Current President of The Australian Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (AMIRCI).

Formal Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The University of Sydney, Department of Sociology and Social Policy. Awarded Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). The Experiences of Women who Mother Children with Disabilities: Maternality, Relationality, Subjectivity.

Bachelor of Arts, Honours Class I (BA Hons I). The University of Sydney, Department of Sociology and Social Policy. Major in Sociology, minors in Philosophy, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, Government. ‘You have to become the voice of your child’: Investigating the Experiences of Mothers of Children with Disabilities.

Skill sets

Critical thinking. I have spent over a decade honing and drawing on critical thinking skills to identify, research, solve, and talk about complex problems.

Research. I am able to identify an area of research and conduct an extensive review of all information and literature available that is relevant to the topic. I am sensitive of context when it comes to research material, and provide a thorough investigation into whatever task I am working on. I have orchestrated two major research projects and been involved in a further two studies.

Analysis. I am able to analyse data and situations from a variety of perspectives. I deconstruct the components of complex problems in order to offer unique and rich interpretations. I am able to extend current understandings through developing theory based on my analysis, that explains, unravels, or make sense of a unique circumstance or critical document. I have analysed over 300,000 words of original data from my research studies. I am experienced in NVivo software.

Interpersonal Communication. I am an expert communicator, experienced in engaging with people from a diverse range of socio-economic backgrounds. I am able to build rapport and glean insights from people that are illuminating and offer deeper insights into a research area. I can connect both with large audiences and with people on an individual basis.

Strategic Action. I am able to translate research and theory into action-based strategy to result in momentum and evidence-based change.

Various Mediums. I have experience with a wide-range of textual mediums, writing for social media accounts, a blog, media columns, academic research journals, and completing a 100,000 word PhD thesis. I also have experience in grant writing, conference and seminar programming, and media releases.

Human Relationships. I have a perceptive understanding and sense of awareness when it comes to human relationships, as I am aware of how relationships are shaped by both the construction of ‘self’ in individuals, and the complex dynamics of social systems.

Cross-Cultural Understandings. I am trained to be aware of and sensitive to differences in lived experience and social contexts when it comes to gender, race, ethnicity, geographical location, and economic status. I have a global perspective and conduct my work sensitive of these contextual variations.

International and National Conference and Seminar Papers

  • July 2019: ‘Mothering Children with Disabilities: Competing Neoliberal Frameworks’. Beyond Mothering Myths? Motherhood in an Age of Individualisation and Neoliberalism. The Australian Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • July 2019: Chair of 2 sessions: “Breastfeeding Representation”, “Single Mothering”.
  • November 2017: ‘The Process of a PhD’. Department of Sociology and Social Policy Postgraduate Research Seminar Series. The University of Sydney.
  • July 2016: ‘Mothering Children with Disabilities and Hegemonic Maternality’. Negotiating Competing Demands: 21st Century Motherhood. The Australian Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • March 2016: Discussant Reply in response to ‘Disability policy’s poor relations: The National Disability Insurance Scheme, individualisation, and the place of people with intellectual disability and their families’, by Laura Davy. Departmental Seminar Series – Department of Sociology and Social Policy. The University of Sydney.
  • May 2015: ‘The Significance of Motherhood Studies for Contemporary Australian Sociology’. Roundtable Seminar – Department of Sociology and Social Policy. The University of Sydney.
  • May 2015: ‘Mothering Children with Disabilities: The Under/De-valuing of the Primary Caregiver Role’. Postgraduate Research Workshop – The Department of Sociology and Social Policy. The University of Sydney.
  • June 2015: ‘The Undervaluing/Devaluing of the Primary Caregiver Role’. Motherhood & Culture: International and Interdisciplinary Conference. Maynooth University: Ireland.
  • November 2015: ‘The “Imagined Family”: Choice, Obligation, Grief, and Love’. Postgraduate Research Day Conference – School of Social and Political Sciences. The University of Sydney.
  • May 2014: “The Impact of the ‘Good Mother’ Concept on Identity Perception for Mothers with Children with Disabilities”. Mothers, Mothering and Motherhood from Ancient to Contemporary Times Conference. Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. Athens, Greece.
  • July 2014: “Pulling Together or Pulling Apart – Mothers of Children with Disabilities”. Seventh International Conference: Motherhood, Feminisms and the Future. The Australian Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • July 2014: Chair of 3 sessions: “Motherhood and Sexualised Culture”, “The Gender of Motherhood”, and “Mother-Daughter Relationships”. Seventh International Conference: Motherhood, Feminisms and the Future. The Australian Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • November 2013: “The Evolution of Mothering”. Tethering The Past. The University of Sydney History Department, Postgraduate Conference. Sydney, Australia.
  • June 2013: “The Concept of the ‘Good Mother’ and the Experiences of Mothers with Children with Disabilities”. 2013 ‘Mega-Motherhood’ Conference. Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. Toronto, Canada.

Professional Associations and External Research Experience

  • The Australian Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement
  • President. Lead Conference Organiser (2019). July 2016 – current
  • The Australian Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement Communications Officer & Member of Conference Organising Committee. July 2014 – July 2016
  • Sydney Research Facility. October 2010 – October 2011
  • Milicante Consulting. November 2010- March 2012
  • Farron Research. February 2009- December 2010

Teaching and Subject Coordination

  • Guest Lecture for Dr Jennifer Wilkinson in Sociology of the Other. ‘Stigma and Mothering Children with Disabilities’. March 2019.
  • Teaching in Introduction to Social Science: providing students with a grounding in the social sciences, learning about conceptual frameworks for social scientific inquiry. Macquarie University. February 2017 – July 2017.
  • Subject Coordination, Sessional Lecturing & Teaching in Global Culture and Society: developing students’ understandings of themes in and approaches to Global Studies, drawing on anthropological and sociological research. July 2014 – November 2016. The University of Sydney
  • Tutoring in Introduction to Sociology: introducing students to sociology through the analysis of contemporary society. March 2015 – July 2015. July 2013 – November 2013. The University of Sydney.

Scholarly Publications

  • Brock, S.A.M. (in press 2020). Mothering Children with Disabilities: Navigating Choice and Obligation (accepted and forthcoming). In T. Cassidy; S. Hogan., & S. LaChance (Eds.), Maternal Ambivalence. Toronto, CA: Demeter Press.
  • Brock, S.A.M. (forthcoming). Mothering Children with Disabilities: Rethinking Family as Practice and Display (accepted and forthcoming). In K. Jayakumar & M. Jose (Eds.), Feminist Perspectives on the Family. Toronto, CA: Demeter Press.
  • Brock, S. (2019). Revolving Maternal Identities. [Review of book Modern Motherhood and Women’s Dual Identities: Rewriting the Sexual Contract, by P. Bueskens]. Australian Women’s Book Review. 28(1), 29-37.
  • Manuel, J., Brock, S., Brock, A. (2017). Why English teachers Matter: Some reflections on the life of Dr Paul Brock AM. English in Australia. 52(1), 83-91.
  • Brock, S.A.M. (2015). The individualization thesis and mothering children with disabilities. Journal of Family Studies 21(3), 261-281.
  • Brock, S. (2015). The Impact of “Good Mothering” Ideology on Identity Perception for Mothers of Children with Disabilities. Hecate 40(1), 20-35.
  • Brock, S. (2015). The Experiences of Mothers with Children with Disabilities. In D. Marre., N. Monnet., & B.S. Roman (Eds.), AFIN Newsletter, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, The University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • Brock, S. (2014). How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting: Stories of Pregnancy, Parenthood and Loss, by J. Hiemstra and L. Martin-Demoor (Eds). Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, 5(1): 324-326.