Associate Professor Kris Natalier

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (354)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

My work centres on the gendered nature of familial and intimate relationships as lived experiences and as sites of policy intervention. Specifically, I use qualitative methods to analyze how people make sense of the joys and challenges of negotiating intimate relationships in the context of personal and social change. My current research includes: an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on children’s understandings of ‘home’ when their parents separate/ divorce (with Professor Belinda Fehlberg [University of Melbourne] and Professor Bruce Smyth [ANU]); and the housing and support needs and experiences of young women who have survived domestic and family violence or sexual assault (with Professor Sarah Wendt [Flinders], funded by South Australia's Department of Human Services). I have also published extensively in the area of marginal housing and homelessness.

I am in the early stages of developing cross-national research on how women imagine their maternal futures in the context of climate crisis, working with Associate Professor Debra King [Flinders], Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy, Associate Professor Sana Nakata and Dr Julia Hirst [University of Melbourne], and Professors Lynn Jamieson and Mary Holmes [University of Edinburgh].


Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), The University of Queensland

Honours, First Class (Sociology), The University of Tasmania

PhD (Sociology), The University of Queensland

Key responsibilities

Inequality Research Theme Leader in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Co-convener (with Dr Ashley Barnwell) of The Australian Sociological Association Families and Relationships Thematic Group.

Topic coordinator
SOCI3010 Contemporary Social Problems
SOCI1010 Sociology of Everyday Life
Supervisory interests
Child and family policy
Family law and social policy
Intimacy and relationships
Marriage and intimate relationships
Poverty and inequality
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