Associate Professor Deb King

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (352)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Debra is a sociologist in the School of Social and Policy Studies. Prior to being Dean, 2013-2016, she was a Principal Researcher at the National Institute of Labour Studies (2007-2013). Before this she was a Lecturer in Sociology at Flinders University and a Research Fellow with the Flinders Social Monitoring and Policy Futures Network. Debra began her academic career in 1999 as a Research Fellow at the Hawke Institute for Social Research.

  • Bachelor of Arts, majors in Sociology and Politics, Flinders University, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Sociology, First Class, Flinders University - awarded the University Medal, 1993
  • PhD in Sociology, Flinders University, 1999
  • Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education), QUT, 2002
Honours, awards and grants
Australian University Teaching Award )Institutional), Online Learning Support (2002)
University of South Australia, Postgraduate Student Association 'Staff person of the year' (2002)
Vice Chancellors' Award for Innovation - Process Improvement (2001)
University Medal (1993)
Australian Institute of Public Policy, Undergraduate Award (1991)
Key responsibilities

Associate Professor King was Dean: School of Social and Policy Studies 2013 - 2016.

Topic coordinator
SOCI2004 Sociology of Work and Organisations
Supervisory interests
Aged care workforce
Emotions in work and organisations
Sociology of work
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Work and Organisations (1)
Associate supervisor: Emotion work (1), Economic sociology - rural women (1)
Principal supervisor: Ageing, social support (1)
Associate supervisor: Social change (3)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Linda Isherwood

VC Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAR 2014

Linda Isherwood

Best Student Paper Award - SEP 2012

Linda Isherwood

AAG, SA Early Career Research Award - DEC 2014

  • Aged care workforce