The face of the poor: a history of poverty through the eyes of the St Vincent de Paul Society

Grant number: LP0669186 | Funding period: 2007 - 2012



This project will develop a detailed understanding of the changing role of the church sector in the provision of 'front-line' social welfare. It will train a postgraduate student in the skills of archival and policy analysis, at a time when many welfare agencies are employing staff in research and policy functions. By focusing on a voluntary organisation, it will provide insight into the historical role of volunteers in Australian welfare. By illuminating how the roles of the church agencies in the mixed economy of welfare have changed over time, the project will contribute to the goal of strengthening Australia's social and economic fabric.

University of Melbourne Researchers