Kelly Hand

Kelly Hand

Senior Research Fellow
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BA (Hons), La Trobe

Kelly Hand joined the Institute in January 2001. A sociologist by training, much of her work at the Institute has involved research in the areas of families and employment, and in service provision to families – particularly those in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. She has a strong background in both qualitative and mixed methods research approaches, survey design and managing complex fieldwork. She is a highly skilled qualitative interviewer, with significant experience in interviewing participants from diverse backgrounds and in diverse contexts.

Kelly has recently been involved in leading a number of projects relating to Australian Defence Force members and their families, including the Role of the Family in Australian Defence Force Member Rehabilitation research project which involves in depth interviews with Defence members, family members and health professionals to better understand how families contribute to, and are impacted by, the rehabilitation process.

Selected publications

Baxter, J. A., Hand, K., & Sweid, R. (2016). Flexible child care and Australian parents' work and care decision-making (Research Report No. 37). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Baxter, J. A., & Hand, K. (2016). Flexible child care: Key findings from the AIFS Evaluation of the Child Care Flexibility Trials. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hand, K., Katz, I., Gray., & Bray, B.  (2016). Welfare conditionality as a child protection tool. Family Matters, 97, 16-29. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hand, K., Baxter, J., Sweid, R., Bluett-Boyd, N., & Price-Robertson, R. (2014). Access to early childhood education in Australia: Insights from a qualitative study. Research report No. 28. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Baxter, J., Gray, M., Hand, K., & Hayes, A. (2013). Parental joblessness, financial disadvantage and the wellbeing of parents and children. FaHCSIA Occasional Paper No. 48. Canberra: FaHCSIA

Baxter, J., & Hand, K. (2013). Access to early childhood education in Australia. Research report No. 24. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hand. K., & Baxter, J.A. (2013). Maternal employment and the care of school-aged children. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 16(3), 329-349.

Moloney, L., Kaspiew, R., De Maio, J., Deblaquiere, J., Hand, K., & Horsfall, B. (2012). The Family Relationship Centre Legal Assistance Services Partnerships Program : Evolution and evaluation. Journal of Family Studies, 17-(3).

Hand, K., Gray, M., Higgins, D., Lohoar, S. and Deblaquiere, J. (2011), Life around here: Community, work and family life in three Australian communities, Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Qu, L., Moloney, L., Weston, R., Hand, K., Deblaquiere, J., & De Maio, J. (2011). Grandparenting and the 2006 family law reforms. Family Matters, 88, 42-50.

Weston, R., Qu, L., Gray, M., De Maio, J., Kaspiew, R., Moloney, L.,  &  Hand, K.  (2011) Shared care time: An increasingly common arrangement. Family Matters, 88, 51–56.