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Associate professor, La Trobe University

Sarah MacLean is a sociologist with and extensive experience in conducting research that supports health and welfare policy development. She seeks to understand social experiences of alcohol consumption, inhalant use and gambling. Each of these can be done legally and can be enjoyable, but also produce harms to health and wellbeing.

Sarah held an Australian Research Council postdoctoral fellowship (2010-2014), after which she was employed as Senior Research Fellow at the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne. Sarah is currently employed in the Discipline of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University. She is joint Editor-in-Chief of Health Sociology Review, an international peer reviewed journal, for the period 2019-2022.


  • 2015–2018
    Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University