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Dr Lucy Hopkins


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5546, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.113
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5546
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.113  


Lucy is a Lecturer in Children and Family Studies in the discipline of Social Sciences at the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • CSV2108 - Culture, Equity and Diversity
  • CHN3130 - Purpose of Play
  • CHN3203 - Child Rearing


2013-2014 Lecturer, sociology, Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan
2008-2012: Research Assistant and Sessional Lecturer, Institute for Culture and Society and School of Education, University of Western Sydney, Australia
2006-2009: Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Research Areas and Interests

Lucy Hopkins is a researcher in cultural studies, literature, education and sociology, with a particular interest in social justice. She works on ‘global’ childhoods and issues of ethics and subjectivity in discourses of childhood, discourses of 'whiteness’, and poststructuralist and feminist theories.  

Current research areas include:

  • Bhutanese youth and the politics of hair
  • Picturing Childhoods: Bhutanese yak herder children’s understandings of poverty, education and childhood
  • Figuring Childhood: the politics of the child subject in contemporary literary fiction


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Sydney, 2013.


Recent Research Grants

  • Bhutanese youth and the cultural politics of hair,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $1,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Hopkins, L., (2016), The Child as Nation: Embodying the Nation in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. Childhood and Nation: Interdisciplinary Engagements, 39-53, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, Palgrave Macmillan, DOI: 10.1057/9781137477835.
  • Hopkins, L., Sriprakash, A., (2016), Unsettling the global child: Rethinking child subjectivity in education and international development. The 'Poor Child': The Cultural Politics of Education, Development and Childhood, 3-19, Milton Park, UK, Routledge.
  • Sriprakash, A., Hopkins, L., (2016), Revisioning 'development': Towards a relational understanding of the 'poor child'. The 'Poor Child': The Cultural Politics of Education, Development and Childhood, 193-204, Oxon, UK, Routledge.
  • Hopkins, L., (2016), Picturing education, poverty and childhood from the perspectives of yak herder children in Bhutan. The 'Poor Child': The Cultural Politics of Education, Development and Childhood, 168-190, Milton Park, UK, Routledge.
  • Hopkins, L., (2013), “Infinnate joy”: Play, performance, and resistance in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. Children and Cultural Memory in Texts of Childhood, 163-178, Abingdon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.4324/9780203761830.

Journal Articles

  • Hopkins, L., (2013), Innocence, protection and failure: bringing the child subject to the centre of family the family. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 14(1), 66-71, United Kingdom, Symposium Journals, DOI: 10.2304/ciec.2014.14.1.66.
  • Ferfolja, T., Hopkins, L., (2013), The complexities of workplace experience for lesbian and gay teachers. Critical Studies in Education, 54(3), 311-324, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2013.794743.
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