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Dr Yuvisthi Naidoo

Research Fellow

BEc (Econometrics Hons) USyd; Masters of Policy Studies UNSW; PhD UNSW

Social Policy Research Centre

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252 Goodsell Building
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Fields: Public Policy, Social Policy, Family and Household Studies, Public Economics- Publically Provided Goods
Tags: Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being), Distribution of Income and Wealth, Ageing and Older People, Social Class and Inequalities

Dr Yuvisthi Naidoo (BEc (Econometrics Hons); Master of Policy Studies; PhD) is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre. She is a social policy researcher and quantitative research analyst whose focus is on social disadvantage and social indicators specialising in poverty and inequality; deprivation and social exclusion; well-being and ageing societies. She has extensive experience working on Australian Research Council funded projects on poverty, deprivation and social exclusion in Australia, with the most research project involving cross-national comparison of deprivation amongst European countries. Before joining the SPRC, Yuvisthi worked for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute on sustainable housing and support options for older homeless people. Prior to joining academic, Yuvisthi spent many years working in marketing and market research in the corporate sector, with consumer goods conglomerate Unilever; information technology company IBM; and strategic research consultancy Stancombe Research and Planning.

Yuvisthi completed her PhD in 2017 as the recipient of the Australian Institute of Population Ageing Research Scholarship (now known as the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research). Her thesis involved developing a set of economic metrics and a social indicator well-being framework to measure the economic standard of living and multi-dimensional well-being of individuals and applying the conceptual and methodological framework to analysis of older Australians.

Research Areas

Poverty and Inequality

Deprivation and Social Exclusion

Ageing and the Life Course

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Saunders PG;Naidoo YS, 2019, 'Poverty as Relative Deprivation: Application, Analysis and Implications for Social Security', in Social Security Reform: Revisiting Henderson, Poverty and Basic Income, University of Melbourne, Melbourne

    Journal articles

    Conference Papers

    • Naidoo Y, 2007, 'The Impact of Unemployment on Well-being and Happiness in Australia', Fourteenth International Research Seminar on Issues in Social Security, Foundation for International Studies of Social Security, Sigtuna, presented at Fourteenth International Research Seminar on Issues in Social Security, Foundation for International Studies of Social Security, Sigtuna, 15 - 17 June 2007

    Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

    • Saunders PG;Naidoo YS, 2007, 'Poverty, deprivation and human rights', 6th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference, University of New South Wales, presented at 6th Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference, University of New South Wales, 10 - 11 December 2007

    Reports

    • Saunders P;Bedford M;Brown J;Naidoo Y;Adamson E, 2018, Material Deprivation and Social Exclusion Among Young Australians: A child-focused approach, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5bd2aacfb0112
    • Judd B;Morris A;Kavanagh K;Naidoo YS, 2004, Housing Options and Independent Living: Sustainable Outcomes for Older People Who are Homeless, Final Report, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/62
    • Judd B;Morris AM;Naidoo YS;Kavanagh K, 2003, Housing Options and Independent Living: Sustainable Outcomes for Older People Who are Homeless, Positioning Paper, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/position-papers/60

    Theses / Dissertations

    Conference Presentations

    • Naidoo Y, 2018, 'Child Poverty in Australia: Examining the Impact of Different Approaches and Measures', presented at World Social Sciences Forum on Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures, Fukuoka, 25 - 28 September 2018
    • Saunders PG;Naidoo YS, 2018, 'Poverty as relative deprivation: application, analysis and implications for social security', presented at Social Security Reform: Revisiting Henderson and Basic Income, Melbourne, 15 - 16 February 2018
    • Naidoo YS;Saunders PG;Bedford M, 2017, 'A child-centred approach to measuring child poverty: initial findings of a NSW Study', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, Sydney, 25 - 27 September 2017
    • Naidoo YS, 2017, 'What matters to older people? The role of economics to older people’s well-being', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, Sydney, 25 September - 28 February 2017
    • Saunders PG;Naidoo YS, 2017, 'Poverty and deprivation in Australia: towards better measures and improved understanding', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, 25 - 27 September 2017
    • Naidoo YS, 2015, 'Multi-dimensional well-being of older people – A case study of older Australians', presented at Foundation for International Studies on Social Security, Sigtuna, 08 - 10 June 2015
    • Naidoo YS, 2015, 'Incorporating the ‘economic’ and ‘non-economic’ to understand the standard of living and well-being of older people – A case study of older Australians', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, 27 - 29 September 2015
    • Saunders PG;Naidoo YS, 2014, 'Examining the Impact of In-Kind Housing and Health Benefits on Poverty among Older Australians', presented at XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology on Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama, 13 - 18 July 2014
    • Naidoo YS;Morris AM, 2014, 'The centrality of housing tenure: Further perspectives on the lives of older public and private renters in Australia', presented at XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology on Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokoham, 13 - 18 July 2014
    • Naidoo YS, 2014, 'Integrating Income and Wealth into a Consumption Model for Older Australians', presented at U21 Graduate Research Conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, 01 - 04 July 2014
    • Naidoo YS, 2012, 'Moving beyond income in measuring economic living standards – A case study of Older Australians', presented at Foundation for International Studies on Social Security, Sitguna, 18 - 20 June 2012
    • Naidoo YS;Saunders PG;Zhu A, 2008, 'Social Exclusion, Deprivation and the Well-being on Australian Families', presented at Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, 09 - 11 July 2008
    • Saunders PG;Naidoo YS;Bedford M, 2007, 'Left Out and Missing Out – Deprivation and Social Exclusion in Australia', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, Sydney, 11 - 13 July 2007
    • Saunders PG;Naidoo YS, 2007, 'The Impact of Unemployment on Well-Being and Happiness in Australia', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, Sydney, 11 - 13 July 2007
    • Judd B;Naidoo YS;Kavanagh K;Morris A, 2003, 'In Search of a Home: Investigating the Housing and Support Needs of Older Homeless People', presented at Housing Futures in an Ageing Australia Conference, Melbourne, 03 - 04 November 2003

Teaching and Supervision

Research Supervision:

Yuvisthi Naidoo welcomes enquiries from prospective Higher Degree Research candidates with an interest in social policy and the welfare state;the measurement and understanding of poverty and inequality; ageing societies; well-being and social indicator frameworks.

Teaching Areas:

Poverty, Deprivation and Well-being

Previous Teaching:

Renmin University Social Policy Summer Course, Renmin University, Beijing

'Changing Social Policy', as part of the Master of Public Policy and Governance Degree, FASS, UNSW

Honours and prizes

Nominated, FASS Dean's Best Doctoral Thesis Award, 2018

Australian Institute of Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), PhD Scholarship, 2008

Engagement and Professional contributions

UNSW/ACOSS Poverty and Inequality Partnership Steering Committee

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Board, Elected Member, 2019-2020

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Early Career Academic Network Committee, 2018-2019

SPRC Seminar Coordinator, 2019-2020

Economic and Labour Relations Review, Editorial Board

Social Inclusion, Editorial Board, 2019-2021

The Australian Sociological Association, Member

Australian Social Policy Association, Member

International Sociological Association, Member of RC55 on Social Indicators, RC19 on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy; and RC11 on Sociology of Ageing

UNSW Women in Research Network, Member

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