Dr Andrew Clarke

Dr Andrew Clarke

PhD (sociology), University of Queensland, 2017

Honours (sociology), University of Queensland, 2011

Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, 2010

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

Andrew is a sociologist with expertise in the areas of urban sociology, social policy, housing studies, and social theory. He researches a variety of topics including housing insecurity and homelessness, social housing provision, urban governance, and the role of charity in contemporary welfare systems. He is currently undertaking projects on the 'slow violence' of evictions processes in the private rental sector and the experience of being on the waiting list for social housing. 

Andrew’s methodological expertise lies in the use of ethnographic and other qualitative methods to investigate social policies and programs and their effects. He has a strong background in social theory and he is passionate about integrating theoretically-informed sociological analysis with applied social policy research. Andrew also has experience in combining ethnographic research with analysis of administrative data in policy and program evaluations.

Andrew is the Australasian editor of Housing Studies and a fellow with the City Futures Research Centre and the Australian Basic Income Lab. Prior to joining UNSW, Andrew held a series of research fellowships at the University of Queensland (2016-2022). Andrew received his PhD in sociology from the University of Queensland in 2017.

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  • Books | 2021
    2021, Charity and poverty in advanced welfare states, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003150572
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Plage S; Kuskoff E; Parsell C; Clarke A; Ablaza C; Perales F, 2023, 'Longing for a Forever Home: Ontological insecurity is collectively produced in fixed-term supportive housing for families', Housing, Theory and Society, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2023.2173287
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Applying for Social Housing in Australia–The Centrality of Cultural, Social and Emotional Capital', Housing, Theory and Society, 40, pp. 42 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2022.2085169
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Discursive tensions: Outcomes and rights in educators’ accounts of children’s relaxation', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 24, pp. 70 - 81, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1463949120983480
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Can a basic income help address homelessness? A Titmussian perspective', Journal of Sociology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/14407833221135986
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Charity and Shame: Towards Reciprocity', Social Problems, 69, pp. 436 - 452, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spaa057
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Discarded data: an Ahmedian engagement with young children’s gendered accounts of violence and power', Gender and Education, 34, pp. 787 - 803, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2022.2078795
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Fulfilling and desperately needed: Australian media representations of responses to homelessness', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 57, pp. 783 - 797, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.201
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Governing Through (An Exclusive) Community: Limitations of State Conceptualisations of 'the Community' in Domestic Violence Policies', SOCIAL POLICY AND SOCIETY, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746422000495
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Poverty by Design: The Role of Charity and the Cultivated Ethical Citizen', Social Policy and Society, 21, pp. 525 - 541, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746421000312
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Recognition or Redistribution? How Mainstream Media Frames Charitable Responses to People Experiencing Poverty', Sociology, 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00380385221095025
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Reified scarcity & the problem space of ‘need’: unpacking Australian social housing policy', Housing Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2022.2057933
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Resurgent charity and the neoliberalizing social', Economy and Society, 51, pp. 307 - 329, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03085147.2021.1995977
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Social housing after neo-liberalism: new forms of state-driven welfare intervention toward social renters', Housing Studies, 37, pp. 1124 - 1146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2018.1563673
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Understanding responses to homelessness during COVID-19: an examination of Australia', Housing Studies, 38, pp. 8 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2020.1829564
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'What About Men? The Marginalization of Men Who Engage in Domestic Violence', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37, pp. NP11582 - NP11604, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886260521997462
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Surveilling the marginalised: How manual, embodied and territorialised surveillance persists in the age of ‘dataveillance’', Sociological Review, 69, pp. 396 - 413, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038026120954785
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Bureaucratic encounters “after neoliberalism”: Examining the supportive turn in social housing governance', British Journal of Sociology, 71, pp. 253 - 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12740
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Conditionality in the context of housing-led homelessness policy: Comparing Australia’s Housing First agenda to Scotland’s “rights-based” approach', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 55, pp. 88 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.97
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Evidence for an integrated healthcare and psychosocial multidisciplinary model to address rough sleeping', Health and Social Care in the Community, 28, pp. 34 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12835
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Introduction to the special issue on welfare conditionality in Australia', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 55, pp. 4 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.102
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'The Ambiguities of Homelessness Governance: Disentangling Care and Revanchism in the Neoliberalising City', Antipode, 52, pp. 1624 - 1646, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/anti.12671
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'The role of housing policy in perpetuating conditional forms of homelessness support in the era of housing first: Evidence from Australia', Housing Studies, 35, pp. 954 - 975, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1642452
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, '“Lie in the grass, the soft grass”: Relaxation accounts of young children attending childcare', Children and Youth Services Review, 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104722
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Agency in advanced liberal services: grounding sociological knowledge in homeless people's accounts', British Journal of Sociology, 70, pp. 356 - 376, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12346
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Analyzing problematization as a situated practice in critical policy studies: a case study of ‘customer focus’ policy in urban compliance services', Critical Policy Studies, 13, pp. 190 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19460171.2017.1414619
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Gentrification and displacement: the forced relocation of public housing tenants in inner-Sydney', HOUSING STUDIES, 35, pp. 191 - 193, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2020.1678242
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'The governance of mundane urban nuisances: Examining the influence of neoliberal reason on regulatory practices in Brisbane, Australia', City, 23, pp. 524 - 539, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13604813.2019.1682860
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'The potential for urban surveillance to help support people who are homeless: Evidence from Cairns, Australia', Urban Studies, 56, pp. 1951 - 1967, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098018789057
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'The post-political state? The role of administrative reform in managing tensions between urban growth and liveability in Brisbane, Australia', Urban Studies, 55, pp. 3545 - 3562, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098017753096
    Journal articles | 2015
    2015, 'Governing the dieting self: Conducting weight-loss via the internet', Journal of Sociology, 51, pp. 657 - 673, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783314522869
  • Reports | 2023
    2023, A blueprint to tackle Queensland's housing crisis, Queensland Council of Social Services, Brisbane, https://www.qcoss.org.au/publication/report-a-blueprint-to-tackle-queenslands-housing-crisis/
    Reports | 2022
    2022, Australian Homelessness Monitor 2022, Launch Housing, Melbourne, https://cms.launchhousing.org.au/app/uploads/2022/12/AustralianHomelessnessMonitor_2022.pdf
    Reports | 2021
    2021, Keeping families together: pilot project study
    Reports | 2020
    2020, Next step home – Women on parole evaluation: Final report, Brisbane
    Reports | 2020
    2020, Responding to rough sleeping in Brisbane: an ethnographic study - summary report, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, Brisbane
    Reports | 2019
    2019, 139 Club (3rd Space) review
    Reports | 2019
    2019, Next Step Home – Women on Parole Evaluation: Interim Report
    Reports | 2019
    2019, Support requirements and accommodation options for people in the ACT with high and complex service needs, Government of the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
    Reports | 2018
    2018, Summative evaluation of multidisciplinary street to home model: Cairns
    Reports | 2017
    2017, Formative Evaluation of Multidisciplinary Street to Home Model: Cairns
    Reports | 2016
    2016, Data to Identify and Address Family Vulnerability: A Scoping Study
    Reports | 2013
    2013, The Challenge of monitoring growth in regional Indigenous homelessness: evidence note no. 23, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, https://healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/key-resources/publications/?id=24945
    Reports | 2012
    2012, The challenge of monitoring growth in regional Indigenous homelessness, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra
    Conference Papers | 2011
    2011, 'NATSISS crowding data: What does it assume and how can we challenge the orthodoxy?', in Hunter B; Biddle N (ed.), SURVEY ANALYSIS FOR INDIGENOUS POLICY IN AUSTRALIA: SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES, AUSTRALIAN NATL UNIV, AUSTRALIA, Australian Natl Univ, Canberra, pp. 241 - 279, presented at Conference on Social Science Perspectives on the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, AUSTRALIA, Australian Natl Univ, Canberra, 11 April 2011 - 12 April 2011, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000339235800012&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Morris, A., Cheshire, C., Martin, C. & Clarke, A. Eviction: How private renters lose their homes and the consequences (2023-2025). Australian Research Council Discovery Grant.

Morris, A., Cheshire, L., Clarke, A., Parsell, C., Pawson, H., Robinson, C., & Walsh, K. Waithood: The experience of being on the social housing waiting list, 2020-2023. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant.

Aminpour, F., Levin, I., Hartley, C., Barnes, E., Clarke, A. & Pawson, H. From a straitened sector to a system of socially supported housing pathways – Project B Getting off the waiting list? Changing access to housing assistance. Australian Urban and Housing Research Institute.


TASA Early Career Researcher Best Paper Prize 2021, awarded for paper ‘Bureaucratic encounters after neoliberalism: examining the supportive turn in social housing governance’, published in the British Journal of Sociology, 2020, 71(2).

TASA Honours Award 2011, awarded for the honours thesis Governing the Dieting Self: Conducting Weight-loss Via the Internet.