Despite gains in closing gender gaps in education and the labour market, gender inequality remains persistent. ISSR researchers are working closely with academic and government partners around the country and overseas to investigate social systems and mechanisms that impact gender inequalities, such as family dynamics and economic participation, and to translate our research through presentations, publications, training courses, policy advice and other outreach activities.

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Contributions to the public discourse on marriage equality

Senior Research Fellow, Dr Paco Perales, and PhD student, Alice Campbell, published a Conversation article that instigated public dialogue around the same sex marriage debate preceding the 2017 Australian plebescite. 

Revealed: who supports marriage equality in Australia – and who doesn’t, shared analysis of data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey to assess trends in the degree of support for marriage equality, and to ascertain the characteristics of those Australians who do, or don’t, support it.

Read The Conversation article

ISSR offers two types of learning opportunities within the gender field:

  • Short courses - beneficial for those analysing or interpreting data for use in policies, practices, or research
  • Research Higher Degree - a research degree, such as a Masters degree or a PhD, for those wishing to advance theoretical knowledge in matters concerning gender

Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics (MFSAS)

MFSAS training teaches professionals from government, non-government organisations and industry how to analyse and interpret data for evidence-based decision-making.

Four MFSAS training products are available:

  • Introductory ‘dealing with data’, self-guided training resources, cover the basics of data and data collection.
  • Applied ‘working with data’ courses, introduce practical techniques for data analysis to identify appropriate analyses for research questions around similarity and difference, and analysis and interpretation of results.
  • Advanced Longitudinal Data Analysis, a five-day intensive specifically designed for professionals using longitudinal data in policy development and decision making, or in research. 
  • Stata, a full course covering introductory concepts through code and graphics.

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Research Higher Degrees

Contact an ISSR research leader with a topic of your choosing, or find inspiration from our suggestions below or our list of featured projects.

  • Family structure and child wellbeing - Dr Perales
  • Family dynamics (including cohabitation, marriage, divorce, fertility, child development and relationship satisfaction) - Prof Baxter
  • Gendered consequences of life course transitions - Prof BaxterDr Perales
  • Gender inequality (including domestic labour, links between paid & unpaid work) - Prof Baxter
  • Gender role attitudes - Prof Baxter
  • Sexual identity and life outcomes in contemporary Australia - Dr Perales

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Evaluation Framework for Queensland's Reform Program on Domestic and Family Violence

We developed an overarching evaluation approach for the Queensland Government’s 10-year reform strategy for ending domestic and family violence in Queensland, as well as guidance for specific project evaluations for initiatives under the strategy. Our evaluation framework for the government included: evaluation principles to.... Read more

Respectful Relationships Program Evaluation

ISSR has been commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to undertake a longitudinal outcome and process evaluation of multiple funding initiatives aimed at preventing sexual assault through education. This project involves an outcome and process evaluation.... 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. What are the consequences.... Read more