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The Australian National University

Dr Bruce Smyth

Associate Professor of Family Studies
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Family Law 180113
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Family And Household Studies 160301
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment 160801
  • Policy And Administration 1605

Research interests

Post-separation patterns of parenting

High-conflict divorce cases

Child support

Relocation and parenting disputes

Allegations of family violence in family law proceedings

Financial living standards after separation

Spousal support

Binding pre-nuptial agreements

Mandatory divorce mediation

Family Life Education

Research methods


Prior to joining the ANU in March 2007, Bruce worked at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) as a Senior Research Fellow. He was a member of the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support (2004-05), and is in the final year of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship investigating high conflict post-divorce shared-time families.

Researcher's projects

Bruce Smyth, Bryan Rodgers and the research team have recently completed an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project Grant to examine the impacts of the 2006-2008 child support reforms in Australia.

Bruce is currently on an ARC Future Fellowship studying high conflict shared-time families after separation.

Current student projects

Giverney Ainscough, Doctoral candidate, Working with disability and illness inclusion policy: Lecturer, student and Inclusion staff perspectives

Maria Vnuk, Doctoral candidate, Mothers who pay or should pay child support in Australia

Tempe Archer, M Phil candidate, The recent parliamentary inquiry into the Australian Child Support Program: A critical review

Past student projects

Nea-Ann Bax, Doctoral candidate, Exploring the relationship between re-partnering, parental involvement, family dynamics, and family well being


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  25 February 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers