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Professor Marston 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. Professor Marston has held academic positions at The University of Queensland and RMIT University. He has also been a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Public Policy, The University of Melbourne and the Department of Sociology, University of Lund, Sweden. Prior to entering academia Greg worked in various research and policy positions in national and state community service organisations. He started his professional career as a youth worker in the early 1990s, before working in policy and community development roles for a variety of non-profit community organisations. Greg's main research interests are the impact of various social and economic policies on ordinary Australians, comparative social policy, contemporary social theory, the organisational dimensions of human service practice and the role of social policy in transitioning to a low-carbon society. He has co-authored a book about living on a low-income in Australia (Allen and Unwin, 2011), a co-edited book on the implementation of welfare-to-work in a variety of countries (Georgetown University Press, 2013) and another on who benefits from the Australian welfare state (Palgrave, 2013). He is co-editing a forthcoming book on prospects for a universal basic income in Australia and New Zealand, to be published by Palgrave in 2015.
Australian welfare state, comparative welfare studies, income security, policy implementation, poverty, social housing, social inequality, social theory, unemployment
Social Work, Policy and Administration, Sociology
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- PhD (University of Queensland)
Professional memberships and associations
- Member of ARC College of Experts Social Behavioural and Economic Sciences
- Member of International Sociological Association RC 19 Social Policy and Poverty
- Member of Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
- Member of International Editorial Board - Journal of Social Policy
- SWB108 Australian Society, Systems and Policies
- SWN003 Political Economy and Policy Making
Greg undertakes research for government and community groups in a range of areas.
- Marston G, Johnson-Abdelmalik J, (2014) Socially inclusive learning in a community setting.
- Marston G, McDonald C, Bryson L, (2014) The Australian welfare state: Who benefits now?, Palgrave Macmillan Australia.
- Banks M, Marston G, Russell R, Karger H, (2015) 'In a perfect world it would be great if they didn't exist': How Australians experience payday loans, International Journal of Social Welfare, 24 (1), pp. 37-47.
- Marston G, Shevellar L, (2014) In the shadow of the welfare state: The role of payday lending in poverty survival in Australia, Journal of Social Policy, 43 (01), pp. 155-172.
- Brodkin E, Marston G, (2013) Work and the welfare state: Street-level organizations and workfare politics, Georgetown University Press.
- Marston G, McDonald C, (2012) Getting beyond 'heroic agency' in conceptualising social workers as policy actors in the twenty-first century, British Journal of Social Work, 42 (6), pp. 1022-1038.
- Lantz S, Marston G, (2012) Policy, citizenship and governance: The case of disability and employment policy in Australia, Disability and Society, 27 (6), pp. 853-867.
- Murphy J, Murray S, Chalmers J, Martin S, Marston G, (2011) Half a Citizen : Life on welfare in Australia, Allen & Unwin.
- McDonald C, Marston G, (2005) Workfare as welfare: governing unemployment in the advanced liberal state, Critical Social Policy, 25 (3), pp. 374-401.
- Marston G, (2004) Social policy and discourse analysis: policy change in public housing, Ashgate Publishing Limited.
- Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
- Reference year
- International Editorial Adviser since 2007
- Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
- Reference year
- 2010 Award for Teaching Excellence - Early Career
Selected research projects
- Who You Know or Where You Go? The Role of Formal and Informal Networks in Finding Employment and Maintaining Wellbeing
- Primary fund type
- CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
- Project ID
- Start year
- The Unemployed; Employment Services; Social Networks
Projects listed above are funded by Australian Competitive Grants. Projects funded from other sources are not listed due to confidentiality agreements.