Dr Denise Buiten

Senior Lecturer Sociology and Social Justice 

Email: denise.buiten@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4170

  • Biography

    Dr Buiten is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences and Discipline Coordinator for the Social Justice program (Sydney). She holds a PhD in Sociology and a Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours Degree in Gender and Transformation. Denise began her career as a gender and development researcher in South Africa, moving into academia as lecturer in South Africa, Ireland and Australia since 2011. Her research focuses on gender, media and gender-based violence.

    Denise is a Senior Research Associate of the University of Johannesburg, an International Board Member for the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology, and member of the Vice Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Addressing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence on Campus at Notre Dame.

  • Teaching areas

    Social Justice
    Journalism and Media

  • Research expertise and current projects

    Denise's research focuses on gender and media, with a special focus on the evolving ways in which we understand and represent gender-based violence.

    Current projects:

    • Authoring a monograph (Springer Books) on Gender, Murder-Suicide and the Media
  • Research supervision

    PhD Supervision:

    • Dr Louise St Guillaume (2014). The same but different: how people with a partial capacity to work are governed in recent policy changes to the Australian income support system and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Co-supervisor: Prof. Cate aThill

    Honours Supervision:

    • 2020: Rebecca Hetherington is exploring how discourses of wellness are intertwined with gendered neo-liberal governmentality
    • 2019: Lauren Brooks (First Class Honours). Digitally (De/re)constructing Gender: “Affordances” for Performing Gender in the Sims 4 Avatar Customisation Interface.
    • 2018: Georgia Coe (First Class Honours). Beyond ‘Mental Illness’ : An exploration into the ways in which the Social and Emotional Wellbeing approach is negotiated in contemporary policy associated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ‘mental health’. Co-supervisor: Dr Louise St Guillaume
    • 2017: Chloe Goy (First Class Honours). “Nicole Arbour’s ‘Dear Fat People’: Discourses of Fat Shaming & Fat Acceptance in a Contemporary Space.
    • 2016: Simone Fernandes (First Class Honours). Participation and the Social Model of Disability: A Discourse Analysis of the Framing of Participation
  • Book chapters

    • Buiten, D. (2016). South African Feminisms. In N. Naples, R. C. Hoogland, M. Wickramasinghe & W. C. A. Wong (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Milton, QLD: Wiley-Blackwell.
    • Buiten, D. (2015). Sex and Gender. In Arvanitakis, J. (ed.). Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture. Oxford University Press.
    • Venter, C. Mashiri, M. & Buiten, D. (2006). Engendering Mobility: Towards Improved Gender Analysis in the Transport Sector. In K. van Marle (ed.) Sex, Gender, Becoming: Post-Apartheid Reflections. Pretoria University Law Press. 117-140.
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • Buiten, D. (2020). It’s “vile” but is it violence? A case study analysis of news media representations of non-consensual sexual image-sharing. Feminist Media Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2019.1708773
    • Buiten, D. & Naidoo, K. (2016). Framing the problem of rape in South Africa: Gender, race, class and state hjstories. Current Sociology, 64(4). 535-550.
    • Buiten, D. (2013). Feminist approaches and the South African news media. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies. 34(2). 54-72. Taylor & Francis.
    • Buiten, D. & Naidoo, K. (2013). Constructions and representations of masculinity in South Africa’s tabloid press: Reflections on discursive tensions in the Sunday Sun. Communicatio, 39(2). 194-209.
    • Buiten, D. (2007). Silences stifling transformation: Misogyny and gender-based violence in the media. Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equality, 71. 115-121.
  • Conference papers

    • Buiten, D. & Naidoo, K. (2015). Problematic men, problematic pasts: Reflecting critically on themes in South African literature on rape. Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender Violence and Violations, University of New South Wales, February 2015.
    • Buiten, D. (2013). “In Developing Countries..”: Global Social Justice and the Challenge to Dominant Development Discourses in “Northern” Educational Settings. Keeping the Door Open: Learning, Teaching, and Social Justice in Tertiary Education. Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia.
    • Buiten, D. & Naidoo, K. (2012) Tabloidisation and Representations of Masculinities in the Sunday Sun. Work/Force: Masculinities in the Media Conference. 13-14 September 2012. Stellenbosch, South Africa.
    • Buiten, D. Mashiri, M. Sello, C. Ntho, M. & Buiten, E. (2006). Gendered Mobility, Gendered Benefits: Assessing the Impact of Rural Road Projects in Lesotho. Gender, Transport and Development Conference, 27-30 August 2006. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  • In the media

    Buiten, D. (2020, February 25) Why do men kill their families? Here's what the research says. The Conversation.

  • Professional affiliations

    • Senior Research Associate: Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg (2016-present)
    • International Board Member: Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology (2020)
    • Member: Vice Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Addressing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence on Campus, University of Notre Dame Australia
    • Member: The Sociological Association of Australia
    • Member: Australian Gender and Women's Studies Association
  • Funding and awards

    • Academic Honorary Colours, University of Pretoria (2010)
    • Promising Young Researcher Award, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Built Environment (2007)