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Associate Professor Deborah Dempsey

Adjunct Associate Professor, Sociology


Deb’s research interests are in the sociology of families, sexuality and health, especially family formation through assisted reproductive technologies, and the personal and social wellbeing of LGBT adults and young people. Deb has published widely on the social aspects of family formation through assisted reproductive technologies and is best known for this work. Recent research reports include 'The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria' (co-authored in 2018 with Fiona Kelly and commissioned by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority) and Same-Sex Parented Families in Australia, commissioned by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 2013. Deb was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant in 2017 for a project entitled: 'Families of Strangers?: the socio-legal implications of donor linking in Australia' (with Fiona Kelly, DP180100188). Other recent research projects include a study of LGBT homelessness in Australia (with Cal Andrews, Ruth McNair and Sharon Parkinson, funded by the Gay and Lesbian Fund of Australia) and 'Fertility Decision Making in the LGBT communities' (with Fiona Kelly and Jennifer Power).

Fields of Research

  • Sociology - 160800

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