Academic and Professional staff members at the ANU CSRM come from a range of disciplines including economics, econometrics, criminology, political science, psychology, public health, social policy, sociology and statistics.
Click on the links below for further information on Centre staff and visitors, including research interests and key publications.
Professor Matthew Gray
T +61 2 6125 8265
Matthew is Professor of Public Policy at The Australian National University. Previous appointments include Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies. He has published research on a wide range of social and economic policy issues and has undertaken major evaluations of government policies and programs including the family law system, income management, service delivery models and place-based interventions. From 2005 to 2010 he was responsible for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.
Research and publications: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/gray-mc
Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle
T +61 2 6125 8206
Nicholas is a quantitative social scientist, Deputy Director of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, and a Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Australian National University (ANU). He is currently Graduate Convenor for CAEPR and a member of the College's Research Committee. Between July 2011 and February 2012, Nicholas was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. He is currently working on the Indigenous Population project, funded by the Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments. He has recently completed a Research Fellowship for the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and previously held a Senior Research Officer and Assistant Director position in the Methodology Division of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Research and publications: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/biddle-ng
Dr Steven McEachern
Director and Manager, Australian Data Archives
T +61 2 6125 2200
BCom(Hons), GradDipMIS, PhD
Steve is Director and Manager of the Australian Data Archive at the Australian National University, where he is responsible for the daily operations and technical and strategic development of the data archive. He has high-level expertise in survey methodology and data archiving, and has been actively involved in development and application of survey research methodology and technologies over 15 years in the Australian university sector. Steve holds a PhD in industrial relations from Deakin University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Management Information Systems from Deakin University, and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from Monash University. He has research interests in data management and archiving, community and social attitude surveys, organisational surveys, new data collection methods including web and mobile phone survey techniques, and reproducible research methods. Steve has been involved in various professional associations in survey research and data archiving over the last 10 years, including Vice Chair of the Expert Committee of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI – http://www.ddialliance.org), teaching with the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc. (ACSPRI – http://www.acspri.org.au), and an executive role with the International Federation of Data Organisations (IFDO – http://www.ifdo.org).
Research and publications: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/mceachern-sd
Chief Executive Officer, Social Research Centre
T +61 3 9236 8500
Darren is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Social Research Centre and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). Darren’s specific interests include large-scale survey design and management, longitudinal surveys, community attitudes research, health research, policy development research and survey methodology. He is a full member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society and has QPMR (Qualified Practicing Market Researcher) accreditation. Darren is also a member of the American Association of Public Opinion the World Association of Public Opinion Research and the European Survey Research Association. Darren has played a leading role in the introduction of dual-frame telephone surveys to Australia and is a leading proponent of the Total Survey Error approach to survey research.
Executive Director (Research Strategy), Social Research Centre
T +61 3 9236 8500
Sonia is a professional research methodologist, data manager and program evaluator. Particular interests include program evaluation, data management, large scale survey design and management, crime and safety research, approaches to statistical disclosure control and service delivery assessment. Sonia holds a Bachelor of Science (Psyc) (Hons) majoring in research design and statistics, a Masters in Program Evaluation and is currently completing her doctoral studies. Sonia is a full member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society and a registered Psychologist.
Research and biography: http://www.srcentre.com.au/about-us/our-people/person/sonia-whiteley
Professor Toni Makkai
Toni Makkai is Emeritus Professor at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. She is a quantitative social scientist who has worked extensively in key policy arenas including drugs and crime, crime statistics, victimisation, aged care and regulation, politics and immigrants, and professional socialisation. She has published widely across these areas and has been involved in the collection of major datasets many of which are available through the Australian Data Archive for secondary analysis.
Research and publications: http://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/makkai-tm
Associate Professor Bruce Smyth
Associate Professor of Family Studies
T +61 2 6125 3302
Bruce is a family sociologist, with a background in psychology and research methods. He has been at the ANU for almost a decade. Previous appointments include Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies; and member of the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support. He recently completed an ARC Future Fellowship. Bruce has published widely in the area of divorce and post-separation parenting, and currently serves on the editorial boards of Family Court Review; Journal of Family Studies; Australian Journal of Family Law; and Family Law Review.
Research and publications: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/smyth-b
Principal Research Fellow
T +61 2 6125 0904
Ben is a Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research and Methods. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an economic and social researcher in Australia. Prior to joining the ANU Ben was responsible for a range of modelling projects at NATSEM including the STINMOD microsimulation model of Australia’s tax and transfer system. Ben managed several key projects including the distributional analysis of the Federal Government’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 Budgets.
Prior to joining the ANU Ben twice worked at NATSEM and has also had roles at the ABS as a methodologist and economist, The Housing Industry Association as a senior economist and the Bureau of Tourism Research as an economic forecaster. Ben has a first class honours degree in economics and is undertaking a PhD through the Crawford School of Public Policy focusing on the tax and transfer system.
Dr Naomi Priest
T +61 2 6125 4849
Naomi’s broad research interest is to integrate social and epidemiologic methods to examine and address racial-ethnic inequalities in child and youth health and development across populations and place. This includes social epidemiology and qualitative research to understand racial-ethnic differences in child health and development and explanations for observed differences, particularly the patterns, mechanisms and prospective influence of adverse early life exposures and stressors, including racial discrimination. She is also interested in development of racial/ethnic attitudes, bias, stereotypes and prejudice and ethnic-racial socialisation processes and outcomes among children from stigmatised and non-stigmatised groups. A third area of her research is focused on developing, implementing and evaluating initiatives to counter discrimination and promote diversity and inclusion.
Naomi has a PhD in population health (Melbourne) where she conducted a qualitative participatory study exploring Aboriginal perspectives of child health and wellbeing in an urban area. She also has a B App Sc hons in Occupational Therapy (University of South Australia). In 2014-15 she was a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr Mandy Truong
Dr Mandy Truong is working as a research officer on the ARC funded project “Standing up to racism and racial bullying among Australian school students”.
Dr Mandy Truong received her PhD in public health at the University of Melbourne in 2016. Her doctoral research involved a case study of organisational cultural competence in a community health setting, exploring client and staff perspectives of the impact of cultural background in health service utilisation and the utility of cultural competence organisational assessment. She completed her MPH in 2010 and has also been a practicing optometrist for over 14 years.
Her main research areas of interest are: cultural competency, racism/anti-racism, racial/ethnic health inequities, multiculturalism, intersectionality and health practitioner-patient communication.
Dr Jason L. Payne
Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Undergraduate Criminology
T +61 2 6125 2214
Jason is Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Undergraduate Criminology. He is a PhD graduate of the Australian National University (ANU). He also holds a Bachelor in Social Science (Criminology) and a Master of Public Policy (Policy Analysis). Prior to his appointment at the ANU, Dr Payne was the Research Manager of the Violent and Serious Crime Monitoring Program (VSCM) at the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). During his 12 years at the AIC, he was Principal or Co-investigator on a number of key AIC research and consultancy projects.
Research and publications: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/payne-jl
Dr Tanya Davidson
T + 6125 7839
Tanya Davidson (formerly Caldwell) undertakes research in the Centre for Gambling Research. She has worked in population health research, investigating gambling, mental health, and substance use, for more than 10 years. She is particuarly interested in the co-occurrence of these behaviours and problems and lifecourse research perspectives.
Research and publications: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/davidson-tm
Dr Sriram Shankar
T +61 2 6125 4849
Sriram has a strong background in economic theory (both micro and macro), econometrics, mathematics, statistics and computer science. His initial training was in electrical engineering and he worked for a few years as a software engineer. However, he had developed insatiable curiosity for economics and economic development and therefore he made a career switch and retrained himself in economics and econometrics. His publication record shows his versatility and ability to undertake research in a range of areas in economics. In addition to his work on production under risk and uncertainty, he is actively pursuing research in a number of topics in labour economics, development economics and applied econometrics.
Dr Shuvo Bakar
T +61 2 6125 6412
Shuvo’s research focuses on understanding complex data using hierarchical Bayesian approach. As a ‘statistician’ by training, Shuvo is a data analyst and a modeller with experience on using professional statistical tools to solve real-life data problems. He is a competent programmer and has experience in working with large databases. He developed two R packages “spTimer” and "spTDyn" for modelling high dimensional spatio-temporal data using Bayesian techniques.
Shuvo obtained his PhD from University of Southampton (UK) and moved to Australia to join as a researcher at the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He then moved to USA and started his Assistant Professorship at Yale University. He again returned to Australia and commenced as a Lecturer at the ANU Centre for Social Research Methods.
Associate Professor Robert Ackland
T +61 2 6125 6412
Robert is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods and the School of Sociology. He gained his PhD in economics from the ANU, focusing on index number theory in the context of cross-country comparisons of income and inequality. Robert has been studying online social and organisational networks since 2002 and his research has been funded by five Australian Research Council grants. His research has appeared in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Social Networks, Computational Economics, Social Science Computer Review, and the Journal of Social Structure. He leads the Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON) Lab (http://voson.anu.edu.au) which was established in 2005 with the aim of advancing the social science of the Internet by conducting research, developing research tools, and providing research training. Robert established the Social Science of the Internet specialisation in the ANU's Master of Social Research in 2008, and his book Web Social Science: Concepts, Data and Tools for Social Scientists in the Digital Age (SAGE) was published in July 2013. He created the VOSON software for hyperlink network construction and analysis, which has been publicly available since 2006 and is used by researchers worldwide.
Research and publications: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/ackland-rj
Dr Ann Nevile
Honorary Associate Professor
Ann is a social policy researcher with strong qualitative research skills. A major focus of Ann’s research is the impact of funding and performance management frameworks on third sector service delivery agencies and their clients, most recently in the area of disability employment. A second strand of Ann’s research is focused on values, in particular the values held by those with experience of poverty and how these can inform policy and implementation issues.
Associate Professor Matthew Manning
T +612 6125 3880
Matthew is an applied microeconomist who focuses predominantly on the economics of crime and enforcement. Matthew was previously a Director of Griffith University’s Social and Economic Research Program (SERP), and an economist in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University. Matthew’s research involves using economic methods for measuring outcomes associated with situational and developmental crime prevention programs and policies. Matthew also adapts economic methods for analysing complex problems for the development of better policy. Over the last ten years, Matthew has conducted a number of economic analyses (e.g. cost-benefit analysis) for government and non-government organisations. Matthew has published in areas such as juvenile justice, crime prevention (e.g. situational and developmental/life-course prevention), drug and alcohol prevention, police legitimacy and wellbeing/life satisfaction.
Research and publications: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/manning-m; comprehensive publication list available here.
Dr Royston Gustavson
T +61 2 6125 4307
Royston is seconded full-time to the Office of the Dean as the College of Arts and Social Sciences Associate Dean (Education) until 31 December 2016.
Royston joined ANU in 2003. A passionate educator, in 2009 he received the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, from 2010-2011 was Associate Dean (Education) of the ANU College of Business and Economics, and from 2010-2012 served on ANU’s 15-person governing body, the ANU Council. Since January 2012 he has been Associate Dean (Education) in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, with academic oversight of the College’s 78 degree programs and 1,483 courses.
Research and publications: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/gustavson-rr
T +61 2 6125 2355
Rob has been a Research Fellow at the Australian National University since 2010 following a long career in the Australian Public Service where he worked on many aspects of social policy including social security, employment, housing and residential care. In recognition of his work, in particular with regard to the analysis of poverty in Australia, he was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2010. His work in both the public service and at the ANU has had a strong quantitative focus. His research interests continue to range across many aspects of social policy including its relationship to the economy and its impact on well-being. This has included work on the interaction of the tax transfer system and the role of the Australian minimum wage, wealth and debt in retirement as well as income distribution and social outcomes. He has also undertaken a range of commissioned research projects for a number of Commonwealth government departments, including on the evaluation of income management.
Research and publications: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/StaffProfiles/Rob-Bray.php
T +61 2 6125 9215
Matt is a Research Fellow in the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. His research interests include economic modelling, applied econometrics, labour economics and social policy. Before joining the ANU Matt worked for the Centre for Independent Studies and a number of government agencies and universities including the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling at the University of Canberra, and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Matt has a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from Monash University with specialisations in economics and econometrics and has expertise in the development of micro-simulation models to assess the fiscal and distributional impacts of alternative tax and income support policies.
Fellow and Head of Strategic Engagement
T +61 2 6125 7455
Sue joined the ANU in 2012 to run the Social Policy program of the HC Coombs Policy Forum, based at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Prior to this, Sue was chief executive of the Resolution Foundation, a UK-based research institute focusing on the well-being of low earners. Sue also spent five years at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in London, as Associate Director and Head of Social Policy. Following this, Sue was research and policy director at Shelter, the UK's leading housing and homelessness charity. Sue has also worked as a political adviser and as a public servant in the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions. More recently, she undertook a secondment to the Department of Social Services to work on the McClure welfare review and is currently undertaking a PhD in Public Policy at the ANU.
T + 61 2 6125 1279
Prior to commencing as the Centre Manager for CSRM, Corey has worked in Research Management since 2008, most recently as Operations Coordinator for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology located within the ANU’s Research School of Biology. Corey brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of administration within the university context.
Miss Monica Glasgow
Communications and Events Coordinator
T +61 2 6125 9269
Monica graduated from the ANU in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts (Politics). Monica joined CSRM in 2017 centre's Communications and Events Coordinator. Prior to joining CSRM, Monica managed Communications and Policy Research for the Motor Trades Association of Australia. Monica's education and work experience has given her the ability to communicate complex policy and research to a wide and dynamic audience.
Sir Roland Wilson Foundation PhD Scholar
T +61 2 6125 0516
In 2012, Agnieszka was awarded the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation PhD Scholarship. Her thesis—a quantitative enquiry into the impact of welfare conditionality on youth disengaged from education, training and the labour market—seeks to understand the effectiveness of recent welfare reform initiatives in Australia. Specifically, Agnieszka is using survival analysis and government longitudinal administrative data to examine the effects of recent policy initiatives on welfare exits among different treatment and comparison groups. Before joining ANU, Agnieszka was employed by the Department of Social Services (DSS) as director of evaluations where she led a team of researchers managing major social policy evaluations. She has previously held a senior research officer position at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM). She is a fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.
Sir Roland Wilson Foundation PhD Scholar
T +61 2 6125 2396
In 2013, Talia was awarded the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation PhD Scholarship. Her thesis – children’s participation in reconciliation – is a mixed methods qualitative enquiry into how Australian primary school children are socialised about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and people. It seeks to understand the messages delivered by different socialisation agents to children and how they are interpreted from the perspective of the child. Before joining ANU, Talia was employed by the Department of Social Services (DSS) as an assistant director and has extensive experience in the development and implementation of social and community development programs and policies with a particular focus on children and families.
T +61 2 6125 5716
Margarita is a doctoral student in the department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith University, Australia. Margarita is a member of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. Margarita’s thesis applies economic methods to estimate reasons for and consequences of terrorism. In particular, Margarita is examining (1) the association between ethnic inequality and terrorism; (2) the effect of terrorism on life satisfaction; and (3) a population’s willingness-to-pay for a reduction in terrorism. Margarita’s interest lies in economic analysis of crime, public choice models and cost-benefit analysis for crime reduction programs.
T +61 2 6125 4414
Gabriel began his doctoral candidacy with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in 2013. He works in the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. His dissertation focuses on the use of multi-criteria frameworks to analyse the determinant factors of adolescent drug involvement and evaluate the drug policy preference in Hong Kong and Australia. Gabriel’s research interests include adolescent drug use, policy decision making, knowledge synthesis, economic analysis of crime prevention and efficiency in policing.
T +61 2 6125 6302
Cukkoo is a Research Assistant in the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, where she works on models of Australian Government taxes and social welfare payments. Her research interests are in the areas of quantitative public policy analysis, economic modelling and applied statistics. Prior to her current role, Cukkoo worked at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra. At NATSEM, her focus was on housing market analysis. Cukkoo has a Graduate Diploma in Statistics and Operations Research from RMIT University
Ms Eleanor Taylor-Rodgers
Senior Research Officer
T + 6125 1959
Senior Data Archivist
T +61 2 6125 0571
Janet is a Senior Data Archivist at the Australian Data Archive (ADA), with a background in systems IT, data management, GIS, and social research. Her role includes outreach and curation of research data for preservation, archiving, publication, and implementation of metadata and standards. Janet’s archive experience is focussed mainly in the social sciences and humanities, but she also gained experience with long-term ecological data while providing curation and procedural support during the establishment of the LTERN Data Portal at ANU in 2014. She is closely involved with the ANU GIS-Forum with an ongoing interest in spatial data, and provides technical liaison for ADA. Janet also has a further professional interest in archive and library sciences, data standards, and programming as used for data manipulation, preservation and retrieval.
User Services Officer
T +61 2 6125 4400
After several years working for the Department of Defence, Sharron joined the Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA) at the Australian National University (ANU), the former Australian Data Archive (ADA) as an Archive Officer in 2005. Sharron is currently the User Services Officer at ADA, where she provides user support and access. She manages the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) data for all ANU staff and students.
Sharron is the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Official Representative for the Australian National University and the National Membership Coordinator for the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc. (ACSPRI).
Dr Heather Leasor
T +61 2 6125 3859
Heather is a Data Archivist with the Australian Data Archive (ADA) at the Australian National University, where she is responsible for the curation of research data for preservation, archiving and publication. Heather holds a PhD in Bioanthropology from The Australian National University, a Masters from California State University Fullerton in Physical Anthropology and a Bachelor in Anthropology and Zoology from Miami University. Her background is in primatology, humanities and social science research, including both non-human primate studies and community social surveys. She has also managed large archaeological physical collection and data sets for a consulting company. Heather has interests in archiving and data management, social attitude surveys, new sampling and collection methods, and standards, policy and procedures for ethical collection, preservation and dissemination of data.
T +61 2 6125 2218
Sebastian is a Data Archivist in the Australian Data Archive (ADA) at the Australian National University. He holds a Master of Science degree in Statistics and a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Ljubljana. Sebastian joined the ADA in 2015 after he was awarded the Endeavour Executive Fellowship Award. Prior to his current role, he was employed by the Slovenian Social Science Data Archives and worked closely with the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia in micro-data dissemination. Sebastian is a member of the DDI Controlled Vocabularies Group and is also currently working on the European Union funded project Eurostudent as a statistician and research methodologist at the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes. He is particularly interested in survey methodology, applied statistics and data protection, as well as in higher education research.