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Professor Mark Western


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  • Mark Western is Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. From 2009 to March 2022 he was Founding Director of the Institute for Social Science Research. He has previously worked at the Australian National University and the University of Tasmania, and held visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Manchester, and the Institute of Education, London.
    Mark is an International Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, a former Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life course and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security.
    Mark is also a member of the Boards of the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester, the Leeds Social Sciences Institute, and the Stretton Institute at the University of Adelaide. In recent years Mark Western's external appointments include:
    Chair of the Education and Human Society Research Evaluation Committee, ERA 2012
    Deputy Chair of the Social Science Assessment Committee Engagment and Impact Assessment, 2018
    Deputy Chair of the National Review of the Australian Research Training System for the Australian Council of Learned Academies
    Member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Australian Census Longitudinal Data set for the Australian Bureau of Statistics
    Member of the Advisory Group to the Academy of Humanities Project, Mapping International Research Infrastructures for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
    Chair of the Steering Committee for the State of the Social Sciences Report 2021 for the Academy of Social Sciences
    Chair of the Expert Working Group reviewing the ERA Rating Scale and Benchmarking for the ARC.
    He has edited and authored 7 books, and over 100 book chapters, journal articles and commissioned reports and held research grants and contracts worth approximately $120 million.