Associate Professor Deborah Dempsey
- School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education
- Department of Social Sciences
- 400B217 Hawthorn campus
- ORCID profile
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).
Fertility, technology and family change; assisted reproductive technologies, social aspects; personal and social well being of LGBT Australians.
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
Deb is currently supervising PhD projects on gender and work, family secrets, family formation through surrogacy, wives in family businesses and family values in Vietnamese migrant families: All postgraduate supervision enquiries welcome on topics relating to families, relationships, technologies and well-being.
Fields of Research
- Sociology - 441000
Sociology of family and sexuality; technology and society; social aspects of genetic technologies; qualitative research design and methodology
Also published as: Dempsey, Deborah; Dempsey, D.; Dempsey, Deb
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2018: Families of Strangers? The socio-legal implications of donor linking *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
* Chief Investigator
- 2018-08-10: 'When your name peaked in popularity' - The Age
- 2018-08-09: ‘Dear Australians, for the love of God, stop giving your children ‘unique’ baby names.’ - Mamma Mia Blog
- 2018-08-04: ‘As common names become uncommon, parents feel pressure to perform’ - The Sydney Morning Herald
- 2017-07-21: Single women taking DIY path to motherhood - The Age
- 2017-06-10: What's in a name? - ABC Overnights with Rod Quinn
- 2017-05-20: Most popular names: what happens when they all turn up at the same time? - The Age
- 2016-04-07: When it's not Nuclear (TV Documentary) - SBS The Feed
- 2015-12-09: https://theconversation.com/as-victoria-opens-sperm-donor-records-the-key-question-is-do-contact-vetoes-work-51906 - The Conversation
- 2015-12-09: ‘Why the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Matter: Speed Dating for Researchers Session’, recording of Dempsey D ‘Familiarly queer? Same-sex relationships and marriage in Australia’ - ABC Radio National
- 2015-08-11: Your questions answered on donor conception and IVF - The Conversation
- 2015-07-06: Fact Check: is having a mum and a dad the very best thing for a child? - The Conversation