Current ARC-funded research projects:
Australian Welfare Policy: 1950-2007, ARC Discovery, 2019-2021, sole CI
br/> Fatherhood: An Australian history, 1919-2019, ARC Discovery through Monash University, with Al Thomson, Kate Murphy and Mike Roper
br/> Previous grants: Evatt: a Biography, ARC Discovery, 2012-2014
br/> • ARC Linkage grant (2007-10): "The face of the poor: a history of poverty through the eyes of the St Vincent de Paul Society." This PhD project investigated a unique collection of minute books of parish level groups of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria over the 20th century, to write a social history of poverty and contribute to understanding how one Christian denomination imagined poverty and social exclusion. The PhD student on this project is Karolina Kurzak.
• ARC Linkage grant (2007-10): "150 low-income Australians: a group biography over time". With Suellen Murray at RMIT, Greg Marston at University of Queensland and Jenny Chalmers at UNSW. This project consisted of life-history interviews with 150 low-income Australians. The Industry Partner was Jobs Australia. It was published as Half a Citizen in 2011.
• ARC Linkage grant (2005-8): "Life after care: the life-histories of those who left institutional care, 1945-1989". With Suellen Murray of RMIT University. The Industry Partner was MacKillop Family Services. Outcomes included After the Orphanage: Memory, identity and personal history in post-war Australia.
• ARC Discovery project (2006-8): "Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: Designing Everyday Modernism for Australian Communities 1920-1970." With Kate Darian-Smith and Philip Goad, Hannah Lewi and Julie Willis (Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning).