Dr Christopher Ambrey

Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
c.ambrey@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69687

Overview

Chris’ research epitomises a fondness for embedded, theoretically informed, transdisciplinary and solution-oriented research. Throughout his research he brings to bear research expertise in advanced econometrics, data management and analysis to advance change which improves the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. In particular, Chris’ research involves working with large linked administrative data. Chris has experience with evaluation, economic analysis and stakeholder engagement. A self-described reflexive ‘economist with a conscience’, his research increasingly reflects a cognisance of the many and varied forms of injustice.

Chris aims to harness social science research to provide a much needed evidence to guide the allocation of public and private resources to where they can do the most good and have the largest positive impact on people’s lives. In practical terms, Chris' research aims to achieve this through the intimate co-creation of research questions with ongoing feedback from the government and the sector; coupled with the dissemination of research findings in a supportive and engaged manner which lends itself to implementation and meaningful socially significant change.

Chris’ PhD thesis investigated the influence of the environment on life satisfaction, for which he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for outstanding Excellence in the Doctor of Philosophy.

Research Interests

  • Social Policy
  • Social Justice
  • The Economics of Happiness
  • Environmental Policy
  • Ecological Economics

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Economics, Griffith University

Publications

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Grants

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Available Projects

  • This project will extend on research being undertaken for St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland. Charities perform a range of activities, including but not limited to, social services, economic, social and community development, emergency relief, housing activities, employment and training, income support and maintenance. This research project will provide much needed practical evidence on the on how such activities can improve people's lives. The project will involve the application of statistical techniques to large administrative datasets and will address the following questions:

    1. Who are the people that currently use social welfare services?
    2. What are the reasons people use social welfare services? (i.e. including being poor, what are the proximal and higher order causes that underpin the social welfare service usage?)
    3. What are the pathways that lead people to use social welfare services? While acknowledging that there is a diverse range of experiences, can some typologies be discovered from the data?
    4. Are there key points of intervention where these pathways to the use of social welfare services may be disrupted? If so, how can these pathways to the use of social welfare services be altered to improve outcomes?
    5. Are social welfare services effective? If effective, how effective are social welfare services? Also, if effective, how effective are the social welfare services compared to each other? Further, do the answers to these questions depend on certain conditions (e.g. certain moderators and/or mediators)?
    6. What practical solutions can be undertaken to improve people’s lives? And how can these activities be stimulated and encouraged?

    The ideal candidate for this research project would have a strong desire to engage with the Society, government and the sector; and to do excellent quality research that is useful for making a meaningful difference to people’s lives.

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Ulichny, Jennifer, Ambrey, Christopher L. and Fleming, Christopher M. (2015). Social connectedness and the declining life satisfaction of Australian females. In Susanne Moore (Ed.), Contemporary global perspectives on gender economics (pp. 188-211) Hershey, PA, United States: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8611-3

Journal Article

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This project will extend on research being undertaken for St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland. Charities perform a range of activities, including but not limited to, social services, economic, social and community development, emergency relief, housing activities, employment and training, income support and maintenance. This research project will provide much needed practical evidence on the on how such activities can improve people's lives. The project will involve the application of statistical techniques to large administrative datasets and will address the following questions:

    1. Who are the people that currently use social welfare services?
    2. What are the reasons people use social welfare services? (i.e. including being poor, what are the proximal and higher order causes that underpin the social welfare service usage?)
    3. What are the pathways that lead people to use social welfare services? While acknowledging that there is a diverse range of experiences, can some typologies be discovered from the data?
    4. Are there key points of intervention where these pathways to the use of social welfare services may be disrupted? If so, how can these pathways to the use of social welfare services be altered to improve outcomes?
    5. Are social welfare services effective? If effective, how effective are social welfare services? Also, if effective, how effective are the social welfare services compared to each other? Further, do the answers to these questions depend on certain conditions (e.g. certain moderators and/or mediators)?
    6. What practical solutions can be undertaken to improve people’s lives? And how can these activities be stimulated and encouraged?

    The ideal candidate for this research project would have a strong desire to engage with the Society, government and the sector; and to do excellent quality research that is useful for making a meaningful difference to people’s lives.