Faculty and Staff at NTI

Dr Nadine Levy

PhD (University of Adelaide), BA (Hons) (University of Adelaide), LLB (Hons) (University of Adelaide)

Lecturer in Health and Social Wellbeing

Dr Levy holds a PhD in sociology and Honours degrees in both law and gender studies. Her research investigates women’s lived experience across a range of social sites, including health, therapeutic landscapes and spiritual movements. Her PhD examined the themes of belonging, emotions and social connection in the context of Intentional Communities in late modern society.

Nadine’s approach to teaching is student-centred, reflective and grounded in critical theory. For the past decade she has taught in law, gender studies, sociology and, most recently, criminology. Prior to this she worked in the community sector as a lawyer and advocate.

Nadine is a committed Buddhist practitioner and is currently completing teacher training in the Insight meditation tradition. As such, she has a particular interest in Buddhist sociology/a sociology of Buddhism and the ways these two paradigms can enliven each another.

In the classroom, Nadine focuses on the insights and wisdom of her students and honours alternative forms of academic knowledge through the use of bodily, intuitive and relational teaching methods.

Grants and Awards

  • 2010 The Business and Professional Women Prize, University of Adelaide, ‘a prize awarded to the most outstanding Honours student’.
  • 2012 Nominated for Australian Women Lawyer of the Year Award, Women Lawyers’ Association (SA).
  • 2014 Flinders Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Seeding Grant for a study on health care professionals’ approaches to women’s health.
  • 2014 Flinders Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Establishment Grant 2014 for a study on women’s sexual health.
  • 2013 Research Abroad Scholarship, University of Adelaide for fieldwork in the US.
  • 2013 Karen Halley Trust Fund, University of Adelaide for fieldwork in the US.
  • 2012 Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Adelaide.
  • 2010 Augusta Zadow Scholarship, Safework SA for a study on young women and sexual harassment at work.


email: n.levy@nantien.edu.au
phone: +61 (2) 4258 0752

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Journal Articles

    1. Levy, N. (2016) “Emotional Landscapes; Discomfort in the Field” Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 16.I: 39-50.
    2. Levy, N. (2013) “Towards a New Environmental Ethic in Contemporary Feminist Theory” Hecate, 38.1/2: 9-23.

    Book Chapters

    1. Cannell, C, R Clarkson, Di Niro, A Farmer, C Gou , N Levy, Y Spasovska & A Walker. Forthcoming 2020, ‘Witnessing Un/known Modes of Play: Collective Biography as a Way to Change the Academic Game” In Ali Black & Rachael Dwyer (eds.), Making SHIfT Happen: Women Creating Personal and Professional Alchemy in the Academy, Palgrave Macmillan. Accepted 10 June 2019.

    Conference Presentations

    1. Levy, N. (2019) “Maternal Subjectivity/The Buddhist ‘Self’: A Contradiction or an Invitation?” Paper published in proceedings and presented to 16th Sakyaditha International Conference on Buddhist Women: New Horizons in Buddhism, Blue Mountains, Australia on 25 June 2019.
    2. Levy, N. (2014) “The Spiritual-Politics of Resistance: Holy Activism in Alternative Communities”, paper presented to TASA Annual Conference, University of South Australia, 24-27 November 2014.
    3. Levy, N. (2012) “The Implications of Stacey Alaimo’s “Transcorporeality” on Human and Environmental Ethics”, paper presented to Fay Gale Annual Conference, University of Adelaide, 4-6 December 2012.
    4. Levy, N. (2012) “New Materialist Feminism moving towards a New Environmental Ethic”, paper presented to Regarding the Earth: Ecological Vision in Word and Image, Monash/RMIT, 31 August-2 September 2012.
    5. Levy, N. & Purdy, A. (2011) “Young Women, Sexual harassment & OHS in a Small Business Context”, paper presented to Our Work, Our Lives 4th International Conference, Dili, Timor Leste, 1-2 September 2011.
    6. Levy, N. & Purdy, A. (2010) “Experiences of Sexual Harassment amongst Young Women Workers: An Exploration of Power and Opportunity”, paper presented to Our Work, Our Lives 3rd National Conference, Darwin, Australia, 12-13 August 2010

    Other Publications

    1. Levy, N. (2011) “The Experiences of Young Women Lawyers”. Portia (Victorian Women Lawyers), 36.
    2. Levy, N. (2011) “Issues Facing Young Women Lawyers”. Bulletin (Law Society of South Australia), 33.
    3. Levy, N. (2009) “Employment Law and Income” In: The Law, Youth Work and Young People: A Handbook for Youth Workers in South Australia, South Australia, YACSA.


  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • Australian Women and Gender Studies Association



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