Dr Stefanie Plage

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
s.plage@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69687

Overview

Dr Stefanie Plage is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in ISSR at UQ. Her expertise is in qualitative research methods, including longitudinal and visual methods. Her research interests span the sociology of emotions, education and the sociology of health and illness, including outcomes and experiences of sexual minorities. Stefanie has taught introductory and advanced courses in sociology and health 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. In addition to working on the Try, Test and Learn Evaluation, she is currently interested in understanding how chronic and acute childhood illness (e.g. cancer) impacts inclusion and participation in educational settings, as well as long term educational outcomes.

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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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

  • Wyld, D., Plage, S., Burge, M., Broom, A., Lwin, Z., McDade, H. and Cubitt, A. (2016). How Long Is the Piece of String? - How Patients Negotiate the Uncertainties of a NET Diagnosis. 13th Annual ENETS Conference for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumor Disease, Barcelona, Spain, Mar 09-11, 2016. Basel, Switzerland: S. Karger AG. doi: 10.1159/000448725

  • Wyld, David, Gibson, Alexandra, Broom, Alex, Plage, Stefanie, Cubitt, Annette and Lwin, Zarnie (2015). Experiences of Uncertainty and Invisibility: Women's Accounts of Living with a Rare Cancer. COSA’s 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting. Rare Cancers, Hobart, TAS, Australia, 17-19 November 2015. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1111/ajco.12432_2

Other Outputs

  • 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.

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.).