Dr Stefanie Plage

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Dr Stefanie Plage is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Life Course Centre at the School of Social Science at UQ. Her expertise is in qualitative research methods, including longitudinal and visual methods. Her research interests span the sociology of emotions, disadvantage and health and illness. Stefanie has taught introductory and advanced courses in sociology and medical sociology, research design and qualitative inquiry, including the use of software for qualitative research (i.e. NVivo). Her work is multi-disciplinary. She completed her PhD at the Centre for Social Research in Health at The University of New South Wales. In her study she employed a mix of longitudinal qualitative interviews and visual elicitation methods to explore the lived experience of people with cancer. Currently, her research seeks to understand and improve the interactions of families experiencing social disadvantage with the social and health care systemts.

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Health and Illness
    Educational inclusion, participation and outcomes of children with cancer
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
    Health promotion in educational settings
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
    Lived experience of chronic illness and cancer

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales
  • Master of Arts in Politics, University of Essex
  • Master of Arts in Media, Culture and Society, University of Essex

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This is a project focusing on the experiences of children with cancer and their families. In particular: - how uncertainty affects educational choices and pathways - what functions school attendance fulfils for children with cancer and their families - how the transitions between 'bedside schooling', home schooling and mainstream schooling are negotiated. In particular, the focus is on educational participation and outcomes of children with cancer considering factors such as acute care spells, illness management and risk of recurrence. Also considered are how treatment side effects (e.g. neutropenia and the risk of infection) impact on inclusion in educational settings; and the mediating role of institutional, clinical and peer-to-peer support (including siblings; friends, etc.).

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Publications

Featured Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Baxter, Janeen , Povey, Jenny , Burger, Sarah-Ann , Cook, Stephanie , Tseng, Yi-Ping , Polidano, Cain , Kalb, Guyonne , Mamun, Abdullah , Ahmad, Shabbir , O'Flaherty, Martin , Borland, Jeff , Plage, Stefanie , Bellotti, Melindy , Kennedy, Elizabeth , Tomaszewski, Wojtek and Western, Mark (2021). Try, Test and Learn Evaluation - Final Report. Prepared for Department of Social Service. Institute for Social Science Research - Publications Brisbane, Australia: The University of Queensland, Institute for Social Science Research.

  • Povey, Jenny, Burger, Sarah-Ann, Boyle, Fran, Mamun, Abdullah, Plage, Stefanie, Tran, Nam, Gramotnev, Alexandra, Robinson, Mark and Reddel, Tim (2020). Anglicare Southern Queensland's Family and Relationship Services Evaluation Final Report. Long Pocket, QLD Australia: ISSR.

  • Povey, Jenny, Burger, Sarah-Ann, Boyle, Fran, Mamun, Abdullah, Plage, Stefanie, Tran, Nam, Gramotnev, Alexandra, Robinson, Mark and Reddel, Tim (2020). Anglicare Southern Queensland's Children and Parenting Services Evaluation Final Report. Long Pocket, QLD Australia: ISSR.

  • Baxter, Janeen, Povey, Jenny, Burger, Sarah-Ann, Plage, Stefanie, Kennedy, Elizabeth, O'Flaherty, Martin, Tseng, Yi-Ping, Polidano, Cain, Kalb, Guyonne, Borland, Jeff, Ribar, David, Mamun, Abdullah, Ball, Sarah, Gramotnev, Alexandra, Bellotti, Melindy, Simpson Reeves, Laura, Tomaszewski, Wojtek and Western, Mark (2020). Try, test and learn evaluation - interim report. Brisbane, Australia: The University of Queensland.

  • Perales, Francisco and Plage, Stefanie (2015). Losing ground, losing sleep: economic vulnerability, local economic conditions and sleep quantity. LCC Working Paper Series. 2015-06. Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This is a project focusing on the experiences of children with cancer and their families. In particular: - how uncertainty affects educational choices and pathways - what functions school attendance fulfils for children with cancer and their families - how the transitions between 'bedside schooling', home schooling and mainstream schooling are negotiated. In particular, the focus is on educational participation and outcomes of children with cancer considering factors such as acute care spells, illness management and risk of recurrence. Also considered are how treatment side effects (e.g. neutropenia and the risk of infection) impact on inclusion in educational settings; and the mediating role of institutional, clinical and peer-to-peer support (including siblings; friends, etc.).