Federation Business School

Dr Catherine Earl

Position:Research Fellow
Location:Gippsland - 5N 109
Phone:5122 6614


  • BA (Hons)
  • Grad Dip Ed
  • PhD


Catherine is a research fellow in the Federation Business School Gippsland Campus. She is a social anthropologist and her research centres on social change, social welfare and work, and social mobility in contemporary Vietnam and Australia. She has been a guest researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Department of Sociology at the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City. She has taught in the Department of Asian and International Studies at Victoria University and the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences at Monash University, where she received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Programs that Enhance Learning Special Commendation (2010) and the Gippsland Campus Individual & Team Teaching Award (2008). Currently she works on the Australian Research Council funded Retiring Women research project led by Professor Philip Taylor.


  • Changing nature of welfare, work and retirement
  • Education avenues to social mobility
  • Gender and social change
  • Asian middle classes
  • Ho Chi Minh City


Full publication list


Earl, C. 2014. Vietnam's New Middle Classes: Gender, Career, City. Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press.

Levy, S. and Earl, C. (eds), 2012. Student Voices in Transition: The Experiences of Pathways Students. Johannesburg: Van Schaik.

Earl, C. 2011. Latrobe Community Health Service: Our History, 1974-2010. Morwell, Vic: Latrobe Community Health Service.

Earl, C. 2008. A Home of Many Rooms: Celebrating the Australian Vietnamese Women's Welfare Association, 1983-2008. Richmond, Vic: Australian Vietnamese Women's Welfare Association and Victoria University.

Refereed journal articles

Earl, C. 2014. 'Vietnam's post-war generation: Disability, social welfare and status identity in Ho Chi Minh City', Children in War: The International Journal of Evacuee and War Child Studies, Vol. 1, No. 11, 14 pages, in press.

Earl, C. 2013. 'Saigon style: Middle-class culture and transformations of urban lifestyling in post-reform Vietnamese media', Media Australia International, Vol. 147, Special issue on Lifestyle Media and Social Transformation in Asia, edited by F. Martin, T. Lewis and J. Sinclair, pp. 85-97.

Earl, C. 2013. 'Post-war mobilities: Gender, poverty and opportunity in Vietnam's third wave of mass urban migration', Children in War: The International Journal of Evacuee and War Child Studies, Vol. 1, No. 10, pp. 71-6.

Refereed conference proceedings

Earl, C. 2008. 'Cosmopolitan or cultural dissonance? Middle-class encounters with the other', in A.M. Vicziany and R. Cribb (eds), Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Melbourne, Australia: Is this the Asian Century? Melbourne: Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, pp. 1-15.

Book chapters

Earl, C., Taylor, P. and Brooke, L. 2014. 'Falling between the cracks: Older women and organisational policymaking' in J. Bimrose, M. McMahon and M. Watson (eds), Women's Career Development Throughout The Lifespan: An International Exploration. London: Routledge, 21 pages, in press.

Earl, C. 2014. 'Life as lived and life as talked about: Family, love and marriage in twenty-first century Vietnam' in V. Mackie and M. McLelland (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia. London: Routledge, pp.  101-111.

Taylor, P., McLoughlin, C. and Earl, C. 2014. 'The role of partial retirement in organizational policy-making in Australia' in C-M. Alcover, G. Topa, E. Parry, F. Fraccaroli and M. Depolo (eds), Bridge Employment: A Research Handbook. London: Routledge, pp. 239-251.