Being in a class with high achievers improves students’ test scores. We tried to find out why

Who you go to school with matters. Almost all of us, as children or parents of children, have felt the influence of good, and bad, classmates at school.

There is a large body of research showing better peers can help increase a child’s test scores. But much less is known about how these peer effects actually take place between classmat...

Read More

Our top 1% of income earners is an increasingly entrenched elite

The share of total income collected by the top 1% of Australia’s income earners has been trending upwards since the 1980s. It is now about 9% of total income.

How concerned should we be about this? To some extent it depends on fluidity of membership of the top 1% (which in Australia means earning a pretax income of at least A$246,000)....

Read More

How retirement impacts social support and wellbeing

Australian couples moving into retirement tend to maintain their social networks, and many see an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing, according to a new study from Life Course Centre researchers Dr Nathan Kettlewell and Dr Jack Lam.

High levels of social connectedness are linked with better health and wellbeing, so this i...

Read More

COVID-19 silver linings: Life Course Centre researchers outline opportunities from pandemic for major social reforms

‘Never let a crisis go to waste’ is the message from Life Course Centre researchers investigating the potential for major social reforms arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. While COVID-19 has undoubtedly been a catastrophic global social, health and economic event, they are presenting an ‘optimistic, forward-looking counterpoint’ to the pande...

Read More

Award-Winning Working Papers Target Key Issues of Disadvantage

Reducing intergenerational welfare dependency, incentivising improved debt repayment practices, and building back a better and fairer society from COVID-19 are all key issues addressed in the Life Course Centre’s latest Working Paper Awards.

The awards, announced to coincide with Anti-Poverty Week 2021, highlight the best scholarship, ...

Read More

Young Australian women in financial hardship are twice to three times as likely to experience violence

New research undertaken for the National Summit on Women’s Safety finds violence and unwanted sexual activity are far more common among young women experiencing financial hardship than women who are not.

It comes as the federal government has denied Australians locked down and living only on benefits such as JobSeeker the sort of extra...

Read More

The gendered consequences of COVID-19: Life Course Centre seminar series

Women, particularly mothers of young children, are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in terms of negative employment, caring, and emotional and financial wellbeing outcomes. This was a key message from a presentation to the 2021 Life Course Centre seminar series by Associate Investigator, Associate Professor Leah Ruppanner of the ...

Read More

Assessing anti-Asian attitudes in the USA and Australia

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and University of Queensland have analysed negative attitudes towards Asian people in both the United States and Australia to better understand the factors that contribute to these prejudices. The findings suggest that race-hatred in the United States can be correlated to political opinion, with mo...

Read More

Efforts to wipe-out childhood anaemia fall short

An international study has found a global target to eradicate childhood anaemia by 2030 will fail, presenting a major public health challenge. Life Course Centre PhD candidate Md. Mehedi Hasan from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) said although the results showed a considerable reduction in childhood...

Read More

Dr Yaqoot Fatima honoured at 2021 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

Dr Yaqoot Fatima, a Research Fellow and Life Course Centre Associate Investigator at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at The University of Queensland, has been honoured with a 2021 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award.

The annual Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Awards are hosted by the Australian Institute of P...

Read More