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ISSR’s Dr Francisco (Paco) Perales was recently awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) grant.

Dr Perales will receive funding of $370,000 for a three-year project to evaluate the extent of socio-economic disparities between individuals of different sexual orientations and identify the mechanisms driving this social stratification.

His project is titled "Sexual orientation and life chances in contemporary Australia", and will involve analysis of administrative and survey data to deliver policy-relevant evidence to monitor differences in life outcomes by sexual identity.

Speaking about the timeliness of the project, Dr Perales stated that “unlike for other disadvantaged groups, we have very little Australian evidence that can assist with monitoring progress in closing outcome gaps between heterosexual and non-heterosexual people. With this project, my goal is to provide this much-needed information.”

Much of Dr Perales’ research focuses on social issues such as persistent disadvantage and family dynamics. To date his research has been acknowledged and applied in a number of policy contexts, ultimately helping to advance solutions to deep persistent disadvantage in Australia.

Dr Perales was also recently awarded an Early Career Researcher award from The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) for his outstanding research on the factors which influence intergenerational disadvantage throughout Australia.

The DECRA recognises promising early career researchers and promotes enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways. These coveted fellowships are highly competitive, with only 200 grants awarded from more than 1200 applications this year.

Date: 
05 December 2016