Internship leads to academic publication

22 February 2021

Congratulations to Jasmine Robertson, an Arts/Law student and Vice President of the Notre Dame Student Law Society (Sydney), who has recently produced her first published piece of academic writing.

As part of her Bachelor of Laws/Arts (Politics and International Relations) degree, Jasmine Robertson enrolled in the Politics Internship offered by the School of Arts & Sciences last year and, with the help of Internship Coordinator Dr Sylvie Magerstaedt, negotiated an opportunity with Notre Dame’s Institute for Ethics & Society (IES).

The internship involved working as a research assistant on two academic book chapters with Professor John Rees, Professor of Politics & International Relations and IES Research Associate.

Specifically, Jasmine assisted in writing a case study on religion and climate change for a chapter titled ‘Religion and Contemporary Society’ recently published in Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2020). Jasmine also provided foundational research for a case study on the protection of asylum seekers by religious communities for a chapter on ‘Religion and Culture’ in International Relations, 2nd ed. (Macmillan International HE, 2021).

“Both chapters were significantly enhanced by Jasmine’s input, not only by the quality of research that she provided, but also the fresh perspectives that Jasmine brought to each issue,” said Professor Rees.

For Ms Robertson, the internship experience had numerous benefits: “I was able to experience the process of professional writing and research first-hand, from the beginnings of an idea through to the final stages of publication,” she said. “It was also very exciting to see my research assistance acknowledged in the pages of the first publication! I am really looking forward to receiving a copy of the second book when it comes out later this year.”

For information on areas of interest in the above story follow the links to the School of Arts & Sciences and the Institute for Ethics & Society.

Caption: Prof John Rees and Ms Jasmine Robertson with a copy of Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture, 2nd ed (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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