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Dina Bowman

Dina Bowman
Principal Fellow, Work and Economic Security
and Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne

Dr Dina Bowman, who joined the Research and Policy Centre in 2009, leads the team that examines work and economic security.

She has a PhD in sociology, a post-graduate diploma in policy and law, and a Bachelor of Arts.


Dina’s research focuses on the experience of inequality and the factors that shape advantage and disadvantage. As an economic sociologist she is particularly interested in qualitative and mixed methods and the challenges of applied research.

Dina was an elected member of the executive of the Australian Sociological Association (2013–14) and is a member of the Work + Family Policy Roundtable, the International Sociological Association, the Australian Social Policy Association and the International Association for Feminist Economics.

Contact: dbowman(at)bsl.org.au


Current research projects include

  • Enhancing job services for mature age job seekers
  • Life Chances
  • Asylum seekers and employment
  • Economic security and financial risk

Research interests

  • Gender, work and inequality
  • Intersections of market and non-market activities and relations
  • Disability, care, ageing and work
  • Public sociology and social policy

Selected recent publications

Bowman, D, Randrianarisoa, A and Wickramasinghe, S 2018, Working for everyone? Enhancing employment services for mature age jobseekers, research summary

Wickramasinghe, S and Bowman, D 2018, Help, but not real help: mature age jobseeker perspectives on employment services in Australia (PDF, 638 KB)

Randrianarisoa, R and Bowman, D 2018, On the front line: employment services staff perspectives on working with mature age jobseekers (PDF, 594 KB)

Bowman, D and Randrianarisoa, A 2018, Missing the mark: employer perspectives on employment services and mature age jobseekers in Australia (PDF, 443 KB)

van Kooy, J and Bowman 2018, ‘Surrounded with so much uncertainty’: asylum seekers and manufactured precarity in Australia, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, published online 23 January. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1427563 

Banks, M and Bowman, D 2017 Juggling risks: insurance in households struggling with financial insecurity (PDF, 1.1 KB)

Bowman, D, Banks, M, Fela, G, Russell, R and de Silva, A 2017, Understanding financial welbeing in times of uncertainty, working paper, Brotherhood of St Laurence and RMIT University, Melbourne

McGann, M, Ong, R, Bowman, D, Duncan, A, Kimberley, H and Biggs, S 2016, 'Gendered ageism in Australia: changing perceptions of age discrimination among older men and women', Economic Papers, Published online 26 September. DOI: 10.1111/1759-3441.12155

Biggs, S, Bowman, D, Kimberley, H & McGann, M 2016, Introductiion: Policy responses to ageing and the extension of working lives, Social Policy and Society, vol. 15, no. 4, Published online: 20 September. DOI: 10.1017/S1474746416000269

Bowman, D, McGann, M, Kimberley, H and Biggs, S 2016, 'Activation and active ageing? Mature-age jobseekers' experience of employment services', Social Policy and Society. Published online 20 June. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000245

Bowman, D, McGann, M, Kimberley, H and Biggs, S 2016, 'Rusty, invisible and threatening: ageing, capital and employability', Work Employment & Society, first published online 7 June.

McGann, M, Kimberley, H, Bowman, D and Biggs, S 2016, 'The netherworld between work and retirement', Social Policy and Society, FirstView article, published online 3 June.

Biggs, S. McGann, M, Bowman, D and Kimberley, H 2016, 'Work, health and the commodification of life's time: reframing work–life balance and the promise of a long life', Ageing and Society, FirstView article, published online 23 May.

Bowman, D, 2015, 'Caught in transition', Insight, issue 12, pp.18–21.

Bowman, D and Maker, Y 2015, No! Not equal, Future Leaders, Albert Park. No Not Equal chapter downloads

Bowman, D 2015, ‘The Brotherhood of St Laurence’, Encyclopaedia of World Poverty, Sage

Bowman, D, Borlagdan, J and Bond, S 2015, Making sense of youth transitions, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Fitzroy, Vic.

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