Ruth Weston

Ruth Weston

Assistant Director, Research
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BA(Hons) (Melb), MA (Melb)

Ruth Weston PSM joined the Institute in 1982, after training as a psychologist at the University of Melbourne.

Much of her work at the Institute has focused on family transitions and wellbeing at both macro- and micro-levels. In the 2008 Australia Day Honours List, Ruth received an award of the Public Service Medal (PSM) "for outstanding public service as a researcher and contributor to policy development, particularly in the areas of separation and divorce, family law, family relationships, fertility decision-making and child support."  Ruth has undertaken research on contract for various Commonwealth and State Departments. Her specialist research areas include: family trends, couple formation pathways and trajectories, fertility decision-making, economic and psychological consequences of marital separation and subjective wellbeing.

Selected publications

Weston, R., & L. Qu. (2016). Attitudes towards intergenerational support. (Australian Family Trends No. 11). 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.

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

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.

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.

Moloney, L., Weston, R., & Hayes, A. (2013). Key social issues in the development of Australian family law: Research and its impact on policy and practice violence. Journal of Family Studies, 19 (2), 110-138.

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

Qu, L., & Weston, R. (2013). Financial support for children after parental separation. In LSAC Annual statistical report 2012. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.

Weston, R., & Qu, L. (2013). Working out relationships. Australian Family Trends No. 3. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.

Weston, R., Qu, L., & Baxter, J. (2013). Australian families with children and adolescents. Australian Family Trends No. 5. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.