Organising Team and Conference Partners

Scientific committee

Dr Betsy Blunsdon, Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc., Australia
Dr Michael Alexander, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, Australia
Associate Professor Len Coote, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Dr Ann Evans, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Dr Nicola McNeil, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Professor Ken Reed, Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated, Australia


ACSPRI is a consortium of universities and government research agencies, established as a non-profit organisation in 1976 to support and promote social science. It runs intensive courses on social science research methods; supports and collaborates with the Australian Social Science Data Archive; develops Open Source survey software; and undertakes surveys for university researchers.

Gold sponsors

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) helps to build a strong and fair society for all Australians. We develop social policies to increase opportunities to participate in our society and work; promote a cohesive and connected society; support basic living standards; and support individuals, families and communities to building their capacity.



The Social Research Centre

The Social Research Centre provides the Australian social science research community with access to world class survey research services and a full range of survey design, data management, analytical and qualitative skills. Our motivation stems from the desire to collect data of the highest quality, to undertake research in the public good and to enhance knowledge and contribute to informed decision-making. Our goal is to be internationally acknowledged as a centre for excellence in the provision of social science research services.

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Footprint Books

Footprint Books prides itself on being one of the leading Australasian book distributors exclusively representing prominent publishers both from the USA and UK. Our focus is mainly on the Social Sciences and our 75,000 plus titles come from distinguished publishers such as Sage Publications, MIT Press, Princeton University Press, University of Chicago Press, Guilford Press and American Psychological Association to name a few. Our full list of titles and publishing partners can be found on our website Please visit us at the conference to browse a range of books and enter our competition to win $100 worth of books.

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The Co-op Bookshop

The Co-op Bookshop was founded at the University of Sydney in 1958 to provide a reliable and affordable supply of textbooks to students and academics. Since its inception the Co-op Bookshop has grown to become Australia’s premier academic and professional bookseller, and one of the largest retail book chains in the country. As a not-for-profit co-operative, we prioritise the supply of our books at the lowest sustainable price whilst minimising our impact on the environment.

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QSR International

QSR International’s qualitative data analysis software, NVivo, helps researchers to organise, analyse and visualise information from interviews, focus groups, audio recordings, and surveys – and now with NVivo 10 – social media and web content too. To learn more about how NVivo can help you perform effective qualitative and mixed methods research, we invite you to attend the following conference sessions: Panel discussion: Qualitative Research and Online Media; Paper presentations: Comparative Analysis of Qualitative and Quantitative Data and Best Practices in Teaching Qualitative Research. You can also free trial NVivo, or attend for a free online eDemo of the software.  Visit to learn more.

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