SPARC Research

SPARC has research expertise across a wide range of areas relevant to social policy, including:

Poverty, inequality and social exclusion

  • Gender and poverty
  • Income distribution and poverty
  • Wage distribution

Rights-based approaches to social policy

  • Child protection and rights-based policy
  • Values underlying rights based approaches


  • Gender inequality in labour market and educational outcomes
  • Gender analysis
  • Gender and political representation

Children and childhood

  • Children’s participation in decision-making or community development
  • Children’s citizenship
  • Children in the care and protection system

Public sector management

  • Public sector reform and relationships
  • The role of public managers and paradigmatic change
  • People management in the public sector

Third sector service delivery organisations

  • Values and legitimacy
  • Relationship with government

Members of SPARC are currently engaged in four ARC Linkage projects which explore some of the themes listed above.

  1. Sharon Bessell and Amy Liu: Developing better indices of poverty and gender equity.
  2. Sharon Bessell and Ann Nevile: Developing a framework for analysing community strengthening and social inclusion policies from a child-centred perspective.
  3. Ann Nevile and Janine O’Flynn: Trust, competition and control in the new generation of employment services in Australia.
  4. Janine O’Flynn: Whole-of-government approaches to policy-making, implementation and service delivery.

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