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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

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

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

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

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


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:  11 December 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers