Dr Stefanie Plage

Research Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 67350


Dr Stefanie Plage is a Research Fellow with the Life Course Centre at the School of Social Science at UQ. Her expertise is in qualitative research methods, including longitudinal and visual methods. Her research interests span the sociology of emotions, disadvantage and health and illness. Stefanie has taught introductory and advanced courses in sociology and medical sociology, research design and qualitative inquiry, including the use of software for qualitative research (i.e. NVivo). Her work is multi-disciplinary. She completed her PhD at the Centre for Social Research in Health at The University of New South Wales. In her study she employed a mix of longitudinal qualitative interviews and visual elicitation methods to explore the lived experience of people with cancer. Currently, her research seeks to understand and improve the interactions of families experiencing social disadvantage with the social and health care systems.

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Health and Illness
    Health and homelessness
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
    Lived experience of chronic illness and cancer
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
    Educational inclusion, participation and outcomes of children with cancer


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales
  • Masters (Coursework), University of Essex
  • Masters (Coursework), University of Essex


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Plage, Stefanie and Stambe, Rose-Marie (2024). Housing and energy . Political determinants of health in Australia: a planetary perspective. (pp. 69-86) edited by Marguerite C. Sendall, Allyson Mutch and Lisa Fitzgerald. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003315490-7

  • Plage, Stefanie and Olson, Rebecca E. (2023). Cancer survivorship heroism. Encyclopedia of heroism studies. (pp. 1-7) edited by Scott T. Allison, James K. Beggan and George R. Goethals. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-17125-3_185-1

  • Povey, Jenny, Plage, Stefanie, Huang, Yanshu, Gramotnev, Alexandra, Cook, Stephanie, Austerberry, Sophie and Western, Mark (2022). Adolescence a period of vulnerability and risk for adverse outcomes across the life course: the role of parent engagement in learning. Family dynamics over the life course: foundations, turning points and outcomes. (pp. 97-131) edited by Janeen Baxter, Jack Lam, Jenny Povey, Rennie Lee and Stephen R. Zubrick. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-12224-8_6

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision