Dr Elizabeth Adamson

Research Fellow


PhD, UNSW, 2015; Master in Science (Public Policy), University of Edinburgh, 2007; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Queen’s University (Canada), 2006


Darwin – CDU Red 9


Elizabeth is a Research Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research, and also holds a position at the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW). She has published across the broad areas of gender, migration and caregiving. She has a strong track record in applied social policy research, particularly in the area of children, young people and families. At Menzies, she has worked on the Banned Drinker Register (BDR) evaluation, and is involved in research on the intersections between gender, age and culture/ethnicity and its impact on fathering and men's health as part of the Freemasons Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing.

Research Themes
  1. Adamson, E. (2016). Nannies, migration and early childhood education and care: An international comparison of in-home childcare policy and practice. Bristol: Policy Press.
  2. Hamilton, M., Hill, E., & Adamson, E. (2019). A ‘career shift’? Bounded agency in migrant employment pathways in the aged care and early childhood education and care sectors in Australia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1-21.
  3. Adamson, E., Cortis, N., Brennan, D., & Charlesworth, S. (2017). Social care and migration policy in Australia: Emerging intersections? Australian Journal of Social Issues, 52(1), 78-94.
  4. Smith, J., Adamson, E., Clifford, S., & Wallace, T. (2019). Twelve-Month Evaluation of the Banned Drinker Register in the Northern Territory: Part 2 – A qualitative analysis of selected stakeholder perspectives. In. Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research.
  5. Adamson, E., & Brennan, D. (2014). Social Investment or Private Profit? Diverging Notions of ‘Investment’ in Early Childhood Education and Care. International Journal of Early Childhood, 46(1), 47-61.
  6. Hamilton, M. G., & Adamson, E. (2012). Bounded agency in young carers' lifecourse-stage domains and transitions. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-17. doi:10.1080/13676261.2012.710743. 
  7. Adamson, E., & Brennan, D. (2017). Return of the Nanny: Public Policy towards In‐home Childcare in the UK, Canada and Australia. Social Policy & Administration, 51(7), 1386-1405.
  8. Adamson, E., & Smith, J. A. (2020). Exploring the Links between Fathering, Masculinities and Health and Well-Being for Migrant Fathers: Implications for Policy and Practice. International Journal of Mens Social and Community Health, 3(2), e58-e65.
  9. Brennan, D. and Adamson, E. (2014) Financing the Future: An equitable and sustainable approach to early childhood education and care, SPRC Report 01/14, Social Policy Research Centre, The University of New South Wales.
  10. Skattebol, J., Blaxland, M., Brennan, D., Adamson, E., Purcal, C., Hill, T., Jenkins, B., & Williams, F. (2014). Families at the Centre: What do low income families say about care and education for their young children? (SPRC Report Series 28/14). Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia.
  1. New centre ready for the future of men’s health research

    New centre ready for the future of men’s health research


  2. Drinkers get grog despite register

    Drinkers get grog despite register


    The article, which was published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration last week, summarises the findings of two 2019 studies by the Menzies School of Health Research, in which NT licensees were interviewed about their views on alcohol policy.