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Catherine Robinson

Associate Professor in Housing and Communities, University of Tasmania

Catherine is Associate Professor in Housing and Communities, School of Social Sciences and a committed public intellectual and community leader in the areas of homelessness, mental ill-health and child and youth well-being. A sociologist and qualitative social researcher with a broad interest in the relationship between vulnerability, suffering, embodiment, injustice and place, Catherine conducts research and advocacy for impact on social policy and social service design and delivery. Her current work focuses on understanding the experiences and support needs of Tasmanian children and young people who experience complex risk and vulnerability, including unaccompanied homelessness. Catherine is a board member of Homelessness Australia and is also known for her work with Blackfella Films as Series Consultant and Co-Host of the multi-award winning factual documentary series Filthy Rich and Homeless.


  • 2016–2022
    Social Researcher, Social Action and Research Centre, Anglicare Tasmania
  • 2008–2016
    Senior lecturer, Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTS
  • 2003–2008
    Lectuer, Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTS
  • 2001–2003
    Research fellow, Urban Frontiers Program, UWS


  • 2002 
    UNSW, PhD
  • 1998 
    UTAS, BA Hons

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Waithood: The experience of waiting for social housing
    Funding Source:

Professional Memberships

  • Board Director, Homelessness Australia
  • Tasmanian Council of Social Services
  • Shelter Tasmania
  • Youth Network of Tasmania
  • Australian Sociological Association

Research Areas

  • Studies In Human Society (16)