Professor Damien Riggs


College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

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

I am currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. My Fellowship focuses on family diversity, and to date has included studies of public attitudes to family diversity, transgender parents, fertility preservation, heterosexual first time parents, surrogacy, foster care, and embryo donation for formation formation.

  • 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
Key responsibilities

Topic Coordinator, SOAD 2001, Flinders University

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Officer, Flinders University

Topic coordinator
SOAD2010 Intersectionality and Social Work
Supervisory interests
Child protection
Family changes in Australia
Family development
Family responses to grief and loss
Gender and sexuality
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
Transgender people
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Media expertise
  • Children/Youth
  • Gender studies
  • Reproduction
  • Surrogacy
  • Foster Care
  • Lesbian and Gay Parenting
  • Transgender people
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