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Associate Professor Philip Mendes teaches Social Policy and Community Development, and is the Director of the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit in the Department of Social Work. His key research areas include young people transitioning from out-home-care, income security including compulsory income management, social workers and policy practice, illicit drugs policy, and Indigenous social policy. He is a member of the  Transitions to Adulthood for Young People Leaving Public Care International Research Group, and a member of the Sydney Myer Fund Poverty and Disadvantage Grants Committee. He is the author or editor of 11 books, and the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed academic journal articles and book chapters. His latest book is the 3rd edition of the popular textbook, Australia's Welfare Wars, published by UNSW Press.


  • social policy
  • welfare state
  • young people transitioning from out of home care
  • community development
  • income security
  • Indigenous social policy
  • illicit drugs policy
  • social work activism

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Projects 2006 2020

Indigenous care leavers in Australia: A national scoping survey

Mendes, P., Saunders, B. J., McCurdy, S. E., Standfield, R. V. & Burton, J.


Project: Research

Agency and autonomy: a cross-national study of compulsory income management policies

Marston, G., Mendes, P., Bielefeld, S. & Humpage, L.


Project: Research

Transitioning from out of home care: A longitudinal population-based study

Chung, D., Cordier, R., Mendes, P., Thoresen, S., O'Donnell, M., Martin, R., Stratton, K. & Lund, S.

Project: Research

Research Output 1997 2018

Community as a spray-on solution: a case study of community engagement within the income management programme in Australia

Mendes, P., 1 Apr 2018, In : Community Development. 53, 2, p. 210-227 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Hope Street: From Voice to Agency for Care-Leavers in Higher Education

Wilson, J. Z., Mendes, P. & Golding, F., 2 Feb 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Life Writing. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Is there a case for the registration of social workers in Australia?

McCurdy, S., Parippayiillath, S. & Mendes, P., 4 Apr 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : International Social Work. p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Review of "a future without hate or need"

Mendes, P., 5 Mar 2018, In : Labor: studies in working-class university. 15, 1, p. 119-120 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOther


Review of The Politics of Nonassimilation

Mendes, P., 15 May 2018, In : American Jewish History. 102, 2, p. 317-19 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOther