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Dr Karla Elliott is a Research Fellow with the Focus Program Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention. Karla is particularly interested in the shifts and challenges in contemporary society surrounding gender, masculinities, work and mobility. 


  • Gender
  • Feminist theory
  • Masculinities
  • Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities
  • Narrative methods

Current Projects

Karla is currently a key researcher on the projects Investigating Adolescent Family Violence, and Identifying and Understanding Men's Risky Drinking Subcultures and SettingsInvestigating Adolescent Family Violence is being carried out by a multidisciplinary Monash team with researchers from the School of Social Sciences, the Department of General Practice, and the Department of Social Work. Adolescent Family Violence is a distinct form of family violence that describes violence carried out by young people against family members. The project is funded by a Monash Affinity grant, and has collected experiences, stories and advice for best practice from practitoners and affected family members. This research will build knowledge in the area and form the basis of a national project. Identifying and Understanding Men's Risky Drinking Subcultures and Settings is funded by VicHealth, and seeks to understand how and why men drink alcohol, and the cultural and social factors influencing their perceptions of alcohol, risk, care and health. 

Research Interests

Karla’s research interests centre on gender, men, masculinities in transition, and gendered and family violence. 


Teaching Expertise

Karla coordinates and teaches into the unit Gender, Violence and Society: Understanding Social Patterns. She has taught in Gender Studies and Sociology, including in the Monash units Gender, Theory and Society and Sex and the Media.

Visiting Posts

  • Karla was an invited speaker and Visiting Fellow, DFG-KollegforscherInnengruppe “Postwachstumsgesellschaften”
    Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
    14th – 27th January 2018
  • Guest Researcher, Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies
    Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
    January 2016 – February 2016 


  • Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA), Executive Member, Social Media Officer
  • International Network of Excellence Addressing Filial Violence
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), Member
  • The European Sociological Association (ESA)
  • The German Society for Sociology (DGS)
  • Center for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) Network, Member


Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University


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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2016 2019

Exploring men's risky drinking cultures

Roberts, S., Ralph, B. L., Elliott, K. B., Robards, B. J., Savic, M., Lindsay, J. M., O'Brien, K. S. & Lubman, D., 2019, Melbourne Vic Australia: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. 39 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Open Access

'Battleground: masculinity': the importance of highlighting men's contestations of manliness

Roberts, S., Elliott, K. B. & Maloney, M., 2018, United Kingdom : Social Research Publications.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Negotiations between progressive and ‘traditional’ expressions of masculinity among young Australian men

Elliott, K. B., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Sociology. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Introduction: 'De-storying the Joint'

Elliott, K. & Bourgault du Coudray, C., 2017, In : Outskirts: Feminisms along the edge. 36, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2017 2018

  • 1 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Karla Elliott (Visiting researcher)
14 Jan 201827 Jan 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Outskirts: Feminisms along the edge (Journal)

Karla Elliott (Guest editor), Chantal Bourgault du Coudray (Guest editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

'Setting the scene and understanding family violence'

Karla Elliott (Contributor)
6 Oct 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar