The InterGenerational Transmission of Joblessness

Irma Mooi-Reci is A/PROF and Head of the Discipline of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Theory at the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Irma researches stratification and inequality issues with particular focus on the intra -and intergenerational dynamics of unemployment and public policy. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Madison Wisconsin in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and has published in various journals including Social Science Research, European Sociological Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations and Social Forces. Over her career Mooi-Reci has developed expertise with setting up and analysing large-scale panel data spanning across generations.

Irma serves in the Advisory Editorial Board of the renowned journal Social Problems, is a Fellow of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course and since 2015 an Associate of the Centre for Vocational and Educational Pathways at University of Melbourne. As fellow of the ARC Centre of Excellence she is involved in the data reference group with the aim to improve and explore the Big Data potential in Australia.

Professor Mark Wooden is Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. He is chief investigator and main collaborator in the IG project.


Prior to joining the Institute in 2000 he was Acting Director of the National Institute of Flinders University, Adelaide, where he had been employed for 18 years. He has a long and distinguished research record, mainly in the fields of labour economics and industrial relations, and is the author (or co-author) of four books, over 25 chapters in books, and over 160 articles in academic journals. Much of his research has focused on contemporary trends and developments in Australian labour markets including, for example, casual employment, self-employed contractors, and changing patterns in working hours.


Professor Wooden is also Director of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (or HILDA) Survey project, Australia’s first large-scale household panel survey and one of Australia’s largest research projects in the social sciences. Funded by the Australian Government, the first wave was conducted in 2001 with sample members re-interviewed every year.


Professor Tim Liao works at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as Professor of Sociology and Statistics. He is co-investigator in the IG project and is specialized in advancing methods that are used to best analyze various aspects of life course variations—timing of events/transitions, duration of events, and ordering of events.


At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Professor Liao served as Head of Department of Sociology (2004-2009) and as Acting Director of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. He is Associate Fellow at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course at Yale University, has been editor-in-chief of the renowned journal of Sociological Methodology – ranked 5 out of 138 journals within the discipline of sociology – and acts as a book review advisor for the renowned Royal Statistical Society in the United Kingdom. He has served as the editor of Sage Quantitative Applications in the Social Science Series for several years and has been member of several editorial boards and ranging from Sociological Quarterly to Sociological Methods & Research and Demography. He has published a large number of journal articles amongst the highest top-ranked sociology and demography journals. At the same time, he has written several books, and book reviews as well as encyclopedia entries.


Matthew Curry joined our team as a Research Fellow in 2017 following the completion of his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include social stratifiction and mobility, education, and work/labour markets. His dissertation investigated the effects of higher education on individual labour market outcomes before and during the Great Recession in the United States.

Ms. Yin King Fok is a Research Officer at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne and works as a data technician in the IG project.


Prior to joining our project, she worked for the Labour Economics and Social Policy team at the Melbourne Institute and as a freelance consultant. King holds a Master of Economics from the University of Melbourne, completed in 2013.

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