Mark Western is Director of the Institute for Social Science Research and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has previously worked at the Australian National University and the University of Tasmania, and held visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Manchester, where he held a Hallsworth Visiting Professorship, and the Institute of Education, London.
Mark is a sociologist whose research examines how systems of inequality and disadvantage arise and can be addressed, what matters for economic and social well-being, and how institutions like schools, families, networks and labour markets are involved in these processes. Mark also carries out research in social science methods.
Mark is an International Fellow of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, a Board Member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Social Stratification and Inequality, and a former member of the ARC College of Experts.