Mark Western is Director of the Institute for Social Science Research and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. As Institute Director Mark is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the Institute’s strategy and operations. He has previously worked at the Australian National University and the University of Tasmania, and held visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Manchester, and the Institute of Education, London.

Mark is an International Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life course and a former Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security.

Aside from Centre of Excellence funding, Mark has held research grants and government contracts worth over $20 million. He has edited and authored 7 books, and over 100 book chapters, journal articles and commissioned reports.