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Dr Mariann Martsin
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Psychology, Cultural Studies, History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Bath)

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  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

life-course transitions, identity development, culture and migration, qualitative research

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Martsin holds a PhD from University of Bath (UK) where she was a member of the Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research (CSAT). After completing her doctorate studies in 2009 she joined Cardiff University (UK) and worked as a qualitative researcher in the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). Mariann joined QUT as a Lecturer in 2013.
Research interests:
As a developmental and cultural psychologist, Mariann draws upon socio-cultural theories and social semiotics to explore human meaning-making and identity processes in adulthood. In particular, she is interested in examining:

  • Life-course transitions in adulthood, especially in emerging and young adulthood
  • Women’s and men’s transitions into parenthood and related career and relationship transitions
  • Higher education transitions and professional identity development
  • Culture, migration and mobile families
  • Mobile and visual methods and multimodal analysis techniques in qualitative research

Potential research projects for HDR, Masters and Honours students:

Transition into parenthood:

  • Returning to work after transition into motherhood: What are the rewards and challenges for new mothers returning to workforce? What is the cost of part-time work on new mothers’ careers? How can organizations support new mother’ in their transition back into workforce?
  • Working mums and stay-at-home dads: How do men navigate their changing roles and commitments at home and at work after becoming fathers? How do men experience their partners’ return to work after their maternity leave? What are the opportunities for men to temporarily exit the workforce due to family commitments? How do men experience these transitions?
  • Temporary migration and family planning: How do families who temporarily reside in Australia make decisions about family planning? How do they imagine their futures in relation to their planned new families in Australia and existing families in their home country?

Higher education transitions and professional identity development:

  • Professional identity development in ambiguous professions: How do emerging health professionals develop their professional identity during university studies? What resources do university students use to imagine their future professions and construct their professional identities? How does the entrance into workforce shape the professional identity of health professionals?
  • University transitions and cultural resources: How do students use cultural resources, such as music or social media to support their transition into and through university studies?
This information has been contributed by Dr Mariann Martsin.


Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology):

  • PYB203 Developmental Psychology (Unit Coordinator)
  • PYB358 Advanced Developmental Psychology (Unit Coordinator)
  • PYB100 Foundation Psychology (Guest Lecturer: Social Development)
  • PYB110 Psychological Research Methods (Guest Lecturer: Introduction to Qualitative Research)
  • PYB210 Research Methods, Design and Analysis (Guest Lecturer: Qualitative Research Designs and Methods)
  • PYB350 Advanced Statistical Analysis (Guest Lecturer: Approaches to Qualitative Data Analysis)

Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology):

  • PYB401 Advanced Research Methods (Guest Lecturer: Analysing Qualitative Data)
  • PYB404 Issues in Social Developmental Psychology (Unit Coordinator in 2013)

Student supervision:


  • Nick Campbell, Honours Psychology: The changing responsibilities of new fatherhood  (co-supervisor David Rodwell)
  • Samantha Archer, MSc (Educational and Developmental Psychology): Employed mothers navigating care, family and work
  • Mary Cavanagh, PhD: A phenomenological study of middle-aged white male baby boomers’ experiences of ageing (co-supervisor Dr Margo Sendall)
  • Murray Rieck, PhD: Perspectives of the life experiences held by parents of young adults with intellectual disability who share the family home: Enduring strength from a labour of love (co-supervisor Prof Jane Shakespeare-Finch)


  • Ping Ho, DPsych: Understanding the transition into adulthood for first generation Asian immigrants in Australia: Exploring the similarities and differences in the meaning of adulthood for young Asian immigrants and parents of young Asian immigrants (co-supervisor Dr Patricia Obst)
  • Tania Cusack, Masters by Research: Under the skin of narcissistic kin: A qualitative inquiry into the use of online blogs by adult children of perceived narcissists (co-supervisor Dr Areana Eivers)
  • Leah Aspinall, MSc (Clinical Psychology): Transition into and through university: The use of media to manage educational adjustment (co-supervisor Dr Areana Eivers)
  • Ivan Chang, Honours Psychology: Transition to university: Transition to university stress, use of cultural elements and subjective well-being (co-supervisor Dr Patricia Obst)
  • Julie Chong, Honours Psychology: Social media: A resource for emotional support for emerging adults transitioning through university
  • Erin Cutler, Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology: An inquiry into professional identity development and anticipated career pathways of psychology students enrolled in single and double degrees (co-supervisor Dr Areana Eivers)
  • Julie Goldsmith, MSc (Clinical Psychology): Too much and too scary? A qualitative study of the implementation of Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) in a young parent’s service (co-supervisor Joe Coyne)
  • Edmond Phon, Honours Psychology: Negotiating tensions: Views of Singaporean students enrolled in helping profession courses in Australia about success and identity
  • Stephanie White, Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology: Professional identity in psychology single and double degree students: A dialogical self perspective (co-supervisor Dr Areana Eivers)
  • Gemma Williams, MSc (Psychiatry): Suicide reporting: Media professionals’ attitudes and perspectives in the aftermath of Bridgend suicides (Cardiff University, UK; co-supervisor Karl Rice)
This information has been contributed by Dr Mariann Martsin.


Previous research appointments:

  • 2011 – 2013 Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Griffith University (Australia), Senior Research Assistant
  • 2010 – 2011 Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods, Cardiff University (UK), Researcher in Qualitative Methods
  • 2009 Wales Cancer Trials Unit, Cardiff University (UK), Research Associate
  • 2007 – 2009 Department of Education, University of Bath (UK), Research Officer

Previous industry experience:

  • 2004 – 2005 Career and Counselling Centre, Tallinn University (Estonia), Student Counsellor
  • 2002 – 2004 Fontes PMP (Estonia), Junior Consultant in Organisational Consultancy
  • 2000 – 2002 Fontes PMP (Estonia), Assistant of Recruitment & Executive Search

International collaboration:

Review experience:


  • Conference of International Society of Theoretical Psychology, Tokyo, Japan, 2017
  • Niels Bohr Lecture Series on Cultural Psychology, Aalborg, Denmark, 2017
  • Conference of International Society of Theoretical Psychology, Coventry, UK, 2015
  • Qualitative Methods Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2015
  • International Congress of International Society for Cultural and Activity Research, Sydney, Australia, 2014
  • International Conference on Dialogical Self, Athens, Greece, 2010
  • Conference of International Society of Theoretical Psychology, Nanjing, China, 2009
  • International Conference on Dialogical Self, Cambridge, UK, 2008
  • Conference of International Society of Theoretical Psychology, Toronto, Canada, 2007
This information has been contributed by Dr Mariann Martsin.


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