Professor Gabrielle Meagher
Professor of Social Policy
Co-convenor, Social Policy Research Network
Associate Dean, Office of Doctoral Studies
Phone: +61 2 9351 6610
Fax: +61 2 9351 2606
Social structures, inequalities and social justice
- Gender relations and gender identity
Social work and social policy
- Ageing and end-of-life
- Social policy
care work, privatisation, elder care, comparative social policy, public opinion on inequality and the welfare state
Gabrielle trained as a political economist, and her current interdisciplinary research program explores the impact of privatisation and personalisation on the way social care services are practised (by social service workers), organised (within and between different kinds of social service agencies), distributed (between social groups), experienced (by service users) and understood (by broader publics).
Gabrielle has been a strong supporter of the development of the Australian Social Policy Association (ASPA), serving on its Executive Committee from 2009-2012. She has been co-editor, with Dr Tony Eardley, of ASPA's research journal, the Australian Journal of Social Issues, since 2010.
In 2009, Gabrielle spent six months as a guest professor in the Department of Social Work at Stockholm University, where she began work with Professor Marta Szebehely on research into the marketisation of elder care in Sweden. In 2011, Marta, Gabrielle and Professor Anneli Anttonen (University of Tampere, Finland) received funding for the Nordic Research Network on Marketisation in Eldercare.
Gabrielle's research areas for PhD supervision include:
- the organisation and experience of work in female dominated occupations, especially in care work in community service industries such as elder care, child care, and child welfare;
- the role of for-profit providers in social services;
- the impact of marketisation and managerialism on social service organisations and policies;
- public opinion on social policy;
- the development of the Australian welfare state;
- applied ethics in social care services; and
- comparative social policy.
Norman Smith Research Award for best research article in Australian Social Work 2007 (won jointly with Professor Karen Healy)
Norman Smith Research Award for best research article in Australian Social Work 2012 (won jointly with Dr Natasha Cortis)
Professional and community roles
Co-Convenor, with Dr Debra King,of the Australian Paid Care Research Network
University of Sydney representative to ACSPRI (the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated)
Co-Editor with Dr Tony Eardley of the Australian Journal of Social Issues
Co-convenor with Professor Marta Szebehely (Stockholm University) and Professor Anneli Anttonen (University of Tampere) of the Nordic Network for Research on Marketisation in Eldercare (Normacare).
International Editorial Advisor for Social Policy & Society
- Australian attitudes to social policy for older people
- The Equal Remuneration Case 2009-2012: strategy and outcome from the perspective of participants(with Dr Natasha Cortis)
- Australian attitudes to privatisation and the role of the public sector (with Dr Shaun Wilson and Adam Stebbing)
- The role of market ideas and organisations in social service provision in Australia and Sweden (with Professor Marta Szebehely)
- A comparative study of the work and working conditions of home care workers in Australia and Sweden (with Associate Professor Jane Mears and Professor Marta Szebehely)
- Marketisation in Australian social services (with Associate Professor Susan Goodwin and members of the Privatisation and Social Policy Network)
- A study of problem definitions and proposed solutions in submissions to the Productivity Commission's inquiry, 'Caring for Older Australians' (with Dr David Wilkins)
- Workforce implications of individual funding (with Dr Natasha Cortis, Ms Sharni Chan, Dr Toby Fattore and Mr Bob Davidson)
Current research students
|Project title||Degree||Research student|
|The experience of Aboriginal parents in the NSW child welfare system.||PhD||Cynthia Briggs|
|Older People, Choice and Aged Care Policy in Australia||PhD||Caroline Hayter|
- Fawcett, B, Goodwin, S, Meagher, G, Phillips, R. (2010). Social Policy for Social Change. Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan.
- King, D and Meagher, G (eds). (2009). Paid Care in Australia: Politics, Profits, Practices. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
- Denmark, D, Meagher, G, Wilson, S, Western, M, Phillips, T (eds). (2007). Australian Social Attitudes 2: Citizenship, Work and Aspirations. Sydney: UNSW Press.
- Wilson, S., Meagher G., Gibson, R., Denemark, D. & Western, M. (eds). (2005). Australian Social Attitudes: The First Report. Sydney: UNSW Press.
- Meagher, G. (2003). Friend or Flunkey? Paid Domestic Workers in the New Economy. Sydney: UNSW Press.
- Meagher, G and Szebehely, M. (2013). Long-term care in Sweden: trends, actors, and consequences . In Ranci, C and Pavolini, E (Eds.), Reforms in Long-Term Care Policies in Europe: Investigating Institutional Change and Social Impacts (pp. 55–78), New York: Springer.
- Meagher, G. and Szebehely, M. (2012). Equality in the social service state: Nordic childcare models in comparative perspective . In Jon Kvist, Johan Fritzell, Bjorn Hvinden and Olli Kangas (Eds.), Changing social equality: The Nordic welfare model in the 21st century Bristol: Policy Press.
- Wilson, S, Meagher, G and Hermes, K. (2012). A new role for government? Trends in social policy preferences since the mid-1980s. In Pietsch, J, Aarons, H (Ed.), Australia: Identity, Fear and Governance in the 21st Century Canberra: ANU E-press.
- Meagher, G and Cortis, N. (2009). The political economy of for-profit paid care: theory and evidence. In King, D and Meagher, G. (Eds.), Paid Care in Australia: Politics, Profits, Practices Sydney: Sydney University Press.
- Meagher, G, Cortis, N and Healy, K. (2009). Strategic challenges in child welfare services: a comparative study of Australia, England and Sweden. In Rummery, K, Greener, I and Holden, C (Eds.), Social Policy Review 21: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy Bristol: The Policy Press.
- Wilson, S, Meagher, G. (2007). Howard's Welfare State: How Popular is the New Social Policy Agenda. In Denemark, D., Meagher, G., Wilson, S., & Western, M., Phillips, T (Ed.), Australian Social Attitudes 2 : Citizenship, Work and Aspirations (pp. 262–285), Sydney: UNSW Press.
- Meagher, G, Wilson, S. (2007). Are Unions Regaining Popular Legitimacy in Australia?. In Denemark, D., Meagher, G., Wilson, S., & Western, M., Phillips, T (Ed.), Australian social attitudes 2 : citizenship, work and aspirations (pp. 195–216), Sydney: UNSW Press.
- Meagher, G. (2007). Contested, Corporatised and Confused? Australian Attitudes to Child Care. In Elizabeth Hill, Barbara Pocock and Alison Elliott (Eds.), Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia (pp. 137–153), Sydney: Sydney University Press.
- Wilson, S., Meagher G., & Breusch, T. . (2005). Where to for the Welfare State?. In Wilson, S., Meagher G., Gibson, R. Denemark, D. & Western, M. (Ed.), Australian Social Attitudes: The First Report, UNSW Press, 2005. Sydney: UNSW Press.
- Marsh, I., Meagher, G. & Wilson, S. . (2005). Are Australians Open to Globalisation?. In Wilson, S., Meagher G., Gibson, R. Denemark, D. and Western, M (Eds.), Australian Social Attitudes: The First Report Sydney: UNSW Press.
- Buchanan, J, Watson, I, Meagher, G. (2004). The Living Wage in Australia: History, Recent Developments, and Current Challenges. In Figart, D (Ed.), Living Wage Movements: Global Perspectives London: Routledge.
- Wilson, S, Meagher, G, Hermes, K. (2012). The social division of welfare knowledge: Policy stratification and perceptions of welfare reform in Australia . Policy and Politics, 40(3), 323–346. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557
- Cortis, N and Meagher, G. (2012). Recognition at last: care work and the Equal Remuneration Case. Journal of Industrial Relations, 54(3), 377–385.
- Cortis, N and Meagher, G. (2012). Social work education as preparation for practice: evidence from a survey of the New South Wales community sector . Australian Social Work, 65(3), 295–310.
- Healy, K, Meagher, G, Cullin, J. (2009). Retaining novices to become expert child protection practitioners: creating career pathways in direct practice. British Journal of Social Work, 39(2), 299–317. DOI:doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcm125
- Tham, P, Meagher, G. (2009). Working in human services: how do experiences and working conditions in child welfare social work compare?. British Journal of Social Work, 39(5), 807–827.
- Cortis, N and Meagher, G. (2009). Women, work and welfare in the activation state: an agenda for Australian research. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 35(4), 629–651.
- Meagher, G, Wilson, S. (2008). Richer, but more unequal: perceptions of inequality in Australia 1987-2005. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 61, 220–243.
- Healy, K, Meagher, G. (2007). Social Workers’ Preparation for Child Protection: Revisiting the Question of Specialisation. Australian Social Work, 60(3), 321–335.
- Briggs, C, Meagher, G, Healy, K. (2007). Becoming an Industry: The Struggle of Social and Community Workers for Award Coverage, 1976-2001. Journal of Industrial Relations, 49(4), 497–521.
- Meagher, G. (2007). The Challenge of the Care Workforce: Recent Trends and Emerging Problems. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 42(2), 151–167.
- Meagher, G. (2006). What Can We Expect from Paid Carers?. Politics and Society, 34(1), 33–54.
- Healy, K, Meagher, G. (2004). The Reprofessionalization of Social Work: Collaborative Approaches for Achieving Professional Recognition. British Journal of Social Work, 34(2), 243–260.
- Meagher, G and Nelson, J. (2004). Survey Article: Feminism in the Dismal Science. Journal of Political Philosophy, 12(1), 102–126. DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9760.2004.00193.x
- Meagher, G and Parton, N. (2004). Modernising Social Work and the Ethics of Care. Social Work and Society, 2(1), 10–27.
- Meagher, G, Healy, K. (2003). Caring, controlling, contracting and counting: Governments and non-profits in community services. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 62(3), 40–51.
- Meagher, G and Wilson, S. (2002). Complexity and Practical Knowledge in the Social Sciences: A Comment on Stehr and Grundmann. British Journal of Sociology, 53(4), 659–666.
- Meagher, G. (2002). Is it Wrong to Pay for Housework?. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 17(2), 52–66.
- Meagher, G. (2000). A Struggle for Recognition: Strategies for Work Life Reform in the Domestic Services Industry. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 21(1), 9–37.
- Meagher, G. (1999). A Classroom Strategy for Teaching the Social Sciences in Women’s Studies. Women’s Studies Quarterly , 27(3&4).
- Bittman, M, Matheson, G and Meagher, G . (1999). The Changing Boundary Between Home and Market: Australian Trends in Outsourcing Domestic Labour. Work, Employment and Society, 13(2), 249–273.
- Meagher, G. (1998). "A Woman Seldom Runs Wild After an Abstraction": Feminist Contributions to Economics. Economic Papers, 17(1).
- Meagher, G. (1997). Recreating "Domestic Service"? Institutional Cultures and the Evolution of Paid Household Work. Feminist Economics, 3(2), 1–27.
- Meagher, G. (1994). Evaluating Women’s Work: New South Wales Nurses and Professional Rates. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 34.
- Cortis, N, Meagher, G, Chan, S, Davidson, B, Fattore, T. (2013). Building an Industry of Choice: Service Quality, Workforce Capacity and Consumer-Centred Funding in Disability Care, Final Report prepared for United Voice, Australian Services Union, and Health and Community Services Union, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
- Meagher, G and Cortis, N. (2010). The social and community services sector in NSW: structure, workforce and pay equity issues, Paper prepared for the Women's Equity Bureau of NSW Industrial Relations, Sydney .
- Meagher, G and Szebehely, M. (2010). 'Private financing of elder care in Sweden: Arguments for and against', Working Paper 2010:1, Institute of Future Studies, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Bottrell, D. and Meagher, G. (eds). (2008). Communities and change: selected papers, Sydney, Sydney University Press.
- Meagher, G and Healy, K. (2006). Who Cares? Volume 2: Employment Structure and Incomes in the Australian Care Workforce, Paper 141, Australian Council of Social Service, Sydney.
- Meagher, G and Healy, K . (2005). Who Cares? Volume 1: A Profile of Care Workers in Australia’s Community Service Industries, Paper 140, Australian Council of Social Service, Sydney .