BA(Hons1), PhD (UQ)

Mark Western is the Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. His research spans a number of areas including: social inequality, political behaviour, educational inequality, social mobility, developments in quantitative methodology, and research and policy linkages.

He has previously worked at the University of Tasmania and the Australian National University, held a Hallsworth Visiting Professorship in Political Economy at the University of Manchester and Visiting Fellowships in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education (London). He is an International Fellow of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University and a Member of the Advisory Boards of the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (University of Manchester) and the Leeds Social Sciences Institute (Leeds University).

Key current and past appointments and responsibilities in the last ten years include:

  • Deputy Chair, Engagement and Impact Panel, Social Sciences, Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018
  • Deputy Chair, ACOLA Review of the Research Training System, 2015-2016
  • Deputy Chair, Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia for the Chief Scientist 2014
  • Chair, Research Evaluation Committee, Education and Human Sciences ERA 2012
  • Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life Course
  • Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
  • Subject Specialist, Hong Kong Council on Academic and Vocational Accreditation
  • Member, College of Experts, Australian Research Council, 2007-2009
  • Member, Executive Committee, Australian Social Science Data Archive.

Main Teaching, Research or Administrative Posts

  • Acting Director, Institute for Social Science Research, the University of Queensland (April 2008 - 2009)
  • Professor and Director of UQ Social Research Centre (January 2006 - December 2008)
  • Associate Professor, School of Social Science, the University of Queensland and Director, the University of Queensland social Research Centre (January 2003 - December 2005)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Social Science, the University of Queensland (July 2000 - December 2002)
  • Lecturer, School of Sociology and Social Work, the University of Tasmania (January 1998 - June 2000)
  • Research Fellow, Sociology Program, Research School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University (July 1993 - January 1998)

Fellowships, Honorary Memberships, Special Awards

  • Hallsworth Professorship in Political Economy, University of Manchester
  • International Fellow, Centre for Study of Poverty and Inequality, Stanford
  • TASA Award for Best Paper, Journal of Sociology, 2007 - 2008

Jackson, R (ed), Arnett, R, Bryant, J, Rolling, J, Walker, C and Western, J (Associate Eds) (2010), Encyclopedia of identity (2 vols). Beverly Hills, CA, Sage.

McCrea, R, Western, M and Shyy, T-K (2011), Subjective Quality of life in Queensland: Comparing metropolitan, regional and rural areas, Chapter 13, Pages 295-313 in R W Marans and R Stimson (Eds) Investigating Quality of Urban Life: Theory, Methods, and Empirical Research. Germany, Springer.

Hewitt, B, Baxter, J and Western, M (2006), Family, Work and Health: The Impact of Marriage, Parenthood and Employment on Self-Reported Health of Men and Women, Journal of Sociology, 42: 61-78

Hosking, A and Western, M (2008), The Effects of Non-standard Employment on Work-family Conflict, Journal of Sociology, 44:5-28

Tranter, B and Western, M (2009), The Influence of Green Parties on Postmaterialist Values, British Journal of Sociology, 60: 145-167

Tranter, B and Western, M (2010), Overstating Value change: Question Ordering in the Postmaterial Values Index, European Sociological Review, 26:571 - 583. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcp040

Egmond, M, Baxter, J, Buchler, S and Western, M (2010), A stalled revolution? Gender role attitudes in Australia, 1986 - 2005, Journal of Population Research. DOI: 10.1007/s12546-010-9039-9

Huang, X and Western, M (2011), Social Networks and Occupational Attainment in Australia, Sociology 45(2): 269-286. DOI:10.1177/0038038510394029

Khan, A and Western, M (2011), Does attitude matter in computer use in Australian general practice? A zero-inflated Poisson regression analysis, Health Information Management Journal, Vol 40 No 2 2011, pg 23-29. ISSN 18333583 (PRINT) ISSN 1833-3575 (ONLINE)