Dr Angela Ragusa is a sociologist who examines social change in complex societies, locally and internationally, using qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and social theory. She researches contemporary challenges relating to consumerism, demographic change, well-being and sustainability among competing social groups and has researched how the experiences of sub-groups (domestic violence survivors, lawyers, sex workers, mental health nurses, gays and lesbians, students, environmentalists, tree changers, and others) can offer insights to improve relationships within and the functioning of society and its key social institutions, particularly the media, science, education and health.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), St Francis College, New York USA, 1993
Master of Science, Sociology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Virginia USA, 1988
Master of Science, Science & Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Virginia USA, 2000
PhD Sociology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Virginia USA, 2003
Membership of Editorial Panels
Dr Angela Ragusa is editor-in-chief of Rural Society; an Editorial Review Board Member for Information Resource Management Journal; and an Editorial Advisory Board Member for Open Communication Journal.
Peer Reviewed Papers
Ragusa, A.T. & Crampton, A. (2018) Sense of Connection, Identity, and Academic Success in Distance Education: Sociologically Exploring Online Learning Environments. Rural Society, 27 DOI: 10.1080/10371656.2018.1472914
Ragusa, A.T. (2018) What if I want to put a cow down with a gun? Sociological critical media analysis of non-companion animals’ representation in rural Australian news. Animal Studies Journal,7: 226-247. http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol7/iss1/11
Ragusa, A.T. (2017). Technologically-mediated communication: Student expectations and experiences in a FOMO society, International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education. DOI: 10.1186/s41239-017-0077-7
Ragusa, A.T. & Crampton, A. (2017). Environmental campaign awareness, participation, and media visibility, The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social & Cultural Contexts, 13: 51-66.
Ragusa, A.T. & Crampton, A. (2017). Online learning: Cheap degrees or educational pluralisation? British Journal of Educational Technology, DOI: 10.111/BJET12489
Ragusa, A.T. & Charters, K. (2017). SEGRA 2016 Conference Special Edition Editorial: creating naturally stronger regions for regional Australia, Rural Society, 26: 195-196. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371656.2017.1364889
Crampton, A. & Ragusa, A.T. (2016) Exploring perceptions and behavior about drinking water in Australia & New Zealand: Is it risky to drink water, when & why? Hydrology, 3(1), 8-22, DOI:10.3390/hydrology3010008<http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/hydrology3010008>
Ragusa, A.T. & Crampton, A. (2016) To Buy or not to Buy? Perceptions of Bottled Drinking Water in Australia and New Zealand, Human Ecology, DOI 10.1007/s10745-016-9845-6
Ragusa, A.T. & Kime, K. (2016) Back to country? Socio-cultural identity and the relationship between revering and re-fashioning landscapes and people, Fusion: Land Dialogues – Interdisciplinary research in dialogue with land, 10, 453-461.
Ragusa, A.T. (2016) Rurality's influence on women's intimate partner violence experiences and support needed for escape and healing in Australia, Journal of Social Service Research. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/id9b6u6w8V6VNRcUDE3H/full
Ragusa, A.T. & Ward, O. (2016) Caught in the web: Male Goths using online ICTs to transcend rural reality, Communication, Politics and Culture, 49(2), 1-24. https://www.rmit.edu.au/content/dam/rmit/documents/college-of-design-and-social-context/schools/media-and-communication/cpc-journal/volume-49-issue-2/CPC-Journal-49-2-Ragusa-Ward.pdf
Ragusa, A. T. & Groves, P. (2015) Stigmatisation and the Social Construction of Bullying in Australian Administrative Law: You Can't Make an Omelette without Cracking an Egg University of New South Wales Law Journal 38(4) http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/UNSWLJ/2015/57.html
Ragusa, A.T. & Crowther, A. (2012) "I think it is the best job…I love it!" Engendering workplace satisfaction in rural and remote Australian mental health nursing. Rural Society, 22(1).
Ragusa, A.T. (2012) Rural Australian women's legal help-seeking for intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Ragusa, A.T (2014) (Ed.) Rural Lifestyles, Community Well-Being and Social Change: Lessons from Country Australia for Global Citizens, Bentham Science.
Johnson, S., & Ragusa, A. (2014) The Impact of Rurality on Depression in Rural Australia: Socio-Cultural Reflections for Social Change in Ragusa, A.T (2014) (Ed.) Rural Lifestyles, Community Well-Being and Social Change: Lessons from Country Australia for Global Citizens, Bentham Science.
Ragusa, A., & Crowther, A. (2014) Australian Mental Health Nursing: The Challenges of Working in Rural and Remote Communities in Ragusa, A.T (2014) (Ed.) Rural Lifestyles, Community Well-Being and Social Change: Lessons from Country Australia for Global Citizens, Bentham Science.
Crampton, A. & Ragusa, A.T. (2018) Creating Environmentally Conscious and Responsive Learners and Organizations: University Education for Global Sustainability Leadership. Presented at the 14th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Cairns, Qld. Jan 17-19
Ragusa, A.T. (2018) I Would Do More for the Environment if I Could: Deconstructing Reasons for Environmental Apathy, presented at the 14th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Cairns, Qld. Jan 17-19
Ragusa, A.T. & Crampton, A. (2016) Risky food and water? Health and environmental knowledge and information-seeking in Australia, TASA Conference Proceedings, University of Melbourne, Nov 28 to Dec 1.
Crampton, A., Ragusa, A.T. & Mastermann-Smith, H. (2016) Not enough feathers flying!! SAANZ Conference Proceedings, Massey University, NZ. Nov 22-24
Ragusa, A.T. & Crampton, A. (2016) Bridging the Gap between Health Recommendations & Individual Behaviour, SAANZ Conference Proceedings, Massey University, NZ, Nov 22-24.
Ragusa, A. & Kime, K. (2016) Back to Country? Socio-Cultural Identity and the Relationship between Revering and Re-fashioning Landscapes and People. Presented at the Land Dialogues Conference, CSU, Wagga Wagga, April 13-15.
A competency tool for organisational leadership in sustainability learning, research and strategic management, Ragusa, A. & Crampton, A. (2015-2017) CSU Green Sustainability Large Grant, $50,000.
Exploring the role of technology in fostering a sense of belonging in students studying by distance. Crampton, A. & Ragusa, A.T. (2014) Office for Learning and Teaching, $50,000
Australian media representation of veganism. Mastermann-Smith, H., Ragusa, A.T., Laird, S., Crampton, A. (2013-2016)
A competency tool for organizational leadership in sustainability learning, research and strategic management, Ragusa, A.T. & Crampton, A. 2015 CSU Sustainability Grant application (large grant), $50,000
Demographic Change and Inland Australia: Exploring the motives, experiences and impact of tree-changers Ragusa, A.T. (2007- ongoing) ILWS Funded.
Exploring the role of technology in fostering a sense of belonging in students studying by distance, Crampton, A. & Ragusa, A.T. (2014) Office for Learning and Teaching, $50,000
Investigating drinking water quality available to rural Australians in NSW not connected to regulated water. Crampton, A. & Ragusa, A. (2008-2013) ILWS, $2000
New ethical approaches to responsible research & innovation. Spence, E., Ragusa, A., Weckert, J., Brey, P., Hartz Soraker, J. & van Wynsberghe, A. (2012) CSU Global Alliance Grant. . A collaboration between researchers at CSU and the University of Twente, The Netherlands, $22,000
Demographic Change and Inland Australia: Exploring the motives, experiences and impact of tree-changers Ragusa, A.T., Patrick, K., Boxall, D. (2007-2010)
Rural women's experience of intimate partner domestic violence, the healing process and the role of social support delivery in NSW, Australia . Moore, E., & Ragusa, R.. (2010) CSU Faculty of Arts.
The impact of tree change on post-agricultural landscapes in rural Australia Ragusa, A.T., Curtis, A., Patrick, K., Boxall, D. (2007-2010)
Domestic violence victims' experiences accessing NSW justice system's services. Ragusa, A. (2009) NSW Attorney General's department.