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DR Dina Bowman


  • Economic sociology (inequality)
  • Gender (inequality, work, care, economic security)
  • Inequality at work (age; disability; gender; low pay)
  • Social policy (work, inequality, work/life, conceptualisations of social issues)
  • Sociology (inequality, economic security, work)
  • economic security / insecurity (economic survival strategies)



  • Dina's  research focuses on work, employment, economic security and inequality. As an economic sociologist, she is interested in how gender, class, age, 'race' and disability intersect with paid and unpaid work to shape economic advantage or disadvantage across the life course. She is particularly interested in the lived experience of economic insecurity, low paid work and income support, how social policy impacts on people's lives and policy responses to economic insecurity. She leads research on work and economic security at the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.    


Member of

  • Work + Policy Roundtable. member 2012 -
  • International Association for Feminist Economics. member 2006 - 2014
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). member of the Executive responsible for multimedia (2013-2014); previously co-convenor economic sociology thematic group 2003 - 2014


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • ARC Linkage LP160100467 Working longer, staying healthy and keeping productive.Prof Lyndall Strazdins, ANU: A/Prof Catherine Banwell ANU; Dr Gemma Carey, UNSW;  Dr Dina Bowman, BSL: A/Prof Peter Butterworth, ANU; Dr Su Mon Kyaw-Myint, Safe Work Australia; Mr Peter Thorning, Queensland Treasury Office of Industrial Relations; Dr Peng Yu, Department of Social Services; Prof Shelley Mallett, University of Melbourne

    Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation - Eldon & Anne Foote Trust (Innovation Grant 2015) Enhancing Job Services For Older Australians

    ARC Linkage LP120100624 Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyond. Prof Alan S Duncan, Prof Simon J Biggs, Dr Honge Gong, Dr Helen E Kimberley, Dr Dina D Bowman   



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in examinations of the lived experience of economic insecurity, low paid work and income support.  Proposals about income support conditionality, mature age poverty, and poverty in rural and regional areas are of particular interest.