School of Social Sciences

In February 2020 we focused on MARC members in the School of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts.

Professor Jo Lindsay is Associate Dean Enterprise in the Arts Faculty and Professor of Sociology. Professor Lindsay is a leading sociologist in the fields of families, consumption and environmental sociology with a strong track record in interdisciplinary research and supervision. She is currently researching risky drinking subcultures alongside other projects on households and consumption. Jo was part of the team led by A/Prof Steve Roberts' Identifying and Understanding Men's Risky Drinking Subcultures and Settings' that was awarded the research into action award by VicHealth in 2019. Jo is passionate about research partnerships, research innovation, and working with partners and communities to solve complex social issues.

Professor Kerry O'Brien is Professor of Behavioural Science and Director of the Behavioural Sciences Research Laboratory. Kerry was trained in psychology at the University of Otago, and his research interests focus on understanding the impacts of stigma on health. and the effectiveness of health and social policy. His areas of investigation include a range of health and social problems, such as problem drinking and gambling, eating behaviour, racism, homophobia, social identity and extremism, and recently the psychosocial consequences of endometriosis. With training in both psychology and public health methods, Kerry's research employs a range of experimental and cross-sectional research approaches and methodologies, and he has designed and published many psychometrically sound measures and methods now widely used by the field.


Steve Roberts is Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences (SoSS). He is an internationally recognised expert in research on young people's transitions to adulthood and the changing nature of men and masculinity. In both cases he is concerned especially with issues of social class, social change and social continuity, and the attendant implications for social inequality. Steve's research on masculinity pertains mostly to youth and social class, but includes men's engagement with sexting; emotionality; domestic labour; education; and employment, and, most recently, risky drinking. Steve recently lead the 'Identifying and Understanding Men's Risky Drinking Subcultures and Settings' project that was awarded the research into action award by VicHealth in 2019.

Rebecca Wickes is an Associate Professor in Criminology and the Director for the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre at the School of Social Sciences. Dr Wickes' research focuses on physical and demographic changes in urban communities and their influence on social relationships, inclusion and the concentration of social problems, in particular crime, social exclusion and public disorder.

Dr Brian Vandenberg is a health economist whose research interests include the economic determinants of alcohol and drug use, gambling, and population health. Before joining Monash University, he worked as a practitioner in public health policy development and implementation at VicHealth, and later at Cancer Council Victoria. He has also previously been a senior advisor on alcohol and drugs to the Premier's Drug Prevention Council, the National Preventative Health Taskforce, and the Commonwealth Department of Defence. He has a keen interest in research translation and policy advocacy and is a past president of the Public Health Association of Australia (Victorian branch).

Dr John Gardner is a sociologist and STS (science & technology studies) scholar, with expertise on the social and ethical dimensions of technology and innovation. Dr Gardner’s research focuses primarily on the sociological dimensions of medical innovation.  It investigates how social values and expectations shape innovation processes, and it examines the social and ethical aspects of new medical technologies. His research has explored a number of critical issues in healthcare such as the relationship between medical practices, identity and sociality; the operationalisation of patient-centred care; cultural and institutional barriers to technology implementation; and distributive justice in biomedical innovation.