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Professor Gregory Marston

Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work


Professor Gregory Marston
Professor of Social Policy
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Social Work, Policy and Administration, Sociology
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PhD (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member of ARC College of Experts, Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences. Member of International Sociological Association RC 19 Social Policy and Poverty. Member of Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. Member of International Editorial Board – Journal of Social Policy. Member of Australian Social Policy Association Management Committee.


Australian welfare state, comparative welfare studies, income security, policy implementation, poverty, social housing, social inequality, social theory, unemployment

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Marston has an extensive record in undertaking applied social policy research. He has led a number of Australian Research Council grants into long-term unemployment, disability and employment services and household debt and the fringe lending industry in Australia. Professor Marston has held academic positions at The University of Queensland and RMIT University. He has also been a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Public Policy, The University of Melbourne and the Department of Sociology, University of Lund, Sweden. Prior to entering academia Greg worked in various research and policy positions in national and state community service organisations. He started his professional career as a youth worker in the early 1990s, before working in policy and community development roles for a variety of non-profit community organisations. Greg’s main research interests are the impact of various social and economic policies on ordinary Australians, comparative social policy, contemporary social theory, the organisational dimensions of human service practice and the role of social policy in transitioning to a low-carbon society. He has recently co-authored a book about  living on a low-income in Australia (Allen and Unwin, 2011), a co-edited book on the implementation of welfare-to-work in a variety of countries (Georgetown University Press, 2013) and another on who benefits from the Australian welfare state (Palgrave, 2013)

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Greg undertakes research for government and community groups in a range of areas. Some of his recent research reports include: Research Reports Banks, M. Marston, G. Russell, R. and Karger, H. (2012) Caught Short: Exploring the role of small short-term loans in the lives of Australians. Marston, G. and Shevellar, L. (2010) Using Fringe Lenders in Queensland: Report of A Pilot Study, Social Policy Unit, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. Henman, P. Melville, R. Malcom, F. and Marston, G. (2007) A data framework to assess the impact of the Federal Government’s welfare reforms in Queensland, Social Policy Unit, The University of Queensland [contract research funded by Department of Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government). Jones, A. Reddel, T. Mcauliffe, D. and Marston, G. (2004) Sustainable tenancies in public housing, Queensland Department of Housing, Brisbane. Marston, G. and Lackner, S. (2003) System Error: Centrelink breaching patterns and Job Network Participation Reports, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University, Melbourne. Marston, G. (2003) Temporary Protection, Permanent Uncertainty: The experience of refugees living on temporary protection visas, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University, Melbourne. Marston, G. Morgan, L. and Murphy, J. (2003) Human Service Gaps at the Interface between Urban and Rural, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University: Melbourne. Marston, G. McDonald, C. and Zetlin, D. (2000) Community Services in Queensland: An Environmental Scan, Queensland Government, Brisbane.

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