Dr Melanie Spallek
Data Analytics for Education Research
Areas of expertise: longitudinal data analysis; administrative data analysis; life course research
Phone: +617 3623 7819
Location: ACU Brisbane Campus
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8364-4896
Dr Melanie Spallek is a Research Fellow in the Data Analytics for Education Research concentration at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education. Her research is centrally concerned with the analysis of longitudinal and big administrative data to investigate life course trajectories, in particular school-to-work trajectories and related performance outcomes. Of special interest is understanding the outcome trajectories of subgroups that are known to be disadvantaged, including welfare recipients, young people from out-of-home-care and young people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the impact of factors that lead to satisfactory work and well-being outcomes. Melanie’s research applies innovative statistical methodology to explain trajectories and drivers of change for important life transitions.
Melanie has over fifteen years of project experience in longitudinal data management and statistical analysis for social applications using both survey and administrative data, and has applied her methodological knowledge to priority research projects for government and non-government organisations with a policy development focus.
Melanie is a member of the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) Technical Advisory Group, established by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to to provide advice on methods, access, improvements and usability for the largest longitudinal Australian study available.
- Spallek M, Haynes M. (2020). Post-school transitions for children in out-of-home care: evidence from the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset. Journal of Youth Studies. doi: 10.1080/13676261.2020.1781803
- Bon J, Baffour B, Spallek M, Haynes M. (2020) Analysing sensitive data from dynamically-generated overlapping contingency tables. Journal of Official Statistics. 5(2): 266-283. doi: 10.1137/0205021
- Spallek M, Haynes M, Baxter J, Kapelle N. (2020) The value of administrative data for longitudinal social research: a case study investigating income support receipt and relationship separation in Australia. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/13645579.2019.1707984
- Spallek M, Haynes M. (2019) Order and Timing of Home Ownership and Fertility Decisions in Australia. Critical Housing Analysis; 6(1):9-11. doi: 10.13060/23362839.2019.6.1.445
- Ambrey C, Parsell C, Spallek M, Robinson R. (2018) An investigation into repeat requests for charity: Evidence form the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, Australia. Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterl,y 48(1):089976401879430-107. doi: 0899764018794300
- Spallek M, Haynes M, Jones A. (2014) Holistic housing pathways for Australian families through the childbearing years. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. 5(2):205-226.
- Berecki-Gisolf J, Spallek M, Hockey R, Dobson A. (2009) Height loss in elderly women is preceded by osteoporosis and is associated with digestive problems and urinary incontinence. Osteoporosis International, 21:479-485 doi.org/10.1007/s00198-009-0987-x
- 2019 – 2020. Education Horizon Grant, Qld Education Department,
- Haynes, M. Cumming, J., Spallek, M., Hwang, Y-S. Factors that impact on long-term achievement and retention for students with autism spectrum disorder in Queensland government schools: Evidence from administrative data. $84,540
Accolades and awards
- 2019 Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) Early Career Researcher Top-up Award $5000
- 2018 Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) Early Career Researcher Recognition Award $5000
- 2011 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) top-up scholarship, $8000 annually for three years
Appointments and affiliations
- Member of the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) Technical Advisory Group, 2016 -
- Research Fellow, Institute for Learning Sciences and teacher Education, Australian Catholic University, 2018 -
- Research Fellow, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, 2015 - 2017
- Senior Research Officer, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, 2013 - 2015
- Senior Data Archivist, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, 2009 – 2013
- Research Statistician, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, 2005 - 2009
- Research Assistant, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, 2005 – 2005
- Research Assistant, Centre of Military and Veteran’s Health, The University of Queensland, 2005 – 2005
- Research Assistant, Injury Prevention and Control Australia, 2004 - 2005