Associate Professor Deborah Dempsey
- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Department of Social Sciences
- 400B217 Hawthorn campus
- ORCID profile
Associate Professor Deborah Dempsey is Academic Director Research Training for the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. 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 LGBTI people. Deb has published widely on the social aspects of family formation through assisted reproductive technologies and is best known for her work on families created through donor conception and surrogacy in the LGBTI communities. Recent publications include Same-Sex Parented Families in Australia, published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 2013; Families, Relationships and Intimate Life, 2nd edition, (with Jo Lindsay) published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and Qualitative Social Research: Contemporary Methods for the Digital Age (with Viv Waller and Karen Farquharson) published by Sage in 2016. Deb is currently researching LGBTI homelessness in Australia, donor linking and the use of onshore clinical fertility services by LGBT Australians.
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating 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.
Available to supervise honours students.
Fields of Research
- Sociology - 160800
Sociology;Genetics and biobanking
Also published as: Dempsey, Deborah; Dempsey, D.; Dempsey, Deb
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2016: LGBT Homelessness project secondary data analysis. *; GALFA funding grant
* Chief Investigator
- 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