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, literature reviews, referencing, research and collaboration/ liaison with co-authors and agencies (reviewing drafts, proofing documents, organising technical reviews, completing annual reports, advising co-authors regarding submission outcomes and progress, liaison with journal editorial teams/editors), providing editing and writing expertise to other collaborators, staff and PhD candidates.
  • During 2012-14, I provided assistance in research, writing, and journal submissions of manuscripts for Professor Lynne Parkinson, Editor of the Australasian Journal of Ageing (AAJA).
  • Research collaboration on various projects, including the WHO Health of Older People in the Western Pacific Region (2011-2013), and House and Home Project (2015-2016).

Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing (RCGHA), The University of Newcastle, NSW.



Year Award
2015 University Medal (Welfare Studies)
University of Newcastle


Year Award
2015 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research Candidate (PhD)
The University of Newcastle
2014 ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) Supplementary Scholarship
ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)
2014 APA PhD Scholarship
The University of Newcastle

Ms Cassie Curryer