Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny

Research Fellow (on leave)
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BSocSci (QUT), MAE (Melb)

Pauline Kenny is an AIFS Research Fellow. Joining the Institute in 2011, her research has focused predominantly on the impacts of past adoptions in Australia, including forced adoption and removal policies and practices. She is the lead author of the National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices, released in 2012, and a lead researcher in the Forced Adoption Support Services Scoping Study (2014). 

Pauline possesses a Masters in Assessment and Evaluation and has 15 years combined practice and research experience. She has previously specialised in the field of alcohol and other drug research, and has extensive skills in the area of evaluation design, implementation and analysis. Ms Kenny has a particular interest in examining service system issues, which impact on the capacity for quality service provision.

Selected publications

Kenny, P., Morley, S., & Higgins, D. (2017). Forced Adoption Support Services: Establishing and building networks. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Higgins, D., Kenny, P., Sweid, R., & Ockenden, L. (2014). Forced Adoption Support Services Scoping Study: Report for the Department of Social Services by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kenny, P., & Higgins, D. (2014). Past adoption practices: Key messages for service delivery responses and current policies. In A. Hayes & D. Higgins (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Kenny, P., Higgins, D., Soloff, C., & Sweid, R. (2013). Past adoption experiences: Impacts, insights and implications for policy and practice. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 7(1), 35-46.

Kenny, P., Higgins, D., Soloff, C., & Sweid, R. (2012). Past adoption experiences: National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices (Research Report No. 21). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.