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Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass

Emeritus Professor
Social Policy Research Centre


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+61 2 9385 7838
Room 245, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

Professor Bettina Cass BA (Hons), PhD UNSW is Professorial Fellow, SPRC. Previously, she was Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney and Professor of Australian Studies in the Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. She has been Director of several large Government Inquiries and reviews concerned with family policies and family income support, social security, labour market policies, housing needs of women and children, ageing, retirement incomes and disabilities. She has also been a commissioner on NSW and Commonwealth Law Reform Commissions on social policy references (including children' services and aged care services) and a consultant to the OECD on social policies in Eastern Europe. She has also carried out research and consultations in partnership with community-based organisations. She is a member of the South Australian Government’s Social Inclusion Board. Her publications include chapters, articles books and reports covering research and policy analysis across the life-course in Australia and internationally: childhood and young people; family policies through the tax/transfer system; formal and informal care-giving for people with disability and ill health, with special reference to young people who provide care; ageing and retirement incomes; grandparents as primary carers of their grandchildren; policies which make a difference for young people in disadvantaged circumstances; policies concerned with the balancing of work and family/care responsibilities; welfare state restructuring and its impacts on families, employment, unemployment and disability policies; housing policies; Indigenous people’s welfare.


HDR Supervision: Professor Bettina Cass is the coordinator of the Higher Research Degree program at the Centre, and has an extensive record of higher degree research student supervision. Professor Cass has recently and is currently supervising PhD students in the fields of family tax/benefit policies in Australia and the UK; grandchildren in kinship care arrangements in Aboriginal families; community care services for older people; retirement incomes policies in Australia and the UK; welfare reform: impacts on parents with children; disability policies in Australia and the USA; voluntary home visiting services for parents with young children; and a range of other topics in Australian and comparative social policy.

Professor Cass currently supervises: Tammy Burnstock, Angelica Hannan, Wendy Hermeston, Helen Hodgson, and Anne Wills.

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