Research Team

Greg Marston

Professor Greg Marston
University of Queensland

(Lead Chief Investigator)

Professor Greg Marston is Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Queensland. Greg has an extensive record in undertaking applied social policy research. He has led a number of Australian Research Council grants into long-term unemployment, disability and employment services and household debt and the fringe lending industry in Australia. Greg has held academic positions at Queensland University of Technology and RMIT University. He has also been a visiting research fellow at the University of Melbourne and the University of Lund, Sweden. 

Philip Mendes

Associate Professor Philip Mendes
Monash University

(Chief Investigator)

Associate Professor Philip Mendes is the Director of the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit in the Department of Social Work at Monash University. His key research areas include young people transitioning from out-home-care, income security including compulsory income management, social workers and policy practice, illicit drugs policy, and Indigenous social policy. Philip is a member of the Transitions to Adulthood for Young People Leaving Public Care International Research Group, and a member of the Sydney Myer Fund Poverty and Disadvantage Grants Committee. 

Louise Humpage

Associate Professor Louise Humpage
University of Auckland

(Chief Investigator)

Dr Louise Humpage is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland. Prior to this she held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Applied Social Research at RMIT University. In 2007-2008, Louise was awarded a Royal Society Marsden Fast Start grant, culminating in Policy Change, Public Attitudes and Social Citizenship: Does Neoliberalism Matter? (Policy Press, 2014). Louise’s main research areas include welfare reform, Maori affairs policy, refugee policy and settlement, and public attitudes to social citizenship. She is also engaged in teaching students about social policy, social justice, the welfare state and citizenship.

Shelley Bielefeld

Dr Shelley Bielefeld
Griffith University

(Chief Investigator)

Dr Shelley Bielefeld is a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow at Griffith Law School. Before her employment at Griffith University, Shelley was the Inaugural Braithwaite Research Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. Shelley’s research interests include Indigenous law and policy issues, welfare law and policy, race discrimination, racial states, racism, governance and regulation, and poverty surveillance. Shelley has also taught, developed and coordinated numerous university courses.



Dr Michelle Peterie
University of Queensland

(Research Fellow)

Dr Michelle Peterie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Queensland’s School of Social Sciences. She has been employed on research projects at the University of Sydney, the University of Wollongong and the University of New England, and has done research consultancy work in the third sector. Michelle completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, examining institutional abuses in immigration detention. Her current research concerns the socio-emotional impacts of punitive policies and discourses, including those targeting refugees, Indigenous Australians and the unemployed.

Zoe Staines

Dr Zoe Staines
University of Queensland

(Research Fellow)

Dr Zoe Staines is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Social Science, University of Queensland. She has previously held research and policy positions in the Queensland Government, academia and in the not-for-profit sector, most recently working as a Researcher, Senior Policy Officer and Manager of Evaluation at an Indigenous non-government organisation. Zoe has a keen research interest in social policy, Indigenous governance, and evaluation. She holds degrees, including a PhD, in criminology.