Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Community and Liberation psychologies
  • Qualitative and post-qualitative research
  • racism and whiteness studies
  • Migration and Settlement

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

About Christopher Sonn

Christopher Is an Associate Professor with the College of Health and Biomedicine and Fellow with the Institute for Health and Sport.

He is the course chair of the Master Applied Psychology (Community Psychology) and research leader for the Community Identity and Displacement research group.

His research involves understanding and elevating the voices of individuals and groups who are marginalised or excluded through forms of symbolic violence such as racism and sexism.

Christopher has expertise in community and liberation psychology and qualitative and creative methodologies.

He has over 100 publications in high-ranking journals and edited books. 

Christopher is co-author of Social Psychology of Everyday Life (1st & 2nd ed.) and co-editor of Psychology of Liberation, Sense of Community: Research, Applications and Implications, and Places of Privilege.

He has supervised and co-supervised 15 PhD and DPsych students and is currently supervising 6 Higher Degree by Research students.

Christopher is currently working on three projects with community partners to explore how participatory, creative, and arts based methodologies can promote decoloniality, empowerment, and inclusion.

He is visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and the chair of the organising committee for the 8th International Conference of Community Psychology to be held in Melbourne in 26-28 June 2020.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 1996
  • Grad Dip Applied Psychology (Community), Victoria University, Australia
  • Grad Dip Education, Deakin University, Australia
  • BA, Monash University, Australia

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Sonn, C., Rua, M., & Quayle, A. (190101). Decolonising Applied Social Psychology: Culture, Indigeneity and Coloniality In O'Doherty, K. ;. (Ed.) Thousand Oaks: CA: SAGE Publications.
2017 Sonn, C. C., Kasat, P., & Quayle, A. F. (170101). Creative Responses to Social Suffering: Using Community Arts and Cultural Development to Foster Hope (pp. 91-105). Springer International Publishing.

doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-63489-0_8

2015 . (150101). Decolonizing Multicultural Counseling through Social Justice Springer New York.

doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-1283-4

2015 Sonn, C., Smith, K., & Meyer, K. (150101). Challenging Structural Violence Through Community Drama: Exploring Theatre as Transformative Praxis In Bretherton, D. ;. (Ed.) (26th) (pp. 293-308). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Year Citation
2018 Cicognani, E., Sonn, C. C., Albanesi, C., & Zani, B. (180901). Acculturation, social exclusion and resistance: Experiences of young Moroccans in Italy. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 66 (108-118).

doi: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2018.07.002

2018 Oke, N., Sonn, C. C., & McConville, C. (180504). Making a place in Footscray: everyday multiculturalism, ethnic hubs and segmented geography. Identities, 25(3), (320-338).

doi: 10.1080/1070289X.2016.1233880

2017 Sonn, C. C., Ivey, G., Baker, A., & Meyer, K. (170101). Post-Apartheid south african immigrants in Australia: Negotiating displacement, identity, and belonging. Qualitative Psychology, 4(1), (41-54).

doi: 10.1037/qup0000039

2016 Sonn, C., Quayle, A., & Van, den. (160101). Narrating the accumulation of dispossession: Stories of Aboriginal Elders. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 2(2), (79-96).
2016 Sonn, C., Dutta, U., & Lykes, M. B. (160101). Situating and contesting structural violence in community-based research and action. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 2(2), (1-20).
2014 Sonn, C. C., Quayle, A. F., & Kasat, P. (140101). Picturing the Wheatbelt: Exploring and Expressing Place Identity Through Photography. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55(1-2), (89-101).

doi: 10.1007/s10464-014-9686-7

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Evaluation of the gender equality through the Arts Grants Program
From: VicHealth
Investigators: Dr Kim Shearson, Prof Jenny Sharples, Aspr Gavin Ivey
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed
Capacity Building Grant -  Participation in the Collaborative Centre of Excellence for Resilient Communities and Inclusive Societies (CERCIS) Think Tank
From: Dept of Premier and Cabinet (Vic)
Investigators: Prof Ramon Spaaij, Dr Alison Baker, Dr Teresa De fazio, Dr Debra Smith, Dr Mario Peucker
For period: 2019-2021
Not disclosed

CBTL (Colour between the line): Creating Solidarities Across Communities of Difference through Arts and Activism
From: CoHealth
Investigators: Dr Amy Quayle
For period: 2018-2020
Not disclosed

Retrospective evaluation of CoHealth Arts Generator 'Benchmark' program
From: CoHealth
Investigators: Dr Caroline Clark
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed
Dialogues of Change - Youth Peer Education through Applied Theatre
From: Western Edge Youth Arts
Investigators: Aspr Julie White, Dr Alison Baker
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed
An evaluation of the Horace Petty Education Engagement Initiative.
From: Stonnington City Council
Investigators: Dr Alison Baker
For period: 2017-2020
Not disclosed

African Australians negotiating belonging and Identity: Examining the role of participatory arts practice
From: CoHealth
For period: 2016-2018
Not disclosed

Collaborative Research Project on School Capacity and Well-Being
From: City of Stonnington
Investigators: Dr Alison Baker, Dr Romana Morda
For period: 2015-2015
$13,636

Working in the Australian entertainment industry: Key factors in longevity and transition
From: ENTERTAINMENT ASSIST
Investigators: Dr Julie Van den eynde, Prof Adrian Fisher
For period: 2014-2015
$75,590

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
7 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (7) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
4 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (4) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Other supervision of research students

Christopher has co-supervised 2 PhD students at Curtin University, and 1 PhD at Edith Cowan University. He was on the PhD dissertation committee at the University of Miami and is currently co-supervising a PhD candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Teaching activities & experience

Christopher is an Associate Professor with the College of Health and Biomedicine and Fellow with the Institute for Health and Sport.

He is the course chair of the Master Applied Psychology (Community Psychology). He coordinates and teaches the following units in this program:

  • APM6010, Foundations of Community Psychology
  • APM7004, Intercultural Approaches to Community Pscyhology
  • APC6089, Research Methods.

He also supervises research thesis in the thesis units for this course.

Christopher also:

  • teaches APH4018, Social Research Methods, in the fourth year program in Psychology
  • supervises research thesis 
  • teaches in into the undergraduate research methods course, APS2030, Qualitative Social Research.

 

 

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, Society for Community Research and Action