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Dan Woodman

Tr Ashworth Associate Professor In Sociology
Social And Political Sciences
social sciences
social science
social sciences, interdisciplinary
social sciences - other topics
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Dan Woodman

Primary Interest
Youth and Young Adulthood
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Dan Woodman


Dr Dan Woodman is TR Ashworth Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences and acting Associate Dean (Partnerships) 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 Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and President of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). He was also the founding convener of the Sociology of Youth Thematic Group within TASA. 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 has been investigating the biographical consequences of young people's work and study patterns.
He gives regular presentations to teacher and student groups, business, government and community sector organizations and often appears in the print media and on radio, in Australia and around the world. His work has been used in submissions by various community organizations to numerous government bodies and inquiries, including Productivity Commission and Fair Work Commission reviews.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 71 most recent scholarly works by Dan Woodman.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Award for Best Paper in the Journal of Sociology 2011-2-12 (for 'Changing Times, Changing Perspectives')

The Australian Sociological Association


Award for Doctoral Research 2011 (for best PhD thesis in field of education or higher education)

Australian Association for Research in Education


Research Committee on the Sociology of Youth’s 2nd Worldwide Prize for Junior Scholars (early-career researchers) in Youth Sociology

International Sociological Association - RC 34 Research Committee on the Sociology of Youth





Tr Ashworth Associate Professor In Sociology

Social And Political Sciences

Research Committee 34: Sociology Of Youth - General Member

International Sociological Association (RC 34 Sociology of Youth Vice President)

General Member

The Australian Sociological Association ( President)


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne