Dr Georgia Van Toorn
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Georgia Van Toorn

D.Phil. University of Glasgow and University of New South Wales 2019


B. Social Research and Policy (with a major in Politics and International Relations) – First Class Honors and the University Medal, University of New South Wales 2009-2012

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Office of Division of I&D

Georgia is a political sociologist whose research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, social policy and critical disability studies. Her research program comprises a series of projects that investigate the neoliberal restructuring of social welfare regimes through the prisms of disability, work and technology. This includes work on the marketisation of disability services and the introduction of algorithmic technologies into disability support and social security regimes, both in Australia and internationally. As a postdoctoral fellow at the ADM+S Centre (UNSW node), Georgia is currently developing new work with Professor Jackie Leach Scully (CI) in the Health focus area and People program, exploring disabled people's understandings and experiences of algorithmic governance in Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Room 315 John Goodsell Building

NDIS Workforce Research (CI)

Funding bodies: Health Services Union, Australian Services Union (ASU) and United Workers Union (UWU)

February 2020 – May 2020

Amount allocated: $33,000

This project explores the status of the workforce delivering disability services in the context of the NDIS in early 2020. In partnership with the three unions, the research team will develop a survey and capture information from disability workers about their characteristics, the nature of their work and job quality, their experiences and perceptions of delivering services and supports to people with disability, health and safety, and other workforce issues. The findings will provide a current profile of the disability workforce to provide a basis for evidence-informed policy development and advocacy and inform public debate and directions for further research. 

Dean's Prize for Research (Society) Impact Award (2014)

Australian Post-graduate Award, 2013-2017

Research Excellence Award 2013-2015

U21 Joint PhD Research Scholarship, 2013

University Medal (Social Research and Policy Hons 2012)