Analysing institutional systems and delivering enabling data and technology to identify mechanisms of disadvantage

research-disadvantageThere is still much that we don’t know about how deep and persistent disadvantage transmits from one generation to the next, and how political and economic systems alleviate or worsen disadvantage, and widen inequalities.

The Life Course Centre’s Disadvantage Systems Research Program aims to identify how disadvantage occurs. The program investigates how social and economic systems, the  community, and institutions shape deep and persistent disadvantage and determine how new data systems and technologies can inform this research.

Projects in this program are:

  • mapping how the formation and breakdown of relationships can create sub-optimal life-course pathways
  • benchmarking Australia’s ability to counteract deep and persistent disadvantage in an international context
  • integrating big data to research the transmission of disadvantage over time and across generations
  • developing statistical models to demonstrate the causal pathways to disadvantage.

Program Leader: Professor Mark Western