Brendan Churchill

Brendan Churchill is a Research Fellow in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining Melbourne, he was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Change and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania. Brendan is sociologist researching in the ares of work and employment, family, youth and gender. His primary research program focuses on work and employment from a number of different perspective: young people, women and families and the future of work, including the gig economy. He has been researching and writing about issues to do with youth (un)employment in Australia and the on-going impact of economic and technological disruption on their futures for over a decade. He is also working with Professor Lyn Craig on a number of projects which examine the impact of work on family life for both men and in particular women. With Professor Lyn Craig and Dr Signe Ravn, he holds an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP190100623) 'Managing at the Margins: Women Making it Work in Precarious Times' (2020-22). He is one of few researchers in Australia examining the gig economy and gig workers using quantitative methods. Brendan is a quantitative research with expertise in quantitative social research design and analysis, including longitudinal data analysis and multi-level modelling. He has designed a number of surveys, including the Scrolling Beyond Binaries (2016, 2020), Making it Work in the Gig Economy (2018, 2020) and the Work and Care in the Time of COVID-19 survey (2020). Brendan is currently on the Editorial Board of Work, Employment and Society and an Associate Editor of Health Sociology of Review. You can follow Brendan on Twitter: @BrenChurchill


  • 2017, PhD, University of Tasmania
  • 2007, BA (Hons), University of Tasmania

Research Focus

  • Youth, young adulthood
  • Generations and intergenerational inequity
  • Gender equality–female workforce participation and returns to education
  • Work and employment–insecure and precarious work, remote working
  • Gig economy and the future of work

Selected Publications

B. Churchill & L. Craig, (Forthcoming), ‘Attitudes towards fatherhood and working fathers in Australia: a gendered analysis’, Current Sociology. Accepted 02/01/2020.

L. Craig & B. Churchill, (Forthcoming), ‘Unpaid work and care during COVID-19: subjective experiences of same-sex couples and sole mothers in Australia’, Gender & Society. Accepted 03/01/2021.

B. Churchill, (Forthcoming), ‘COVID-19 and the immediate impact on young people and employment in Australia: a gendered analysis’ Gender, Work and Organisations. Accepted 01/11/2020.

Kirby, E., A. Watson, B. Churchill, B. Robards and L. LaRochelle, (Forthcoming), ‘Queering the Map: Stories of love, loss and (be)longing within a digital cartographic archive’, Media Culture and Society. Accepted 01/12/2020.

Craig, L. and B. Churchill, (Forthcoming), ‘Working and Caring at Home: gender differences in the effects of COVID-19 on paid and unpaid labor in Australia’, Feminist Economics. Accepted 01/09/2020.

Craig, L. and B. Churchill, (Forthcoming), ‘Dual-earner Parent Couples’ Work and Care during COVID-19’, Gender, Work and Organisations. Accepted 01/07/2020.

Craig, L, Churchill, B and van Tienoven, T 2020, ‘A global generation? Examining young men’s and women’s daily activity using cross-national time use data’, Journal of Youth Studies, 23(9): 1195-1216.

Nash, M and Churchill, B 2020, Caring during COVID-19: A gendered analysis of Australian university responses to managing remote working and caring responsibilities, Gender, Work and Organisations, 27(5):833-846.

Hanckel, B, Vivienne, S, Byron, P, Robards, B and Churchill, B 2020, ‘“That’s not necessarily for them”: LGBTIQ+ young people, social medial platform affordances and identity’, Media, Culture and Society 41(8): 1261-1278.

Churchill, B. and Craig, L 2019, ‘Gender in the Gig Economy: Men and women using digital platforms to secure work in Australia’, Journal of Sociology 55(4): 741-761.

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