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Dr Natasha Cortis

Senior Research Fellow

BEc(SocSc) Hons PhD Syd

Social Policy Research Centre


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Fields: Social Policy, Social Program Evaluation, Public Administration


Dr Natasha Cortis, BEc(SocSci) Hons PhD (Syd), is Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). Her work explores the organisation, delivery and evaluation of human services, focusing on issues of financial sustainability in not-for-profit organisations; funding and workforce issues in community services; and women's employment and economic security. Dr Cortis joined SPRC in 2005 and was UNSW Vice-Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008-13. She is part of the ACOSS Policy Advisor Network (2015-18) and Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues.

Current and recent projects include studies of:

From 2014 to 2016 Natasha led a study of strategies to promote women's economic security following domestic violence (PDF), funded by Australia's National Research Organisation on Women's Safety. Evidence provided to the Fair Work Commission can be found here (PDF). Dr Cortis' submission to the Australian Parliament's inquiry into market readiness of the NDIS can be found here.

HDR Supervision:

Natasha is currently supervising PhD candidates: Axelle Marjolin and Karen Wilcox (with Abigail Powell); Eugenia Marembo (with kylie valentine); Valeriia Kasatkina (with Fiona Hilferty), and Georgia van Toorn (with Karen Soldatic). With Bettina Cass, Natasha co-supervised Masters By Research student Tammy Burnstock.


Honours and prizes

2018- Mary Parker Folette Award for Theory Informed Research. Awarded by the United States Network for Social Work Management for the articleWorking Time in Public, Private, and Nonprofit Organizations: What Influences Prospects for Employee Control?(co-authored with Dr Abigail Powell) https://socialworkmanager.org/2018-journal-awards/

2018- Dean's Award for Social Impact.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. Awarded for research on NDIS pricing (with Dr Fiona Macdonald, Dr Bob Davidson and Eleanor Bentham)

2015- Award for Excellence in Evaluation.Awarded by the Australasian Evaluation Society for contributionto the 'Keep them Safe' evaluation.

2012- Norm Smith Publication in Social Work Research Award.Awarded for best article in Australian Social Work, won jointly for article co-authored withProfessor Gabrielle Meagher for article titledSocial Work Education as Preparation for Practice: Evidence from a Survey of the New South Wales Community Sector.

2008-Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, UNSW

1999-Women in Politics Prize,Australasian Political Studies Association and the Institute of Public Administration Australia (for article titledGender, Pay Equity, and Human Service Work: A NSW Case Study).

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