Kelly Hand is Deputy Director (Research) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS). In this role she is responsible for the Institute’s research and knowledge translation program. The Institute’s work seeks to increase understanding about the factors that help Australian families thrive, or that are barriers to their wellbeing.
Kelly has worked in the area of family and policy research for over 20 years, beginning her career at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and then joining the Institute in January 2001. A sociologist by training, her research has focused on the impacts of policies and services systems on families. A particular area of expertise is her ability to work collaboratively with policy makers and other stakeholders to develop research and evaluation projects that create impact through both their rigor and relevance for policy decision making.