Cameron Duff

Associate Professor Cameron Duff

Associate Professor

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Contact details

COBL | School of Management


Centre for People, Organisation and Work


Social and Global Studies Centre


Workforce Innovation and Development Institute


Emailcameron.duff@rmit.edu.au


Campus: Melbourne City


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Cameron Duff is an Associate Professor in the Centre for People, Organisation and Work in the College of Business and Law at RMIT University.

Overview

Associate Professor Cameron Duff is a political scientist interested in social innovation and the politics of social change. His work explores how social innovation drives organisational responses to enduring health and social problems in cities, including housing and homelessness, mental illness and distress. He is particularly interested in how social innovations emerge within organisational settings, and how social design responses can enhance the impact of this innovation within and beyond organisational settings.

Duff commenced at RMIT in 2015 when he was appointed as Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for People, Organisation and Work in the School of Management at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining RMIT, Duff held a Monash Fellowship in the Social Sciences and Health Research Centre at Monash University in Melbourne. Between 2005 and late 2008, Dr Duff was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr Duff was awarded his PhD in Political Theory at the University of Queensland in 2002 for research that developed a novel political ethics from the works of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. Duff’s first book, Assemblages of Health: Deleuze’s Empiricism and the Ethology of Life, was published in 2014 by Springer.

Duff is currently leading a large multi-site, multi-year study funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Inquiry Program exploring pathways out of institutional settings for individuals with a history of housing insecurity. Working with colleagues at the University of New South Wales, Curtin University and the University of Tasmania, the program involves three linked projects; one exploring experiences of people leaving residential treatment for mental health conditions; another exploring experiences exiting custodial settings; and a third project exploring transitions from out of home care. With colleagues, Duff has also been successful in securing funding support through the Australian Research Council for a Linkage project exploring organisational responses to mental health problems in the workplace. This research commenced in June 2020, and will conclude in mid 2023.

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Industry experience

Associate Professor Cameron Duff's current program of research is informed by an extended period of applied and practical research engagement. From August 2005 to January 2009 he was Manager of Youth Addiction & Mental Health Services at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Canada. In this role he was responsible for delivering evidence based mental health care services for disadvantaged youth in complex urban settings. His most significant responsibility in this time was the leadership of a large change management activity supporting the introduction of ‘community based’ youth mental health promotion initiatives across all programs within the Youth Addiction & Mental Health Services portfolio. Working with partners at the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver School Board, the Provincial Ministry of Health, and the School of Public and Population Health at the University of British Columbia, all programs were reviewed and then restructured to incorporate ‘strengths based’ program orientations. The goal was to move the locus of prevention care from clinical settings into the community.

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Research

Assocaite Professor Cameron Duff's research explores the role of social innovation in driving organisational change in the broad health and social care sectors with a focus on social change and industry disruption, leadership and workforce development issues. Current projects explore social innovation and social impact initiatives in response to issues of housing insecurity, mental illness and substance use. Working at the intersection of social and organisational theory, his goal is to contribute theoretically informed accounts of the ways social innovations emerge in response to enduring social care problems in cities.

He has developed these interests in empirical studies in Australia and Canada employing qualitative and ethnographic research designs. Current Australian partners include scholars at the Social and Global Studies Centre, and the Workforce Innovation and Development Institute at RMIT. He also has ongoing international collaborations with scholars at McMaster University, University of Liverpool, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Research keywords

Social Innovation, Social Impact, Workforce Development, Housing, Mental Health

Research output summary

92

Publications

6

Projects

8

Awards

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Supervisor interest areas

  • Social Innovation
  • Social Impact
  • Workforce Development
  • Housing
  • Mental Health

Supervisor projects

  • Stefan Khan
    Title: Entrepreneurial Ecologies
    Co-supervised with Professor Anne-Laure Mention
  • Kurt Lemke
    Title. Defining risk of unlisted infrastructure equity
    Co-supervised with Associate Professor Mike Rafferty
  • Amber Domberelli
    Title: Microdosing as a Practice of the Self
    Co-supervised with Dr Monica Barratt
  • Lauren Parkinson
    Title: Career Burnout among Cancer Care Nurse
    Co-supervised with Dr Lena Wang
  • Mark Ashcroft
    Title: Innovation in Healthcare Management
    Co-supervised with Dr Jason Downs

Feature publications

The Affective Commons of Coworking

Human Relations. 74(3), pp. 383-404

Waters-Lynch, J. and C. Duff. (2021).

Assemblages of Creativity: Material Practices in the Creative Economy

Organization. 24(3):418-432

Duff, C., and S. Sumartojo. (2017).

Assemblages of Health: Deleuze’s Empiricism and the Ethology of Life

Rotterdam: Springer International. 209pp

Duff, C. (2014).

Key publications by year

  • Duff, C. 2008. The Pleasure in Context. International Journal of Drug Policy. Special Issue: Drugs and Pleasure. 19:5(394-392).
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Feature projects

Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena

Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP190100247 Renata Kokanovic, Stuart Thomas; Cameron Duff; Dan Harris; Stacy Holman Jones. Funding - MLA and Fight Food Waste CRC

2020 - 2022

Enhancing the coordination of housing supports for individuals leaving institutional settings

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) 2019 National Housing Research Initiative. Cameron Duff, Robyn Martin, Chris Martin

2019

Leaving rehab: enhancing transitions into stable housing

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) 2019 National Housing Research Initiative. Cameron Duff, Nicholas Hill, Hazel Blunden, kylie valentine, Sean Randall, Rosanna Scutella, Guy Johnson.

2019 - 2021

Key projects by year

  • 2018 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) 2019 National Housing Research Initiative
    Title: Enhancing the coordination of housing supports for individuals leaving institutional settings
    CI Cameron Duff; PI Keith Jacobs (UTAS); PI Chris Martin (UNSW); PI Robyn Martin (Curtin); PI Anna Ferrante (Curtin)
    Awarded funding of $621,795 (March 2019 – October 2020).
  • 2013 Australian Research Council Discovery Project
    Title of Project: Recovery and wellbeing following stroke in Southeast Asia: ethnicity, affordances and the impact of community factors.
    DP140101995 ($239,000 over three years).
    Narelle Warren (CIA), Cameron Duff, Pascale Allotey, Daniel Reidpath.
  • 2010 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
    Title of Project: The Role of Informal Community Resources in Supporting Independent Housing: A Guide for Housing Policy Makers and Practitioners.
    PRO50682 ($127,600 over two years).
    Cameron Duff (CIA), Shane Murray, Stephen Loo and Keith Jacobs.
  • 2007 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada).
    Title of Project: Normalization and Stigma: Canada’s Experience with Cannabis and Tobacco.
    SSHRC Fund #: 482770 (CAD$117,000 over three years).
    Pat Erickson (CIA), Cameron Duff, Mark Ashbridge and David Marsh.
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Project.
    Title of Project: Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena.
    LP190100247 ($567,500 over three years).
    Renata Kokanovic (CIA); Stuart Thomas; Cameron Duff; Anne Harris; Stacy Holman Jones.
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Awards

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2019 RMIT Research Excellence Award; Outstanding Research Performance by an Academic in the School of Management

Award date: 2019

Recipients: Cameron Duff


2014 Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship. RMIT University.

Award date: 2014

Recipients: Cameron Duff

2018 RMIT Research Excellence Award; Innovative Research Supervision by an Academic in the School of Management

Award date: 2018

Recipients: Cameron Duff

2017 RMIT Research Excellence Award; Best Journal Publication by an Academic in the School of Management

Award date: 2017

Recipients: Cameron Duff

Key awards by year

  • 2009 Sir John Monash Fellowship. Monash University.
  • 2004 Young Writer’s Award. International Journal of Drug Policy Award for best paper published in 2004 by a writer aged under 35.
  • 2002 Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement, University of Queensland.
  • 1997 Australian Postgraduate Award
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Grants

  • 2020 Australian Research Council Linkage Project
    Title of Project: Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena
    LP190100247 ($567,500 over three years)
    Renata Kokanovic (CIA); Stuart Thomas; Cameron Duff; Anne Harris; Stacy Holman Jones.
  • 2018 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) 2019 National Housing Research Initiative
    Title: Enhancing the coordination of housing supports for individuals leaving institutional settings
    CI Cameron Duff; PI Keith Jacobs (UTAS); PI Chris Martin (UNSW); PI Robyn Martin (Curtin); PI Anna Ferrante (Curtin)
    Awarded funding of $621,795 (March 2019 – October 2020)
  • 2013 Australian Research Council Discovery Project
    Title of Project: Recovery and wellbeing following stroke in Southeast Asia: ethnicity, affordances and the impact of community factors
    DP140101995 ($239,000 over three years)
    Narelle Warren (CIA), Cameron Duff, Pascale Allotey, Daniel Reidpath.
  • 2010 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
    Title of Project: The Role of Informal Community Resources in Supporting Independent Housing: A Guide for Housing Policy Makers and Practitioners
    PRO50682 ($127,600 over two years)
    Cameron Duff (CIA), Shane Murray, Stephen Loo and Keith Jacobs.
  • 2007 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)
    Title of Project: Normalization and Stigma: Canada’s Experience with Cannabis and Tobacco
    SSHRC Fund #: 482770 (CAD$117,000 over three years)
    Pat Erickson (CIA), Cameron Duff, Mark Ashbridge and David Marsh.
  • 2006 Canadian Institutes of Health Research
    Title of Project: Exploring the Natural History of Injection Drug Use: Social & Environmental Influence
    ($52,490 over two years in Partnership with Dr Thomas Kerr UBC PI).
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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.