Professor Mark Western

Director

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
m.western@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 67344

Overview

Mark Western is Director of the Institute for Social Science Research and a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life Course. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has previously worked at the Australian National University and the University of Tasmania, and held visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Manchester, where he held a Hallsworth Visiting Professorship, and the Institute of Education, London.

Mark is a sociologist whose research examines how systems of inequality and disadvantage arise and can be addressed, what matters for economic and social well-being, and how institutions like schools, families, networks and labour markets are involved in these processes. Mark also carries out research in social science methods.

Mark is an International Fellow of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, a former Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security and a former member of the ARC College of Experts. He is also a Member of Advisory Board for the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester.

In 2012 Mark chaired the Education and Human Society Research Evaluation Committee for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) national evaluation of university research quality. In 2013 he was Deputy Chair of the Steering Committee for a joint Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences project, Mapping the Humanities and Social Sciences in Australia, for the Australian Chief Scientist. In 2014, Mark represented the Academy of Social Sciences on an Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) project, Research Engagement for Australia, exploring options for metrics to measure university and industry research engagement. In 2015 Mark was Deputy Chair of the Expert Working Group undertaking the Review of the Australian Research Training System for the Australian Council of Learned Academies. Aside from Centre of Excellence funding, Mark has held research grants and government contracts worth over $20 million. He has edited and authored 6 books, and over100 book chapters, journal articles and commissioned reports.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Social inequality Gender inequality and politics and culture under neoliberalism Social mobility and social stratification Class analysis Survey research methodology Quantitative data analysis methods Political sociology Economic and social well-being Public and engaged social science

Research Interests

  • Public and engaged social science
  • Social inequality
  • Gender inequality and politics and culture under neoliberalism
  • Social mobility and social stratification
  • Class analysis
  • Survey research methodology
  • Quantitative data analysis methods
  • Political sociology
  • Economic and social well-being

Qualifications

  • Fellow, Academy Social Sciences in Australia
  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Art (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Huang, Xianbi and Western, Mark (2015). Social capital and life satisfaction in Australia. In Yaojun Li (Ed.), Handbook of research methods and applications in social capital (pp. 262-291) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9780857935854

  • Baxter, Janeen, Van Egmond, Marcel, Buchler, Sandra and Western, Mark (2014). Gender role attitudes in Australia, 1986-2005. In Alex C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (pp. 2458-2461) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5

  • Western, Mark (2014). Using quantitative data in the social sciences. In Robert J. Stimson (Ed.), Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science (pp. 150-176) Cheltenham, Glos, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9780857932976.00017

  • Baxter, Janeen, Hewitt, Belinda, Haynes, Michele and Western, Mark (2013). Pathways through the life course: The effect of relationship and parenthood transitions on domestic labour. In Ann Evans and Janeen Baxter (Ed.), Negotiating the Life Course: Stability and change in life pathways (pp. 145-160) New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-8912-0_8

  • Memmott, Paul, Greenop, Kelly, Clarke, Andrew, Go-Sam, Carroll, Birdsall-Jones, Christina, Harvey-Jones, William, Corunna, Vanessa and Western, Mark (2012). NATSISS crowding data: what does it assume and how can we challenge the orthodoxy?. In Boyd Hunter and Nicholas Biddle (Ed.), Survey Analysis for Indigenous Policy in Australia: Social Science Perspectives (pp. 241-279) Canberra, Australia: ANU E Press.

  • Western, Mark and Baxter, Janeen (2011). Class and inequality in Australia. In John Germov and Marilyn Poole (Ed.), Public sociology. An introduction to Australian society 2nd ed. (pp. 206-229) Crows Nest, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

  • McRea, Rod, Western, Mark and Shyy, Tung-Kai (2011). Subjective quality of life in Queensland: Comparing metropolitan, regional and rural areas. In Robert W. Marans and Robert J. Stimson (Ed.), Investigating quality of urban life: Theory, methods, and empirical research (pp. 295-313) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-1742-8_13

  • Western, Mark (2010). Class. In Ronald L. Jackson, II, Michael A. Hogg, Ronald C. Arnett, Jacqueline Imani Bryant, James Haywood Rolling Jr., Corey D. B. Walker, Mark Western, Danielle L. Blaylock, Stephen Hocker, Amanda G. McKendree, Celeste Grayson Seymour and Algernon Williams (Ed.), Encyclopedia of identity (pp. 86-91) Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.A.: Sage Publications.

  • Western, M. C. and Baxter, J. H. (2007). Class and Inequality in Australia. In J. Germov and M. Poole (Ed.), Public sociology: an Introduction to Australia Society (pp. 215-236) Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

  • Western, M., Baxter, J. and Chesters, J. (2007). How are families managing?. In D. Denemark, G. Meagher, S. Wilson, M. C. Western and T. Phillips (Ed.), Australian social Attitudes 2: Citzenship, Work and Aspirations (pp. 241-261) Sydney, NSW: UNSW Press.

  • Western, M. C. and Tranter, B. K. (2005). Engaged Citizens: Are Post Materialists Making a Difference?. In Shaun Wilson, Gabrielle Meagher, Rachel Gibson, David Denemark and Mark Western (Ed.), Australian Social Attitudes : The First Report (pp. 82-100) Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.

  • Gibson, Rachel, Wilson, Shanu, Meagher, Gabrielle, Denemark, David and Western, Mark (2005). Introduction. In Shaun Wilson, Gabrielle Meagher, Rachel Gibson, David Denemark and Mark Western (Ed.), Australian Social Attitudes: The First Report (pp. 1-11) Sydney, NSW, Australia: University of New South Wales Press.

  • Phillips, T. and Western, M. C. (2005). Social Change and Social Identity: Postmodernity, Reflexive modernisation and the Transformation of Social Identities in Australia. In F. Devine, M. Savage, J. Scott and R. Crompton (Ed.), Rethinking Class: Culture, Identities and Lifestyle (pp. 163-185) London: Palgrave MacMillan.

  • Western, M. C. and Baxter, J. H. (2001). Introduction. In J Baxter; M Western (Ed.), Reconfigurations of Class and Gender (pp. 1-13) Stanford: Stanford University Press.

  • Baxter, J. H. and Western, M. C. (2001). The links between paid and unpaid work: Australia and Sweden in the 1980s and 1990s. In Baxter, J. and Western, M. (Ed.), Reconfigurations of Class and Gender (pp. 81-104) Stanford: Stanford University Press.

  • Western, M. C. (2000). Competition education and class formation. In Lawrence Angus and Terri Seddon (Ed.), Beyond nostalgia: Reshaping Australian education (pp. 91-104) Melbourne: ACER Press.

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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