Dr Sharon Aris

Dr Sharon Aris

Discipline Lead, Social Work


Doctoral Candidate (University of Sydney, current)
MA (Macquarie University)
BA (Hons) (Macquarie University) Cert IV (TAE)


Sharon has broad experience in both education and community practice having worked as a university lecturer and tutor, vocational and professional trainer, policy advisor and advocate and youth worker.

She also worked for many years as a journalist in print specialising in social issues and in television as a producer and researcher.

Research Interests

Sharon’s research interests relate to the sociology of education, sociology of young people and the family and the sociology of knowledge. Her specific focus currently is on how families and schools intersect in the educational field. She is also interested in the development and praxis of the sociology of knowledge, particularly using Legitimation Code Theory and is currently examining its application to the vocational learning environment

Teaching Interests

Sharon is particularly interested the topics relating to the sociology of youth and the family, and best practice models of working with young people.

Expert Comment Topics
Families and school education, family intergenerational strategies, knowledge building in youth, educational practices in vocational education.


Sharon Aris (2017) Indian tigers: what high school selection by parents pursuing academic performance reveals about class, culture and migration. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, published online: 10 Jul. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2017.1315869


  • Aris, S (2005) Being Married, Allen and Unwin, Sydney
  • Aris, S (2003) It’s My Party and I’ll Knit If I Want To, Allen and Unwin, Sydney
  • Aris, S (2000) Top Jobs, Duffy and Snellgrove, Sydney

Selected Conference Papers

  • Aris, Sharon (2017) Perfect match: Revealing the mechanisms of advantage in schooling using Specialization, Second International Legitimation Code Theory Conference, Sydney, 3-7 July
  • Aris, Sharon, Elena Lambrinos & Saul Richardson (2017) Knower-building in practice, Second International Legitimation Code Theory Conference, Sydney, 3-7 July
  • Aris, Sharon (2016) Legitimate Skills and knowledge: developing a curriculum when the Training Package doesn’t match your industry consultation, 25th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’, Rockhampton Qld, 4-6 July
  • Aris, Sharon (2016) Connecting Community to Meaningful Evaluation, Regional Youth Development Officers Network, Newcastle NSW, July
    Aris, Sharon (2016) Seeking success: what school choice reveals about the differing capacities in families to recognise and realise educational capital, The Australian Sociological Association Conference, Melbourne, October
  • Aris (2015) Choosing Schools, Using Temporality and Specialisation to reveal family strategies in school choice, Legitimation Code Theory International Colloquium, Cape Town, South Africa, June 18-19
  • Aris, S (2015) The More They Stay The Same, Australian Sociological Association Family, Relationships and Gender Research Group Symposium, Melbourne, 30-31 Oct
  • Aris, S (2015) Time Travelling, School of Social and Political Sciences Post Graduate Research Day, University of Sydney, 4 Oct
  • Aris, S (2015) That’s Capital! Legitimation Code Theory Roundtable, University of Sydney, 29 May
  • Aris, S (2012) What Knowledge, Which Knowers? School of Sociology and Social Policy Post Graduate Research Day, University of Sydney, Oct

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

  • Member, the Australian Sociological Association
  • Member, the Australian Vocational Education and Training Researchers Association
  • Post-Graduate Member, Legitimation Code Theory Centre for Knowledge-Building
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