Ben is the Director of the Open Door: Veteran Transition, Integration, Wellbeing research initiative in the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work. Open Door is an Australasian research hub that brings together veterans, scholars, and practitioners together around key research, service provision, and policy/legislation initiatives. Open Door is connected to other veteran research hubs across the five-eye nations.
Ben is the co-Deputy Director of Orama Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing
As a Veteran, Ben's research is focused on the health and wellbeing of serving personnel and Veterans. He conducts sociological and criminological research on the ADF and DVA including institutional abuse in the ADF, veteran suicide, and veteran transition into higher education. Ben also researches men's violence toward other men and is using Virtual Reality as a pedagogical tool for education for violence prevention.
Ben writes about the cultural history of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Of particular interest is military culture and crime and the military. He is currently Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Grant titled "Institutional Abuse and Organisational Reform within the ADF (1969-). Ben is currently the lead CI on 2 grants investigating veteran transition and education. These studies explore how effective tertiary education is as a transition pathway, The second grant funded by the NCSEHE studies the ways universities understand veterans and govern their place in the university.
Senior lecturer, Flinders University
Policy Officer, SA Health Commission and DECS
Private Infantry and Corporal MP, Australian Regular Army
Flinders University, Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
Flinders University, PhD Sociology
Flinders University, BA Hons
Brotherhood: Homosociality, Totality and Military Subjectivity, Australian Feminist Studies Journal
What Does the White Man Want? What Australian Masculinities and Aboriginal Reconciliation, Lambert Publishing
Sociology, the Military and Civil-Military Relations: an under-explored field, TASA
The Pact: Sex Skype and the Bonds of Men, Citizenship and Globalisation Research Papers
Cultural Camouflage: The ADF on Trouble in the Ranks, TASA
Camouflage: how the visual arts and sociology make sense of the military, TASA
Culture and Education, Pearson Australia
Whose Reconciliation? Conservative white Australian masculinities and their struggle for white Australia, Intersections: Gender, Race and Ethnicity in Australasian Studies
(Un)masking hegemony: militarism, white masculinity and the logic of contemporary empire, International Journal of Critical Psychology
What is whiteness? Authenticity, dominance, identity, Placing Race and Locating Whiteness
Mogan Hunts and Pig Nights: The Making of the Arms Corps Soldier, TASA
What does the white man want?: white masculinities and aboriginal reconciliation, Manning the Millennium