Dr Zoe Staines

Senior Research Fellow, ARC

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 51070


Zoe Staines is a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Social Science, University of Queensland. She previously held research and policy positions in the Queensland public sector and, most recently, in the not-for-profit sector, as a Senior Policy Officer and Manager of Research. Since completing her PhD in criminology, she has published in the areas of policing, social policy, welfare conditionality, and rural/remote crime and governance. She was recently awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) (2020–2023) to further her work into remote community experiences of social policy and crime, and is also an Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Qld. UT


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Book Chapter

  • Peterie, Michelle, Marston, Greg, Humpage, Louise, Mendes, Philip, Bielefeld, Shelley and Staines, Zoe (2022). Subjectification, suffering and emotional resistance: life on the Cashless Debit Card. Social suffering in the neoliberal age: state power, logics and resistance. (pp. 149-165) edited by Karen Soldatic and Louise St Guillaume. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Marston, Greg and Staines, Zoe (2021). Losing sight: social security policy in Australia. Social policy in Australia: understanding for action. (pp. 214-237) edited by Alison McLelland, Paul Smyth and Greg Marston. Docklands, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Marston, Greg and Staines, Zoe (2019). Social policy. Australian politics and policy. (pp. 547-559) edited by Chen, Peter, Barry, Nicholas, Butcher, John, Clune, David, Cook, Ian, Garnier, Adele, Haigh, Yvonne, Motta, Sara and Taflaga, Marija. Sydney, NSW Australia: Sydney University Press.

  • Marston, Greg and Staines, Zoe (2019). Social policy. Australian politics and policy. (pp. 687-706) edited by Peter Chen, Nicholas Barry, John Butcher, David Clune, Ian Cook, Adele Garnier, Yvonne Haigh, Sara C. Motta and Marija Taflaga. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press. doi: 10.30722/sup.9781743326671

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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