The Veteran Life Research team takes a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring the post-service life experiences of Australian veterans.

We undertake research focused on advancing an evidence-based understanding of the life challenges veterans can experience after they transition from service. Our ambition is to use this knowledge to inform policy and advance best-practice in the support of veterans both nationally and internationally.

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide Mapping Project

As part of the work of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, the Veteran Life Research team at Australian Catholic University has been commissioned to undertake a research project to improve the Commission’s understanding of the nature of the veteran service sector in Australia. This will help it to determine how well the sector is currently meeting the needs of Australian veterans and their families.

The project is:

  • Identifying support services offered by government, commercial providers, not-for-profit organisations, and charities that have veterans and their families as beneficiaries
  • Exploring the characteristics of these service providers and the sector.

To help us achieve this we are conducting a survey of veteran service providers in Australia. If you are a representative of organisation that provides services to veterans, please complete our survey.

Meet our people

Contact us:

Professor Zlatko Skrbis is Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Sociology at Australian Catholic University. His research focuses on the question of identities in transition.

Dr Jacqueline Laughland-Booy is a Senior Advisor (Research and Communication) at Australian Catholic University. As a sociologist she has interests in life course studies and political sociology.

Dr Margaret Hutchison is a Lecturer in History at the Australian Catholic University. Her research explores the policies and practices of veteran healthcare in Australia over the last century.

Dr Jonathan Smith is a Senior Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His research focuses on experiences of transition and change.

Dr Duncan Cook is Associate Professor of Geography at Australian Catholic University. He is a specialist in geospatial analysis.

Dr Zareh Ghazarian is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include public policy, civic engagement, and political knowledge.

Emily Cryer commenced her PhD at ACU in 2022. Her research is exploring the nature of peer-to-peer veteran support.

  • Maddison Cunningham
  • Thomas Foster
  • Clare Delany

Our partnerships

The Veteran Life Research team aims to make a positive impact on the lives of veterans through collaborative partnerships with industry, stakeholders, and ex-service organisations.

Contract research and consultancy

We can provide research services as required. This includes program design, program evaluation, or tailored research projects.

Research partnerships

We have experience applying for competitive funding and welcome the opportunity to enter new partnerships for collaborative projects.

Meet some of our partners

GO2 Health

Trojans Trek

Research training opportunities

We provide students with a high-quality research training experience.

PhD and masters project opportunities

We are currently accepting expressions of interest to undertake PhD or masters level research projects at ACU under the supervision of members from the Veteran Life Research team.

For more information contact:
Dr Jacqueline Laughland-Booÿ

Veteran Life Research internships

A Veteran Life Research internship currently offers selected senior undergraduate students who are studying sociology, history, geography, or politics at any of the ACU campuses, the opportunity to gain practical and varied research experience under the direction and mentorship of the Veteran Life Research team.

Students who wish to be considered for the internship need to complete an application form. Successful applications will be notified and will then enrol in HUMA332.

Application forms are available from Associate Professor Maggie Nolan in the National School of Arts and Humanities:

The objectives of a Veteran Life Research internship are to:

  • Enable students to acquire practical experience working on an interdisciplinary project
  • Enhance a student’s understanding of the research process appropriate to their area of study
  • Develop a student’s communication skills
  • Strengthen a student’s analytical skills

Internship activities include:

  • Conducting literature searches and summaries
  • Undertaking data management and basic data analysis (qualitative, quantitative, geo- spatial mapping)
  • Preparing presentations
  • Preparing written material for Veteran Life Research
  • Contributing to grant applications and research reports

For more information contact:
Dr Jacqueline Laughland-Booÿ

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