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Families & Relationships Thematic Group

Aims and Objectives

Year established: March 2008. This group was split into two groups and endorsed by the Executive on March 18, 2016; Families & Relationships and Genders and Sexualities.

This group aims to facilitate and support research and collaboration on the sociology of families and relationships. We aim to provide a forum to showcase sociological research on families and relationships and the opportunity to bring theoretical insights, empirical research and policy discussions together in conversation and debate.


Topics of interest include:

Family formation

Dating and establishing relationships

Cohabitation and marriage

Separation, divorce and re-constituted families

Domestic violence, neglect and abuse

Relationships and the law


Indigenous families

Same-Sex relationships

Trans people and relationships

Intersex Relationships

Queer Relationships


Families of Choice

Mothering, fathering and parenting

Children and childhood



Sex Work

Relationships, families and technology

Fertility decision-making and reproduction

Work, domestic labour and patterns of care

Money and family relationships

Theoretical and methodological debates

Video: Social Sciences Week 2020 Research4Society Series: NCSMC - Kay Cook

Year established: March 2008. This group was split into two groups and endorsed by the Executive on March 18, 2016; Families & Relationships and Genders and Sexualities.

Mentoring Program

Applications close on April 22, 2022

Contact Dorinda 't Hart ( and Alice Campbell (

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2020 Mentoring Program
2020 Mentoring Program
The program provides mentoring for thematic group postgraduate students and ECRs (five years from conferral) without a continuing position in academia. It focuses on writing a journal article for publication. We will pair senior academics with postgraduate students and ECRs for 6-months. Read on...

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Group Conveners:

Giselle Newton
Giselle Newton
University of Queensland

Cheng Yen Loo
Cheng Yen Loo
University of Western Australia

Cal Volks
Cal Volks
La Trobe University

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