : Proceedings of Asian Media Information and Communication Centre 2013 Conference, Asian Media Information and Communication, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, pp. 1-15. Chalkley, Tony 2012, Communication as coping; how staff working in public housing use narrative to understand their complex and sometimes challenging work., in Proceedings of the International Conference for Language and Communication in the Workplace, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, Java., pp. 1-14. Brown, Adam and Chalkley, Tony 2012, ???Big Brother, I see you??? : representations of surveillance in film, in Surveillance and/in Everyday Life : Monitoring Pasts, Presents and Futures, [University of Sydney], [Sydney, N.S.W.], pp. [6]-[7]. Chalkley, Tony 2011, When it comes to assessment, numbers are nonsense!, in Proceedings of the 5th SUNY Fredonia Annual Teaching and Learning Conference : SUNY Fredonia, NY, USA. How Has Housing work changed (and stayed the same?) Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Rydges Hotel Convention Centre Melbourne 3000 June 18-20, 2008 Life at the Frontline; from data to theory. Centre for Applied Social Research Symposium Customs House, University of Queensland Brisbane, Queensland. June 20 -21, 2007 Telling the Tale: Using Narrative to understand Organisational Change. Housing Research Conference Customs House, University of Queensland Brisbane, Queensland. June 21 -22, 2007 Housing Service Officers; reluctant Agents of the State? Fourth National Housing Conference. Perth, Western Australia October 26-28, 2005 Policy. Friend or Foe? Housing Service Officers; Life at the Frontline? Second Annual Housing Services Workshop Launceston, Tasmania June 1-2, 2006 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. a study of drinking in a constructed community Australian Assoc. of College and University Housing Officers Conference University of Melbourne, Carlton. (15th April 2004) Relationships and Residences staff training to meet emergent welfare needs. Association of Student Residential Accommodation providers, ASRA UK Conference, Cambridge University, Keynote Speaker. (26th March 2002) The SMS text message: A new model of communication? Australian Association of College and University Housing Officers National Conference University of Waitoko, New Zealand (2nd April 2002) Residential Life Case Studies in Professional Development (Masters Dissertation) Association of College University Housing Officers International Kansas City Conference USA (19th June 2001) I met the man of my dreams and then I woke up- developing relationships and young adults. Australian Association of College and University Housing Officers National Conference Australian National University (5th April 1999) 18 verses 21 what age of age? Capitalise Prevention Drug and Alcohol Harm Prevention Washington D.C. United States of America


2001 Winner of the Fran OBrien Award for excellence in student housing (AACUHO).
2001 Recipient of the Deakin University, Vice Chancellors Professional Development Award.


Mobile Phone consumption and its consequences (particularly in 17-12 year olds)
The use of 'new media' to 'teach old things';how might the nature of 2010 'social interaction' (face book, twitter etc) be better understood and more effectively used by university educators?


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Staffordshire tiny house

T Chalkley

(2018), Staffordshire Reef, Vic., J1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Online dating: exploring the digital ways of finding love in Indonesia

T Chalkley

(2016), pp. 154-169, Social media in Asia: changing paradigms in communication, Newcastle upon Tynne, United Kingdom, B1

book chapter

On-line dating; is a digital kiss and virtual wink the new way of finding love?

T Chalkley

(2014), pp. 1-10, ACMC 2014 : Media, Communication, Culture and the Dynamics of Change : Proceedings of the Asian Congress for Media and Communication 2014 Conference, City University, Hong Kong, E1-1


Beautiful, unethical, dangerous : screening surveillance and maintaining insecurities

A Brown, T Chalkley

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-12, Reconstruction : studies in contemporary culture, Bowling Green, Oh., C1

journal article

Ethnography of housing : a conclusion

T Chalkley

(2009), pp. 1-14, Proceedings of the 4th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference 2009, Sydney, N.S.W., E1


Build it, fill it, bill it : a brief history of how housing work has changed (and stayed the same)

T Chalkley

(2008), pp. 1-13, Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Housing Researchers' Conference 2008, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


Housing service officers : agents of the state or customer service officers?

T Chalkley

(2005), Fouth National Housing Conference, Perth, W.A., E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Associate Supervisor

Mavis Essandoh

Thesis entitled: Community Radio, Community Participation and Democratisation- The Ghanaian Experience

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts

Abeykoon Mudiyanselage Shamali Abeykoon

Thesis entitled: Mobile Phones, Empowerment and Female Heads of Households: Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts