Professor Peter Saunders

Research Professor in Social Policy
BSc DipEc S'ton., PhD Syd., FASSA
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7806
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 306, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy

Peter Saunders was the Director of the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) from February 1987 until July 2007, and now holds a Research Chair in Social Policy within the Centre. His research interests include poverty and income distribution, household needs and living standards, social security reform, comparative social policy and ageing and social protection in China. His recent books include The Ends and Means of Welfare. Coping with Economic and Social Change in Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2002), The Poverty Wars, Reconnecting Research with Reality and (with James Walter) Ideas and Influence. Social Science and Public Policy in Australia (both published by UNSW Press in 2005). He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1995, and is currently an Australian Professorial Fellow working on the concepts and measurement of poverty and inequality, and on deprivation and social exclusion in Australia. He has worked as a consultant for a range of national and international organisations, including the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the OECD, the IMF, the Asian Development Bank, the International Social Security Association, and the Royal Commission on Social Policy in New Zealand. He was appointed a Sciential Professor by UNSW in 2006, in recognition of his research contribution and eminence. He was elected President of the Foundation for international Studies on Social Security (FISS) in June 2009. Professor Saunders was elected as the inaugural President of the Australian Social Policy Association.

Research

Peter Saunders was the Director of the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) from February 1987 until July 2007, and now holds a Research Chair in Social Policy within the Centre. His research interests include poverty and income distribution, household needs and living standards, social security reform, comparative social policy and ageing and social protection in China.

His recent books include The Ends and Means of Welfare. Coping with Economic and Social Change in Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2002), The Poverty Wars, Reconnecting Research with Reality and (with James Walter) Ideas and Influence. Social Science and Public Policy in Australia (both published by UNSW Press in 2005).

He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1995, and has worked as a consultant for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the OECD, the IMF, the Asian Development Bank, the International Social Security Association, and the Royal Commission on Social Policy in New Zealand. He was appointed a Sciential Professor by UNSW in 2006, in recognition of his research contribution and eminence. He is currently the President of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) and in 2009 was elected the first President of the Australian Social Policy Association.

 

Publications

    Books

    • Saunders PG, 2011, Down And Out: Poverty And Exclusion In Australia, Policy Press, Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Saunders PG; Sainsbury R, (eds.), 2010, Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rich and Poorer Countries, International Studies on Social Security, 1st, Intersentia, Mortset, http://www.isbs.com/partnumber.asp?mid=967&cid=27400&pnid=329857
    • Saunders PG; Adelamn L, 2005, Income poverty, deprivation and exclusion: a comparative study of Australia and Britain, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, UNSW
    • Saunders PG, 2005, The poverty wars: reconnecting research with reality, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney
    • Saunders PG, 2005, Disability, poverty and living standards, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, UNSW
    • Saunders PG, (ed.), 2005, Welfare to Work in Practice: Social Security and Participation in Economic and Social Life, Ashgate, Aldershot
    • Saunders PG; Walter J, (eds.), 2005, Ideas and Influence: Social Science and Public Policy in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney
    • Saunders PG, 2005, The role of the State and the family in the living conditions of the aged in China, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, UNSW
    • Saunders PG, 2004, Can social exclusion provide a new framework for measuring poverty?, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Saunders PG, 2003, Reviewing the role and structure of pensions in there natural context, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, UNSW
    • Saunders PG; Brown J; Eardley AC, 2003, Patterns of economic and social participation among FaCS Customers, 1, Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Servics, Canberra
    • Saunders PG, 2003, Examining recent changes in income distribution in Australia, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Saunders PG, 2002, The Ends and Means of Welfare, 1, Cambridge University Press, Sydney, NSW
    • Saunders PG, (ed.), 2002, The Price of Prosperity: The Economic and Social Costs of Unemployment, 1, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    • Saunders PG, 2002, The Direct and Indirect Effects of Unemployment on Poverty and Inequality, 1118, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Goodin RE; Bittman MP; Rice J; Saunders PG, 2002, The Time-Pressure Illusion: Discretionary Time Versus Free Time, 115, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Eardley AC; Saunders PG; Evans C, 2000, Community Attitudes Towards Unemployment, Activity Testing and Mutual Obligation, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Saunders PG; Thomson CM; Evans C, 2000, Social Change and Social Policy, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Saunders PG, 1998, Defining poverty and identifying the poor: reflections on the Australian experience, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Saunders PG, 1998, Global pressures, national responses: the Australian welfare state in context, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Saunders PG, 1998, Using budget standards to assess the well-being of families, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Saunders PG; Chalmers JJ; Mchugh MH; Murray CL; Bittman MP; Bradbury BW, 1998, The development of indicative budget standards for Australia, Department of Social Security, Canberra
    • Saunders PG; Smeeding TM, 1998, How do the elderly in Taiwan fare cross-nationally?evidence from the Luxembourg Income Study project, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Saunders PG, 1998, Household budgets and income distribution over the longer term: evidence for Australia, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney

    Book Chapters

    • Saunders PG, 2010, 'Deprivation, Social Exclusion and Social Security in Australia', in Saunders P; Sainsbury R (ed.), Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rich and Poorer Countries, International Studies on Social Security, edn. 1st, Intersentia, Mortset, pp. 155 - 171, http://www.intersentia.com/searchDetail.aspx?bookId=101457
    • Saunders PG; Sainsbury R, 2010, 'Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rich and Poorer Countries: Introduction and overveiw', in Saunders P; Sainsbury R (ed.), Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rich and Poorer Countries, International Studies on Social Security, edn. 1st, Intersentia, Mortset, pp. 1 - 10, http://www.intersentia.com/searchDetail.aspx?bookId=101457
    • Saunders PG, 2009, 'Income support for families and the living standards of children', in Kamerman SB; Phipps S; Ben Arieh A (ed.), From Child Welfare to Child Well-Being: Children?s Well-being: Indicators and Research Vol. 1, Springer, Netherlands, pp. 275 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-3377-2_16
    • Saunders PG, 2006, 'A perennial problem: employment, joblessness and poverty', in Engaging the new world: responses to the knowledge economy, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 306 - 325
    • Saunders PG, 2006, 'Disability, poverty and living standards: reviewing Australian evidence and policies', in Disability and Social Justice: Evidence and Policy, edn. 1st, Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 63 - 78
    • Saunders PG, 2005, 'Reviewing recent trends in wage income inequality in Australia', in Lanbury R; Isaacs J (ed.), Labour Market Deregulation: Rewriting the rules, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 68 - 88
    • Saunders PG, 2005, 'Social exclusion as a new framework for measuring poverty', in Smyth P; Reddel T; Jones A (ed.), Community and Local Governance in Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 245 - 261
    • Saunders PG, 2005, 'Welfare to Work in Practice: Introduction and overview', in Saunders P (ed.), Welfare to Work in Practice: Social Security and Participation in Economic and Social Life, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 1 - 7
    • Saunders PG; Sun L, 2005, 'Pension reform in China: Imperative, constraints and outcomes', in Smyth R; Kit Tam O; Warner M; Jiuhua Zhu C (ed.), China`s Business Reforms: institutional challenges in a globalized economy, Routledge Curzon, New York, pp. 157 - 176
    • Saunders PG, 2005, 'Bridging the welfare to work divide: Economic and social participation among income support recipients in Australia', in Saunders P (ed.), Welfare to Work in Practice: Social Security and Participation in Economic and Social Life, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 43 - 65
    • Bittman MP; Saunders PG, 2005, 'Australian couples and the paradox of modernity: earning more and it enjoying it less', in Manderson L (ed.), Rethinking Wellbeing, API Network, Perth, pp. 109 - 135
    • Saunders PG, 2005, 'Introduction: Reconsidering the policy sciences', in Saunders P; Walter J (ed.), Ideas and Influence: Social Science and Public Policy in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 20
    • Saunders PG, 2004, 'The welfare reform agenda', in Boreham P; Stokes G; Hall R (ed.), The Politics of Australian Society: Political Issues for the New Century, edn. 2, Longmanns, pp. 319 - 337
    • Saunders PG, 2003, 'Income distribution and redistribution', in McAlister I; Dorwick S; Hassan R (ed.), The Cambridge handbook of the Social Sciences, edn. 1, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 118 - 137
    • Saunders PG; Bradbury BW, 2002, 'Changes across Australian generations', in ABS (ed.), Australian Social Trends, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
    • Saunders PG, 2002, 'Introduction: The Reality and costs of unemployment', in The Price of Prosperity: The Economic and Social Costs of Unemployment, edn. 1, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. 1 - 12
    • Saunders PG, 2002, 'The impact of unemployment on poverty, inequality and social Exclusion', in The Price of Prosperity: The Economic and Social Costs of Unemployment, edn. 1, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. 175 - 193
    • Fincher R; Saunders PG, 2001, 'The Complex Contexts of Australian Inequality', in Fincher R; Saunders P (ed.), Creating Unequal Futures?, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, pp. 1 - 37
    • Pinyopusarerk M; Saunders PG, 2001, 'Popularity and Participation: Social Security Reform in Australia', in Erik Schokkaert (ed.), Ethics and Social Security Reform, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Aldershot, UK, pp. 143 - 163
    • Saunders PG, 2001, 'Economic Growth and Social Security: Aspects of Recent Asian Experience', in Hoskins DD; Dobbernack D; Kuptsch C (ed.), Social Security at the Dawn of the 21st Century, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, pp. 69 - 97
    • Smeeding TM; Saunders PG, 1999, 'How do the elderly in Taiwan fare cross-nationally? Evidence from the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) project', in Emerging social economic welfare programs for aging in Taiwan in a world context, Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, pp. 205 - 237
    • Saunders PG, 1998, 'Setting the poverty agenda: the origins and impact of the Henderson Report', in Australia poverty: then and now, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 52 - 70
    • Saunders PG; O Connor I; Smeeding TM, 1998, 'The distribution of welfare:inequality, earnings capacity and household production in a comparative perspective', in The distribution of welfare and household production, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 75 - 110
    • Saunders PG, 1998, 'The role of indicators of income poverty in the measurement of national progress', in Measuring Progress: Is Life Getting Better?, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Vic, pp. 223 - 238
    • Saunders PG, 1998, 'The distribution of work and the distribution of income', in Divided work, divided society: employment, unemployment and income distribution in 1990s Australia, Research Institute for Humanities and Social Scien, Sydney, pp. 117 - 130
    • Saunders PG, 1997, 'Economic adjustment and distributional change: income inequality and poverty in Australia in the 1980s', in Changing patterns in the distribution of economic welfare: an international perspective, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 60 - 83
    • Saunders PG, 1997, 'Income distribution and inequality', in The Australian economy (2nd Ed), Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, pp. 184 - 205
    • Saunders PG, 1996, 'Poverty in the 1990`s: achallenge to work and welfare', in Dialogues on Australia`s Future - in Honour of the Late Professor Ronald Henderson, Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne, pp. 325 - 350

    Journal articles

    • Saunders P, 2013, 'Introduction to Special Issue', Social Policy and Administration
    • Saunders PG, 2013, 'Researching poverty: Methods, results and impact', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 205 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1035304613482652
    • Saunders P, 2013, 'Reflections on the Concept of Social Exclusion and the Australian Social Inclusion Agenda', Social Policy & Administration, vol. 47, no. 6, pp. 692 - 708, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12038
    • Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2013, 'Examining Australian attitudes to inequality and redistribution', Journal of Australian Political Economy, no. 71, pp. 51 - 75, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=357084817207021;res=IELBUS
    • Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2012, 'The social impact of the global financial crisis in Australia', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 291 - 309
    • Saunders P; Sakai M, 2012, 'Introduction to the Special Issue on Social Policy and Religion', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 273 - 279, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=225703736865452;res=IELHSS
    • Saunders PG; Deeming C, 2011, 'The impact of the crisis on Australian social security policy in historical perspective', Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 371 - 388, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2011.00780.x
    • Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2011, 'Pension adequacy and the pension review', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 7 - 26, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=593604493767622;res=IELBUS
    • Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2011, 'Using Deprivation Indicators to Assess the Adequacy of Australian Social Security Payments', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 91 - 101
    • Saunders PG; Abe A, 2010, 'Poverty and deprivation in young and old: a comparative study of Australia and Japan', Journal of Poverty and Public Policy, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 68 - 97, http://dx.doi.org/10.2202/1944-2858.1030
    • Saunders PG, 2010, 'Identifying the material and non-material ingredients of the good life', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 53 - 69, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=077309179364292;res=IELHSS
    • Saunders PG; Zhu A, 2009, 'Comparing disadvantage and well-being in Australian families', Australian Journal of Labour Economics: a journal of labour economics and labour relations, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 21 - 39, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=929760353370291;res=IELBUS
    • Saunders PG; Wu H, 2009, 'Measuring growth, productivity, income distribution and poverty in transition economies: Progress, challenges and prospects', Review of Income and Wealth, vol. 55, pp. 413 - 422
    • Saunders PG; Naidoo YS, 2009, 'Poverty, deprivation and consistent poverty', The Economic Record, vol. 85, no. 271, pp. 417 - 432, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2009.00565.x
    • Saunders PG; Naidoo YS; Griffiths MJ, 2008, 'Towards new indicators of disadvantage: Deprivation and social exclusion in Australia', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 43, pp. 175 - 194
    • Saunders PG; Hill T, 2008, 'A Consistent Poverty Approach to Assessing the Sensitivity of Income Poverty Measures and Trends', The Australian Economic Review, vol. 41, pp. 371 - 388
    • Saunders PG, 2008, 'Measuring well-being using non-monetary indicators', Family Matters, vol. 78, pp. 8 - 17
    • Saunders PG; Shang X, 2007, 'Using budget standards to estimate the costs of children: the case of Funan County', Journal of Family Studies, vol. 13, pp. 57 - 71
    • Saunders PG; Davidson PM, 2007, 'Rising poverty is bad for our health', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 187, pp. 530 - 531
    • Saunders PG, 2007, 'Comparing poverty among older people in urban China internationally', China Quarterly: an international journal for the study of China, vol. 190, pp. 451 - 465
    • Saunders PG, 2007, 'Dentistry, deprivation and poverty', Australian Review of Public Affairs
    • Saunders PG, 2007, 'Mutual obligation, unemployment and well-being', Australian Journal of Labour Economics: a journal of labour economics and labour relations, vol. 10, pp. 167 - 184
    • Saunders PG; Naidoo YS, 2007, 'Poverty, deprivation and human rights', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 13, pp. 137 - 155
    • Saunders PG, 2007, 'The costs of disability and the incidence of poverty', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 42 (4), pp. 461 - 480
    • Saunders PG, 2006, 'Reviewing the role and structure of pensions in their national context', Policy and Politics: an international journal, vol. 34 (4), pp. 673 - 690
    • Saunders PG; Sun L, 2006, 'Poverty and hardship among the aged in urban China', Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, vol. 40, pp. 138 - 157
    • Saunders PG, 2006, 'The role of the state and family in the living conditions of older people in urban China: changing attitudes and outcomes', Social Policy and Society, vol. 5 (3), pp. 359 - 372
    • Saunders PG; Bradbury BW, 2006, 'Monitoring trends in poverty and income distribution: data, methodology and measurement', The Economic Record, vol. 82 (258), pp. 341 - 364
    • Saunders PG, 2006, 'Australian social attitudes. The first report', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 65, pp. 112 - 113
    • Saunders PG, 2006, 'The historical development of budget standards for Australian working families', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 48 (2), pp. 155 - 173
    • Saunders PG, 2006, 'Lost Horizons? Social justice and the redistributional imperative', Just Policy: a journal of Australian social policy, vol. 39, pp. 5 - 12
    • Saunders PG; Adelman L, 2006, 'Income poverty, deprivation and exclusion: a comparative study of Australia and Britian', Journal of Social Policy, vol. 35 (4), pp. 559 - 584
    • Saunders PG, 2006, 'Unleashing (labour) market forces: the social policy implications of industrial relations reforms', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 29 (1), pp. 80 - 90
    • Saunders PG, 2005, 'A valuable contribution to research and policy: Reviewing four decades of Australian poverty research', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 40, pp. 13 - 32
    • Saunders PG; Sun L, 2005, 'Economic prosperity and subjective well-being: comparing the aged in Australia and urban China', People and Place, vol. 13, pp. 6 - 14
    • Goodin RE; Rice JM; Bittman MP; Saunders PG, 2005, 'The time-pressure illusion: discretionary time vs free time', Social Indicators Research: an international and interdisciplinary journal for quality-of-life measurement, vol. 73, pp. 43 - 70
    • Saunders PG, 2005, 'A valuable contribution to research and policy: reviewing four decades of Australian policy research', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 40, pp. 13 - 32
    • Saunders PG; Patulny RV; Lee BE, 2005, 'Benchmarking the living standards of Australians using budget standards', Australian journal on ageing, vol. 24, pp. 146 - 152
    • Saunders PG; Siminski P, 2005, 'Home ownership and inequality: imputed rent and income distribution in Australia', Economic Papers: a journal of applied economics and policy, vol. 24, pp. 346 - 367
    • Saunders PG, 2004, 'Toward a credible poverty framework: from income poverty to deprivation', Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 18
    • Saunders PG, 2004, 'The experience of middle Australia. The dark side of economic reform', The Economic Record, vol. 80, pp. 127 - 128
    • Saunders PG; Brown J, 2004, 'Explaining welfare to work transistions among the unemployed', Australian Journal of Labour Economics: a journal of labour economics and labour relations, vol. 7, pp. 397 - 410
    • Saunders PG, 2004, 'Examining recent changes in income distribution in Australia', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 15, pp. 51 - 73
    • Siminski P; Saunders PG, 2004, 'Accounting for housing costs in regional income comparisons', Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, vol. 10, pp. 139 - 155
    • Saunders PG, 2003, 'It`s offical inequality is increasing again', Impact, vol. Spring, pp. 4 - 5
    • Siminski P; Saunders PG; Bradbury BW, 2003, 'Reviewing the intertemporal consistency of ABS household income data through comparisons with external aggregates', The Australian Economic Review, vol. 36, pp. 333 - 349
    • Saunders PG, 2003, 'Stability and change in community perceptions of poverty: evidence from Australia', Journal of Poverty, vol. 7, pp. 1 - 20
    • Saunders PG, 2002, 'Working for the dole: Patterns of paid and voluntary work among income support recipients', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 37, pp. 337 - 363
    • Saunders PG, 2002, 'Using household expenditure to develop an income poverty line', Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, vol. 36, pp. 217 - 234
    • Saunders PG, 2002, 'The Direct and Indirect Effects of Unemploymwnt on Poverty and Inequality', Australian Journal of Labour Economics: a journal of labour economics and labour relations, vol. 5, pp. 507 - 531
    • Saunders PG, 2002, 'The deserving poor: the changing community views on the causes of poverty', Australian Social Monitor, vol. 5, pp. 34 - 38
    • Saunders PG, 2002, 'Mutual obligation, participation and popularity: Social security reform in Australia', Journal of Social Policy, vol. 31, pp. 21 - 38
    • Saunders PG; Thomson CM; Evans C, 2001, 'Social Change and Economic Prosperity: Attitudes to growth and welfare', Just Policy: a journal of Australian social policy, pp. 4 - 15
    • Saunders PG; Shang X, 2001, 'Social Security Reform in China`s Transition to a Market Economy', Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, pp. 275 - 289
    • Saunders PG, 2001, 'Growth, Prosperity and the Generation of Inequality', Review of Income and Wealth, pp. 273 - 280
    • Saunders PG, 2001, 'Welfare Reform, Work and the Labour Market', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 12, pp. 151 - 164
    • Saunders PG, 2001, 'Policy Forum: Welfare Reform Reflections on Social Security and the Welfare Review', The Australian Economic Review, pp. 100 - 108
    • Saunders PG, 2000, 'The Economic Consequences of Rolling Back the Welfare State', The Economic Record, pp. 206 - 207
    • Saunders PG, 2000, 'Trends in Earnings Distribution', Australian Social Trends, pp. 145 - 148
    • Saunders PG; Oconi; Smytp; Warbj, 2000, 'Global Pressures, National Responses: The Australian Welfare State in Context', Social Work and the Human Services. Challenges and Change, Longmann, pp. 12 - 29
    • Eardley AC; Saunders PG; Evans C, 2000, 'Community Attitudes Towards Unemployment, Activity Testing and Mutual Obligation', Australian Bulletin of Labour, pp. 211 - 235
    • Saunders PG, 2000, 'Targeting Social Security in Australia and New Zealand', Means Tested or Just Mean?
    • Bradshaw J; Sainsbury R; Saunders PG, 2000, 'Defining Poverty and Identifying the Poor', Experiencing Poverty, pp. 5 - 25
    • Saunders PG, 1999, 'Budget standards and the costs of children', Family Matters, pp. 63 - 70
    • Saunders PG, 1999, 'An Australian budget standard: comparisons with the UK', Benefits: a journal of social security research, pp. 19 - 22
    • Saunders PG, 1999, 'Social security in Australia: mean-tested or just mean?', Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, pp. 493 - 515
    • Saunders PG, 1999, 'Budget standards and the poverty line', The Australian Economic Review, pp. 43 - 61
    • Saunders PG, 1998, 'Poverty and health:exploring the links beween financial stress and emotional stress in Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, pp. 11 - 16
    • Saunders PG; Nevile JW, 1998, 'Globalisation and the return to education', The Economic Record, pp. 279 - 285
    • Nevile JW; Saunders PG, 1998, 'Globalization and the Return to Education in Australia', The Economic Record, pp. 279 - 285
    • Saunders PG, 1998, 'Toward a better poverty measure', Focus, vol. 19, pp. 39 - 42
    • Saunders PG, 1997, 'Living standards, choice and poverty', Australian Journal of Labour Economics: a journal of labour economics and labour relations, pp. 49 - 70
    • Saunders PG; Fine MD, 1997, 'Evaluation and research in social policy', Australian Journal of Social Research, pp. 75 - 94
    • Saunders PG, 1996, 'Income, health and happiness', The Australian Economic Review, vol. 116, pp. 59 - 76

    Conference Papers

    • Hashim R; Omar SKA; Saunders PG, 2013, 'Indicators of poverty and social exclusion in Malaysia: Early findings', in CHUSER 2012 - 2012 IEEE Colloquium on Humanities, Science and Engineering Research, IEEE, Washington, DC, United States, pp. 598 - 603, presented at 2012 IEEE Colloquium on Humanities, Science and Engineering Research, CHUSER 2012, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 3 - 4 December 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CHUSER.2012.6504383
    • Saunders PG; Zhu WA, 2008, 'Deprivation, Social Exclusion and the Well-Being of Australian Families', in Proceedings 10th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, presented at 10th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 7 - 9 July 2008
    • Saunders PG; Naidoo YS, 2007, 'Poverty, deprivation and human rights', in 6th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference, presented at 6th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference, University of New South Wales, 10 - 11 December 2007
    • Siminski P; Saunders PG, 2003, 'Low-income before and after housing costs: comparing Australia`s regions', in Social Inclusion: Societal and Organizational Implications for Information Systems, Springer, New York, USA, presented at Social Inclusion, University of New South Wales, 9 - 11 July 2003
    • Saunders PG; Eardley AC, 2000, 'Lessons for poverty reduction from OECD countries', in Social Security and Social Development in East and Southeast Asia: Proceedings of a Workshop, presented at Social Security and Social Development in East and Southeast Asia: a Workshop, 1 January 2000
    • Saunders PG, 1998, 'The re-emergence of poverty as a research and policy issue', in Facts and Fancies of Human Development, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia Occasional Paper Series 1/2000, pp. 54 - 78, presented at Cunninghama Lecture and Annual Symposium 1997, Canberra, 9 November 1997
    • Saunders PG, 1998, 'Economic growth and social security:aspects of recent Asian experience', in 26th General Assembly of the International Social Security Association, pp. 1 - 21, presented at 26th General Assembly of the International Social Security Association, Marrakech, 1 October 1998
    • Saunders PG, 1997, 'Social policy in East-Asia and the Pacific area in the twenty-first century', in International Symposium Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Japan College of Social Work, pp. 108 - 122, presented at International Symposium Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Japan College of Social Work, 1 January 1997
    • Saunders PG, 1997, 'Dawning of a new age?', in Aging and the Elderly in Asia, pp. 17 - 43, presented at Aging and the Elderly in Asia, Tokyo, Japan, 1 November 1996
    • Saunders PG, (eds.), 1997, 'Do inequalities in income cause inequalities in health? (keynote address)', in Socioeconomic Inequalities and Health Conference, pp. 9 - 36, presented at Socioeconomic Inequalities and Health Conference, Wellington, 9 - 10 December 1997
    • Saunders PG, 1996, 'Unpacking inequality: wage incomes, disposable incomes and living standards', in Conference on Equity, Efficiency and Welfare, presented at Conference on Equity, Efficiency and Welfare, Melbourne, 1 - 2 November 1995

    Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

    • Shaver SM; Saunders PG, (eds.), 1999, 'Social policy for the 21st century: Justice and Responsibility', in , presented at Social policy for the 21st century: Justice and Responsibility, Sydney, 21 - 23 July 1999
    • Shaver SM; Saunders PG, (eds.), 1999, 'Social policy for the 21st century: Justice and Responsibility', in , presented at Social policy for the 21st century: Justice and Responsibility, Sydney, 21 - 23 July 1999
    • Saunders PG; Eardley AC, (eds.), 1998, 'Welfare Issues and Policy Challenges at the End of the Millenium', in , presented at Welfare Issues and Policy Challenges at the End of the Millenium, Perth, WA, 26 June 1998
    • Saunders PG; Eardley AC, (eds.), 1997, 'National Social Policy Conference, States, markets, communities: remapping the boundaries', in , presented at National Social Policy Conference, States, markets, communities: remapping the boundaries, University of New South Wales, 1 July 1997
    • Saunders PG; Eardley AC, (eds.), 1997, 'National Social Policy Conference, States, markets, communities: remapping the boundaries', in , presented at National Social Policy Conference, States, markets, communities: remapping the boundaries, University of New South Wales, 1 July 1997

    Reports

    • Saunders PG; Wong, 2013, Australia?s progress in the 21st century: pilot program on measuring social progress, Reports
    • Saunders PG; Wong, 2013, Analysis of Legal Aid NSW client social exclusion survey data, Reports
    • Saunders PG; Wong, 2012, Promoting inclusion and combating deprivation: recent changes in social disadvantage in Australia, Reports
    • Saunders PG, 2012, Report for the NSW Child Death Review Team on measuring socioeconomic status, Reports
    • Skattebol; Saunders PG; Redmond; Bedford; Cass, 2012, Making a difference: building on young people?s experiences of economic adversity (final report), Reports
    • Saunders PG; Wong M, 2009, Still doing it tough: an update on deprivation and social exclusion among welfare service clients, Reports, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report7_09_Still_doing_it_tough.pdf
    • Saunders PG; Hill T; Bradbury BW, 2008, Poverty in Australia: Sensitivity analysis and recent trends, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, Reports, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Report4_08_Poverty_in_Australia.pdf
    • Saunders PG; Naidoo; Griffiths M, 2007, Towards new indicators of disadvantage: deprivation and social exclusion in Australia, Reports
    • Saunders PG; Sutherland K; Davidson; Hampshire A; King S; Taylor J, 2006, Experiencing poverty: the voices of low-income Australians, Reports
    • Mchugh MH; McNab JW; Smyth C; Chalmers JJ; Siminski P; Saunders PG, 2004, The Availability of Foster Carers, Reports

    Conference Presentations

    • Saunders PG; Wong M, 2009, 'Still doing it tough: an update on deprivation and social exclusion among welfare service clients', in , presented at Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, 8 - 10 July 2009
    • Wong M; Saunders PG, 2009, 'Identifying Disadvantaged Children: Comparing Alternative Approaches', in , presented at 2nd International Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators, University of Western Sydney, 4 - 5 November 2009

    Working Papers

    • Saunders PG; Wong M, 2008, Deprivation and other indicators of the living standards of older Australians, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, Working Papers
    • Siminski P; Saunders PG; Bradbury BW; Waseem S, 2003, Assessing the quality and inter-temporal comparibility of ABS household income distribution survey data, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, Working Papers
Teaching

HDR supervision
Professor Peter Saunders is keen to supervise PhD candidates with an interest in social policy, measurement, causes and consequences of poverty; budget standards and household needs; income distribution and economic inequality; economic aspects of social security; social policy and the welfare state; comparative social policy, including in OECD and East Asian countries; public finance, including taxation policy and the role of government in the economy; international comparisons of government size and economic performance.

Professor Saunders currently supervises: Sherman Chan, Bob Davidson, Peter Davidson, Ji-Sun (Sunny) Kim, Yuvisthi Naidoo, Gerry Redmond and Cathy Thomson.

Supervisor of Students