Dynamics and wellbeing over the life course

Families are an integral component of social life and are fundamental to the distribution of social and economic resources within and across generations.

Research in this cluster examines changes in pathways through the life course including the emergence of new patterns of family formation and dissolution, new forms of relationships and partnering, changing patterns of fertility and childrearing and the consequences of these trends for inequality and the wellbeing of men, women and children.

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

Dad and Partner Pay Evaluation

The project is an evaluation of the Australian Government’s Dad and Partner Pay (DaPP) scheme. DaPP aims to create new opportunities for fathers and partners to bond with their newborn child, and allow them to take a larger share of caring responsibilities for their newborn children. The... Read more

For Better or For Worse? Understanding the Revolution in Married Life in Australia

Marriage has traditionally been viewed as the bedrock institution of society. But recent evidence suggests that marriage patterns have been transformed. People are marrying less, and those who do are  marrying later, separating more, and often marrying after cohabiting and having children.... Read more

Social Networks & Health & Wellbeing

Social science and social policy increasingly recognise that people’s family, friendship and other networks matter for their health and well-being. But it remains unclear why networks are important and what kinds of positive and negative effects they might have. Research has also been... Read more

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