AS DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH I LEAD MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAMS OF TALENTED RESEARCHERS AND AIM TO PROVIDE A RICH TRAINING ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR PHD STUDENTS.

WE INVESTIGATE IMPORTANT SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS AND EVALUATE AND ANALYSE POLICIES AND PROGRAMS FOR OUR PARTNERS AND CLIENTS IN GOVERNMENT, INDUSTRY AND THE COMMUNITY SECTOR. OUR RESEARCH AIMS TO PROVIDE A STRONG EVIDENCE-BASE FOR EFFECTIVE DECISION MAKING AND TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO GLOBAL AND LOCAL CHALLENGES.

ISSR Director

Mark Western is Director of the Institute for Social Science Research and a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life Course. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has previously worked at the Australian National University and the University of Tasmania, and held visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Manchester, and the Institute of Education, London.

Mark is a sociologist whose research examines how systems of inequality and disadvantage arise and can be addressed, what matters for economic and social well-being, and how institutions like schools, families, networks and labour markets are involved in these processes. Mark also carries out research in social science methods.

Mark is an International Fellow of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, and a former Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. Mark is also a Board Member of the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester and a former member of the ARC College of Experts.

In recent years Mark has served on a number of committees and working groups that have contributed to the national research environment. His recent activities include:

  • Chair, Education and Human Society Research Evaluation Committee for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012
  • Deputy Chair, Steering Committee for a joint Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences project, Mapping the Humanities and Social Sciences in Australia, for the Australian Chief Scientist. 2013
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia representative on the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) project, Research Engagement for Australia, exploring options for metrics to measure university and industry research engagement. 2014
  • Deputy Chair of the Expert Working Group undertaking the Review of the Australian Research Training System for the Australian Council of Learned Academies. 2015-2016.

Aside from Centre of Excellence funding, Mark has held research grants and government contracts worth over $20 million. He has edited and authored 7 books, and over 100 book chapters, journal articles and commissioned reports.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Social stratification and inequality
  • Survey research methodology
  • Quantitative data analysis methods
  • Political sociology
  • Economic and social well-being
  • Social networks
  • Public and engaged social science

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Position: 

Institute Director

Qualifications: 
  • BA (Hons)
  • PhD