Dr Jack Lam

Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 67630


Jack Lam is a life course scholar who conducts research on employment, caregiving and their intersections, and as related to health and well-being. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota (US) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California (US).

His research so far examines changing dynamics at the workplace and in households and families, and their implications for inequality.

He has a particular interest in understanding and explaining how disadvantage may arise through existing institutional arrangements, and in carrying out research that could inform public and organizational policies.

Research Interests

  • Work and family
  • Aging and the life course
  • Intergenerational relationships and support
  • Health and well-being


  • PhD Sociology, University of Minnesota


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Lam, Jack, Moen, Phyllis, Lee, Shi-Rong and Buxton, Orfeu (2017). Boomer and Gen X Managers and Employees at Risk: Evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Network Study. In Beyond the Cubicle: Postindustrial Culture and the Flexible Self (pp. 51-73) New York NY United States: Oxford University Press.

  • Moen, Phyllis and Lam, Jack (2015). Retirement. In Howard Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of mental health 2nd ed. (pp. 113-114) Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier.

  • Moen, P. and Lam, J. (2015). Retirement. In Howard Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of mental health Second edition ed. (pp. 47-50) Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-397045-9.00113-0

  • Moen, Phyllis and Lam, Jack (2015). Retirement and encore adulthood: the new later life course. In James D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences 2nd ed. (pp. 592-597) Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elseiver. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.34048-X

  • Moen, Phyllis, Lam, Jack, Ammons, Samantha and Kelly, Erin L. (2015). Time work by overworked professionals: strategies in response to the stress of higher status. In Amy S. Wharton (Ed.), Working in America: continuity, conflict, and change in a new economic era 4th ed. (pp. 283-298) New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315631011

  • Moen, Phyllis, Lam, Jack and Jackson, Melanie (2014). Aging, Families, and the Gendered Life Course. In Judith Treas, Jacqueline Scot and Martin Richards. (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell companion to the sociology of families (pp. 444-463) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley and Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118374085.ch22

  • Lam, Jack and Coursolle, Kathryn (2014). Retirement, emotional well-being, and work-family conflict. In Alex C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research (pp. 5560-5563) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

  • Lam, Jack (2014). The long arm of the life course: adolescent experiences and the evaluation of job security in early adulthood. In Henrich R. Greve and Marc-David L. Seidel (Ed.), Adolescent experiences and adult work outcomes: connections and causes (pp. 127-155) Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Insight.

  • Mortimer, Jeylan, Lam, Jack and Lee, Shi-Rong (2014). Transformation, erosion or disparity in work identity? Challenges during the contemporary transition to adulthood. In Kate C. McLean and Moin Syed (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of identity development (pp. 319-336) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Mortimer, Jeylan and Lam, Jack (2013). Life Course. In Vicki Smith (Ed.), Sociology of work: an encyclopedia (pp. 1132-1134) Thousand Oaks, CA United States: SAGE Reference.

  • Moen, Phyllis, Lam, Jack and Kaduk, Anne (2012). Employees under stress: does flexibility enhance life course fit?. In Michele Antoinette Paludi (Ed.), Managing diversity in today's workplace : strategies for employees and employers (pp. 43-84) Santa Barbara CA, United States: Praeger.

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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.