AUSCCER Ryan Frazer

Ryan Frazer 

TWITTER: @ryangfrazer

Supervisors: Gordon Waitt and Ian Buchanan





  • 2015-2018 PhD (Human Geography), University of Wollongong
    Working title: Rethinking care through assemblage: the spatial politics of volunteering
  • 2013 Bachelor of Science, Honours Class I, University of Wollongong 
    Major: Human Geography
    Thesis: “It's the need that brings me back": Ageing Bodies and Volunteer Tourism, supervised by Professor Gordon Waitt
  • 2012 Bachelor of Arts, University of Wollongong
    Major: Philosophy

Research Interests and Expertise

  • Cultures of volunteering
  • Assemblage geographies
  • Geographies of refugee settlement in Australia
  • Postcolonial theory 

Current Research Projects

Title: Thinking care through assemblage: the corporeal politics of volunteering

This project will explore the corporeal politics of volunteering in a mentoring program provided by a refugee support organisation located in the Illawarra, New South Wales. Taking seriously the bodies of volunteers, a rich portfolio of volunteering ethnographies will be built by drawing on interview, solicited diary and participatory autoethnographic techniques. Extending work by feminist and poststructuralist geographers, the project will rethink the politics of care through assemblage. More specifically, it will unpack both what makes care possible and what care makes possible. In this way, the project will empirically engage with 'what works' for mobilising and immobilising care for and about refugees through assemblage thinking—extending conceptual discussions in geographies of care and best practice models of volunteering.

Other Academic Publications

  • Frazer, R. & Carlson, B. 2017, Indigenous Memes and the Invention of a People, Social Media and Society, 3 (4)
  • Carlson, C., Jones, L., Harris, M., Quezada, N., Frazer, R. (2017) Trauma, Shared Recognition and Indigenous Resistance on Social Media, Australasian Journal of Information Systems
  • Frazer, R. 2016. Book review: Nothing Personal? Geographies of Governing and Activism in the British Asylum System. Progress in Human Geography.
  • Frazer, Ryan & Waitt, Gordon. ‘Pain, politics and volunteering in tourism studies.’ Annals of Tourism Research 57 (2016): 176-189.
  • Carlson, Bronwyn & Frazer, Ryan. ‘Indigenous Activism & Social Media: A Global Response to #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA.’ in A McCosker, S Vivienne and A Johns (2016), Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest and Culture, Rowman & Littlefield International: Lanham.
  • Carlson, Bronwyn and Frazer, Ryan. ‘"It's like going to a cemetery and lighting a candle": Aboriginal Australians, sorry business and social media.’ AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 11.3 (2015): 211-224.
  • Carlson, Bronwyn, Farrelly, Terri, Frazer, Ryan & Borthwick, Fiona. ‘Mediating tragedy: Facebook, Aboriginal peoples and suicide.’ Australasian Journal of Information Systems 19 (2015): 1-15.
  • Waitt, Gordon, and Ryan Frazer. ‘“The vibe” and “the glide”: surfing through the voices of longboarders.’ Journal of Australian Studies 36.3 (2012): 327-343.
    research presentations

Recent Conference and Workshop Papers

  • 2016 Assemblages of care and the 'supple lines' of volunteer engagement in refugee resettlement, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference
  • 2016 Thinking Care through Assemblage: Ethological Effects and Ethics, Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference, University of South Australia
  • 2015 Forgotten Children: Containing the “tsunami of emotion”, Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference, Australian National University, Canberra

Awards and Honours

  • 2013 Jim Rose Geography Prize for ‘Best Paper’, Geography Society of NSW annual Honours Conference
  • 2012 Dean’s Scholar in Arts
  • 2012 Dean’s Scholar in Science
  • 2012 UOW Finish Society Prize for Philosophy 
Last reviewed: 19 December, 2017


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