A/PROF Bec Bentley

A/PROF Bec Bentley


  • Health Inequalities (Housing and employment)



  • Rebecca Bentley is a Principal Research Fellow in Social Epidemiology in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Over the past ten years, Rebecca has developed a research program exploring the role of housing and residential location in shaping health and wellbeing in Australia. This research has a particular focus on housing affordability, tenure and their measureable effects on individual health and wellbeing. Work from this program was awarded the Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research for 2015. Rebecca is currently an ARC Future Fellow undertaking research focussed on housing affordability and socio-economic and wellbeing outcomes in Australia. See. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/12/you-call-that-affordable-how-our-thinking-on-housing-has-become-skewed   


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Kavanagh AM, LaMontagne A, Bentley R, Mcvernon J, Studdert, D. H1N1-related Victorian school closures: quarantine compliance and impact of parents’ precarious employment. National Health and Medical Research Council, 2009-2010. Richardson S, Baum F, Kavanagh AM, LaMontagne A, Ziersch A, Lester L, Bentley R Changing patterns of employment and unemployment: impacts of physical and mental health and the mediating role of social capital. National Health and Medical Research Council Strategic Award, 2007-2011.   


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 2007
  • BBSc (Hons.), La Trobe University 1994

Awards and honors

  • Peter Harrison Memorial Prize - Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU College of Science, 2017
  • Professor Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, 2015



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Any prospective HDR students, who would like to do a project on how housing affordability shapes socio-economic and wellbeing outcomes in Australia, please contact me. There are several ways to link into our ongoing program of research. Topics of interest include: * Housing affordability and socio-economic and wellbeing outcomes * Active transport and health * Housing condition and health * Longitudinal data analysis and the life course