The Life Course Centre will further our understanding of how disadvantage is transmitted within families and across generations and help translate research findings into practical solutions.

Professor Janeen Baxter, Centre Director

The Life Course Centre aims to identify the drivers of deep and persistent disadvantage in Australia and develop innovative and practical solutions to reverse the  impact of disadvantage on the lives of children and families. To achieve these aims, the Centre is focused on:

  • discovering the principal causes or mechanisms underlying the transmission of social disadvantage
  • investigating which policies and practices work in preventing and reducing deep and persistent disadvantage
  • developing and trialling solutions that reduce the transmission of disadvantage across generations
  • identifying the effects of disadvantage where human capability is reduced, and the compounding effects that see disadvantaged people more likely to face future hardship
  • providing policy advice and research evidence to agencies that deliver human services
  • building capacity through productive links with the researchers, collaborators and partners
  • providing research training and mentor graduate students and early career researchers.