Myra Hamilton

Senior Research Fellow
Senior Lecturer

Dr Myra Hamilton (BA (Hons); PhD, Sydney) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre. She is a sociologist and social policy researcher whose focus is on work and care across the generations. Her program of research brings together research on patterns of, barriers to, and experience of work, with research on patterns of and experiences of care, and how these interact in complex ways across the generations and at different stages of the lifecourse. 

Her research projects have covered retirement incomes policy, welfare reform, the policy needs of parents and unpaid carers and the dynamics of work and care over the lifecourse, and the way in which young people and baby boomers prepare for the future. She has a PhD in sociology, a comparative study of Australia and Britain looking at the way in which reform of income support and retirement incomes systems are framed by ideas about contractual reciprocity.

Myra has spent most of the last eight years working at the Social Policy Research Centre, where she combines academic research with applied policy research for government and non-government organisations, including a number of evaluations of policies and programs. She makes regular contributions to public and media debate on issues such as baby boomers, grandparenting, work and retirement decisions, balancing work and care, and the wellbeing of children and young people. She is an Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues and a member of the Work and Family Policy Roundtable.

Her work is internationally recognised and she has spent significant periods living and working in the United Kingdom, based at the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender at the University of Surrey (2007), as a Lecturer at the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol (2010-2011), and at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh (2010).

She is currently the holder of two Australian Research Council Grants: one on how disadvantaged young people access the resources they need; and one on how families manage care, treatment and stigma when a family member is living with a blood borne virus.

Research Areas

Retirement incomes policy
Ageing and the lifecourse
Welfare reform

Balancing work and care
Informal carers
Policies concerning children and young people
Generational issues
Policy, service and program evaluation
Social theory ie including risk theory, social contract theory, citizenship theory

Methodological expertise

Comparative policy analysis
Qualitative research

Current Grants

Chief Investigator, ARC Discovery Grant, Serodiscordance in Family Life, (2016-2019) (other CIs include Associate Professor Christy Newman, Dr Asha Persson, Associate Professor kylie valentine, Dr Joanne Bryant, and Jack Wallace)

Chief Investigator, ARC Linkage Grant, Young People and Adversity: Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness (2016-2019) (other CIs include Dr Jen Skattebol, Associate Professor kylie valentine and Professor Deborah Brennan)

Chief Investigator, Competitive Grant for Financial Literacy Australia, An Australian Framework for Financial Wellbeing,undertaken by Social Policy Research Centre in partnership with Centre for Social Impact, UNSW, Sydney (2016-2017) (other CIs include Professor Kristy Muir, Dr Jack Noone)

Books
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Antonucci L; Hamilton MG; Roberts S, (eds.), 2014, Young People and Social Policy in Europe: Dealing with Risk, Inequality and Precarity in Times of Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan
2014
Book Chapters
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Craig L; Hamilton M; Brown J, 2019, '‘The Composition of Grandparent Childcare: Gendered Patterns in Cross-national Perspective’', in Timonen V (ed.), Grandparenting practices around the world Reshaping family, Policy Press, pp. 151 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv7h0tzm
2019
Hamilton MG; Antonucci L; Roberts S, 2014, 'Constructing a theory of youth and social policy', in Antonucci L; Hamilton MG; Roberts S (ed.), Young People and Social Policy in Europe: Dealing with Risk, Inequality and Precarity in Times of Crisis, edn. Work and Welfare in Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 13 - 34, http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/young-people-and-social-policy-in-europe-lorenza-antonucci/?K=9781137370518
2014
Hamilton MG; Antonucci L; Roberts S, 2014, 'Introduction. Young people and social policy in Europe: past and present', in Antonucci L; Hamilton MG; Roberts S (ed.), Young People and Social Policy in Europe: Dealing with Risk, Inequality and Precarity in Times of Crisis, edn. Work and Welfare in Europe, Palgrave, pp. 1 - 12, http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/young-people-and-social-policy-in-europe-lorenza-antonucci/?K=9781137370518
2014
Hamilton MG; Antonucci L, 2014, 'Youth transitions, precarity and inequality and the future of social policy in Europe', in Antonucci L; Hamilton MG; Roberts S (ed.), Young People and Social Policy in Europe: Dealing with Risk, Inequality and Precarity in Times of Crisis, edn. Work and Welfare in Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 256 - 265, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000361136500014&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2014
Hamilton M, 2010, 'Welfare reform and provision for old age in Australia and Britain', in Marston G; Moss J; Quiggin J (ed.), Risk, Welfare And Work, Academic Monographs, pp. 84 - 106
2010
Conference Papers
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Persson A; Newman C; Hamilton M; Bryant J; valentine K; Drysdale K; Gray R, 2019, 'The embodied relationality of blood-borne viruses: How families matter in the context of a stigmatised viral infection', London, presented at AIDS Impact, London, 29 July 2019 - 31 July 2019
2019
Conference Presentations
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Newman CE; Persson A; Drysdale K; Rance J; Hamilton M; valentine K; bryant J; Wallace J, 2018, '"I found out I have HIV but it's all good, I'm on medication": The deployment of biomedical technologies in HIV and viral hepatitis family disclosure narratives', presented at 2018 In Sickness and in Health Conference, Sydney, 07 June 2018 - 09 June 2018
2018
Hamilton M; Botfield J; Newman C; Persson A; Bryant J; valentine K; Wallace J, 2018, 'Hidden carers? Understanding the needs of carers of people with HIV in the contemporary treatment era.', presented at Carers NSW 2018 Biennial Conference, Auckland, 01 November 2018 - 03 November 2018
2018
Persson A; Newman C; Drysdale K; Hamilton M; valentine K; Bryant J; Gray R; Rance J; Botfield J, 2018, 'Understanding divergent family responses to a blood borne virus diagnosis', presented at Australasian HIV Conference, Sydney, 24 September 2018 - 26 September 2018
2018
Hamilton M; Botfield J; Persson A; Newman C; Bryant J; valentine K; Wallace J, 2018, 'Hidden carers? A scoping review of the needs of informal carers of people with HIV in the contemporary treatment era', presented at Australasian HIV Conference, Sydney, 24 September 2018 - 26 September 2018
2018
Newman C; Drysdale K; Persson A; Rance J; Hamilton M; valentine K; Bryant J; Wallace J, 2018, 'Mediating biosocial possibilities: The deployment of biomedical technologies in HIV and viral hepatitis family disclosure narratives', presented at 2018 annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science: TRANSnational STS, Sydney, 24 September 2018 - 26 September 2018
2018
Persson AS; Newman C; Hamilton M; Bryant J; Wallace J; valentine K; Botfield J, 2017, 'Understanding the needs of families affected by blood-borne viruses: The case for extending the concept of “serodiscordance”.', presented at 29th Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference, Canberra, 06 November 2017 - 08 November 2017
2017
Journal articles
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Persson A; Smith AKJ; Wallace J; valentine K; Bryant J; Hamilton M; Newman CE, 2020, 'Understanding ‘risk’ in families living with mixed blood-borne viral infection status: The doing and undoing of ‘difference’', Health (United Kingdom), http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459320946469
2020
valentine K; Persson A; Newman CE; Hamilton M; Bryant J; Wallace J, 2020, 'Experience as Evidence: The Prospects for Biographical Narratives in Drug Policy', Contemporary Drug Problems, pp. 009145092091624 - 009145092091624, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0091450920916244
2020
Hamilton M; Redmond G, 2020, 'Are Young Carers Less Engaged in School than Non-Carers? Evidence from a Representative Australian Study', Child Indicators Research, vol. 13, pp. 33 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-019-09647-1
2020
Salignac F; Hamilton M; Noone J; Marjolin A; Muir K, 2020, 'Conceptualizing Financial Wellbeing: An Ecological Life-Course Approach', Journal of Happiness Studies, vol. 21, pp. 1581 - 1602, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-019-00145-3
2020
Persson A; Newman C; valentine K; Hamilton M; Bryant J; Wallace J, 2019, 'The embodied relationality of blood-borne viruses: How families matter in the context of a stigmatised viral infection', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 243, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112620
2019
Hamilton M; Suthersan B, 2019, 'Gendered moral rationalities in later life: Grandparents balancing paid work and care of grandchildren in Australia', Ageing and Society, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X19001855
2019
Hamilton M; Hill E; Adamson E, 2019, 'A ‘career shift’? Bounded agency in migrant employment pathways in the aged care and early childhood education and care sectors in Australia', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2019.1684246
2019
Hamilton M; Botfield J; Persson A; Newman C; Bryant J; valentine K; Wallace J, 2018, 'Hidden Carers? a Scoping Review of the Needs Of Carers of People with HIV in the Contemporary Treatment Era', International Journal of Care and Caring, vol. 2, pp. 529 - 549, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/239788218X15411705099442
2018
Persson A; Newman CE; Hamilton M; Bryant J; Wallace J; valentine K, 2017, 'Families Living with Blood-Borne Viruses: The Case for Extending the Concept of “Serodiscordance”', Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases, vol. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2017/4352783
2017
Hamilton M; Thomson C, 2017, 'Recognising unpaid care in private pension schemes', Social Policy and Society, vol. 16, pp. 517 - 534, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000312
2017
Hamilton M; Cass B, 2016, 'Capturing the centrality of age and life-course stage in the provision of unpaid care', Journal of Sociology, vol. 53, pp. 79 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783315625117
2016
Hamilton M, 2014, 'The 'new social contract' and the individualisation of risk in policy', Journal of Risk Research, vol. 17, pp. 453 - 467, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2012.726250
2014
Hamilton M, 2013, 'Just deserts? 'Privatisation' and the history of deservingness in Australia's retirement incomes system', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 47, pp. 457 - 477, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2012.tb00260.x
2013
Cortis N; Bullen J; Hamilton M, 2013, 'Sustaining transitions from welfare to work: the perceptions of employers and employment service providers', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 48, pp. 363 - 384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2013.tb00287.x
2013
Hamilton M; Adamson E, 2012, '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
2012
Purcal C; Hamilton M; Thomson CM; Cass B, 2011, 'From assistance to prevention: categorizing young carer support services in Australia, and international implications', Social Policy and Administration, vol. Early view, pp. 788 - 806, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2011.00816.x
2011
Other
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Baldassar L; Hill E; Hamilton M; Brennan D; Dymond T; Withers M; Stevens C; Kintominas A, 2020, Submission to the Select Committee on Temporary Migration on the impact temporary migration has on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions, https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Temporary_Migration/TemporaryMigration/Submissions
2020
Hamilton M; Fisher K; Hill T, 2018, Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Evaluation Consolidated Report 2018, Policy Press
2018
Reports
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Thomson C; Blaxland M; Skattebol J; Hamilton M; valentine K, 2020, Stories of housing and home: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e57337b739e0
2020
Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; MacAndrew S, 2020, Housing: Stories of resourcefulness, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e5496d176054
2020
Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; valentine K; MacAndrew S, 2020, Education: Stories of resourcefulness, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e5496264ccdd
2020
Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; valentine K; MacAndrew S, 2020, Aftercare: Stories of resourcefulness, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e5495e950acc
2020
Blaxland M; Skattebol J; Thomson C; Hamilton M; valentine K, 2019, Stories of educational engagement among young people with complex needs: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5dba2942b3cbe
2019
Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; valentine K, 2019, Stories of aftercare services and support needs after leaving care: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 11/19, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5ce5ed1459df0
2019
Hamilton M; Kintominas A; Brennan D, 2018, The Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa, Migrant Grandparents and Transnational Family Life, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5d8aaa906ffc4, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/1_Policy_Brief__Temporary_Sponsored_Parent_Visa_Migrant_Grandparents_and_Transnational_Family_Life_2018.pdf
2018
Muir K; Hamilton MG; Noone J; Marjolin A; Salignac F; Saunders P, 2017, Exploring Financial Wellbeing in the Australian Context, Centre for Social Impact & Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
2017
Hamilton MG; Giuntoli G; Johnson K; Fisher KR, 2016, Transitioning Australian Respite, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 04/16, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Transitioning_Australian_Respite.pdf
2016
Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Skrzypiec G; Burnstock T; Redmond G; Jenkins B; Dodd K, 2013, Understanding Children's Perspectives on Wellbeing, http://www.australianchildwellbeing.com.au/sites/default/files/uploads/Final%20ACWP%20Phase%20One%20Report%20Nov%202013_0.pdf
2013
Cortis N; Bullen J; Hamilton M; Whiteford P, 2012, Understanding the barriers to 13 and 26 week employment outcomes, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, SPRC Report for Campbell Page
2012
Cass B; Brennan DJ; Thomson CM; Hill T; Purcal C; Hamilton M; Adamson E, 2011, Young carers: Social policy impacts of the caring responsibilities of children and young adults, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney
2011
Hamilton M; Redmond G, 2010, Conceptualisation of social and emotional wellbeing for children and young people, and policy implications, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, http://www.aracy.org.au/index.cfm?pageName=Social_and_emotional_wellbeing_indi
2010
Cass B; Smyth C; Hill T; Blaxland M; Hamilton M, 2009, Young carers in Australia: understanding the advantages and disadvantages of their care giving, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, Social Policy Research Paper, 38, https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/05_2012/sprp_38.pdf
2009
Cass B; Smyth C; Hill T; Blaxland M; Hamilton M, 2009, Young carers in Australia, Deapartment of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
2009
Hamilton M; Hamilton C, 2006, Baby boomers and retirement: Dreams, fears and anxieties, Australia Institute Discussion Paper No. 89
2006
Hamilton M; Hamilton C, 2006, Rich boomer, poor boomer: Retirement prospects for the not-so-lucky generation, Australia Institute Webpaper
2006

Policy and service needs of carers, retirement incomes policy and social inequalities, policies concerning balancing work and care, young carers, policy and service needs of disadvantaged young people.

Hamilton M; Kirby E; Van Toorn G, 2020, COVID-19 places spotlight on dying alone, https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/contributors/opinion/covid-19-places-spotlight-on-dying-alone/
2020
Kirby E; Hamilton M; Van Toorn G, 2020, COVID-19 places spotlight on dying alone, https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/contributors/opinion/covid-19-places-spotlight-on-dying-alone/
2020
Kintominas A; Hamilton M, 2019, Migrant grandparents to fill childcare gap, but at what cost?, https://womensagenda.com.au/life/migrant-grandparents-to-fill-childcare-gap-but-at-what-cost/
2019