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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.

Research area keywords

  • 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

Accommodating transition: improving housing outcomes for young people leaving out of home care

Martin, R., Mendes, P., Ferrante, A. M., Cordier, R., Liddiard, M., Chung, D., Johnson, G. & Randall, S.


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 1996 2019

Empowerment and control in the Australian welfare state: A critical analysis of Australian social policy since 1972

Mendes, P., 2019, 1st ed. London: Routledge. 254 p. (Social Welfare around the World)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

How the BDS movement is poisoning academic discourse

Mendes, P., 5 Feb 2019, In : Fathom: for a deeper understanding of Israel and the region. 22, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Open Access

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

Ending the victim-blaming

Mendes, P., 1 Nov 2018, In : Gesher. 5, 4, p. 69-73 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Open Access

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

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Contribution to conference

8th SNAICC National Conference

Rachel Standfield (Speaker), Philip Mendes (Speaker), Jacinta Walsh (Speaker), Emily Armstrong (Speaker)
3 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference