Dr Elizabeth Adamson

Research Fellow
MSc Policy Studies, University of Edinburgh (Scotland), BA (Hons), Queen’s University (Canada)
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 5358
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 248, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Public Policy, Social Policy, Comparative Government and Politics, Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Tags: Children's/Youth Services and Childcare, Comparative Structure and Development of Community Services, Work and Family Responsibilities

Research

Elizabeth Adamson (PhD in Social Policy, UNSW; MSc Policy Studies, University of Edinburgh) is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). Her research interests cross broad comparative care and family policy including: early childhood education and care (ECEC), the social and political economy of formal and informal care, and gender, migration and care. She has also been involved in projects on disadvantaged children and young people, young carers, comparative family taxes and benefits, and child poverty in the Pacific Islands. She is currently working on an ARC Discovery project, Markets, Migration and the Gendered Work of Care (led by Prof Deborah Brennan), and an ARC Linkage project, Material Deprivation and Social Exclusion among Young Australians: A Child-Focused Approach (led by Professor Peter Saunders).

Elizabeth completed her PhD in 2015, which examined funding and policy approaches to in-home child care in Australia, the UK and Canada, as part of the ARC Linkage project, Families at the Centre. She was supervised by Professors Deborah Brennan and Fiona Williams.

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Publications

    Books

    • Adamson E, 2016, Nannies, migration and early childhood education and care An international comparison of in-home childcare policy and practice, Policy Press

    Book Chapters

    • Adamson EA, 2017, 'Crossing Boundaries: In-home childcare and migration in Canada', in Caring for Children Social Movements and Public Policy in Canada, UBC Press, pp. 187 - 207
    • Brennan D; Adamson EA, 2017, 'Early Education and Child Care Policy in Australia', in Grace R; Hodge K; McMahon C (ed.), Children, Families and Communities, edn. 5, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 318 - 336
    • Brennan DJ; Adamson E, 2012, 'Early childhood education and care policy', in Bowes J; Grace R; Hodge K (ed.), Children, families, communities: contexts and consequences, edn. 4th, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 255 - 270

    Journal articles

    • Adamson E; Cortis N; Brennan D; Charlesworth S, 2017, 'Social care and migration policy in Australia: Emerging intersections?', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 52, pp. 78 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.1
    • Adamson EA; Brennan D, 2016, 'Return of the Nanny: Public Policy towards In-home Childcare in the UK, Canada and Australia', Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12250
    • Skattebol J; Adamson E; Woodrow C, 2016, 'Revisioning professionalism from the periphery', Early Years, vol. 36, pp. 116 - 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2015.1121975
    • Adamson E, 2015, 'An Equal Start? Providing Quality Early Education and Care for Disadvantaged Children Edited by LudovicaGambaro, KittyStewart and JaneWaldfogel Bristol: Policy Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-4473-1051-8; £7', Social Policy & Administration, vol. 49, pp. 969 - 970, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12180
    • Adamson EA; Brennan D, 2014, 'Social investment or private profit? Diverging notions of 'investment' in early childhood education and care', International Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 46, pp. 47 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13158-013-0098-x
    • Hamilton MG; Adamson E, 2013, 'Bounded agency in young carers' lifecourse-stage domains and transitions', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 16, pp. 101 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2012.710743
    • Whiteford P; Redmond G; Adamson E, 2011, 'Middle Class Welfare in Australia: How has the Distribution of Cash Benefits changed since the 1980s?', Australian Journal of Labour Economics, vol. 14, pp. 81 - 102, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=556711210676386;res=IELBUS

    Conference Papers

    • Adamson EA, 2013, 'Comparative In-home child care policy in Australia, the UK and Canada: Intersecting inequalities and implications for the recognition of care workers', in Comparative In-home child care policy in Australia, the UK and Canada: Intersecting inequalities and implications for the recognition of care workers, Research Committee 19: Social exclusion and the challenges of inclusion: social policies addressing intersecting inequalities, Budapest, Hungary, presented at Research Committee 19: Social exclusion and the challenges of inclusion: social policies addressing intersecting inequalities, Budapest, Hungary, 22 - 24 August 2013
    • Adamson EA, 2013, 'Contradictions between discourse and policy? Comparing In-home child care in Australia, the UK and Canada', in Contradictions between discourse and policy? Comparing In-home child care in Australia, the UK and Canada, Changes and Challenges in a Globalising World: First International Community, Work and Family Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, presented at Changes and Challenges in a Globalising World: First International Community, Work and Family Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 17 - 19 July 2013
    • Adamson EA, 2013, 'Debates and inequalities surrounding In-home child care in Australia, the UK and Canada: Implications for the recognition of care workers', in Debates and inequalities surrounding In-home child care in Australia, the UK and Canada: Implications for the recognition of care workers, Australian Social Policy Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 16 - 18 September 2013

    Reports

    Conference Presentations

    • Adamson E; Brennan D; Cortis N, 2015, 'Social policy, care and migration in Australia: Lock step or out of step?', presented at Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, 03 - 05 February 2015
    • Adamson E, 2014, 'Competing pressures, actors and interests in ECEC: Comparing the origins of in-home child care in Australia, the UK and Canada', presented at Social Sciences and Humanities Congress 2014 (Canadian Sociological Association), Brock University, St Catherines, Ontario, 26 - 30 May 2014
    • Adamson E, 2014, 'Reshaping care work in the home: the case of in-home child care in Australia, the UK and Canada', presented at Work and Family Researchers Network, New York, NY, 19 - 21 June 2014

    Working Papers

    • Adamson E; Skattebol J; valentine K; Brennan DJ; Katz I; Helyar S; Woodruff J; Bevan K, 2009, Because children and families matter: Delivering on the National Reform Agenda,, UnitingCare Australia, Canberra.

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