Citizenship, Care & Health

Citizenship, Care & Health research creates new understandings and practices that benefit citizens and communities in situations of vulnerability and precarity.

Digital Inclusion

The giving and receiving of support and care is intensely personal and intimate, its provision, however, is entrenched in systemic and structural processes, that can reduce or enhance equity.

With a focus on promoting wellbeing and end-user participation, researchers in Citizenship, Care & Health aim to influence the policy, practice and education that impacts on people experiencing social disadvantage. These experiences include working with cultural and generational communities, in the contexts of mental and physical health, housing and homelessness, disability and the NDIS, social and community service provision and design, and their intersections.

Research proceeds through strong collaboration with health, housing and community service organisations and consumer advocacy groups with a focus on partnership, evaluation and translational activities.

The scholars contributing to this theme come from a range of disciplinary areas, social work, youth work, medical and health sociology, community psychology, disability studies, and include practitioners who draw on a substantial knowledge of policy and service delivery environments. Methodologies are focused upon community involvement and participation - from in-depth qualitative work and co-designed activities to modeling longitudinal datasets - generating evidence to deliver high-quality research that is usable and relevant.

Recent Publications


Maylea, C., Thomas, S., Bashfield, L., Kuyini, B., Costello, S., & Singh, M. (2020) Midterm Evaluation of Independent Family Advocacy and Support pilot service (IFAS), Melbourne: Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University. 

Murray, S., Theobald, J., Haylett, F., & Watson, J., (2020) Not Pregnant Enough? Pregnancy and Homelessness, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria.

Watson, J., Maylea, C., Roberts, R., Hill, N., & McCallum, S. (2020). Preventing gender-based violence in mental health inpatient units (Research report, 01/2020). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.


Flore, J. (2020) Ingestible sensors, data, and pharmaceuticals: Subjectivity in the era of digital mental health. New Media & Society. Epub ahead of print,

Ramcharan, P., David, C., & Marx, K. (2020). You are here! Negotiating liminality in place in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Qualitative Social Work19(3), 359–379.

Anna Urbanowicz, Timothy Parkin, Kate van Dooren, Sonya Girdler, Marina Ciccarelli & Nick Lennox (2020) The experiences, views, and needs of health professionals who provide care to adults on the autism spectrum, Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, DOI: 10.1080/23297018.2020.1735943

Flore J, Kokanović R, Duff C & Callard F. (2020) The antidepressant in women’s lifeworlds: Feminist materialist encounters. BioSocieties. Epub ahead of print,

Chris Chamberlain & Guy Johnson, ‘How Many Homeless People in Victoria: A research report prepared for the parliamentary inquiry into homelessness in Victoria’, 12pp.

Duff C, Kokanović R, Flore J, Thomas, S., Callard F & Blackman L (2020) Perspectives on person-centred care for borderline personality disorder: A critical research agenda. Health Sociology Review. Published Online First: 19 January 2020. DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2020.1715815

Flore J, Kokanović RDuff C & Callard F. (In press) The antidepressant in women’s lifeworlds: Feminist materialist encounters. BioSocieties.

Belinda JohnsonRaelene West (2020) Ableist contours of Down syndrome in Australia: Facebook attitudes towards existence and parenting of people with Down syndrome, Journal of Sociology. First Published online January 22, 2020 Research Article

Book chapters

Johnston-Ataata, K. (2019) ‘Reflecting on the past: The role of biographical, familial and social memory in new mothers’ interpretations of emotional experiences in early parenthood.’ In C. Pascoe Leahy and P. Bueskens. (Eds.) Australian Mothering: Historical and Sociological Perspectives. Singapore: Palgrave MacMillan.

Research at the Social & Global Studies Centre

Find out more about conducting your transformative research for social justice here at RMIT's Social & Global Studies Centre.

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