Ralph Hall

Emeritus Professor

Research Summary


Ralph Hall is Emeritus Professor at the School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.


Ralph’s research interests are in the theory and practice of the evaluation of social programs, measurement in the social sciences, foundations of social research and in higher education research and policy. He has published three books, several monographs and articles in professional and academic journals on psychology, education, evaluation and research methods.


Ralph used to teach applied social research methods, program evaluation and philosophy of social science. He used to be the Honours Coordinator for all programs in the school, excluding Social Work which has its own Honours Coordinator.


He is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society, the American Evaluation Association and the editorial board of Australian Universities Review.


Research Areas


Research design and methods in the social sciences; theory and practice of program evaluation; higher education issues including performance measurement, quality, student perceptions of their university experience, and evaluation of teaching


Current Research Projects


  • Mixed Methods in Applied Research and Evaluation – a book project requested by Sage Publications
  • Peer mentoring programs for first year undergraduate students: A conceptual framework and model
  • Mobile phone use while driving: a study of user behaviour


Postgraduate Research Supervision


Areas of Supervision

Program evaluation, educational psychology, quantitative methods


Recent Postgraduate Research Completions


·         Dave Coleman, PhD Social Science & Policy, 2001, The core and the periphery: The case of Foundation Studies programs in the organizational and educational transformations of higher education

·         Suzy Casimiro, PhD Social Science & Policy, 2002, Settlement crossroads: Portuguese migrants in Australia

·         Phillip Snoyman, PhD Social Work, 2010, Staff in the NSW criminal justice system understanding of people with and without disability who offend


Current Postgraduate Research Supervision


·         Le Nhat Tran, PhD Social Science & Policy, Cultural transition of Vietnamese students in Australia (thesis examination completed, revision underway)

·         Jae Won Kang, PhD Social Science & Policy, Towards a level playing field: A case study of young  Koreans and sports in the Australian Context

·         Tanya Carney, PhD Organisation and Management, Navigating employment by mothers returning to the workforce

·         Jamee Newland, PhD Health, Sexuality and Culture, Hepatitis C risk aversion strategies by intravenous drug users




Teaching areas

Applied social research, information and research for policy, inquiry and interpretation in the social sciences, arts and social science graduates in the workplace, program evaluation: theory and practice


Affiliation and Memberships


  • Member, Australasian Evaluation Society
  • Member, American Evaluation Association
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Life Member, National Tertiary Education Union




Hall RF, 2008, Applied Social Research, Original, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, Vic
Hall RF, 1998, Children, Commercial Strategies and On-Line Services, Original, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Book Chapters
Hall RF, 2013, 'Mixed Methods: In Search of a Paradigm', in Le T; Lê Q (ed.), Conducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World, Nova Science Pub Incorporated, pp. 71 - 78, https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=41127
Hall RF, 2009, 'Qualitative research methods', in Argyrous G (ed.), Evidence for policy and decision-making, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 218 - 239
Hall RF, 2009, 'Evaluation principles and practice', in Argyrous G (ed.), Evidence for policy and decision-making, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 27 - 44
Hall RF, 2001, 'Applied Social Research', in Jonathan Michie (ed.), Reader`s Guide to the Social Sciences, Volume 1, edn. Original, Fitzroy Dearbon Publishers, Chicago
Hall RF, 2001, 'Performance measurement, public sector', in Jonathan Michie (ed.), Reader`s Guide to the Social Sciences, Volume 1, edn. Original, Fitzroy Dearbon Publishers, Chicago, pp. 1217 - 1218
Hall RF, 2001, 'Evaluation', in Jonathan Michie (ed.), Reader`s Guide to the Social Sciences, Volume 1, edn. Original, Fitzroy Dearbon Publishers, Chicago, pp. 529 - 530
Hall RF, 2001, 'Social Indicators', in Jonathan Michie (ed.), Reader`s Guide to the Social Sciences, Volume 1, edn. Original, Fitzroy Dearbon Publishers, Chicago, pp. 1510 - 1511
Hall RF, 1999, 'Children, Advertising and the Internet', in Developing Child Developing Media, edn. Original, New College Institute for Values Research and Youn, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. 83 - 104
Conference Papers
Robertson T; Wilson L; Hall RF; Hansen S, 2008, 'Using an action research approach to design a telemedicine system for critical care: a reflection', in Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Conference o Computer-Human Interaction: Designing for Habitus and Habitat, Cairns, QLD, pp. 255 - 258, presented at OZCHI 08, Cairns, QLD, 08 December 2008 - 12 December 2008, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1517744.1517767
MITCHELL KR; HALL RF; PIATKOWSKA OE, 1975, 'TREATMENT OF FAILING UNDERACHIEVERS', in AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGIST, AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOC, pp. 255 - 255, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1975AJ39100046&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
Journal articles
Hall RF; Jaugietis Z, 2011, 'Developing peer mentoring through evaluation', Innovative Higher Education, vol. 36, pp. 41 - 52, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10755-010-9156-6
Hall RF, 2010, 'The work-study relationship: experiences of full-time university students undertaking part-time employment', Journal of Education and Work, vol. 23, pp. 439 - 449, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2010.515969
Hall RF, 2007, 'Improving the Peer Mentoring Experience through Evaluation', The Learning Assistance Review, vol. 12, pp. 7 - 17
Hall RF, 2006, 'Peer Mentoring Program Eases Transition to University and Increases Retention', E Source for College Transition, vol. 4, pp. 7 - 9
Hall RF; Glaser N; Halperin S, 2006, 'Students Supporting Students: The Effects of Peer Mentoring on the Experiences of First Year University Students', Journal of the Australia and New ?Zealand Student Services, vol. 27, pp. 4 - 18
MITCHELL KR; HALL RF; PIATKOWSKA OE, 1975, 'GROUP PROGRAM FOR BRIGHT FAILING UNDERACHIEVERS', JOURNAL OF COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT, vol. 16, pp. 306 - 312, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1975AJ31600010&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
Orr FE; Mitchell KR; Hall RF, 1975, 'Effects of reductions in social anxiety on behaviour in', Australian Psychologist, vol. 10, pp. 139 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00050067508256451
Mitchell KR; Hall RF; Piatkowska OE, 1975, 'A group program for the treatment of failing college students', Behavior Therapy, vol. 6, pp. 324 - 336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0005-7894(75)80107-9