Biography

  • Nick Osbaldiston is a sociologist in the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences (SAMMS). Prior to joining Monash in 2012 he was located in the Department of Resource Management and Geography at the University of Melbourne employed as a postdoctoral research fellow on an ARC funded Climate Change Adaptation project on the Gippsland Coast. Prior to this Nick worked as a sessional lecturer and tutor for the Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University while he was completing his PhD into Lifestyle Migration (Seachange) and Downshifting (completed 2010).

    Nick has predominantly researched and published in the field of Lifestyle Migration research including a 2012 monograph through Palgrave Macmillan entitled Seeking Authenticity in Place, Culture and Self. His work has concentrated on the cultural narratives of this broad movement analysed mostly through the ‘strong’ cultural sociology program developed by the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology. However, Nick has also published on areas such as technology and education, tourism and the politics and culture of slow movements.

    Nick is more recently concerned with the development of housing issues as a results of lifestyle migration and second home ownership in Australia and is currently working on a small centrally funded project to interrogate this further. He is also developing with others larger scale projects which aim to interrogate townships in regional and coastal areas that have been impacted on by lifestyle migration and their future concerns. This not only includes housing affordability but also equity in resource management, population density and environmental and aesthetic sensitivities.