Dr Denise Buiten

Discipline Coordinator: Social Justice
DPhil Sociology, BSocSci (Hons)

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 Sociology and Social Justice in South Africa, Ireland and now Australia. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Gender Equality and Global Justice at University College Dublin 2009, and is currently a Senior Research Associate of the University of Johannesburg with whom she engages in collaborative research. Her key research interests include gender representations in the media and gender-based violence.

  • Teaching areas

    Social Justice

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Sociology and social justice, with a focus on gender and other vectors of inequality. Key methods include discourse analysis and thematic analysis, interviews and focus groups. Has recently supervised, to completion, postgraduate research on disability policy, applying discourse analysis.

  • 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. & Naidoo, K. (2016). Framing the Problem of Rape in South Africa: Gender, Race, Class and State Histories. Current Sociology, 64(4). 535-550. Sage.
    • 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.
  • Professional affiliations

    Senior Research Associate, Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg

  • Awards

    Academic Honorary Colours, University of Pretoria (2010).

    Promising Young Researcher Award, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Built Environment (2007)