Associate Professor Damien Riggs

ARC Future Fellowship

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Sciences South (359)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

After the completion of my PhD i undertook a three-year ARC funded postdoctoral fellowship before commencing in my role as a lecturer in the Discipline of Social Work at Flinders. I am currently the President of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association and the National Convenor of the Australian Psychological Society's interest group on gay and lesbian issues and the editor of its journal, the Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review.

  • Bachelor Behaviour Sciences (Flinders)
  • Bachelor Social Sciences (Psychology Honours) (CSU)
  • Phd (Adelaide)
Honours, awards and grants
2010 Early Career Researcher Award, APS
2011 VC Early Career Research Award, Flinders
Research expertise
Communication and media studies
Gender Studies
Health professional education
Health services research
Mental health promotion in educational settings
Social work
Research interests
  • kinship studies
  • child protection
  • LGBTQ social science research¬†
  • health education
  • wellbeing in marginalised communities
Supervisory interests
Child protection
Family changes in Australia
Family development
Family health
Family responses to grief and loss
Gender and sexuality
Health education, curriculum development
Health education, primary and middle school setting
Sexual health and family planning
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: gender, cultural geographies, sexuality, place (1), families, diversity, genealogy, adoption, surrogacy, marriage (1)
Principal supervisor: Psychology (2), foster care, specialist care, residential care, child protection (1)
Expert for media contact
Gender studies
Foster Care
Lesbian and Gay Parenting
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Media expertise
  • Children/Youth
  • Gender studies
  • Refugees
  • Reproduction
  • Rights
  • Surrogacy
  • Foster Care
  • Lesbian and Gay Parenting