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TR Ashworth Professor in Sociology, The University of Melbourne

Dr Dan Woodman is TR Ashworth Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Dan’s primary research area is the sociology of young adulthood and generations, and he uses this focus to also contribute to the sociology of work and to sociological theory. He is currently co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Youth Studies. He was President of The Australian Sociological Association for two terms (2017-2020) and Vice President of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Youth within the International Sociological Association for two terms (2014-2022). He was previously a Research Fellow in the Research School of Social Science at the Australian National University (2009-2011). Prior to his academic career, Dan spent a number of years as an intellectual disability support worker and had a short stint in the Victorian Public Service.


  • 2017–present
    TR Ashworth Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Melbourne
  • 2009–2011
    Research Fellow - Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University


  • 2010 
    University of Melbourne, PhD (Sociology and Education)

Professional Memberships

  • President - The Australian Sociological Association; Vice President Research Committee 34 - Sociology of Youth - International Sociological Association