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Cat is a research associate and associate lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at UWA with expertise in the sociology of migration and in Chinese studies.

She is completing her PhD in Anthropology and Sociology, an ethnography of trade skilled migrants from China who came to Perth over the course of the recent mining and resources supercycle. Findings from this project have been published in Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, Current Sociology and International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.

Working as a researcher, Cat has contributed to several team projects, including ARC-funded DP ‘Ageing and New Media: a new analysis of older Australians’ support network’ and an evaluation of the WA Department of Local Government and Communities Age-friendly Communities Grants Program. She is active in supporting the work of the Migration, Mobilities and Belonging research cluster at UWA and in 2017 co-convened The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) conference.

Cat has been employed as a sessional unit coordinator since 2013, teaching undergraduates at UWA and at Murdoch University in migration studies, Chinese language and translation, and Asian studies.

BA(Hons), Oxon 2003

Postgraduate units in migration law, ANU 2013

PhD, UWA 2020 (expected)

Previous positions

Sessional unit coordinator, Murdoch University (2013-2015; 2018-2019)
Units taught: BUS241 Contemporary China, BUS233 Conversational Chinese, BUS346 Chinese Business Negotiations; AST102 Asian Centuries; AST281 Contemporary Asia; OASN288 Women in Asia (tutor)

Teaching overview

ANTH3801 Migration Mobilities and Belonging; CHIN2004 Translation for Beginners Chinese>English


Migration studies
Chinese diaspora



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skilled trade Social Sciences
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Research Output 2017 2019

  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Other output
  • 1 Conference paper
  • 1 Other contribution
1 Citation (Scopus)
organizational analysis
first generation

Maintaining and subverting Chinese class boundaries in Australia: Do 'people from different backgrounds keep to their own circle'?

Stevens, C. F., 2017, Belonging in a Mobile World: Proceedings TASA 2017 Conference. Fozdar, F. & Stevens, C. (eds.). Australia: The Australian Sociological Association, p. 27-32 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

skilled trade
working class
labor migration

Projects 2017 2017