Position

Research Fellow
National Institute of Labour Studies

Biography

Dr Megan Moskos is Research Fellow and Sociology lead at NILS. She has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and in the management of complex mixed methods projects, including leading research projects and evaluations in the fields of aged care, disability care, mental health and social inclusion.

Since joining NILS in 2002, Dr Moskos has led or contributed to commissioned research projects for a range of government and non-for profit organisations including, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Health and Ageing, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the South Australian Social Inclusion Unit, the mental illness federation of Australia (MIFA), Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) and the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST).

Dr Moskos is currently leading the qualitative strand of the Evaluation of the NDIS which includes in-depth interviews with people with disability, families and carers, disability service providers, stakeholder organisations and NDIA staff. Dr Moskos is also currently leading the NDIS evaluation in the NT. This work requires extensive research and evaluation skills, including the integration with quantitative research findings.

Dr Moskos is currently a member of the 2016 National Aged Care Workforce Census and Survey research team and co-leads research aiming to adress the shortaged of disability support wokers.

Dr Moskos recently led the evaluation of the Building Family Opportunities (BFO) program with the Social Inclusion Unit (SA) and DFEEST. She has previously worked with DFEEST on a research project on the barriers to employment for long term unemployed. This work on workforce participation and social inclusion has been influential in Australian policy circles.

Dr Moskos is a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and was the co-convener of the TASA work, employment and social movements’ thematic group 2012-2016.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), First Class, Flinders University, 2004
  • Ph.D., Flinders University, 2012

Key responsibilities

Current research projects

  1. Evaluation of the Trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  2. 2015-2016 National Aged Care Workforce Census and Survey
  3. Anticipating and addressing the impending shortage of skilled disability support workers

Research interests

Dr Megan Moskos is a sociologist whose main research interests are in social inclusion and the barriers to workforce participation among marginalised groups. Her doctoral research provided a comprehensive examination of where low-wage employment opportunities have been expanding and the determinants of men's access to these emerging jobs. Recent research includes publications on occupational sex segregation and low skilled men’s labour market exclusion, increasing the workforce participation of jobseekers experiencing multiple disadvantage, and assisting men’s movement into non-traditional occupations. Other research interests include the aged and disability care sectors with a particular focus on workforce issues and the utilisation of non-traditional workers.


Supervisory interests

  • Aged and community care
  • Aged and disability care in Indigenous communities
  • Aged care workforce
  • Disability support workers
  • Employment and unemployment
  • Sociology of work

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Disability and Mainstream Interface (1) ;

Publications

  • Lowry, D. and Moskos, M. (2008). Mobile phones, spillover and the 'work-life balance' In Hislop, D., ed. Mobility and Technology in the Workplace. Oxon, UK: Routledge, pp. 167-179.
    [Scopus]
  • Moskos, M. and Isherwood, L.M. (2017). Anticipating and addressing the impending shortages of disability support workers: Insights from the sector. NCVER. 26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ Hobart.
  • Osborne, K., Patel, K., Walker, R., King, D., Moskos, M. and Isherwood, L. (2013). Reducing intergenerational disadvantage through a life-first employment program: Individual and systems approaches. Public Health Association of Australia: Social Inclusion and Complex needs conference. Canberra.
  • King, D. and Moskos, M. (2013). Wrong' sex: Being a male care worker in aged care. AIRRANZ conference. Freemantle, Western Australia. Feb 2013.
  • Isherwood, L., Moskos, M., King, D., Osborne, K. and Walker, R. (2013). The impact of complex disadvantage in a strengths-based employment program. Australian Social Policy Conference. Sydney, pp. 16/09/2013.
  • Moskos, M. (2013). Men doing 'women's work'? Gender essentialism and low skilled men's integration into non-traditional occupations. In TASA Conference. Australia: The Australian Sociological Association. 2013 TASA Conference. Monash University Caulfield campus. Nov 2013.
  • Moskos, M. (2012). Gender essentialism and men's exclusion from 'feminine' care jobs in Australia, paper presented at the Gender Work and Organization 7th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, 27th-29th June, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. Gender Work and Organization 7th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, 27th-29th June. Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.
  • Moskos, M. (2012). Moskos, M (2012) Gender essentialism and low skilled men's exclusion from 'feminised' occupations in Australia, paper presented at The Australian Sociology Association Conference: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities, 26 November - 29 November 20. The Australian Sociology Association Conference: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities. The University of Queensland. Nov 2012.
  • Osborne, K., Patel, K., Walker, R., King, D. and Moskos, M. (2012). A 'life first' approach to addressing mental health, family wellbeing and barriers to social and economic participation in Port Augusta. In Program of the 4th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium. 4th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium. Adelaide. Nov 2012.
  • Moskos, M. (2011). Employment opportunities for low skilled men in a sex segregated Australian labour market, 1996-2006. In Australian Social Policy Conference: Social Policy in a Complex World, UNSW, Sydney. Australian Social Policy Conference: Social Policy in a Complex World. UNSW, Sydney, Australia. Jul 2011.
  • Moskos, M. (2009). Understanding Low Skilled Men's Access to Jobs: An Occupational Case Study Approach. In Centre For Work + Life Seminar Series. Centre For Work + Life Seminar Series. Adelaide.
  • Moskos, M. (2009). Supporting marginal groups to secure and maintain employment in SA: Voice from the margin. In Flinders University and Anglicare SA research to practice seminar, Promoting employment opportunities for people in marginalised groups. Flinders University and Anglicare SA research to practice seminar, Promoting employment opportunities for people in marginalised groups. Flinders University. Sep 2009.
  • Moskos, M. (2008). Principles and models for engaging people not in the workforce or training. In 2008 Training Sector Forum - Better skills, brighter futures. 2008 Training Sector Forum - Better skills, brighter futures. Adeliade. Jun 2008.
  • Moskos, M. (2008). Supporting Marginal Groups to Secure and Maintain Employment in the Health and Community Services Industries. In Human Services at Work Conference: Developing people - sustaining our workforce. Human Services at Work Conference: Developing people - sustaining our workforce. Adelaide. May 2008.
  • Moskos, M. (2005). Labour Markets and Social Provision: How Paid Care is Organized in Australia and Britain. In Paper presented at the 37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, Stockholm, Sweden. July 5th-9th 2005. 37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology.
  • Moskos, M., Isherwood, L., Walker, R. and Brown, L. (2014). Building Family Opportunities: Program Evaluation Final Report. A report prepared for the South Australian Department of Communities and Social Inclusion.
  • Moskos, M. (2012). Gender essentialism and men's exclusion from feminised occupations in Australia, presentation to the Centre for Work + Life Seminar Series, 2012.
  • Moskos, M. (2011). Mental Illness and Employment: Challenge for Australia. Position paper for the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia.
  • Moskos, M., Osborne, K., Biedrzycki, K.R., Baum, F.E. and Richardson, S. (2009). Building Family Opportunities: A review of the evidence and options for an evaluation framework, A report prepared for the South Australian Social Inclusion Unit.
  • Moskos, M. (2007). Workforce Participation in South Australia: Barriers and Opportunities. Report to the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, pp. 1-58.
  • Moskos, M. (2007). Workforce Participation in South Australia: Voices from the Margin. Report to the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, pp. 1-50.
  • Moskos, M. (2015). Men doing 'women's work'? Gender essentialism and low skilled men's integration into non-traditional occupations. In 29th Annual conference for the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. 29th Annual conference for the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Auckland. Feb 2015.
  • Moskos, M. (2011). How does occupational sex segregation shape low skilled men's employment opportunities? Evidence from the ABS census. In The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks. Australian Sociological Association. The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011. The University of Newcastle. Nov 2011.
    [Web Link]
  • Lowry, D. and Moskos, M. (2007). Labour Force Participation as a Determinant of Indigenous Health. In I. Anderson, F Baum, M. Bentley, ed. Beyond Bandaids: Exploring the Underlying Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health. Casuarina, NT, Australia: CRCAH. Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health Workshop. Adelaide, SA. Jul 2004.
  • Brown, L.J., Osborne, K.A., Walker, R.B., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L.M., Patel, K.R., et al. (2017). The benefits of a life-first employment program for Indigenous Australian families: Implications for ‘Closing the Gap’ Journal of Social Inclusion, 8(1) pp. 78-95.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Walker, R.B., Brown, L.J., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L.M., Osborne, K.A., Patel, K.R., et al. (2016). ‘They really get you motivated’: Experiences of a life-first employment programme from the perspective of long-term unemployed Australians. Journal of Social Policy, 45(3) pp. 507-526.
    [10.1017/S0047279416000027] [Scopus]
  • Moskos, M. (2012). How Occupational Sex Segregation Shapes Low-Skilled Men's Employment Opportunities in Australia. Labour and Industry, 22(4) pp. 415-432.
    [Web Link]
  • Mavromaras, K., Knight, G.M., Isherwood, L.M., Crettenden, A.D., Flavel, J.M., Karmel, T., et al. (2017). The 2016 National Aged Care Census and Survey - The Aged Care Workforce, 2016. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health.
    [Web Link]
  • Richardson, S., Healy, J.G. and Moskos, M. (2014). From 'gentle invaders' to 'breadwinners': Australian women's increasing employment and earnings shares. Adelaide: National Institute of Labour Studies Working Paper Series, No. 210.
  • King, D., Mavromaras, K., Wei, Z., He, B., Healy, J., Macaitis, K., et al. (2013). The aged care workforce, 2012. Canberra: Australian Government of Health and Ageing.
  • Moskos, M. (2015). Men doing 'women's work'? Gender essentialism and low skilled men's integration into non-traditional occupations. In 29th Annual conference for the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. 29th Annual conference for the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Auckland. Feb 2015.
  • Brown, L.J., Osborne, K.A., Walker, R.B., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L.M., Patel, K.R., et al. (2017). The benefits of a life-first employment program for Indigenous Australian families: Implications for ‘Closing the Gap’ Journal of Social Inclusion, 8(1) pp. 78-95.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Walker, R.B., Brown, L.J., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L.M., Osborne, K.A., Patel, K.R., et al. (2016). ‘They really get you motivated’: Experiences of a life-first employment programme from the perspective of long-term unemployed Australians. Journal of Social Policy, 45(3) pp. 507-526.
    [10.1017/S0047279416000027] [Scopus]
  • Moskos, M. (2012). How Occupational Sex Segregation Shapes Low-Skilled Men's Employment Opportunities in Australia. Labour and Industry, 22(4) pp. 415-432.
    [Web Link]
  • Mavromaras, K., Knight, G.M., Isherwood, L.M., Crettenden, A.D., Flavel, J.M., Karmel, T., et al. (2017). The 2016 National Aged Care Census and Survey - The Aged Care Workforce, 2016. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health.
    [Web Link]
  • Richardson, S., Healy, J.G. and Moskos, M. (2014). From 'gentle invaders' to 'breadwinners': Australian women's increasing employment and earnings shares. Adelaide: National Institute of Labour Studies Working Paper Series, No. 210.
  • Isherwood, L., Moskos, M., King, D., Osborne, K. and Walker, R. (2013). The impact of complex disadvantage in a strengths-based employment program. Australian Social Policy Conference. Sydney, pp. 16/09/2013.
  • Moskos, M. (2012). Gender essentialism and men's exclusion from 'feminine' care jobs in Australia, paper presented at the Gender Work and Organization 7th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, 27th-29th June, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. Gender Work and Organization 7th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, 27th-29th June. Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.
  • Moskos, M. (2011). Employment opportunities for low skilled men in a sex segregated Australian labour market, 1996-2006. In Australian Social Policy Conference: Social Policy in a Complex World, UNSW, Sydney. Australian Social Policy Conference: Social Policy in a Complex World. UNSW, Sydney, Australia. Jul 2011.
  • Moskos, M., Isherwood, L., Walker, R. and Brown, L. (2014). Building Family Opportunities: Program Evaluation Final Report. A report prepared for the South Australian Department of Communities and Social Inclusion.

Professional and community engagement

Megan has been an invited to speak about her research to many groups including the SA Health and Community Services Skills Board, the South Australian Social Inclusion Unit and the Anglicare SA and Flinders University Research to Practice Seminar. Megan has also been invited to participate in policy round tables on women's economic status in South Australia, organised by the South Australian Premier's Council for Women and low skilled workers and vocational education and training, organised by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. Megan is a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and has been the co-convener of the TASA work, employment and social movements’ thematic group since 2012.

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