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Professor Gabrielle Meagher’s research engages with pressing problems in social policy and the world of work. These themes come together in her research on the way social care services are practised, organised, distributed, experienced and understood by different groups. She works with colleagues in Australia and Sweden to understand how policies to ‘make markets’ in social services are transforming the welfare states in these two countries.

Research interests

Care work, marketization and privatization of social services, Australian and comparative social policy.

External positions

Affiliated Professor

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2022


1 Oct 201531 Dec 2019

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Research Output

Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy

Meagher, G. (ed.) & Goodwin, S. (ed.), 2015, Sydney, NSW: Sydney University Press. 375 p. (Public and social policy series)

Macquarie University

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Open Access
  • Becoming an Industry: The Struggle of Social and Community Workers for Award Coverage, 1976–2001

    Briggs, C., Meagher, G. & Healy, K., 2007, In : Journal of Industrial Relations. 49, 4, p. 497-521 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Where to for the welfare state? Attitudes to spending, welfare and social services

    Wilson, S., Meagher, G. & Breusch, T., 2005, Australian social attitudes: the first report. Wilson, S., Meagher, G., Gibson, R., Denemark, D. & Western, M. (eds.). Sydney: UNSW Press, p. 101-121 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

    The reprofessionalization of social work: Collaborative approaches for achieving professional recognition

    Healy, K. & Meagher, G., Mar 2004, In : British Journal of Social Work. 34, 2, p. 243-260 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review