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Personal profile


Professor JaneMaree Maher is Professor in the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, Sociology in the School of Social Sciences.

My research is focused in two key areas of gendered social science: women’s work and family, and gendered violences.

My research  critically examine the interactions of families and societieswith an emphasis on how neo-liberal discourses of health and consumption impact on family relationships. My current project is the ARC funded DP160100257 Children as health advocates in families: assessing the consequences exploring the mobilisation of children as vectors for public health messages.  

I am involved in gendered violence  projects focused on how gender impacts on the operation of criminal justice and security. My key interests are in family violence and gendered hate crime. I am joint Program Lead in the Monash Gender & Family Violence team, focusing on new frameworks for prevention.

Graduate Supervision

I have supervised more than 30 postgraduate students to completion during my time at Monash. My supervision is grounded in critical gender scholarship: gendered violence, gendered labour and care, mothering, family lives and gender and employment.

In 2014, I was the winner of Dean’s Award for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research Supervision, Faculty of Artsfor ‘exemplary support and direction of graduate researchers’.  In 2011, I was main supervisor for Dr Karolyne Quinn's thesis on clinical responses to childhood sexual abuse survivors, which won the University's Mollie Holman Medal for outstanding doctoral research in the Faculty of Arts. In 2001, I won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research Supervision (Early Career Researcher), Faculty of Artsfor ‘exemplary support and direction of graduate researchers’. 

External positions

President, Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association

2016 → …


  • Gender
  • Family Violence
  • Childhood obesity
  • Mothering

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Projects 2000 2020

Research Output 2001 2018

Services meet the needs of women and their children

Maher, J. M., McGowan, J. L. & Lea, M., 2018.

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Victim stories and victim policy: Is there a case for a narrative victimology?

Walklate, S., Maher, J. M., McCulloch, J., Fitz-Gibbon, K. & Beavis, K., 1 Feb 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Crime, Media, Culture.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Women, disability and violence: Barriers to accessing justice: Final Report

Maher, J. M., Spivakovsky, C., McCulloch, J., McGowan, J. L., Beavis, K., Lea, M., Cadwallader, J. & Sands, T., Apr 2018, Issue 02 ed. Sydney, NSW: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS). 86 p.

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Dean's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research Supervision

Jane Maree Maher (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Excellence in Research Impact and Engagement

Judith McCulloch (Recipient), Jane Maree Maher (Recipient), Kate Esther Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Marie Therese Segrave (Recipient) & James Andrew Roffee (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Faculty of Arts Excellence in Research Supervision (ECR)

Jane Maree Maher (Recipient), 2001

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)