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ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Angela Ragusa

Dr Angela Ragusa

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.

Research Interests

  • Environmental sociology
  • Health, well-being, culture and lifestyle
  • Media, communication & science/technology studies
  • Social inequality

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.


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

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

Books

Ragusa, A.T (2014) (Ed.) Rural Lifestyles, Community Well-Being and Social Change: Lessons from Country Australia for Global Citizens, Bentham Science.

Book Chapters

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.

Conferences

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.


Current Projects

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)

Internal Grants

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.

Completed Projects

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.