Joshua Spier is an Adjunct Research Associate in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work (EPSW). He holds a BA and a PhD from Flinders University, and a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University (2011). Joshua is the author of Heidegger and the Lived Experience of Being a University Educator (2018), and a reviewer for several international journals. He offers expertise in the usage of (hermeneutic) phenomenological, ethnographic and action research approaches to research in educational, community and youth work practices.
He brings a strong background in community development and youth work, including establishing the music program for the annual Schoolies Festival, working as the Recreation, Arts and Cultural Development Officer at the City of West Torrens, experience as a Youth Worker for Baptist Care SA, and as former SA Education Coordinator for TEAR Australia.
Joshua has been teaching in higher education since 2007, and has developed and coordinated subjects in community development, youth studies, critical pedagogy and cultural theory. He has advised local governments and education providers on their strategic planning for supporting young people. Alongside academic work, Joshua is a piano-based musician, with several independent releases dating back to 2002.
My research interests focus on contributing fresh understandings of ontological and temporal structures of everyday phenomena across work worlds. I am particularly interested in interpreting qualitative data in light of continental philosophy. Major influences on my analyses to date include Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer. I offer methodological expertise in qualitative methodologies (particularly hermeneutic phenomenological, ethnographic, discourse analysis and action research approaches).
Best Postgraduate Research Presentation, Paramedics Australasia International Conference - NOV 2017
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