Staff Profile

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Dr Ben Edwards
Executive Manager, Longitudinal Studies

BA (Monash), BA(Hons) Deakin, PhD (Deakin)


Dr Ben Edwards manages the Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children at the Institute. He is also involved in the management of Australian Temperament Project.

He is the project manager of the Rural and Regional Families study, a large study of 8,000 people focusing on the impact of the drought.

He has undertaken consultancies for a wide range of organisations including the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Prime Minister and Cabinet, the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, the NSW Department of Community Services, the Benevolent Society, The Smith Family, Carers Australia and Carers Victoria.

He joined the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 2004. His PhD focused on the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis on patients and families and was supported by a scholarship from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Since joining the Institute he has investigated the influence of neighbourhoods and communities on children's development using data from observational and experimental studies.

Current research activities

  • Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
  • Australian Temperament Project
  • Rural and regional families: The impact of drought, economic and social change

Specialist areas

  • Longitudinal studies
  • Evaluation
  • Neighbourhood and community influences on childrens development
  • Drought
  • Caring for a family member with a disability
  • Statistical analysis of complex data

Selected recent publications


Journal articles