Social Scientist Dr Helen Masterman-Smith is a sociologist primarily researching questions of social, labour and ecological justice, and their interconnectedness. This work is based in the sociology of work and environmental sociology/political economy fields. Much of her career has concentrated on the former, culminating in the coordination of an ARC Linkage Grant on low pay and working poverty in Australia. From 2006, Helen's research activities have increasingly centred on the nexus between labour and environmental issues, from a social science perspective. Her most recent research has explored labour dimensions of climate change including 'just transition' practices, labour market inequalities in the green economy, and metabolic rift analysis as it pertains to the animal industrial-complex. Currently, she is leading a DEWHA project investigating the sustainability education needs of healthcare workers.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) History/Politics, University of Western Sydney, 1997
PhD (Political Economy) University of Western Sydney, 2006
Membership of Advisory Boards and Panels
Australian Environmental Justice Research Network (founding member); Regional Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Development (Murray-Darling), (founding member)
Peer reviewed Papers
Masterman-Smith, H., Rafferty, J., Dunphy, J., & Laird, S. G. (2016). The emerging field of rural environmental justice studies in Australia: Reflections from an environmental community engagement program. Journal of Rural Studies. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.04.005
Masterman-Smith, H. (2013). Rural Workers and Environmentally Sustainable Livelihoods in Australia. Rural Society, 22(3), 196-207.
Masterman-Smith, H. (2013.) Worker Citizens and the Environment. In H. Aslin and S. Lockie (eds). Engaged Environmental Citizenship. Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, NT, pp. 35-52
Masterman-Smith, H., Rafferty, J., Sheahan, M. & Ward, W. (2015). Beyond the usual suspects: justice, community and NRM. Presented at Australian Social Science Academy workshop on justice, fairness and equity in natural resource management (12-13 October). Canberra: Australian National University.
Powering Down: an energy efficiency education project. Masterman-Smith, H., Rafferty, J. & Sheahan, M. and Albury City Council. (2017) NSW Environment Trust, $100,000 Project details
Our Place-Corowa, Masterman-Smith, H.,Rafferty, J., Sheahan,M. (2015-2017) NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, NSW, $29,500 Project details
A Community Engagement Series: Regional Facilitator in the Albury LGA. Masterman-Smith, H., Rafferty, J., and Sheahan, M., (2016) NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, $32,000 Project details
Our Place- Riverina and Murray, in collaboration with the RCE-MD,OEH, Paroissien, K., Rafferty, J., Masterman-Smith, H., Mitchell, A., Laird, S., Dunphy, J. & Dunlop, O. (2013-14) $90,000 Project details
Learning Communities, Masterman –Smith, H., Rafferty, J.,Sheahan, M and Scott,N. (2014-2015) Department of Education, $827,083 Project Details