Cluster Convenor

  • Dr Leah Ruppanner
    Dr Leah Ruppanner, Senior Lecturer in Sociology

    Dr Leah Ruppanner is currently a 2015 ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Recipient ($372,000). Dr. Ruppanner researches work and family issues with particular focus on the impact of macro-structural gender equality and public policy. Her research is published in a range of top tier sociology journals including Social Forces, Social Science Research, For links to my publications and an up-to-date CV, please visit my page at

Academic members

  • Dr Andrea Carson, Lecturer in Media and Politics

    Dr Andrea Carson is a lecturer in Media and Politics at the University of Melbourne. She is also an honorary fellow at the University's Centre for Advancing Journalism. Her research interests are newspapers and the business model of print journalism; journalism studies; media ownership and regulation; media effects and political agenda setting; investigative journalism; media theory; political communication; elections and election reporting.

  • Dr. Ashley Barnwell

    Dr Ashley Barnwell, Ashworth Lecturer in Sociology

    Ashley’s research focuses on memory, emotion, cultural transmission, and family storytelling. She is currently working on a project about intergenerational family secrets in postcolonial Australia. Ashley also writes on life narrative, the sociology of literature, and theories of affect and emotion, and is currently co-authoring a book, Reckoning with the Past: Family Historiographies in Postcolonial Australian Literature, to be published by Routledge.

  • Dr. Barbara Barbosa Neves

    Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves, Lecturer in Sociology

    Barbara studies the relationship between social and digital inclusion in a life course perspective. She has examined social capital and Internet usage across different age groups, as well as the impact of use and non-use of digital technologies in young and late adulthood. Recently, Barbara has been investigating the ways in which digital technologies can help enhance social connectedness and well-being among institutionalized older adults (65+).

  • Associate Professor Belinda Hewitt

    Assoc. Professor Belinda Hewitt, Associate Professor in Sociology and Social Policy

    Belinda’s research investigates gender differences in the experiences of family, work and health over the life course, such as the impact of paid parental leave for mothers, paid and unpaid labour in households, and the causes and consequences of family life course transitions (i.e. relationship formation and dissolution, birth of children) for individuals.

  • Dr Fiona Haines, Professor of Criminology

    Fiona Haines is Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Adjunct Professor at the Regulatory Institutions Network at ANU and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia. Her research, which encompasses work on industrial disasters, grievances and multinational enterprises centres on white collar and corporate crime, globalisation and regulation.

    She is an internationally renowned expert in the area of regulation and compliance with published work in the area ranging from occupational health & safety and financial fraud to the impact of criminalisation of cartel conduct and most recently the challenges for regulation in the transformation of the National Electricity Market with the introduction of household solar PV and the capacity of new governance to resolve issues of human rights violations associated with the activities of multinational corporations.

    Her recent books include The Paradox of Regulation: what regulation can achieve and what it cannot (Edward Elgar, 2011) and Regulatory Transformations: Rethinking Economy Society Interactions (Hart Publishing), 2015, co-edited with Bettina Lange and Dania Thomas. Her major current research projects include an analysis of how to hold multinational corporations accountable for human right's abuse, the social impact of coals seam gas exploration and rethinking regulation in an ecologically constrained world.

  • Dr. Irma Mooi-Reci

    Dr Irma Mooi-Reci, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy

    Irma’s research agenda encompasses three main areas: (1) the socioeconomic consequences of disruptive events such as unemployment, joblessness and casual employment; (2) the intergenerational consequences of joblessness; (3) application and innovation of quantitative methods for panel data. Her work has appeared in various outlets including Human Relations, Social Science Research, European Sociological Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations and Social Forces. Irma has held various visiting positions including positions at the University of Madison Wisconsin over the period between 2010 and 2012 and at University of Oxford in 2017. Over her career she has directed Master Programs and taught various courses at undergraduate, graduate and PhD level on both quantitative as well as substantive topics.

  • Professor Lyn Craig

    Professor Lyn Craig, Professor/ARC Future Fellow Sociology and Social Policy

    Lyn researches the contemporary family, work and social change, with emphasis on gender equity and time demands of employment, family care and social reproduction; intersections between the family and the economy; life course transitions; inclusion, youth, population ageing and generational equity; and comparative family and social policy. Lyn’s primary methodology is time use analysis.

  • Dr. Marcus Banks

    Dr Marcus Banks, Honorary Fellow (pending acceptance of application)

    Marcus Banks is a Senior Research Fellow in the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre. His current project investigates how the increasing social and economic risks faced by people with low or insecure incomes present new challenges for governments, communities and households. He is the lead author of ‘Caught Short’, an Australian Research Council funded report detailing the experiences of low-income Australians who borrow small “payday’’ loans. His research interests encompass the political economy of welfare, the socio-economics of consumer credit, social microfinance, gender segmented labour markets and the sociology of money.

  • Dr. Rennie Lee

    Dr Rennie Lee, Lecturer in Sociology

    Rennie Lee is interested in the integration of immigrants and their children across several host countries. Her work examines several dimensions of immigrant integration such as educational attainment, language use, marital patterns, and health.

  • Dr. Signe Ravn

    Dr Signe Ravn, Sociology Lecturer

    Signe Ravn’s research centres on the sociology of youth with a particular focus on drug use, youth cultures, vulnerable youth, processes of marginalisation and youth transitions to adulthood. She also has a keen interest in qualitative research methodology, in particular the use of visual and other creative methods.

  • Professor Simon Biggs, Professor in Social Policy and Gerontology

    Simon has worked as a Community Psychologist and for the UK Social Work Council before joining Keele University, becoming Professor of Social Gerontology in 2000. From 2004- 2010 he was Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London UK. From 2008 to 2014 has been a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing Societies. He is currently an Advisory Board member of the Danish National Social Research Institute.

    In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Science. His Interests include the relationship between social identity and adult ageing, including the analysis of international and national social policy and the changing adult life-course. His PhD is in Psychology, from Birkbeck College , London. He has published widely including the book, ‘Generational Intelligence’ with Lowenstein in 2011. His Latest book: ‘Negotiating Ageing: narratives for a long life’ will be published by Routledge in 2017.