Dr Helen Marshall


Honorary Professor

School /
Work Unit

School of Global, Urban & Social Studies

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 9073



Building: 015
Level: 02
Room: 007

City campus


College of Design and Social Context


Key activities

Helen studied sociology and history at Monash University, and worked as a teacher in secondary schools and a post-secondary college before working at RMIT. After nearly thirty years as a teacher, she moved in 2006 to an associate position in the Centre for Applied social Research. She led project on teaching sociology for the Carrick Institute and TASA (2008-9). She now specialises in the use of the computer program NVivo for managing qualitative data analyses.

She is active in The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), and has been editor of the electronic Qualitative Research Journalpublished by the Association for Qualitative Research.

Her PhD thesis on voluntary childlessness led in 1993 to the publication of Not Having Families (Oxford University Press), and to her interest in qualitative research methods that involve using computers in analysis of qualitative data. Her interest in teaching led to the textbook on the sociology of deviance and to her recent nation-wide project on sociology in Australian universities.

Teaching and work responsibilities

2008: Lead researcher, Carrick funded project ‘Sociology in Australia: A Scoping study’

2009-12 Nvivo workshops


BA (Hons) Monash, BEd Melb, DipEd CCAE, PhD LaTrobe

Research and scholarship

Research interests

  • Qualitative research methods (especially the use of CAQDAS)
  • Gender and work



2011 Sara Charlesworth and Helen Marshall ‘ Sacrificing workers? The curious case of salary sacrificing in non-profit community services in Australia’ International Journal of Public sector Management 24:7 pp662-672


2007, Marshall, H Douglas K and McDonnell D Who Rules? The sociologies of deviance and control, Oxford University Press Melbourne

2007, Branigan, E Fastenau M, Douglas K and Marshall H with S Cartwright Women and Work 2006, RMIT publishing

Book chapters

2009 Marshall, H ‘Second Thoughts: The Uses of Software as Your Research Question Changes. The Harassment Complaints Project’ in Richards L Methods in Practice companion website to Richards, L Handling Qualitative Data second edition Sage London

2005, “Fertility: changing pressures and choices” ch 11 in Poole, M Family: Changing families changing times, Allen and Unwin Crows Nest


2009 Marshall, H Robinson, P Germov J and Clark E 2009 Teaching Sociology in Australia: a report to the Australian learning and Teaching council RMIT/ALTC

2008 Marshall, H, P Collits, H Lane, L Watt, K Scholfield and S Brumby 10MMM “Your Say” Rural young People Technology and Wellbeing Research Report Western district Health Service and RMIT University Melbourne


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