BA (hons), Dip Ed, PhD (La Trobe)

Emeritus Professor David De Vaus' appointment before his retirement in 2013 was as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland. Prior to that he was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. He specialises in family sociology and research methods in sociology. He is currently engaged in research projects on lone person households, the financial and wellbeing consequences of divorce, baby boomer retirement and changing demographics of families. Other areas of expertise include:

  • Survey Research Methods
  • Research Designs in the Social Sciences
  • Cohabitation
  • Intergenerational relations.
  • Research Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Member of ARC College of Experts
  • Chair, External Reference Group, HILDA Survey; Member of ERA panel for SBE disciplines 2010
  • Head, School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University.
  • Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University
  • Executive Dean, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Queensland
  • Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University
  • Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland

  • de Vaus, D, Gray, M., Qu, L. and Stanton, D. (2014) ‘The economic consequences of divorce in Australia’ International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family
  • de Vaus, D (2013) Surveys in Social Research 6th Edn Routledge
  • de Vaus, D.A. ‘Survey methods’ in Jeff Manza (ed) Oxford Bibliographies Online: Sociology (Oxford University Press).
  • de Vaus, D (2012) ‘Social trends and their impact on couple and family relationships’ In Noller, P and Karantzas, G. The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships (Wiley-Blackwell).pp 25-35
  • de Vaus, D., Gray, M, Qu, L and Stanton, D.(2010) “The effect of relationship breakdown on income and social exclusion” Ch * in Saunders, P. and Sainsbury, R, (eds) International Studies in Social Security Insentia: Oxford
  • de Vaus, D., Wells, Y., Kendig, H. and Quine, S. (2007) Is gradual retirement really preferable? Results from an Australian panel study, Ageing and Society 27(5): 667-682.
  • da Vaus, D., Qu, L. and Weston, R. (2005) The disappearing link between premarital cohabitation and subsequent marital stability, 1970-2001, Journal of Population Research 22:99-118.
  • de Vaus, D.A. (2004) Diversity and Change in Australian Families: A Statistical Profile. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.
  • de Vaus, D. and Gray, M. and Stanton, D. (2003) Measuring the value of unpaid household, caring and voluntary work of older Australians, AIFS Research Paper (34).
  • de Vaus, D.A. (2001) Research Design in Social Research. London: Sage.