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.