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Mandy Hughes

BA(ANU, GDipEd(UC), MLitt(Anthropology)(ANU), PhD(SCU)

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Business, Law and Arts

Research Officer

Faculty of Business, Law and Arts

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Gold Coast
Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour
Mandy Hughes


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Mandy is a passionate and experienced teacher, researcher and filmmaker with a commitment to encouraging a love of learning to foster social justice. She has more than a decade's experience working in higher education and has also worked in secondary schools, community and international development and in media, including working in television for ABC and SBS.


Mandy's research interests include refugee studies, creative arts, social inequalities, regional communities, visual and collaborative research methods, food studies, and international development effectiveness.

Community engagement

Mandy has engaged in research partnerships with community organisations, including a long-term collaboration with Anglicare North Coast. She has been appointed to the Multicultural NSW Regional Advisory Council and has been a member since 2016.


Mandy is the Social Science Course Coordinator and teaches sociology. She won a Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Student Engagement in 2017. Mandy also received a Certificate of Recognition for World Teachers’ Day 2016 (Australian College of Educators.)


Vice Chancellor’s Impact Award for Social Justice (2019, with Dr Louise Whitaker and Pr Barbara Rugendyke), for collaborative research with Anglicare North Coast.

Anglicare National Award for Excellence (2021, with Dr Louise Whitaker and Pr Barbara Rugendyke), Empowering Practices online toolkit for Anglicare North Coast

Member, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

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