I’m Ash, a sociologist and writer.

I’m interested in fiction, social theory, creative research methods and speculative design. I’m a Resident Adjunct Research Fellow with the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. I also teach research methods at the University of Sydney.

My PhD was awarded by Griffith University in 2018. During my candidature I was a 2017 Endeavour Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. My innovative ethnographic and arts-based research drew on fiction and Spinoza to explore sociological imagination, neoliberal individualism and cultural processes of meaning-making.

I am the creator and editor of So Fi Zine, and the Fiction Editor of The Sociological Review. I also established and run Frances St Press, an independent online publishing platform for arts and social science cross-disciplinary inquiry. I’m the elected Secretary (2019-2020) for The Australian Sociological Association. You can find my writing in Overland, Bareknuckle Poet, SCUM, BrainDrip and more.

Tweet me at @awtsn or email a.watson@griffith.edu.au