Ben Edwards

Ben Edwards

Senior Research Fellow
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BA (Monash), BA(Hons) Deakin, PhD (Deakin)

Dr Ben Edwards is involved in managing several longitudinal studies:

Another area of research interest is administrative data linkage, under Ben's leadership AIFS has become an accredited Data Linkage Integrating Authority and has been linking administrative data sets to LSAC for some time.

A feature of his research has been his capacity to use large-scale surveys, particularly longitudinal studies that include multiple family members and employ sophisticated statistical techniques to analyse data across a wide range of issues. Many of the longitudinal studies he has employed have involved linked administrative data or climate data such as rainfall, soil moisture. He has collaborated and co-authored with researchers from a wide range of disciplines including economics, psychology, demography, criminology and social work.

He has been able to develop and maintain, effective and productive relationships with a wide range of government and non-government organisations including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Australian Government Departments of Social Services, Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), Education, Employment, the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet, the New South Wales Department of Community Services, the Benevolent Society, The Smith Family, Carers Australia and Carers Victoria.

Selected publications

Wilks, S., Lahausse, J., & Edwards, B. (2015). Commonwealth Place-Based Service Delivery Initiatives: Key Learnings project. Final report (Research Report No. 32). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Baker, K., Sipthorp, M. & Edwards, B. (forthcoming). A longitudinal measure of socioeconomic position in LSAC. LSAC Technical Paper No. 14. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Edwards, B., Mullan, K., Katz, I., & Higgins, D. J. (2014). The Stronger Families in Australia (SFIA) Study: Phase 2 (Research Report No. 29). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Wilks, S., Lahausse, J., & Edwards, B. (in press).  Commonwealth place-based service initiatives: Key learnings project. Research Report. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Baker, K., Sipthorp, M. & Edwards, B. (forthcoming). A longitudinal measure of socioeconomic position in LSAC. LSAC Technical Paper No. 14. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Miller, P.G., Butler, E. Richardson, B, Staiger, P K, Sanson, A, Edwards, B, Olsson, C.A. (submitted). Longitudinal predictors of problematic alcohol consumption and delinquent behaviour. Drug and Alcohol Review

Vassallo, S., Edwards, B., & Forrest, W. (submitted). Childhood behaviour problems and fighting in early adulthood: What factors are protective?  Journal of Criminal Justice

Vassallo, S., Lahausse, J., & Edwards, B. (submitted). Factors affecting stability and change in risky driving from late adolescence to the late-twenties. Accident Analysis and Prevention

Edwards, B. (2014). Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children: Entering adolescence and becoming a young adult. Family Matters, 95, 5-14. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies

Edwards, B., Mullan, K., Katz, I., & Higgins, D. J. (2014). The Stronger Families in Australia (SFIA) Study: Phase 2 (Research Report No. 29). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Forrest, W., Edwards, B., & Daraganova, G. (2014). Vietnam Veterans Family Study. Volume 2. A study of health and social issues in Vietnam veteran sons and daughters. Canberra: Department of Veterans Affairs.

Forrest, W., Edwards, B., & Daraganova, G. (2014). Vietnam Veterans Family Study. Volume 3, Part Two, A study of mortality patterns of Vietnam veteran families. Canberra: Department of Veterans Affairs.

Edwards, B., Gray, M., & Hunter, B. (2014). The impact of drought on mental health in rural and regional Australia. Social Indicators Research, DOI 10.1007/s11205-014-0638-2