Researcher biography

Mark Western is Director of the Institute for Social Science Research and 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 an International Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life course 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 the Leeds Social Sciences Institute. In recent years Mark Western's external appointments include:

Chair of the Education and Human Society Research Evaluation Committee, ERA 2012

Deputy Chair of the Social Science Assessment Committee Engagment and Impact Assessment, 2018

Deputy Chair of the National Review of the Australian Research Training System for the Australian Council of Learned Academies

Member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Australian Census Longitudinal Data set for the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Member of the Advisory Group to the Academy of Humanities Project, Mapping International Research Infrastructures for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

He has edited and authored 7 books, and over 100 book chapters, journal articles and commissioned reports and held research grants and contracts worth approximately $120 million.