Dean of Arts and Sciences

Professor Cate Thill

  • Biography

    Professor Cate Thill is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Sydney, at the University of Notre Dame Australia . Cate’s research focuses on social justice listening in the context of policy, Indigenous sovereignty and disability. She has recently published a series of chapters/articles on how claims for the intersectional rights of women and Aboriginal people with disability are heard across different policy fields. Cate is currently writing a co-authored book for Routledge on disability and listening with Prof. Gerard Goggin (USyd) and Rosemary Kayess (UNSW). From 2009 -2010, Cate co-convened the ARC Cultural Research Network funded Listening Project exploring the practices, technologies and politics of listening with Dr Tanja Dreher (UNSW), Dr Justine Lloyd (MQ) and Penny O'Donnell (USyd). The project has contributed to an emerging international research interest in political listening and media justice with a network of scholars including Prof. Nick Couldry (LSE), Prof. Jonathan Sterne (McGill), Prof. Kate Lacey (Sussex), Prof Charles Husband (Bradford) and A/Prof. Anthea Garmon (Rhodes).

  • Teaching areas

    Sociology of disability
    Sociology of childhood
    Sociological theory
    Social policy

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Cate is interested in supervising projects on the following topics: voice and listening to marginalised groups in media and/or policy, disability, Indigeneity and intersectionality in policy.

  • Books

    Thill, C. Goggin, G. & Kayess, R. (2020 forthcoming) Listening to Disability: Voices of Democracy. Routledge.

  • Book chapters

    • Thill, C. (2019) Listening for Intersectionality: How Disabled Persons' Organisations Have Improved Recognition of Difference in Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme. In O. Hankivsky & J. S. Jordan-Zachery (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy (pp. 689-704). Cham: Palgrave.
    • Thill, C. (2018) Listening with Recognition for Social Justice. In A. Mondal & T. Dreher (eds) Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference (pp. 57-73). Cham: Palgrave.
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • St Guillaume, L., & Thill, C. (2018). An intersection in population control: Welfare reform and Indigenous people with a partial capacity to work in the Australian Northern Territory. Disability and the Global South, 5(2), 1508-1530.
    • Thill, C. (2014). Listening for Policy Change: How the Voices of Disabled People Shaped Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme. Disability and Society, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2014.987220
    • Thill, C. (2009). Courageous Listening, Responsibility for the Other and the Northern Territory Intervention. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 23(4), 537-548, DOI: 10.1080/10304310903012651
    • Brown, W., Colegate, C., Dalton, J., Rayner, T. and Thill, C. (2006). Learning to love again: An interview with Wendy Brown. Contretemps: An on-line journal of philosophy 6: 25-42.
  • Conference papers

    • Plenary: Listening Interventions with Tanja Dreher & Justine Lloyd. Presented at The Politics of Listening Symposium, University of New South Wales, 29 - 30 November, 2018. Available at:
    • Listening for Intersectionality. Listening with Disability for Democracy Panel with Rosemary Kayess & Gerard Goggin. Presented at The Politics of Listening Symposium, University of New South Wales, 29 - 30 November, 2018.
    • Disability, Listening & Media Justice. Presented at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, University of Sydney, 5 - 7 July, 2017.
    • Listening for Media Justice. Presented at Crossroads in Cultural Studies, University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, 14 - 17 December, 2016
    • Listening as Feminist Politics Roundtable invited speaker at Listening as a Feminist Intervention Workshop, convened by Dr Tanja Dreher and hosted by the Feminist Research Network, University of Wollongong, 19 April, 2016
    • Against the Process of Recognition: Listening for Social Justice. Invited speaker at Ethical Responsiveness: Listening and Reading Across Difference, convened by Dr Tanja Dreher, University of Wollongong, 18 March, 2016
  • In the media

    • M. Rodrigues, Formulas, Faith and Figures, The Catholic Weekly, 6 November 2019
    • University launches program to tackle teacher shortages, The Educator, 30 October 2019
    • J. Ramirez, New forum adds to maths appeal at Sydney Catholic Schools, About Catholic Schools, 2 September 2019
    • A. Phelan, Tertiary Choices: Why social workers, counsellors won't be extinct any time soon, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 December 2019
  • Community engagement

    • Catholic Education Diocese of Paramatta
    • Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong
    • Community of Catholic Schools Diocese of Broken Bay
    • Sydney Catholic Schools
  • Awards

    Christopher Newell Award, with Tanja Dreher, for the paper Disability, Listening and Media Justice at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association 2017 Conference.