Principal Research Fellow, Work and Economic Security and Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne
Dr Dina Bowman, who joined the Social Policy and Research 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 drivers, experience and impacts of inequality and insecurity and what can be done to enable inclusive employment and economic security.
Dina is an honorary principal fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne . She is a member of the Work + Family Policy Roundtable.
Selected BSL publications
Kabare, M & Bowman, D 2022, Flip it: reframing issues affecting women’s economic security in Seymour
Harrison, U & Bowman, D 2022, Return to the family safety net? Economic security as Life Chances participants turn 30
Porter, E & Bowman, D 2021, Losing traction: lessons in financial wellbeing from the COVID crisis
Porter, E & Bowman, D 2021, A brief reprieve? Financial wellbeing after the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns
Soldatic, K, Bowman, D, Mupanemunda, M & McGee, P 2021, Dead ends: how our social security system is failing people with partial capacity to work
Porter, E & Bowman, D 2021, Shocks and safety nets: financial wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis
Bowman, D, Mupanemunda, M & Wickramasinghe, S 2021, Towards a brighter future for low-income women
Harrison, U, Curry, M & Bowman, D 2020, Setbacks at 30: Life Chances and COVID-19
Porter, E, Bowman, D & Curry, M 2020, All in it together? Financial wellbeing before COVID-19
Bowman, D, Banks, M, Whiteford, P, de Silva, A, Anantharama, N, Csereklyei, S & Mallett, S 2020, Everyone counts: uncovering patterns of Newstart Allowance
Thornton, D, Bowman, D & Mallett, S 2020, Safety net to poverty trap? The twentieth-century origins of Australia’s uneven social security system
Bowman, D & Wickramasinghe, S 2020, Trampolines not traps: enabling economic security for single mothers and their children
Brown, JT & Bowman, D 2020, Economic security and dignity: a financial wellbeing framework
Hart, A, Bowman, D & Mallett, S 2019, Improving the health of older aged care workers
Bowman, D, Allan, M & Levin, I 2019, Getting to work: insights about the transition from education to employment from the Life Chances Study, Stage 11
Bowman, D, Thornton, D & Mallett, S 2019, Reclaiming social security for a just future: a principled approach to reform
Wickramasinghe, S & Bowman, D 2019, Not simply business as usual: insights from Money For Jam, a micro-enterprise initiative for older women
Boese, M, van Kooy, J & Bowman, D 2018, Humanitarian migrants, work and economic security on the urban fringe: how policies and perceptions shape opportunities
Bowman, D & Banks, M 2018, Hard times: Australian households and financial insecurity
Bowman, D, Randrianarisoa, A & Wickramasinghe, S 2018, Working for everyone? Enhancing employment services for mature age jobseekers
Wickramasinghe, S & Bowman, D 2018, Help, but not real help: mature age jobseeker perspectives on employment services in Australia
Randrianarisoa, R & Bowman, D 2018, On the front line: employment services staff perspectives on working with mature age jobseekers
Bowman, D & Randrianarisoa, A 2018, Missing the mark: employer perspectives on employment services and mature age jobseekers in Australia
Banks, M & Bowman, D 2017, Juggling risks: insurance in households struggling with financial insecurity
Bowman, D, Banks, M, Fela, G, Russell, R & de Silva, A 2017, Understanding financial wellbeing in times of uncertainty, Brotherhood of St Laurence and RMIT University, Melbourne.
Bowman, D, Borlagdan, J & Bond, S 2015, Making sense of youth transitions from education to work
Selected external publications
Bowman, D & Soldatic, K 2022 ‘Dead ends: how our social security system is failing people with partial capacity to work’, Social Security Rights Review, 22 February.
Hart, A, Bowman, D & Mallett, S 2021, 'Time for good care and job quality: managing stress among older workers in the aged care sector', Journal of Aging & Social Policy, DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2021.1926202
Yanotti, M, Banks, M, de Silva, A, Anantharama, N, Whiteford, P, Bowman, D & Csereklyei, Z 2021, The utility of new data in understanding housing insecurity, AHURI final report no. 351, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne. DOI:10.18408/ahuri5321801.
Brown, JT, Banks, M & Bowman, D 2020, 'From me to us: strengthening our financial capabilities', Economic Papers: a Journal of Applied Economics and Policy. First view 28 August. DOI: 10.1111/1759-3441.12295
Hart, A, Bowman, D & Mallett, S 2020, 'Extending the working lives of older personal care workers in the aged care sector', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol. 26, no. 11, pp.36–9
Hart, A, Bowman, D & Mallett, S 2020, 'Scheduling longer working lives for older aged care workers: a time and income capability approach', Time and Society, published online 3 May. DOI: 10.1177/0961463X20914099
Banks, M & Bowman, D 2019, 'Bad timing: the temporal dimensions of economic insecurity', Critical Sociology, published online 13 November.
Bowman, D, Mallett, S & Cooney-O'Donoghue, D 2019, 'Diversion ahead? Change is needed but that doesn’t mean that basic income is the answer', in E Klein, J Mays & T Dunlop (eds) 2019, Implementing a basic income in Australia: pathways forward, Palgrave Macmillan.
van Kooy, J & Bowman, D 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
McGann, M, Ong, R, Bowman, D, Duncan, A, Kimberley, H & Biggs, S 2016, 'Gendered ageism in Australia: changing perceptions of age discrimination among older men and women', Economic Papers, published online 26 September.
Biggs, S, Bowman, D, Kimberley, H & McGann, M 2016, 'Introduction: 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 & Biggs, S 2016, 'Activation and active ageing? Mature-age jobseekers' experience of employment services', Social Policy and Society, published online 20 June.
Bowman, D, McGann, M, Kimberley, H & 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 & 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 & 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 & Maker, Y 2015, No! Not equal, Future Leaders, Albert Park, Vic.
Bowman, D 2015, ‘The Brotherhood of St Laurence’, Encyclopaedia of world poverty, Sage.