Population, Social Change and Life Course



Australia is experiencing significant social and demographic transformations. Research in this program is concerned with the drivers, nature, impact and challenges of such changes for individuals, groups and society at large. A key aim for this program is to better understand individuals’ experiences of social, demographic, and economic changes across the life course. To achieve this, we undertake analyses of current and future trends in education, health, workforce, partnering, family formation and housing careers.


Key Projects

Social Futures & Life Pathways (‘Our Lives’) Project: Waves 1-7


Key Publications



Heard, G. & Arunachalam, D. (eds.) 2015. Family Formation in 21st Century Australia. Springer: Dordrect, Netherlands. 

Arunachalam, D. and Nguyen, D. Q. V. (2016). ‘Family connectedness, school attachment and health-compromising behaviours among young Vietnamese males‘. Journal of Youth Studies, 19(3): 287-304. 

Chen, L.-M. , Chang, L. Y. C., and Cheng, Y. -Y. (2016). ‘Choosing to be a defender or an outsider in a school bullying incident: Determining factors and the defending process‘. School Psychology International. (DOI: 10.1177/0143034316632282)

Laughland-Booÿ, J., Skrbiš, Z. & Newcombe P. (Forthcoming). ‘Identity and Intimacy: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study of Young Australians. Journal of Adolescent Research.

Berrington, A., Roberts, S. and Tammes, P. (2016). ‘Educational aspirations among UK young teenagers: exploring the role of gender, class and ethnicityBritish Educational Research Journal, 1-36.

Smith, J. and Skrbiš, Z. (2015) ‘Arenas of comfort and conflict: Peer relationship events and young people’s educational attainment’. Journal of Youth Studies (online first).

Smith, J., Hewitt, B. and Skrbiš, Z. (2015) ‘Digital socialisation: Young people’s changing value orientations towards internet use between adolescence and early adulthood’Information, Communication & Society, 18(9), 1022-1038.

Laughland-Booÿ, J., Mayall, M. and Skrbiš, Z. (2014) ‘Whose choice?  Young people, career choices and reflexivity re-examined’Current Sociology. 63(4), 586-603. DOI: 10.1177/0011392114540671.



Steven Roberts (Program Leader; steven.d.roberts@monash.edu)

Jonathan Smith
Dharma Arunachalam
Zlatko Skrbis
Lennon Chang
Rebecca Kippen (School of Rural Health)
Jacqueline Laughland-Booy