150 Low Income Australians: A Group Biography over Time

  • Peel, Mark (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Chalmers, Jennifer (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Marston, Greg (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Murphy, John (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Murray, Suellen (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Probert, Belinda (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project will make a major contribution to welfare reform debates by illuminating how welfare-to-work policies are experienced. Its groundbreaking methodology consists of life-history interviews with 150 low-income Australians, combined with a longitudinal panel design. Participants - in receipt of income support or low wages - will be drawn from capital cities and regional centres. The project aims to illuminate how incentives and obstacles are percieved, to describe patterns of interdependency, and to understandd people's discourses and values about welfare and obligation. Outcomes will include journal articles and a book, policy advice to welfare agencies, as well as interventions into policy debates.
Effective start/end date1/07/0631/12/09


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD40,688.00