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Dr Myra Hamilton

Senior Research Fellow
BA (Hons 1), PhD (Sociology) University of Sydney
Social Policy Research Centre


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Fields: Public Policy, Social Policy, Sociology

Dr Myra Hamilton (BA (Hons); PhD, Sydney) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre. She is a sociologist and social policy researcher whose focus is on work and care across the generations. Her program of research brings together research on patterns of, barriers to, and experience of work, with research on patterns of and experiences of care, and how these interact in complex ways across the generations and at different stages of the lifecourse.

Her research projects have covered retirement incomes policy, welfare reform, the policy needs of parents and unpaid carers and the dynamics of work and care over the lifecourse, and the way in which young people and baby boomers prepare for the future. She has a PhD in sociology, a comparative study of Australia and Britain looking at the way in which reform of income support and retirement incomes systems are framed by ideas about contractual reciprocity.

Myra has spent most of the last eight years working at the Social Policy Research Centre, where she combines academic research with applied policy research for government and non-government organisations, including a number of evaluations of policies and programs. She makes regular contributions to public and media debate on issues such as baby boomers, grandparenting, work and retirement decisions, balancing work and care, and the wellbeing of children and young people. She is an Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues and a member of the Work and Family Policy Roundtable.

Her work is internationally recognised and she has spent significant periods living and working in the United Kingdom, based at the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender at the University of Surrey (2007), as a Lecturer at the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol (2010-2011), and at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh (2010).

She is currently the holder of two Australian Research Council Grants: one on how disadvantaged young people access the resources they need; and one on how families manage care, treatment and stigma when a family member is living with a blood borne virus.

Research Areas

Retirement incomes policy
Ageing and the lifecourse
Welfare reform

Balancing work and care
Informal carers
Policies concerning children and young people
Generational issues
Policy, service and program evaluation
Social theory ie including risk theory, social contract theory, citizenship theory

Methodological expertise

Comparative policy analysis
Qualitative research

Current Grants

Chief Investigator, ARC Discovery Grant, Serodiscordance in Family Life, (2016-2019) (other CIs include Associate Professor Christy Newman, Dr Asha Persson, Associate Professor kylie valentine, Dr Joanne Bryant, and Jack Wallace)

Chief Investigator, ARC Linkage Grant, Young People and Adversity: Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness (2016-2019) (other CIs include Dr Jen Skattebol, Associate Professor kylie valentine and Professor Deborah Brennan)

Chief Investigator, Competitive Grant for Financial Literacy Australia, An Australian Framework for Financial Wellbeing,undertaken by Social Policy Research Centre in partnership with Centre for Social Impact, UNSW, Sydney (2016-2017) (other CIs include Professor Kristy Muir, Dr Jack Noone)



    • Antonucci L; Hamilton MG; Roberts S, (eds.), 2014, Young People and Social Policy in Europe: Dealing with Risk, Inequality and Precarity in Times of Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan

    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    • Hamilton M;Redmond G, 2019, 'Are Young Carers Less Engaged in School than Non-Carers? Evidence from a Representative Australian Study', Child Indicators Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-019-09647-1
    • Hamilton M;Botfield J;Persson A;Newman C;Bryant J;valentine K;Wallace J, 2018, 'Hidden Carers? a Scoping Review of the Needs Of Carers of People with HIV in the Contemporary Treatment Era', International Journal of Care and Caring, vol. 2, pp. 529 - 549, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/239788218X15411705099442
    • Hamilton M;Fisher K;Hill T, 2018, 'Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Evaluation Consolidated Report 2018', International Journal of Care and Caring
    • Persson A;Newman CE;Hamilton M;Bryant J;Wallace J;Valentine K, 2017, 'Families living with blood-borne viruses: The case for extending the concept of "serodiscordance"', Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases, vol. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2017/4352783
    • Hamilton M;Thomson C, 2017, 'Recognising unpaid care in private pension schemes', Social Policy and Society, vol. 16, pp. 517 - 534, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000312
    • Hamilton M;Cass B, 2016, 'Capturing the centrality of age and life-course stage in the provision of unpaid care', Journal of Sociology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783315625117
    • Cortis N;Bullen J;Hamilton M, 2013, 'Sustaining transitions from welfare to work: The perceptions of employers and employment service providers', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 48, pp. 363 - 384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2013.tb00287.x
    • Hamilton MG;Adamson E, 2013, 'Bounded agency in young carers' lifecourse-stage domains and transitions', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 16, pp. 101 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2012.710743
    • Hamilton M, 2012, 'Just deserts? 'Privatisation' and the history of deservingness in Australia's retirement incomes system', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 47, pp. 457 - 477, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2012.tb00260.x
    • Hamilton M, 2012, 'The 'new social contract' and the individualisation of risk in policy', Journal of Risk Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2012.726250
    • Purcal C;Hamilton M;Thomson C;Cass B, 2012, 'From assistance to Prevention: Categorizing young carer support services in Australia, and international implications', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 46, pp. 788 - 806, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2011.00816.x


    • Skattebol J;Hamilton M;Thomson C;Blaxland M;valentine K, 2019, Stories of aftercare services and support needs after leaving care: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 11/19, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5ce5ed1459df0
    • Hamilton M;Kintominas A;Brennan D, 2018, The Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa, Migrant Grandparents and Transnational Family Life, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/1_Policy_Brief__Temporary_Sponsored_Parent_Visa_Migrant_Grandparents_and_Transnational_Family_Life_2018.pdf
    • Muir K;Hamilton MG;Noone J;Marjolin A;Salignac F;Saunders P, 2017, Exploring Financial Wellbeing in the Australian Context, Centre for Social Impact & Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
    • Hamilton MG;Giuntoli G;Johnson K;Fisher KR, 2016, Transitioning Australian Respite, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 04/16, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Transitioning_Australian_Respite.pdf
    • Hamilton MG;Jenkins B, 2015, Grandparent Childcare and Labour Market Participation in Australia, National Seniors Australia, Melbourne, SPRC Report 14/2015
    • Skattebol J;Hamilton M;Skrzypiec G;Burnstock T;Redmond G;Jenkins B;Dodd K, 2013, Understanding Children's Perspectives on Wellbeing, http://www.australianchildwellbeing.com.au/sites/default/files/uploads/Final%20ACWP%20Phase%20One%20Report%20Nov%202013_0.pdf
    • Cortis N;Bullen J;Hamilton M;Whiteford P, 2012, Understanding the barriers to 13 and 26 week employment outcomes, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, SPRC Report for Campbell Page
    • Cass B;Brennan DJ;Thomson CM;Hill T;Purcal C;Hamilton M;Adamson E, 2011, Young carers: Social policy impacts of the caring responsibilities of children and young adults, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney
    • Hamilton M;Redmond G, 2010, Conceptualisation of social and emotional wellbeing for children and young people, and policy implications, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, http://www.aracy.org.au/index.cfm?pageName=Social_and_emotional_wellbeing_indi
    • Cass B;Smyth C;Hill T;Blaxland M;Hamilton M, 2009, Young carers in Australia: understanding the advantages and disadvantages of their care giving, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, Social Policy Research Paper, 38, https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/05_2012/sprp_38.pdf
    • Cass B;Smyth C;Hill T;Blaxland M;Hamilton M, 2009, Young carers in Australia, Deapartment of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
    • Hamilton M;Hamilton C, 2006, Rich boomer, poor boomer: Retirement prospects for the not-so-lucky generation, Australia Institute Webpaper
    • Hamilton M;Hamilton C, 2006, Baby boomers and retirement: Dreams, fears and anxieties, Australia Institute Discussion Paper No. 89

    Conference Presentations

    • Newman C;Drysdale K;Persson A;Rance J;Hamilton M;valentine K;Bryant J;Wallace J, 2018, 'Mediating biosocial possibilities: The deployment of biomedical technologies in HIV and viral hepatitis family disclosure narratives', presented at 2018 annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science: TRANSnational STS, Sydney, 24 - 26 September 2018
    • Hamilton M;Botfield J;Persson A;Newman C;Bryant J;valentine K;Wallace J, 2018, 'Hidden carers? A scoping review of the needs of informal carers of people with HIV in the contemporary treatment era', presented at Australasian HIV Conference, Sydney, 24 - 26 September 2018
    • Persson A;Newman C;Drysdale K;Hamilton M;valentine K;Bryant J;Gray R;Rance J;Botfield J, 2018, 'Understanding divergent family responses to a blood borne virus diagnosis', presented at Australasian HIV Conference, Sydney, 24 - 26 September 2018
    • Hamilton M;Botfield J;Newman C;Persson A;Bryant J;valentine K;Wallace J, 2018, 'Hidden carers? Understanding the needs of carers of people with HIV in the contemporary treatment era.', presented at Carers NSW 2018 Biennial Conference, Auckland, 01 - 03 November 2018
    • Newman CE;Persson A;Drysdale K;Rance J;Hamilton M;valentine K;bryant J;Wallace J, 2018, '"I found out I have HIV but it's all good, I'm on medication": The deployment of biomedical technologies in HIV and viral hepatitis family disclosure narratives', presented at 2018 In Sickness and in Health Conference, Sydney, 07 - 09 June 2018
    • Persson AS;Newman C;Hamilton M;Bryant J;Wallace J;valentine K;Botfield J, 2017, 'Understanding the needs of families affected by blood-borne viruses: The case for extending the concept of “serodiscordance”.', presented at 29th Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference, Canberra, 06 - 08 November 2017


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