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    Dr Jeremy Northcote
    BA (UWA), BA Hons (Curtin), PhD (Murdoch), Grad Cert GIS (Curtin)

    Lecturer in Sociology and Community Development

    About me

    I have been teaching in Western Australian universities for 17 years, beginning as a tutor at Curtin University in 1995, then later a lecturer at Edith Cowan Univerity (2006-2008), the University of Western Australia (2007) and now at Murdoch University (since 2010). Throughout my career as a tutor and lecturer I’ve enjoyed encouraging students to challenge their preconceptions and relate theory to their everyday lives.

    I’ve also been an active researcher, having worked as a postdoctorate fellow at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University (2005-2008) and the Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications at Edith Cowan University (2009-2010). I’ve overseen a variety of projects, including alcohol use by young people at nightlife venues, visitor use of Rottnest Island, and participation in organised sport by Muslim youth. I’ve published across a wide variety of areas, including alternative religion, youth studies, immigration, tourism and Old Testament studies.

    Teaching area

    I teach the following units:

    SOC105 Sociology and Everyday Life

    This unit looks at the relationship between sociological theory and everyday life. After studying this unit, you will never look at your life and surroundings the same way!

    SOC213 Health and Society

    This unit looks at issues concerning concepts and institutions related to health, from interactions with your GP, to inequalities and ethics in healthcare.

    SOC230 Australian Youth Cultures

    This unit looks at the diversity of youth representations and practices in contemporary society. It examines issues such as youth homelessness, the creative use of space (such as grafitti and skateboarding), sexual identity, class resistance, drugs and alcohol, and musical expression (e.g., Hip Hop).

    Research areas

    The following areas are ones that I have researched and published in. As you will see, my research interests are diverse. Further, my interests are not limited to this list (frankly, everything interests me!).

    Drug and Alcohol Research

    My research in this area has focused on substance misuse in recreational nightlife settings, such as parties, nightclubs and pubs. My published work has so far looked at the decision-making of young people around heavy drinking.

    Immigration Studies

    I’ve undertaken studies of the settlement needs of refugee women settlers and also the scope for participation of Muslim youth in organised sport.

    Alternative Religion

    This line of research follows from my PhD research on dialogue between paranormal believers, Skeptics and Christians. This was the topic of my 2007 monograph, The Paranormal and the Politics of Truth (Imprint Academic).

    Old Testament Studies

    My research in this area has looked at schematic patterns in the chronological information in the Pentateuch.


    I have overseen several studies looking at sustainability in Western Australian protected areas, including sanctuary zones at Ningaloo Marine Park and visitor capacity on Rottnest Island.

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    Chris Mauri – “The PhD in the Modern World”

    Fardaus Ara – “Women’s Political Participation in the Context of Modernization: A Comparative Study of Australia and Bangladesh”

    Julie Byrne –  ”Cultural Identity and Tourism Experience on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)”

    Paul Monash Narayanasamy – “Courageous leadership in Malaysia: A study of Church political leadership in an Islamic State”



    • Northcote, J., (2007),The Paranormal and the Politics of Truth: A Sociological Account,Imprint Academic.


    • Northcote, J., (2015),Sustainable yield: an integrated approach to tourism management,In: The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability, Routledge, pages 78 to 91.
    • Northcote, J., Casimiro, S., (2010),Muslim Citizens and Belonging in Australia: Negotiating the Inclusive/Exclusive Divide in a Multicultural Context,In: Muslims in Australia: The Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion, University of Melbourne, pages 141 to 161.


    • Stratton, G., Northcote, J., (2016), When totems beget clans: The brand symbol as the defining marker of brand communities, Journal of Consumer Culture, 16, 2, pages 493 - 509.
    • Alonso, A., Northcote, J., (2014), Climate, vulnerability and farming: A preliminary study among Australian food growers, International Journal of Sustainable Society, 6, 4, pages 376 - 396.
    • Alonso, A., Northcote, J., (2013), Investigating farmers' involvement in value-added activities A preliminary study from Australia, British Food Journal, 115, 10, pages 1407 - 1427.
    • Northcote, J., Alonso, A., (2011), Factors underlying farm diversification: The case of Western Australia's olive farmers, Agriculture and Human Values, 28, 2, pages 237 - 246.
    • Northcote, J., (2011), Young adults' decision making surrounding heavy drinking: A multi-staged model of planned behaviour, Social Science & Medicine, 72, 12, pages 2020 - 2025.
    • Northcote, J., Livingston, M., (2011), Accuracy of self-reported drinking: Observational verification of 'last occasion' drink estimates of young adults, Alcohol and Alcoholism, 46, 6, pages 709 - 713.
    • Alonso, A., Northcote, J., (2010), Small winery operators and business vision: A Western Australian case, Journal of Wine Research, 21, 1, pages 19 - 34.
    • Alonso, A., Northcote, J., (2010), The development of olive tourism in Western Australia: a case study of an emerging tourism industry, International Journal of Tourism Research, 12, 6, pages 696 - 708.
    • Alonso, A., Northcote, J., (2008), Small winegrowers' views on their relationship with local communities, Journal of Wine Research, 19, 3, pages 143 - 158.
    • Northcote, J., (2007), The lifespans of the patriarchs: schematic orderings in the chrono-genealogy, Vetus Testamentum, 57, 2, pages 243 - 257.
    • Casmiro, S., Hancock, P., Northcote, J., (2007), Isolation and insecurity: resettlement issues among Muslim refugee women in Perth, Western Australia, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 42, 1, pages 55 - 69.
    • Northcote, J., Macbeth, J., (2006), Conceptualising yield: sustainable tourism management, Annals of Tourism Research: a social sciences journal, 33, 1, pages 199 - 220.
    • Northcote, J., Hancock, P., Casimiro, S., (2006), Breaking the isolation cycle: The experience of Muslim refugee women in Australia, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal: a quarterly on human mobility, 15, 2, pages 177 - 199.
    • Northcote, J., Macbeth, J., (2005), Limitations of resident perception surveys for understanding tourism social impacts. The need for triangulation, Tourism and Recreation Research, 30, 2, pages 43 - 54.
    • Northcote, J., Hancock, P., (2005), Differences in satisfaction ratings of carer-respite services between carer types: results of a Western Australian evaluation, Australian Journal of Primary Health, 11, 3, pages 88 - 94.
    • Northcote, J., (2004), Objectivity and the supernormal: the limitations of bracketing approaches in providing neutral accounts of supernormal claims, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 19, 1, pages 85 - 98.
    • Macbeth, J., Carson, D., Northcote, J., (2004), Social capital, tourism and regional development: SPCC as a basis for innovation and sustainability, Current Issues in Tourism, 7, 6, pages 502 - 522.


    • MacCallum, J., Palmer, D., Northcote, J., Wright, P., Cumming-Potvin, W., Tero, C., (2005),Turning Talking Into Walking: Practical Ideas for Intergenerational Action,In: Active 2005 Conference.