Debra is a sociologist in the School of Social and Policy Studies. Prior to being Dean, 2013-2016, she was a Principal Researcher at the National Institute of Labour Studies (2007-2013). Before this she was a Lecturer in Sociology at Flinders University and a Research Fellow with the Flinders Social Monitoring and Policy Futures Network. Debra began her academic career in 1999 as a Research Fellow at the Hawke Institute for Social Research.
Associate Professor King was Dean: School of Social and Policy Studies 2013 - 2016.
VC Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAR 2014
Best Student Paper Award - SEP 2012
AAG, SA Early Career Research Award - DEC 2014
I have played an active role in community and professional organisations and held leadership roles in The Australian Sociological Association including President (2011-2013) and being on the Expert Advisory Board of the Journal of Sociology.
My interest in paid care has resulted in being on the steering committee of the Australian Paid Care Research Network for which I have co-convened two national workshops and developed their website. In 2007, I was a guest editor for a special edition on paid care of the Australian Journal of Social Issues with Professor Bill Martin (UQ). A co-edited book with Professor Gabrielle Meagher (U Syd) on paid care in Australia was published in 2008. With Assoc. Professor Sara Charlesworth (UniSA), I am currently establishing a network of home care researchers.
I have held state leadership roles in the Australian Federation of University Women, and served on numerous University committees. Prior to becoming an academic I was a Community Development Officer in rural SA where I initiated and managed several community services and projects.
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