Lixia Qu

Lixia Qu

Senior Research Fellow
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BSc(Nanjing U, China), MURP(Hawaii U), PhD(LaTrobe)

Dr Lixia Qu is a Senior Research Fellow who has undertaken a range of research on family related issues at AIFS. Her research work includes couple formation and re-formation, relationship stability, factors contributing to fertility decision making, the impacts of divorce on financial living standards and personal wellbeing, parenting arrangements after separation, changes in and determinants of labour force participation of lone and couple mothers, living arrangements and personal wellbeing.

Lixia was one of the key members in the Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms project. Her specialist research areas include family trends, couple formation pathways and trajectories, fertility decision making and living arrangements and wellbeing.

Selected publications

Weston, R., & L. Qu. (2016). Attitudes towards intergenerational support. (Australian Family Trends No. 11). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

R. Carson, R. Kaspiew, J. Dunstan, L. Qu, B. Horsfall, J. De Maio et al. (2016). Identifying and responding to family violence and child safety concerns: Findings from the AIFS Evaluation of the 2012 family violence amendments. Family Matters 98, 7-15. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Qu L., & de Vaus, D. (2015). Life satisfaction across life course transitions (Australian Family Trends No. 8). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

de Vaus, D., Gray, M., Qu, L., & Stanton, D. (2015). The economic consequences of divorce in six OECD countries (Research Report No. 31). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

de Vaus, D., & Qu, L. (2015). Demographics of living alone (Australian Family Trends No. 6). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., Carson, R., Dunstan, J., Qu, L., Horsfall, B., De Maio, J. et al. (2015). Evaluation of the 2012 family violence amendments: Synthesis report. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., Carson, R., Dunstan, J., De Maio, J., Moore, S., Moloney, L. et al. (2015). Experiences of Separated Parents Study (Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments) (PDF  4.2 MB). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kaspiew, R., Carson, R., Qu, L., Horsfall, B., Tayton, S.,  Moore, S. et al. (2015). Court Outcomes Project (Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments) (PDF  1.4 MB). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Moloney, L., Weston, R., & Qu, L. (2015). Attitudes to post-separation care arrangements in the face of current parental violenceFamily Matters96, 64-71.

Qu L., & de Vaus, D. (2015). Life satisfaction across life course transitions (Australian Family Trends No. 8). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Qu, L., & Weston, R. (2015). Children's views about parental separation in LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2014. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.

Qu L., & Weston, R. (2015). Keeping up with information and communication technology (Australian Family Trends No. 7). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Weston, R., & Qu, L. (2014). Trends in family transitions, forms and functioning: Essential issues for policy development and legislation. Family Matters 95, 76-84. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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), 26-47.

Kaspiew, R., De Maio, J., Qu, L., & Deblaquiere, J. (2014). Post-separation parenting arrangements involving minimal time with one parent In A. Hayes & D. Higgins (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Qu, L., & Weston, R. (2014). Fathers' involvement in the lives of their children: Separated parents' preferences. In LSAC Annual statistical report 2013. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.

Qu, L., Weston, R., Moloney, L., Kaspiew, R., & Dunstan, J. (2014). Post-separation parenting, property and relationship dynamics after five years. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Weston, R., & Qu, L. (2014). Trends in family transitions, forms and functioning: Essential issues for policy development and legislation. In A. Hayes & D. Higgins (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Qu, L., & Weston, R. (2013). Australian households and families. Australian Family Trends No. 4. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.