Dr Sonia Martin

Dr Sonia Martin is a lecturer in Social Work, and the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology).

Sonia Martin has extensive experience as a researcher and educator, having worked at the Universities of South Australia, Adelaide and Melbourne. Her last post prior to joining RMIT in 2011 was at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in the Research and Policy Centre.

Sonia’s work on a large three-year ARC Linkage grant at The University of Melbourne contributed to the publication of Half a Citizen, which later won the Australian Human Rights Award in the Literature (non-fiction) category.

Sonia’s research interests are in the fields of social work and social policy, grounded in the discipline of sociology. Her PhD was a critical analysis of social divisions in the post-welfare era and an examination of the underclass phenomenon. Other research includes quantitative analyses of poverty, inequality and social exclusion drawing on local, national and international data, extensive research into the lived experience of poverty and social exclusion, and a range of policy evaluations. Sonia is also interested in theoretical issues to do with agency, structure and ‘choice’, especially within the context of social policy and welfare reform.

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