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Senior Lecturer, Justice and Legal Studies Department, Swinburne University of Technology

Kay Cook is a Senior Lecturer in the Justice and Legal Studies department at RMIT University. Her work explores how new and developing social policies such as welfare-to-work, child support and child care policies, transform relationships between individuals, families and the state. Dr Cook is the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Studies and co-convener of the Australian Sociological Association Family, Relationships and Gender thematic group. Her work has been taken up by the Australian Law Reform Commission in their inquiry into Family Violence and Commonwealth Law, and her current research directly informs the federal Department of Human Services’ delivery of welfare services.


  • 2017–present
    Associate professor, Department of Social Sciences


  • 2005 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD / Sociology