Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) members supervise a wide range of PhD and Masters by Research students.
Dr Kay Cook
Kay’s research examines the intersections between social policies and family life, including how new and developing areas of policy such as welfare-to-work, child support and child care policies transform relationships between the state, individuals and families.
Family policy; qualitative research; single parents; gender; interpretive policy analysis.
Dr Kathryn Daley
Kathryn researches young people and social disadvantage with focus on the implications for both policy and practice. Her primary interest has been young people's pathways into problematic substance use. She also oversees the coordination of research courses in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Youth; substance use/abuse; trauma; child protection issues; youth justice; homelessness; poverty; sexual abuse; self-injury; gender; masculinity.
Associate Professor Kim Humphery
Kim's research is on the history, theorisation and politics of consumption and materialism; the history of and contemporary approaches to Indigenous health and wellbeing; and the history and ethics of cross-cultural research practices, particularly in Australia.
Qualitative and ethnographic research; cross-cultural research ethics; sociology of consumption; health policy and practice; wellbeing.
Associate Professor Guy Johnson
Guy is Director of CASR and has been involved in the area of homelessness for almost two decades, initially as a practitioner and more recently as a researcher. Guy's work focuses on the dynamics of homelessness and draws on both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Homelessness; stigma; social and housing policy; identity and subcultures.
Associate Professor Martyn Jones
Martyn researches the changing organisational and policy contexts of human services and has a particular interest in new paradigms of care, professional roles and identities, and innovative forms of practice.
Transformations in human services, social support and care, social innovation, politics of caring, collaborative research.
Dr Carmel Laragy
Carmel researches the provision of flexible and responsive social support systems in disability and aged care and is particularly interested in individual funding within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and consumer directed care (CDC).
Social services; disability; aged care; service design; and organisational change.
Associate Professor Jennifer Martin
Jenny’s research is focused on issues of human rights, social justice and access and equity for the most disenfranchised members of the community. This spans child, youth, aged and family services.
Human rights; mental health; health and wellbeing; stigma; culture; Indigenous wellbeing; refugees and asylum seekers and conflict management and mediation.
Dr Marietta Martinovic
Corrections, Community based corrections, Prisons, Punishment, Electronic monitoring, Comparative criminal justice and social crime prevention.
Dr Chris Maylea
Social work with men, Social work with fathers, New and expectant fathers, Program management and evaluation in the human services, Mental health management, Critical social work, Youth homelessness.
Associate Professor Suellen Murray
Suellen has a long standing interest in two areas of research: violence against women and its related policy and practice responses; and the life histories of adult care-leavers and related social policy and social work practice.
Social policy concerning violence against women, history of domestic violence services, care-leaver life histories and social policy, Australian women's peace movement, in-depth interviewing and oral history.
Dr Caroline Norma
Caroline researches prostitution, pornography and trafficking harms for women and children, and has a particular interest in the Asia-Pacific.
Sexual and reproductive exploitation from a feminist political science, policy, history, social science (qualitative or quantitative), or law perspective.
Anastasia's research lies at the intersections of sexual violence, feminism, justice and digital culture. She has published widely in these fields including four books, numerous articles and projects for the Victorian and Federal Governments.
Sexual violence (law, policy and prevention); cyberstalking and cyberharassment; crime and social media; online activism; digital criminology.
Associate Professor Paul Ramcharan
Paul has been involved in research for and with people with disabilities for over twenty years and has maintained an ongoing interest in self advocacy over that time.
Qualitative and ethnographic research; cross-cultural research ethics; community wellbeing; disability; ageing and service delivery.
Stuart is part of RMIT's Justice and Legal team. His areas of supervision include:
Policing; mental health stigma; access to justice for marginalised populations; problem gambling; missing persons; criminal offending and victimisation; outcome measurement.
Professor Charlotte Williams
As a professionally trained social worker, Charlotte has an ongoing research interest in issues of cultural diversity within social work education and practice.
Race/ethnicity/cultural diversity and welfare policy and practice; social work and equalities; civil society, minority organisations, participation and governance; cross-cultural/transnational social work; multiculturalism/migration and mobilities; urban social work.