Nicholas Harrigan


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Dr Nicholas Harrigan is Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

His major areas of research include social networks; low wage migrant workers in Australia and Asia; the politics of business elites; participatory research; and the political economy of Singapore.

His research on low-wage migrant workers focuses on the social determinants of health, and the effect of social and economic policies on working conditions.

His research on social networks, with a focus on the statistical modelling of avoidance and conflict.

He is also a senior volunteer and a coordinator of the research subcommittee of the Singaporean migrant worker NGO Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2).

Before joining Macquarie University, he was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Singapore Management University (2008-2017), postdoctoral researcher in Sociology at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford, and completed a PhD in Politics at the Australian National University. 

His work has been published in leading journals such the British Journal of Sociology (twice) and Social Networks (three times).

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Outputs 2007 2018

Reflections on migrant and refugee health in Malaysia and the ASEAN region

Pocock, N. S., Suphanchaimat, R., Chan, C. K., Faller, E. M., Harrigan, N., Pillai, V. & Wickramage, K., 24 Apr 2018, In : BMC Proceedings. 12, Suppl. 4, p. 1-5 5 p., 4.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Social Determinants of Health
Delivery of Health Care

Avoidance in negative ties: Inhibiting closure, reciprocity, and homophily

Harrigan, N. & Yap, J., 1 Jan 2017, In : Social Networks. 48, p. 126-141 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Labour protection for the vulnerable: an evaluation of the salary and injury claims system for migrant workers in Singapore

Fillinger, T., Harrigan, N., Chok, S., Amirrudin, A., Meyer, P., Rajah, M. & Fordyce, D., 29 Jun 2017, Singapore: Transient Workers Count Too. 104 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

Open Access
migrant worker
political action

Threat of deportation as proximal social determinant of mental health amongst migrant workers

Harrigan, N. M., Koh, C. Y. & Amirrudin, A., 1 Jun 2017, In : Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 19, 3, p. 511-522 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Social Determinants of Health
Mental Health

Activities 2017 2018

  • 5 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial work

Opening Keynote: Scaled, Participatory, and Public Qualitative Research: A framework for citizen social science

Nicholas Harrigan (Speaker)
10 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Bridging the Divide between Universities and NGOs: Achieving successful research collaborations around social justice issues

Nicholas Harrigan (Speaker)
9 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Political developments in Singapore

Nicholas Harrigan (Speaker)
17 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Face-to-face grading in the social sciences: Motivations, methods, and techniques of addressing potential limitations

Nicholas Harrigan (Speaker)
15 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) Research Subcommittee: Plans for 2018/19

Nicholas Harrigan (Speaker)
18 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk