Professor Kristy Muir

Research Director (Social Outcomes), CSI and Professor, SPRC
PhD, BA (Hons) Wollongong
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 8936 0909
+61 2 98936 0920
UNSW CBD Campus
Fields: Mental Health, Social Policy, Policy and Administration
Tags: Mental Health, Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis, Children's/Youth Services and Childcare, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society, Families and Family Services, Ability and Disability

Research

Professor Kristy Muir is the CEO of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI), a Professor of Social Policy at UNSW Sydney and an elected member of UNSW Sydney’s Council. She has worked for more than two decades with for-purpose organisations to help understand, measure, and find innovative solutions to complex social problems.

Kristy has undertaken dozens of projects with many government, not-for-profit, corporate, and philanthropic organisations to help improve social impact. Her research, which has attracted more than $11 million in funding, has focused on children, young people, families and communities and spans many social domains (e.g. education, employment and social participation, wellbeing, disability, mental health, financial resilience). She has published widely in policy, sociology, social work, history and public health journals and in publicly accessible and popular media, such as TEDxThe MandarinThe Guardian and The Conversation.

In 2013, Kristy won the UNSW Staff Excellence Award for Senior Leadership. She was formerly the Research Director at CSI (2013-15), the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2011-13) and the Director of the Disability Studies and Research Centre (2009-2010) at UNSW Sydney. She has a PhD in social history, is a graduate of the AICD and, prior to joining academia, worked in the not-for-profit sector.

Publications

    Book Chapters

    • Muir K;Craig L;Jenkins B, 2015, 'Young People on or Over the NEET Cliff Edge', in te Riele K; Gorur R (ed.), Interrogating Conceptions of “Vulnerable Youth” in Theory, Policy and Practice, Springer, Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei, pp. 133 - 151
    • Muir K;Goldblatt, 2013, 'Complementing or conflicting human rights conventions? Realising an inclusive approach to families with a young person with a disability and challenging behaviour', in Moore M (ed.), Moving Beyond Boundaries Disability Studies, Routledge, pp. 629 - 642
    • Muir K, 2006, ''That bastard's following me!': Mentally ill Australian veterans struggling to maintain control', in Social Histories of Disability and Deformity, pp. 161 - 174, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203008522

    Journal articles

    • Muir K;Salignac F, 2017, 'Can market forces stimulate social change? A case example using the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia', Third Sector Review, vol. 23
    • Butler R;Muir K, 2017, 'Young people’s education biographies: family relationships, social capital and belonging', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 20, pp. 316 - 331, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2016.1217318
    • McDermott S;Bruce J;Muir K;Ramia I;Fisher KR;Bullen J, 2016, 'Reducing hospitalisation among people living with severe mental illness', Australian Health Review, vol. 40, pp. 124 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH15073
    • Meltzer A;Muir K;Craig L, 2016, 'Being trusted: The perspectives of trusted adults about engaging with young people', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 63, pp. 58 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.02.010
    • Meltzer A;Muir K;Craig L, 2016, 'The role of trusted adults in young people's social and economic lives', Youth and Society, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0044118X16637610
    • Salignac F;Muir K;Wong J, 2015, 'Are you really Financially Excluded if you Choose not to be Included? Insights from Social Exclusion, Resilience and Ecological Systems', Journal of Social Policy, vol. 45, pp. 269 - 286, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279415000677
    • Soldatic K;van Toorn G;Dowse L;Muir K, 2014, 'Intellectual Disability and Complex Intersections: Marginalisation under the National Disability Insurance Scheme', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol. 1, pp. 6 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2014.906050
    • Muir K;Strnadova, 2014, 'Whose responsibility? Resilience in families of children with developmental disabilities', Disability and Society, vol. 29, pp. 922 - 937, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.886555
    • Patulny R;Muir K;Powell A;Flaxman S;Oprea I, 2013, 'Are we reaching them yet? Service access patterns among attendees at the headspace youth mental health initiative', Child and Adolescent Mental Health, vol. 18, pp. 95 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00662.x
    • Dadich A;Fisher KR;Muir K, 2013, 'How can non-clinical case management complement clinical support for people with chronic mental illness residing in the community?', Psychology, Health and Medicine, vol. 18, pp. 482 - 489, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2012.748207
    • Muir K;Powell A;McDermott S, 2012, ''They don't treat you like a virus': Youth-Friendly lessons from the Australian National Youth Mental Health Foundation', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 20, pp. 181 - 189, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2011.01029.x
    • Muir K;Powell A, 2012, 'Walking a well-being tightrope: Young people in Australia', Journal of Population Research, vol. 29, pp. 293 - 313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12546-012-9095-4
    • Muir K;Goldblatt B, 2011, 'Complementing or conflicting human rights conventions? Realising an inclusive approach to families with a young person with a disability and challenging behaviour', Disability and Society, vol. 26, pp. 629 - 642, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2011.589195
    • Edwards B;Gray M;Wise S;Hayes A;Katz I;Muir K;Patulny R, 2011, 'Early impacts of Communities for Children on children and families: Findings from a quasi-experimental cohort study', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 65, pp. 909 - 914, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2010.118133
    • Purcal C;Muir K;Patulny R;Thomson C;Flaxman S, 2011, 'Does partnership funding improve coordination and collaboration among early childhood services? - Experiences from the Communities for Children programme', Child and Family Social Work, vol. 16, pp. 474 - 484, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00766.x
    • Muir K;Katz I;Edwards B;Gray M;Sarah W;Hayes A, 2010, 'The National Evaluation of the Communities for Children Initiative', Family Matters, vol. 84, pp. 35 - 42
    • Sawrikar P;Muir K, 2010, 'The myth of a 'fair go': barriers to sport and recreational participation among Indian and other ethnic minority women in Australia', Sport Management Review, vol. 13, pp. 355 - 367, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2010.01.005
    • Griffiths M;Sawrikar P;Muir K, 2009, 'Culturally appropriate mentoring for Horn of African young people in Australia', Youth Studies Australia, vol. 28, pp. 32 - 40
    • Dadich A;Muir K, 2009, 'Tricks of the trade in community mental health research: Working with mental health services and clients', Evaluation and the Health Professions, vol. 32, pp. 38 - 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163278708328738
    • Muir K;Fisher KR;Dadich A;Abelló D, 2008, 'Challenging the exclusion of people with mental illness: The Mental Health Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI)', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 43, pp. 271 - 290
    • Muir K;Fisher KR, 2007, 'Stable housing, the foundation of improved mental health: findings from the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI)', New Paradigm, pp. 50 - 53
    • Muir K, 2007, 'The predisposition theory, human rights and Australian psychiatric casualties of war', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 13 (1), pp. 195 - 219, http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/AJHR/2007/8.pdf
    • Muir K, 2007, 'Public peace, private wars: the psychological effects of war on Australian veterans', War and Society, vol. 26 (1), pp. 61 - 78
    • Muir K, 2002, '‘Idiots, imbeciles and moral defectives’: Military and government treatment of mentally ill service personnel and veterans', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 26, pp. 41 - 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443050209387764

    Reports

    • Muir K;Moran M;Michaux F;Findlay S;Meltzer A;Mason C;Ramia I;Heaney R, 2017, The opportunities, risks and possibilities of social impact investment for housing and homelessness, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7110101
    • Sawrikar P;Muir K;Craig L, 2017, Focus group research for beyondblue with consumers and carers, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/58d33e8497358
    • Muir K;Reeve R;Connolly C;Marjolin A;Salignac F;Ho KA, 2016, Financial Resilience in Australia 2015, http://www.csi.edu.au/media/uploads/Financial_Resilience_in_Australia_-_Full_Report.pdf
    • Salignac F;Muir K;Butler R;Reeve R;Marjolin A;Smith C, 2016, The Financial Economy and Indigenous Young People in Australia, First Nations Foundation, http://www.csi.edu.au/research/project/financial-economy-indigenous-young-people/
    • Hilferty F;Muir K;Katz I;Christensen D;Mitrou F, 2015, Independent evaluation of the headspace program: Stage 2 Progress Report 2, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
    • Hilferty F;cassells R;muir K;duncan A;christensen D;mitrou F;mavisakalyan A;hafekost K;tarvedi Y;wingrove C;katz I, 2015, Is headspace making a difference to young people's lives? Final report of the independent evaluation of the headspace program, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 08/2015, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Evaluationofheadspaceprogram_published.pdf
    • Muir K;Craig L;Meltzer A;Butler R, 2015, We can’t afford not to: Supporting young people within their families and communities from early adolescence to early adulthood
    • Hilferty F;Muir K;Katz I;Christensen D;Mitrou F, 2014, Independent evaluation of the headspace program: Stage 2 Progress Report 1, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
    • Muir K;Bennett S, 2014, The Compass: Your Guide to Social Impact Measurement, http://www.csi.edu.au/media/uploads/CSI_The_Compass.pdf
    • Bennett S;Muir K;Marjolin A;Jenkins B, 2014, Feasibility Study - Assessing the Impact of Community Housing, The Department of Family and Community Services - Housing NSW, http://www.housing.nsw.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/3261C63D-1B10-459A-A5DD-D4727AA9BC64/0/AssessingtheImpactofCommunityHousing.PDF
    • Muir K;Hilferty F;Katz I;Mitrou F;Christensen D;Smyth C;Zubrick S;Lawrence D, 2013, Independent evaluation of the headspace program: Evaluation Framework, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
    • Hilferty F;Muir K;Katz I;Wong M;Eastman C;Gendera S;Griffiths A, 2013, Independent evaluation of the headspace program: Stage 1 Report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
    • Powell A;Muir K;Adamson E;Flaxman S;Gendera S;Heese K;Oprea I;Zhu A;Vespignani J;Behrend Z;Malins T;Lind L;Williams B;Holmes J, 2011, A Picture of NSW Children, NSW Commission for Children and Young People, Sydney, A Picture of NSW Children, http://picture.kids.nsw.gov.au/
    • McDermott SC;Bruce J;Oprea I;Fisher KR;Muir K, 2011, Evaluation of the Whole of Mental Health, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI), Second Report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, Social Policy Research Centre Reports, 5
    • McDermott ;Bruce ;Muir K;Johansson K, 2010, Evaluation of the Mental Health, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) (first report), 6/2010
    • Meltzer A;Muir K;Dinning B, 2010, Report on the consultation data for the revision of the National Standards for Disability Services: Final Report, Department of Human Services, Victoria, http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/disability/key-projects/disability-sector-quality-system/current-developments/revised-national-standards-for-disability-services
    • Goldblatt BA;Muir K;Meltzer A;Dinning B, 2010, NSW Continuous Care Pilot Evaluation: Final Report, Multilple Sclerosis Limited, http://www.mssociety.org.au/documents/CCCPilot/CCCPilot-NSW-Evaluation-UNSW-Full-Report.pdf
    • Flaxman S;Muir K;Oprea I, 2009, Indigenous families and children: coordination and provision of services, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, 23, http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/about/publicationsarticles/research/occasional/Documents/op23/op23.pdf
    • Muir K;McDermott SC;Gendera S;Flaxman S;Patulny RV;Abello D;Katz I, 2009, Independent evaluation of headspace: the National Youth Mental Health Foundation: interim evaluation report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, Report 5/09, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/2009_Report5_09_headspace_interim_evalreport.pdf
    • Muir K;Powell A;Patulny RV;Flaxman S;McDermott SC;Gendera S;Abello D;Katz I, 2009, Headspace Evaluation Report Independent Evaluation of headspace: the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 19/09, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/2009_Report19_09_headspace_EvalReport.pdf
    • Muir K;Katz I;Purcal C;Patulny R;Flaxman S;Abello D;Cortis N;Thomson CM;Oprea I;Wise S;Edwards B;Gray M;Hayes A, 2009, Appendix A: Local Answers Progress Reports Summary [SFCS Evaluation], Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occasional Paper 24, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/medi/File/SFCS_Evaluation_Appendix_A_LocalAnswers.pdf
    • Patulny RV;Flaxman S;Purcal C;Muir K;Oprea I;Longden TA, 2009, Appendix C: CfC Service Coordination Study [SFCS Evaluation], Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occassional Paper 24, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/SFCS_Evaluation_Appendix_C_CfC_ServiceCoordination.pdf
    • Muir K;Katz I;Purcal C;Patulny R;Flaxman S;Abello D;Cortis N;Thomson CM;Oprea I;Wise S;Edwards B;Gray M;Hayes A, 2009, Appendix F: SFCS evaluation instruments [SFCS Evaluation], Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occassional Paper 24, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/SFCS_Evaluation_Appendix_F_EvaluationInstruments.pdf
    • Muir K;Mullan K;Powell A;Flaxman S;Thompson DA;Griffiths MJ, 2009, State of Australia's young people: a report on the social, economic, health and family lives of young people, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/59a633a17e851
    • Muir K;Katz I;Purcal C;Patulny R;Flaxman S;Abello D;Cortis N;Thomson CM;Oprea I;Wise S;Edwards B;Gray M;Hayes A, 2009, National Evaluation (2004-2008) of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy 2004-2009, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occassional Paper 24, http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/about/publicationsarticles/research/occasional/Documents/op24/op24.pdf
    • Patulny RV;Oprea I;Muir K, 2009, Appendix D (PDF): CfC Program Costs and Effects, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occassional Paper 24, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/SFCS_Evaluation_Appendix_D_CfC_ProgramCostsEffects.pdf
    • Purcal C;Thomson CM;Flaxman S;Abello D;Spooner CJ;Muir K;Chan SE, 2008, National evaluation (2004-2008) of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy 2004–2009, Appendix G: CFC Fieldwork Report, Prepared for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA internal report), Sydney, SPRC Report
    • Cortis N;Sawrikar P;Muir K, 2008, Participation in sport and recreation by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 8/08, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Report8_08_CALD_Women_in_sport.pdf
    • Sawrikar P;Griffiths MJ;Muir K, 2008, Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people and mentoring : the case of Horn of African young people in Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people and mentoring : the case of Horn of African young people in Australia, https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/40_Report_NYARS_CALD_Nov08.pdf?forceDownload
    • Muir K, 2008, Family resilience where families have a child (0-8 years) with a disability: literature review, Social Policy and Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report, SPRC Report 9/08, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report9_08_Family_Resilience_LitRev.pdf
    • Muir K;Tudball J;Robinson S, 2008, Family resilience where families have a child (0-8 years) with disability: Final report, Social Policy and Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report, SPRC Report 10/08, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report10_08_Family_Resilience.pdf
    • Muir K;McDermott SC;Katz I;Patulny RV;Flaxman S;Gendera S, 2008, Independent evaluation of headspace: evaluation plan, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Report prepared for headspace, SPRC Report 20/08, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Report20_08_headspace_EvalPlan.pdf
    • Fisher KR;Muir ;Dadich ;Abello ;Bleasdale M, 2007, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI): stage 1 (evaluation report), 10/2007
    • Cortis N;Sawrikar P;Muir K, 2007, Participation in sport and recreation by culturally and linguistically diverse women: literature and data review, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports, SPRC Report 4/07, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Report4_07_CALD_Participation_in_Sport.pdf
    • Cortis N;Muir K, 2007, Participation in sport and recreation by culturally and linguistically diverse women: stakeholder consultation report, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 5/07
    • Muir K, 2007, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI): Stage 1 Evaluation Report, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 10/07
    • Muir K;Dadich A;Bleasdale M;Fisher KR, 2007, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative: Report III, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 2/07, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Report2_07_HASI_Report_III.pdf
    • Muir K;Dadich A;Abello D;Bleasdale M;Fisher KR, 2007, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative: Report III, summary, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 1/07
    • Fisher KR;Anderson A;Muir K, 2007, Attendant care direct funding pilot project: evaluation plan, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 3/07, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Report3_07_Attendant_Care_EvalPlan.pdf
    • Fisher KR;Morris ;Muir ;Dadich ;Abello ;Bleasdale, 2006, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (report I: summary), 9/2006
    • Muir K;Dadich A;Abello D;Bleasdale M;Morris A;Fisher KR, 2006, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative: Report II, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2005-2006, SPRC Report 10/06
    • Morris A;Fisher KR;Dadich A;Muir K;Abello D;Norris K;Bourne C;Martire KA, 2006, Models of Centralised Intake and Waiting List Management Systems: Feasibility Report, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2005-2006, SPRC Report Series 12/06
    • Muir K;Boot R, 2005, Working towards digital and social inclusion with community technology learning centres: an evaluation of The Smith Family’s involvement in Microsoft Unlimited Potential, The Smith Family, Sydney, It takes a community to bridge a divide :working towards digital and social inclusion with community technology learning centres
    • Morris A;Muir K;Dadich A;Abello D;Bleasdale M, 2005, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative: Summary Report I, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2005-2006, SPRC Report 9/06
    • Muir K, 2004, Connecting Communities with CTLCs: from the digital divide to social inclusion, The Smith Family, Sydney, Connecting communities with CTLCs : from the digital divide to social inclusion
    • Muir K;Maguire A;Slack-smith D;Murray M, 2003, Youth unemployment in Australia: a contextual, governmental and organisational perspective, The Smith Family for the AMP Foundation, Sydney, Research Development, November 2003

    Other

    Conference Presentations

    • Muir K;Craig L;Meltzer A, 2013, 'Trusted adults outside the home: The role of significant adults in supporting young people as they move from adolescence to adulthood', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 16 - 18 September 2013
    • Flaxman S;Oprea I;Patulny RV;Muir K;Powell A;McDermott SC, 2011, 'Are we reaching them now? Service access patterns amongst users of headspace youth mental health services', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, 06 - 08 July 2011
    • Sawrikar P;Muir K, 2010, 'The myth of a 'fair go': Barriers to sport and recreational participation among Indian and other ethnic minority women in Australia', Vol. 13, pp. 355 - 367, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2010.01.005
    • Muir K;Patulny RV, 2009, 'The relationship between mental health and perceived wellbeing for people with mental illness', presented at UNSW Research Showcase, UNSW, Sydney, 20 August 2009
    • Patulny RV;Muir K, 2009, 'Increasing the social participation of young people with mental health problems', presented at Disability Studies Conference, UNSW, 26 - 27 June 2009
    • Sawrikar P;Muir K, 2008, 'Sport and recreation participation among Indian women in Australia', presented at Women’s Worlds, Spain, 03 - 09 July 2008
    • Sawrikar P;Griffiths MJ;Muir K, 2008, 'Mentoring for Horn of African young people in Australia', presented at Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Conference and the 2008 Management and Leadership Institute, Sydney, Australia, 18 - 20 August 2008
    • Muir K;Tudball J, 2008, 'Family resilience in families where a young child has a disability', presented at Families Through Life, 10th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 09 - 11 July 2008
    • Muir K;Fisher KR;Abello D;Dadich A, 2007, 'Challenging the disabling nature of mental illness: the evaluation results of the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI)', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2007, University of New South Wales, 11 - 13 July 2007

    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works

Teaching

HDR Supervision: Kristy Muir supervises Higher Degree Research candidates undertaking research in social policy and mental health, disability, families and young people.