Dr Josh Spier

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

In 2016 Josh was awarded Full Academic Status as a Research Associate at Flinders University, in recognition of his ongoing contribution to supporting and supervising HDR students. Specifically, he provides methodological expertise in hermeneutic phenomenology for the analysis of ontological phenomena in everyday work-worlds. Prior to completing his PhD, Josh worked in a range of positions, including Recreation, Arts and Cultural Development Officer for the City of West Torrens (2003-2007), Youth Worker for Baptist Care SA (2007), and South Australian State Coordinator for TEAR Australia (2008-2011). His current research interests mainly focus on uncovering ontological and temporal structures of human experiences within the domains of higher education, youth work practice, and the music sector.

  • PhD, Flinders University
  • Master of International and Community Development, Deakin University
  • BA (Australian Studies, Sociology, Development Studies), Flinders University
Honours, awards and grants
  • Flinders University Nomination for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education, 2017
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2012-2015
  • Chancellors Letter of Commendation, Flinders University, 2003
Research interests

I am available to supervise honours, masters and PhD students. Because my training and expertise is in qualitative methodologies (particularly hermeneutic phenomenology), I supervise and support RHD researcher students across many professions, including education, community development, youth work, health practice, paramedicine and the creative industires.

Topic coordinator
EDUC2420 Teaching Indigenous Australian Students
SOAD1006 Social Planning Theory
Topic lecturer
EDUC2420 Teaching Indigenous Australian Students
SOAD1006 Social Planning Theory
Supervisory interests
Community development
Digial music composition
Education, teaching and learning in higher
Higher education
Phenomenology of learning and teaching in higher education
Qualitative research methodology
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Health (Paramedic Practice) (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Susan Furness

Best Postgraduate Research Presentation, Paramedics Australasia International Conference - NOV 2017