Dr Kay Cook is a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR). Her work explores how new and developing social policies impact relationships between the state, individuals and families.
Kay Cook was appointed to CASR in 2012 as a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow. This prestigious four-year position enables Kay to strengthen her examination of the intersections between social policies and family life. Kay’s work explores how new and developing social policies such as welfare-to-work, child support and child care policies, transform relationships between the state, individuals and families. Given that these policies have a profound impact on the everyday experiences of their targets, Kay’s work makes the personal impact of these policies explicit. By making explicit the connections between political processes and subjective responses, Kay seeks to provide tangible evidence to policy makers and service providers to affect more humanistic reform.
Kay’s ARC-funded research on single parents’ welfare to work transition, family daycare workforce reform, and the problematic nature of child support for low-income single parents have been taken up at a national level. She has contributed to the development of the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2010 General Social Survey, the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Family Violence and Commonwealth Law, and the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Child Support Program. Through these projects, Kay has maintained a successful record of engagement with non-government organisations including the Child Support Agency, the National Council for Single Mothers and their Children, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Kay is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Studies and Co-Director of the International Network of Child Support Scholars. She is a Member Scholar of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology and contributor to the SAGE Encyclopaedia of Qualitative Research Methods and second edition of the Handbook of Interview Research.
- 2006 Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Deakin University
- 2005 PhD, University of Melbourne
- 2000 MSc, University of Alberta, Canada
- 1997 BASc, Deakin University
- Cook, K.,Corr, L.,Breitkreuz, R. (2017). The framing of Australian child care policy problems and their solutions In: Critical Social Policy, 37, 42 - 63
- Natalier, K.,Cook, K.,Pitman, T. (2016). Payee mothers interactions with the Department of Human Services Child Support: A summary of recent qualitative findings In: Family Matters, , 30 - 40
- Cook, K.,Natalier, K. (2016). Gender and evidence in family law reform: a case study of quantification and anecdote in framing and legitimising the 'problems' with child support in Australia In: Feminist Legal Studies, , 1 - 21
- Johnson, G.,Cook, K.,Sesa, S. (2016). Engaging young people: Using the pathways young people take in and out of homelessness as the foundationfor a person centred service culture In: Melbourne City Mission Melbourne, Australia
- McShane, I.,Cook, K.,Sinclair, S.,Keam, G.,Fry, J. (2016). Relationships matter: The social and economic benefits of community playgroups In: Playgroup Australia Melbourne, Australia
- Skinner, C.,Meyer, D.,Cook, K.,Fletcher, M. (2016). (In Press) Child maintenance and social security interactions: the poverty reduction effects in model lone parent families across four countries In: Journal of Social Policy, , 1 - 22
- Keam, G.,Cook, K. (2016). The framing of federal domestic violence policy responses In: Proceedings of the 2016 Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA), Melbourne, Australia, 28 November - 1 December 2016
- Corr, L.,LaMontagne, A.,Cook, K.,Waters, E.,Davis, E. (2015). Associations between Australian early childhood educators' mental health and working conditions: a cross-sectional study In: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40, 69 - 78
- McKenzie, H.,Cook, K. (2015). 'It should be a big responsibility': Low income payee mothers' evaluations of their child support arrangements In: Australian Journal of Family Law, 29, 135 - 156
- Brady, M.,Cook, K. (2015). The impact of welfare to work on parents and their children In: Evidence Base, 2015, 1 - 23
- Women's access to child support: a comparative investigation. Funded by: ARC Future Fellowships Grant 2016 from (2017 to 2020)
- Addressing Childcare Flexibility - Administered by The University of Queensland. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects via other University Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2018)
- An exploratory cluster trial of a sustainable capacity building intervention to promote positive child mental health in Family Day Care. Administered by University of Melbourne.. Funded by: ARC Linkage Projects via other University pre-2014 from (2012 to 2012)