Addressing persistent absenteeism in schools


Life Course Centre researchers, including Research Fellows Kirsten Hancock and Frances Mitrou, and Chief Investigators Professor Cate Taylor and Professor Stephen Zubrick, have had their research paper published in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR). Titled, ‘The Diverse Risk Profiles of Persistently Absent Primary Students: Implications for Attendance Policies in Australia’,… Read more »

100th Working Paper


The Life Course Centre is proud to report that the LCC Working Paper Series has published its 100th paper. The Working Paper Series is a wonderful resource and example of the high quality work produced by many great researchers in Australia and around the world. The Life Course Centre is grateful to Dr Francisco Perales and his assistant Ella… Read more »

Early academic outcomes of funded children with disability


The Life Course Centre’s Dr Cain Polidano and Associate Professor Chris Ryan, along with their colleague Professor John P. Haisken-DeNew, have published a new LCC Working Paper titled ‘Early Academic Outcomes of Funded Children with Disability’. The authors propose that children with disability are commonly funded to support their learning in Australian schools, but a… Read more »

Housing assistance improves students’ educational outcomes


A new working paper by Life Course Centre Associate Investigator Professor Barbara Wolfe, along with her colleagues Dr Deven Carlson, Hannah Miller, Professor Emeritus Robert Haveman, Sohyun Kang, and Alex Schmidt, investigates the relationship between housing assistance and children’s educational achievements. The authors describe the relationship between neighbourhoods characterised by higher levels of socioeconomic advantage… Read more »

House prices and unemployment rates can affect progress towards a degree


  Life Course Centre Research Fellow Professor Leslie Stratton has released a working paper on the link between housing prices, unemployment, disadvantage and progress towards a degree. In her working paper summary, Professor Stratton explains that when young men and women contemplating college consider the costs of doing so (both the direct costs, and the… Read more »

Reduce truancy and improve outcomes: award for outstanding experimental field trial

ABILITY Team 2015v2

The Life Course Centre is proud to announce that our ABILITY School Engagement Program Trial (ASEP Trial) team, which includes Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, Dr Sarah Bennett, Dr Emma Antrobus and Dr Elizabeth Eggins, will receive the outstanding experimental field trial award by Division of Experimental Criminology of the American Society of Criminology in November 2017…. Read more »

Gender gaps in early education achievement


In May 2017, Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, leader of the Human Capabilities Program at the Life Course Centre, discussed her research ‘Gender gaps in early education achievement’ with ABC’s Life Matters presenter Amanda Smith. It is generally thought that girls outperform boys in literacy, and boys outperform girls in maths and science. Cobb-Clark explains that it… Read more »

Students whose fathers engage with their education are more successful

Teenage girl aged 10 in fourth grade of primary school having fun doing her homework with her father. They are using laptop computer to research information,

Life Course Centre researchers Dr Jenny Povey and Alice Campbell featured in an article in The Courier-Mail and on Channel 7’s evening news bulletin on 10 July, 2017, talking about their research into parents’ interest in their child’s education, and how it affects educational outcomes. In their research Povey and Campbell explore the role of… Read more »

Marian Vidal-Fernandez in conversation: ‘No Pass No Drive’ laws

Dr Marian Vidal-Fernandez

Life Course Centre research fellow Dr Marian Vidal-Fernandez sat down with the American Economic Association (AEA) to talk about the poster she presented at their annual conference in Chicago last January. In her latest work studying ‘No Pass No Drive’ laws, she and her co-author Dr Rashmi Barua find that restricting access to driving licenses… Read more »

Supporting teenage parents

Newborn baby with young mother and father on white background

While the rate of births to teenage parents continues to decline in Australia, adolescent pregnancy and parenthood remain a social and public health concern. A new working paper from Life Course Centre researchers Ms Heidi Hoffmann and Dr Sergi Vidal describes the context of Australian teenage pregnancy and parenthood, and outlines some of the challenges… Read more »