It's cheaper to give someone housing than to keep them homeless

04 May 2017

Brisbane Common Ground (BCG) is a model of permanent supportive housing designed as a solution to chronic homelessness. Established as part of the 2008 national agenda to reduce the incidence of homelessness, BCG consists of 146 self-contained units with onsite social and clinical support services. In this seminar, we present evidence from a two-year multi-... read more

Career guidance, school experiences and university participation of equity students

15 December 2016

University participation is a strong predictor of labour market success, personal health and wellbeing, and positive familial and social outcomes. However, in contemporary Australia there remain large differences in university participation rates between young people from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. This presentation discusses the results from a... read more

Seminar - Spatially Integrated Humanities and Social Science Research Using GIS Technologies

13 September 2016

Research in humanities and social sciences is undergoing a dramatic shift in the era of big data towards processing and analysing increasingly large scale diverse data in both spatial and computational contexts. The rapidly expanding applications of geographic information system (GIS) is a direct response to this shift. In this seminar, three case studies will... read more

Seminar - Intergenerational Effects of Military Service

25 August 2016

The psychological effects of military service on war veterans have been documented extensively, but much less is known about how it affects the long-term mental health of their families, especially their children. This is a significant shortcoming in light of the large-scale and ongoing deployment of military personnel from the US and its allies since the... read more

Indigenous Homes, People and Places

23 June 2016

Legal, financial and social processes for realising Indigenous connection to country Indigenous Australians face barriers to maintaining and re-establishing connections to land, which is core to their identity and well-being.  Three speakers will discuss these connections at this seminar: Facilitating Indigenous home ownership through data-... read more

Dynamics of parental work hours, job insecurity, and child wellbeing during middle childhood in Australian dual-income families

03 June 2016

This study examines the relationship between parental employment characteristics and child well-being during middle childhood in dual-earner families. Parental employment provides important resources for children’s wellbeing, but may also create time pressure and introduce stress into the child’s environment. Moreover, there may be gender... read more

Understanding Class

19 May 2016

This talk proposes a new way of integrating Marxist, Weberian, and Durkheimian approaches to class analysis. All three of these strands of theory and research attempt to identify central lines of cleavage within economic systems that define people with common economic interests in potential conflict with others; but they differ in how they specify the causal... read more

How Distance to a Non-residential Parent Relates to Child Outcomes

05 May 2016

Believing it is in the best interest of children, family courts worldwide now encourage joint physical as well as legal custody following separation/divorce. As contact with the non-residential parent is more likely the closer that parent lives, Astrid Rasmussen and I use register data from Denmark to analyze how educational and behavioral outcomes of children... read more

The consequences of paternal imprisonment for children and their caregivers

28 April 2016

After a sustained twenty-year rise in Australian imprisonment rates, 1 in 20 children (1 in 5 Indigenous children) are now estimated to experience the imprisonment of their mother or father. Parental incarceration is known to be associated with severe and long-lasting harms to children, including emotional suffering, mental health problems,... read more

Decolonising Methodologies in Researching Civic Action with Aboriginal Australian Young Children

07 April 2016

Researching young children can and often is a colonising practice, through unequal power structures with adults determining what, how and who are researched, often subjectifying and oversimplifying children for adult knowledge gain. Scientific research has a legacy of tyranny for colonised peoples across the globe. Aboriginal children have been part of the... read more

Sustainability and Welfare

22 March 2016

Sean Innis will give a short presentation on the sustainability of Australia’s welfare system. Traditional perspectives on sustainability focus strongly in the changing cost of the system over time.  While important, this is not the only lens by which sustainability should be assessed. Sean’s presentation will examine eight dimensions which... read more

Using data linkage to study health and social outcomes for ex-prisoners: Challenges and opportunities

10 March 2016

Australia’s prison population is growing at a rate well in excess of population growth. The majority of those released from prison return to custody and a disproportionate number die from preventable causes such as drug overdose, suicide and injury. Improving health outcomes for ex-prisoners is important for human rights, public health, public safety and... read more

The Impact of Breastfeeding on Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Development at Age Three

11 February 2016

The Growing Up in Ireland cohort Seminar with Lisa-Christine Girard, a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at University College Dublin The rates of breastfeeding in the first 48 hours postpartum in Ireland are among the lowest across all European countries, reported by the National Perinatal statistics between 36% and 45%. This raises... read more

Young children’s civic agency and capabilities

25 November 2015

Young children are typically understood as existing in a self-indulgent world of play, with little to no understanding of how to negotiate co-existence with others, that is, citizenship. Civic education tends to be designed for upper primary school aged children and is largely focused on the maintenance of social and political institutions and the social... read more

Persistence and fadeout in the impacts of child and adolescent interventions

02 November 2015

When interventions target cognitive skills or behaviors, capacities or beliefs, promising impacts at the end of the programs often disappear quickly. Our paper seeks to identify the key features of interventions, as well as the characteristics and environments of the children and adolescents who participate in them, that can be expected to sustain persistently... read more