About the contributors

Claire Aitchison works in the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research, at the University of Western Sydney in researcher education, supporting the writing of academics, supervisors and students. Her research interests include these fields and the marketisation of education.


Anna Boucher is a lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and a founding member of the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on comparative immigration policy, gender, ethnicity and the welfare state.


Dick Bryan is professor of political economy at the University of Sydney. He researches the new social foundations of money, including the ways in which financial calculation is intruding into, and increasingly ordering, daily life.


Terry Carney is emeritus professor of law at the University of Sydney. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a past president (2005–7) of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, and has chaired the National Advisory Council on Social Welfare and the Board of the Institute of Family Studies, along with various state enquiries on adult guardianship and health law. A part-time member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, his research and publications concentrate on social security and health law issues.


Fran Collyer is a sociologist at the University of Sydney, National Convenor of the Health Section of The Australian Sociological Association, a member of the Health Governance Network and former editor of the Health Sociology Review. She publishes in the fields of the sociology of knowledge, the history of sociology, disciplines and institutions, and the sociology of health.


Leanne Cutcher is an associate professor in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney’s Business School. Her research explores issues of gender, race, space and age in a range of organisational settings and has been published in leading journals, including: Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Gender Work and Organisation and Work, Employment and Society.


Bob Davidson is a private consultant who is undertaking a PhD at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. He has had extensive experience in the government, community and corporate sectors, in a range of social, economic, and environmental areas. His current research interests focus on the economics of human services and the impact of marketisation on service providers.


Susan Goodwin is an associate professor in policy studies in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on gender, social policy analysis and contemporary forms of governance, including governing through ‘community’.


Lucy Groenhart joined Swinburne University, Melbourne in 2013 as the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research interests are housing and urban policy.


Nicole Gurran is a professor within the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. Her research interests focus on urban policy, planning and housing.


Kirsten Harley is a lecturer in behavioural and social sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences and an honorary associate in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. She publishes in areas of health sociology, the history of sociology and theory use and, with Nick Osbaldiston, co-edits Nexus, the newsletter of The Australian Sociological Association.


Johann Loibl works as a Business Improvement Consultant in the eCommerce industry. Prior to this he spent several years working in project and process management in the agricultural sector. He has a Master of International Business from the University of Sydney.


Gabrielle Meagher is professor of social policy in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She is co-convenor of the Nordic Research Network on Marketisation in Eldercare and of the Australian Paid Care Research Network, and editor of the Australian Review of Public Affairs. Her research interests include care work and marketisation in social services.


Angela Mitropoulos is a researcher in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Contract and contagion: From biopolitics to oikonomia (2012), and her current book project is titled Infrastructures of uncommon forms.


Ruth Phillips is an associate professor in the Social Work and Policy Studies Program in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her core research interests include social policy, global social policy, the third sector and the application of feminism in these areas.


Helen Proctor is a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the complex relationships between schools and families. Her most recent book, jointly authored with Craig Campbell, is A history of Australian schooling (2014).


Stephanie D. Short is professor and head of the Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has written extensively on the sociology of healthcare and is convenor of HealthGov, an international network of regulators, professionals and researchers.


Adam Stebbing is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University and a fellow at the Centre for Policy Development. He is broadly interested in the interactions between social policy and social inequality, particularly hidden forms of middle-class welfare delivered through the tax system.


Shaun Wilson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. His interests lie in political and economic sociology, social survey research, social democracy and the electorate, and social policy. In collaboration with others, he has recently written on the sociology of the emotions in the economy, on Australia’s unemployment and disability support policies, and comparative welfare politics in Australia and New Zealand. He has also recently written on the fiscal and political dilemmas involved in Australia’s low-tax version of social democracy.