My name is Dr Zuleyka Zevallos. I am an Australian researcher of Latin American background. I hold a PhD in Sociology. I currently run Social Science Insights, a research and social media consultancy. I am also an Adjunct Research Fellow with Swinburne University.
I previously worked as an academic before becoming as an applied sociologist within the Australian Public Service. Later I worked as a research contractor for state government, small business and not-for-profits.
I specialise in issues of diversity, social media, political analysis, as well as environmental health and safety. I work with several not-for-profit groups, including Sociology at Work, which I founded in 2009.
You can read more about me and my work on my personal website.
Please get in touch via Social Science Insights if you’d like to hire me work with your organisation. I provide social science research, corporate consultancy, social media management, training and related services.
What is an Applied Sociologist?
Sociology is the study of society, particularly the impact of culture and institutions on identities, behaviour, group membership and life outcomes. Institutions includes all major areas of socialisation and power, including the law, economy, media, family, religion and so on. Applied sociologists are researchers and activists who work exclusively outside universities, such as in community service, government and private industry. We answer questions posed by our clients. This includes helping clients understand the impact of socio-economic factors on individuals, interpersonal relations, group dynamics and the functioning of organisations. Applied sociologists work in a variety of jobs, such as policy advisors, community workers and consultants. Learn more about applied sociology on Sociology at Work.
Why ‘The Other Sociologist’?
The title of my blog refers to the theme of difference, or Otherness, that has dominated most of my personal and professional life. I analyse themes of social exclusion and social justice related to race, gender, sexuality, education, media, politics and world events. I also write about how to improve public education and science.
My blog features sociological commentary from an Australian perspective, written from an intersectionalist point of view. Intersectional sociology is the analysis of multiple experiences of disadvantage, such as how racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination intersect for minorities. This causes additional issues and challenges, such as for women of colour from working class backgrounds, whose needs and experiences are very different from, say, a White middle class woman.
This is my personal blog; as such, my posts reflect my sociologically informed opinions. The contents of my blog do not in any way represent the organisational views of my previous or future employers, nor do they reflect upon any of the professional and research organisations to which I am affiliated. Comments about products, services and organisations as well as the links I share do not reflect commercial endorsement.