David de Vaus

David de Vaus

Senior Research Fellow
BA (Hons) Dip Ed, Ph D (La Trobe)

Professor de Vaus Joined AIFS in 2014 as a Senior Research Fellow.  He has previously worked at AIFS in the mid 1990s and early 2000’s in Deputy Director of Research roles.  He is a sociologist who has been employed as a professor of sociology at La Trobe University and as Dean at La Trobe University (2006-9) and as Executive Dean at the University of Queensland (2009-13).  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

His has expertise in Survey Research methods, research design in the Social Sciences and family sociology.  Within family sociology he focuses on family demography, family change and family transitions including transitions into families, divorce and later life family transitions

Specialist areas

  • Survey Research and research design
  • Family transitions
  • Family change

Current research activities

  • The impact of divorce on financial and social well being
  • Living alone
  • Family satisfaction and well being across the life course

Selected publications

de Vaus, D.A. (2014). Surveys in Social Research (6th ed.). Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

de Vaus, D., Gray, M., Qu, L., & Stanton, D. (2014). The economic consequences of divorce in Australia. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 28.(1.), 1-22

de Vaus, D.A. (2013). Survey methods. In J Manza (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies Online: Sociology. Oxford: Oxford university Press.

de Vaus, D. (2012). Social trends and their impact on couple and family relationships. In P Noller & G Karantzas (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships (pp. 25-35). Wiley-Blackwell.

Qu, L., & de Vaus, D. (2011). Starting and ending one-person households: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Family Studies 17 (2),126-145.

Gray, M., de Vaus, D., Stanton, D., & Qu, L. (2010). Divorce and the wellbeing of older Australians. Ageing and Society 31(3), 475-498.

de Vaus, D., Gray, M., Qu, L., & Stanton, D. The effect of relationship breakdown on income and social exclusion. In P. Saunders & R. Sainsbury (Eds.), International Studies in Social Security. Oxford: Insentia.