Ms Cassie Curryer

Ms Cassie Curryer

Research student

Career Summary



  • 2008. Adv. Diploma Local, Family & Applied History, (Adv. Dip. LFAH), University of New England (UNE).
  • 2011. Bachelor of Social Science, University of Newcastle (UoN).
  • 2015. B. Social Science Hons. Class 1, University of Newcastle (UoN).
  • 2019. D.Phil Sociology & Anthropology, University of Newcastle (UoN).

Recipient of the University of Newcastle 2015 University Medal (Welfare) and Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research Candidate.

I am passionate about sociology and exploring how social policy intersects with and shapes our welfare systems, individual choices, and everyday life.

My work is multidisciplinary and covers broad areas of health and ageing, housing, human services, policy and family studies. 

Interests include:

  • sociology
  • social policy
  • ageing (aged care policies, ageing-in-place, social support and relationships, informal caregiving).
  • consumer-directed care (CDC) and choice
  • housing (ageing-in-place, environmental adaptation, housing unaffordability and precariousness)
  • community welfare/human services delivery (policy, consumer welfare, choice, individualisation, care and risk)
  • gender studies (including women's health, gender disadvantage, sociology of the family)
  • social determinants of health

Member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), and Emerging Researchers on Ageing (ERA).


  • ageing
  • consumer directed care
  • gender
  • housing
  • social determinants of health
  • social policy
  • sociology
  • welfare
  • women's health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies 30
160512 Social Policy 40
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 30

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
11/02/2011 - 30/04/2016 Research Assistant

  • Driving the production of research papers within the Centre: co-writing, editing, preparation and submission of research papers for peer-review journal publication (including managing papers in the too-hard basket), managing revisions, l