Dynamics and wellbeing over the life course

Families are an integral component of social life and are fundamental to the distribution of social and economic resources within and across generations.

Research in this cluster examines changes in pathways through the life course including the emergence of new patterns of family formation and dissolution, new forms of relationships and partnering, changing patterns of fertility and childrearing and the consequences of these trends for inequality and the wellbeing of men, women and children.

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

Learning catalysts: Improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged children

The Learning Catalysts project investigates factors associated with educational success based on a study of 34,000 disadvantaged young people and their families. The project aims to examine the circumstances of disadvantaged young people and their families, identify factors contributing to improved... Read more

Parental engagement: developing effective strategies for schools to engage the disengaged

This project will examine the prevalence of positive parental and community engagement with State schools in Queensland and develop models and strategies to improve school engagement. While previous research has shown that parental and community engagement with schools and student learning... Read more

Housing Transitions and Fertility

Housing transitions - such as changes in housing tenure and residential mobility - are the outcomes of complex history of other life-course events such as union formation and dissolution, birth of children, and changes in employment. Research on the effect of family events on housing changes is... 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... Read more

Multi-Site Trials of Third Party Policing: Project ABILITY

Project ABILITY is an initiative of the Queensland Police Service, with programmatic funding through the National Drug Strategy Law Enforcement Funding Committee (NDSLEFC), the Queensland Police Service Drug and Alcohol Unit as well as The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and... Read more

The Impact of the Place of Living on Social Participation & Well-Being in Older Age

The impact of the place of living on social participation and well-being in older age: Australia in a cross-national perspective. Explore the links between place of living, social participation and well-being at older age using data from large-scale panel surveys covering Australia and a range... Read more

Concentrations of Social Disadvantage

This project focuses on the role of housing, housing policies and programs in how we understand, and where appropriate, address the challenges presented by spatial concentrations of disadvantage. This project will: 1. Seek to identify the ways in which social disadvantage has been conceptualised... Read more

Dad and Partner Pay Evaluation

The project is an evaluation of the Australian Government’s Dad and Partner Pay (DaPP) scheme. DaPP aims to create new opportunities for fathers and partners to bond with their newborn child, and allow them to take a larger share of caring responsibilities for their newborn children. The... 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.... Read more

Social Networks & Health & Wellbeing

Social science and social policy increasingly recognise that people’s family, friendship and other networks matter for their health and well-being. But it remains unclear why networks are important and what kinds of positive and negative effects they might have. Research has also been... Read more

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