Dr Paco Perales Perez

Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
f.perales@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69964

Overview

Dr Francisco Perales has a background in Sociology and Social Statistics. He holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from London Metropolitan University, a Masters degree in Sociology and Panel Data Analysis from the University of Essex, and a PhD in Social and Economic Research from the Institute for Social and Economic Research.

His research revolves around issues of gender, work, and families, with a particular interest in the roles of gender, skills, and occupation in creating and perpetuating gender-based inequality at home and at work. His work rests heavily on the analysis of complex survey data, especially longitudinal and panel datasets.

Recently, Dr Perales was awarded an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to undertake a project which will provide new systematic Australian evidence of social stratification by sexual orientation across a diversity of life domains, and identify mechanisms driving the associations between sexual-minority status and life outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Inequalities by gender and sexual identity
  • Families and households
  • Longitudinal and panel data analysis
  • Sociology of work and occupations
  • Subjective wellbeing
  • Life course research

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Essex
  • Master of Arts, University of Essex
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), London Metropolitan University

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • The Australian Government is committed to equality of opportunity by sexual orientation through anti-discrimination legislation, but there is an alarming scarcity of information about the extent of socio-economic disparities between heterosexual and non-heterosexual people in Australia. This DECRA aims to deliver critical policy-relevant quantitative evidence to monitor outcome gaps by sexual orientation. Using a minority stress framework and leveraging innovative survey and administrative data, its goal is to provide first-time systematic Australian evidence of social stratification by sexual orientation across a diversity of life domains, and identify mechanisms driving the associations between sexual-minority status and life outcomes.

  • This project relies on data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and Young Minds Matter (YMM) to develop our understanding of the longitudinal associations between family structure and child wellbeing, considering children's cognitive, behavioural and health outcomes. Project findings will contribute to the Australian academic literature into the consequences of changing family patterns, inform Government policies aimed at improving child wellbeing, and be of relevance to third-sector organizations providing assistance to disadvantaged families.

  • Multidisciplinary research collaborations on the intersections between gender, work and family that capitalize on new theoretical approaches, data sources and statistical methodologies are scarce in Australia and internationally. This produces fragmented understandings of these phenomena and hampers the development of efficient and effective evidence-based policy recommendations. This project facilitates dialogue and collaboration on these areas across researchers from different social science disciplines in Australia and internationally. It also contributes to bridging state-of-the-art theory and methods from different fields and disciplines into a unified approach to the study of gender, wellbeing, inequality and family dynamics in contemporary Australia.

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Publications

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

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.

  • The Australian Government is committed to equality of opportunity by sexual orientation through anti-discrimination legislation, but there is an alarming scarcity of information about the extent of socio-economic disparities between heterosexual and non-heterosexual people in Australia. This DECRA aims to deliver critical policy-relevant quantitative evidence to monitor outcome gaps by sexual orientation. Using a minority stress framework and leveraging innovative survey and administrative data, its goal is to provide first-time systematic Australian evidence of social stratification by sexual orientation across a diversity of life domains, and identify mechanisms driving the associations between sexual-minority status and life outcomes.

  • This project relies on data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and Young Minds Matter (YMM) to develop our understanding of the longitudinal associations between family structure and child wellbeing, considering children's cognitive, behavioural and health outcomes. Project findings will contribute to the Australian academic literature into the consequences of changing family patterns, inform Government policies aimed at improving child wellbeing, and be of relevance to third-sector organizations providing assistance to disadvantaged families.

  • Multidisciplinary research collaborations on the intersections between gender, work and family that capitalize on new theoretical approaches, data sources and statistical methodologies are scarce in Australia and internationally. This produces fragmented understandings of these phenomena and hampers the development of efficient and effective evidence-based policy recommendations. This project facilitates dialogue and collaboration on these areas across researchers from different social science disciplines in Australia and internationally. It also contributes to bridging state-of-the-art theory and methods from different fields and disciplines into a unified approach to the study of gender, wellbeing, inequality and family dynamics in contemporary Australia.