Department of Sociology

Dr Adam Stebbing


Sociology - Adam StebbingOffice: W6A/824
Phone: (61 2) 9850 4098
Fax No: (61 2) 9850 6897

Adam Stebbing is a sociologist broadly interested in the interactions of social policy, tax and inequality in ageing societies. He teaches and undertakes research in applied sociology in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University in Sydney. He also directs and advises in the undergraduate social science degree, teaching core second and third year units. Currently, his multiple research interests include: the implications that the rapid growth of middle class welfare delivered through the tax system for Australian social policy; exploring the policy shift toward private retirement savings as the population ages; developing an outcomes measure for community aged care, and, advancing a sociological understanding homelessness.


  • SSC200 - Evaluation & the Social Sciences
  • SSC300 - Advanced Social Research Methods
  • SOC810/SOCX810 - Developing Social Policy (also SOCI704)
  • SOC811/SOCX811 - North, South, East & West: Comparative social policy


Book Chapters

Stebbing, A. (2017) 'Without house or home? Understanding homelessness as dwelling' in Lloyd, J. and E. Vasta (eds.) Reimagining Home in the 21st Century, Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar, pp.102-120.

2015 'The Devil's in the Detail: The hidden costs of private retirement incomes policy' in Meagher, G. and S. Goodwin (eds.) Markets, Rights and Power in Australian Social Policy, University of Sydney Press: Sydney, pp.115-152.

2013 'Chipping In: Paying for a Good Society' in M. Lyons (eds.) Pushing Our Luck: Ideas for Australian Progress, Centre for Policy Development: Sydney, pp.17-41 (with A. March, M. Lyons, and S. Wilson).

2010 'Getting Value for Public Money: Superannuation, Housing and Childcare' in Davis, M. and M. Lyons (eds.) More Than Luck: Ideas Australia Needs Now, Centre for Policy Development: Sydney, pp.267-279 (with B. Spies-Butcher).

Journal Articles

2017, 'Measuring Consumer Outcomes: Development and Testing of the Australian Community Care Outcomes Measure' Australasian Journal on Ageing, 36(1): 69-71 (with Cardona, B., Fine, M., Samsa, P., Duncan, C. and K. Eagar).

2016, 'Climate change and the welfare state? Exploring Australian attitudes to climate and social policy', Journal of Sociology, 52(4): 741-758 (with B. Spies-Butcher).

2016, 'The decline of a home-owning society? Asset-based welfare, retirement and intergenerational equity in Australia, Housing Studies, 31(2): 190-207 (with B. Spies- Butcher)

2013 'Wage-earners' welfare after economic reform: Refurbishing, retrenching or hollowing out social protection in Australia and New Zealand?' Social Policy & Administration, 47(6): 623-646 (with S. Wilson, B. Spies-Butcher and S. St John).

2011 'Population ageing and tax reform in a dual welfare state' The Economic and Labour Relations Review 22(3): pp. 45-64 (with B. Spies-Butcher).

2010 'Universal welfare by 'other means'? Social tax expenditures and the Australian dual welfare state' Journal of Social Policy, 39(4): pp. 585-606 (with B. Spies-Butcher).

2009 'Targets and taxes: On the welfare orientations of the Australian Public' Social Policy and Administration 43(5): 508-525 (with S. Wilson and B. Spies-Butcher).



2016 'The Taxation of Superannuation' 2016 Australian Poverty Audit, ASAP Oceania, Available online at:

2014 'Intergenerational Dependencies and the Financialisation of Retirement: Lessons from Australia' XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, July 13-19, Yokohama (with Spies-Butcher).

2013 'Housing, Tax and Neoliberalism: Growing inequality in Australia' Refereed Conference Proceedings of the TASA Conference, Monash University: Melbourne.

2012 'Social Protection for Old and Young: Mapping the developing dual welfare state in Australia', TASA Conference 2012, University of Queensland: Brisbane.

2011 'A War on the Middle Class? Middle Class Welfare and the 2011-12 Budget', Digest Article, Australian Review of Public Affairs, June.

2011 'Growing Old, Growing Unequal: The emerging dual welfare state of ageing in Australia' presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, University of New South Wales: Sydney (with B. Spies-Butcher).

2010 'The Politics of Climate Change and Social Policy in Australia' Public Causes, Private Lives, Refereed Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association Conference, Macquarie University: Sydney (with B. Spies Butcher).

2009 'The Upside Down Welfare of the Superannuation Tax Concessions', Refereed Conference Proceedings of the Society for Heterodox Economists Conference, University of New South Wales: Sydney.

2009 'Reforming Australia's Hidden Welfare State: Social Tax Expenditures as Welfare for the Rich' Occasional Paper No.6, Centre for Policy Development: Sydney (with B. Spies-Butcher).