Dr Michelle Peterie is a Research Fellow in the University of Queensland’s School of Social Sciences. She has previously worked at the University of Sydney, the University of Wollongong and the University of New England, and has done research consultancy work in the third sector. 

Michelle's main research area is the sociology of emotions and affect. She is particularly interested in emotional well-being in situations of inequality and injustice, and in the emotional complexities of 'care' and activism. Michelle's doctoral research (completed at the University of Sydney) concerned the experiences of volunteers who support asylum seekers in Australian immigration detention facilities and within the Australian community. Her current research focuses on the socio-emotional aspects of unemployment, and on the impact of compulsory income management. 

Michelle co-convenes The Australian Sociological Association’s (TASA’s) Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group and is a Sydney Policy Lab Affiliated Researcher. She is also a member of the Contemporary Emotions Research Network (CERN), the Sydney Asia-Pacific Migration Network (SAPMiC), and the Kaldor Centre’s Emerging Scholars Network.