Staff Profile

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Dr Ben Edwards
Executive Manager, Longitudinal Studies

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


Dr Ben Edwards is involved in managing several longitudinal studies:

Among the other projects that he manages include The Defence Families Wellbeing Study, a study examining the health and wellbeing of 35,000 family members of transitioned personnel, those currently serving, reservists and their families.

Another area of research interest is administrative data linkage, under Ben's leadership AIFS has become an accredited Data Linkage Integrating Authority and has been linking administrative data sets to LSAC for some time.

A feature of his research has been my capacity to use large-scale surveys, particularly longitudinal studies that include multiple family members and employ sophisticated statistical techniques to analyse data across a wide range of issues. Many of the longitudinal studies he has employed have involved linked administrative data or climate data such as rainfall, soil moisture. He has collaborated and co-authored with researchers from a wide range of disciplines including economics, psychology, demography, criminology and social work.

He has been able to develop and maintain, effective and productive relationships with a wide range of government and non-government organisations including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Australian Government Departments of Social Services, Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), Education, Employment, Workplace Relations (DEEWR), the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet, the New South Wales Department of Community Services, the Benevolent Society, The Smith Family, Carers Australia and Carers Victoria.

Specialist areas

  • The influence of social and family environments and institutions on children’s development particularly neighbourhoods and housing
  • Risk and protective factors in the development of antisocial behaviour
  • The impact of caring for a family member with a disability on carers’ mental health, social and economic wellbeing, and labour force participation
  • The impact of drought and climate change on people living in regional and rural areas
  • The evaluation of government programs, particularly large-scale area based initiatives (e..g Communities for Children)
  • The intergenerational impact of war service on families and children

Selected recent publications


Journal articles