A/PROF Dan Woodman

A/PROF Dan Woodman


  • Youth and Young Adulthood, Generations, Social Change, Work



  • Dr Dan Woodman is TR Ashworth Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences and Assistant Dean (Advancement and Engagement) in the Faculty of Arts. He was previously a Research Fellow in the Research School of Social Science at the Australian National University (2009-2011) and a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Youth Research Centre (2005-2009). Prior to his academic career Dan spent a number of years as an intellectual disability support worker and did a short stint in the Victorian Public Service.
    Dan’s primary research area is the sociology of youth, young adulthood, and generations and he uses this focus to also contribute to the sociology of work, and to sociological theory. His writing conceptualizing generational change and the new social conditions impacting on young adults is internationally recognized.
    Dan is the current  President of the The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and was the founding convener of the Sociology of Youth Thematic Group within the Association. He is also Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Youth (RC34) within the International Sociological Association (ISA). He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Youth Studies and on the Boards of the Journal of Sociology, Journal of Applied Youth Studies and Youth and Globalization . He is the Founding Chair of Social Sciences Week, Australia and Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the upcoming 20th World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne 2022.
    His current research activity is focused on the Life-Patterns Project (he is a Chief Investigator with Prof. Johanna Wyn and others in the Graduate School of Education). Life Patterns is a 25-year and ongoing longitudinal study following approximately 1000 Australians from the end of secondary school into middle age. In particular he   


Member of

  • International Sociological Association (RC 34 Sociology of Youth Vice President). Research Committee 34: Sociology of Youth - General member 2008 -
  • The Australian Sociological Association ( President). General member 2006 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010

Awards and honors

  • Award for Best Paper in the Journal of Sociology 2011-2-12 (for 'Changing Times, Changing Perspectives'), The Australian Sociological Association, 2012
  • Award for Doctoral Research 2011 (for best PhD thesis in field of education or higher education), Australian Association for Research in Education, 2011
  • Research Committee on the Sociology of Youths 2nd Worldwide Prize for Junior Scholars (early-career researchers) in Youth Sociology, International Sociological Association - RC 34 Research Committee on the Sociology of Youth, 2010


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am currently interested in supervising topics relating to:
    • Youth and young adulthood
    • Generations
    • Sociology of time
    • Sociological theory
    • Youth policy

    Current Supervisions
    • Maja Moensted
    • Danielle Nockolds
    • Thembelihle Ndebele
    • Melinda Herron
    • Mitchell Taylor