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Eva Cox

Adjunct Professor, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
Core Member, SIC - Strengthening Indigenous Communities
Associate Member, TFC - Transforming Cultures
BA (Hons) (UNSW)
+61 2 9514 2986

Research Interests

Policy Formulation: social policy, child care, women’s services, gender issues
Politics: paradoxes of democracy
Social and ethical accounting, auditing and reporting: stakeholder dialogue, development of social indicators, the nature of ethical organisations

Research methods; Social policy; Community.


Cox, E. 2013, 'Putting Society First: Welfare for Wellbeing' in LYONS, M., MARCH, A. & HOGAN, A. (eds), PUSHING OUR LUCK: Ideas for Australian Progress, Centre for Policy Development, Haymarket, Australia, pp. 71-84.
Cox, E. 2013, 'To the history I'd like to rewrite - Eva Cox' in Hardy, M. & McGuire, M. (eds), YOURS TRULY, Penguin Group (Australia), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 33-37.
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Cox, E. 2013, 'Back To The Barricades' in SAMANTHA TRENOWETH (ed), BEWITCHED & BEDEVILLED: Women Write the Gillard Years, Hardie Grant Books (Australia), Richmond Vic 3121, pp. 53-67.
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Cox, E. 2005, 'A better society: Ingredients for social sustainability' in Linda Carroli (ed), The Ideas Book, University of Queensland Press, Queensland, Australia, pp. 130-142.
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Cox, E. 2004, 'Mending the world from the margins: Jewish women and Australian feminism' in Levey, G.B. & Mendes, P. (eds), Jews and Australian Politics, Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, UK, pp. 145-159.
Cox, E. 2002, 'Making the Lucky Country' in Outnam, R.D. (ed), Democracies in Flux, Oxford University Press, New York USA, pp. 333-358.
Cox, E. 2000, 'Feminism and Citizenship' in Rethinking Australian Citizenship, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 56-65.
Cox, E. 2000, 'Diversity and Community: Conflict and Trust?' in Vasta, E. (ed), Citizenship, Community and Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 71-90.
Cox, E. 2000, 'Putting the Social Back into Socialism' in Glover, D. & Patmore, G. (eds), For the People: Reclaiming our Government - Labor Essays 2001, Pluto Press, Annandale NSW Australia, pp. 84-97.
Cox, E. 2000, 'The 'Light and Dark' of Volunteering' in Warburton, J. & Oppenheimer, M. (eds), Volunteers and Volunteering, Federation Press, Australia, pp. 140-149.
Caldwell, P.W. & Cox, E. 2000, 'Making policy social' in Winter, I. (ed), Social capital and public policy in Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies.


Cox, E. 2005, ''Mentoring - Good girls or bad girls?'', ACOSS, ACOSS YWCA Canberra, ACOSS, Canberra.
Keynote address
Cox, E. 2003, 'Social Sustainability is about People', Sustainability and Social Science: Round Table Proceedings, Sustainability and Social Science, Institute for Sustainable Futures UTS & CSIRO Minerals Melbourne, Sydney, Australia, pp. 247-260.
Ellis-Jones, I.D. & Cox, E. 2004, 'Humanism-Religion or Life Stance', Council of Australian Humanist Societies Annual Convention, Sydney, Australia.
Cox, E. 2003, 'Social In/Equality', CRSI 2003 Proceedings, Social Inequality Today, Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-14.
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The paper below explores the possibility that perceptions of unfairness may be much more powerful than measured material poverty as a driver of social cohesion or fragmentation. Much of the debate in this area focuses on the material differences between groups rather than their perceptions of their situations. Economists and politicians deny the importance of perceptions, often demanding that people should compare their present situation and how it has improved relative to five years ago and fail to understand why people worry about gaps they see between their situation and the people at the top. Similarly many poverty advocates focus on small changes at the edges to income support, which may ease financial spending issues but do not tackle entrenched perceptions of disadvantages. These may include being an outsider, a sense of powerlessness and the lack of agency that comes from perceptions of inequality.

Journal articles

Cox, E. & Goodman, J. 2005, 'Belittled: The state of play on bullying', Australian Universities Review, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 28-34.
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Abused, ignored, sidelined, belittled. Its the human face of a systemic problem. Eva Cox and James Goodman report on a recent studying of workplace bullying that highlights its effects on those being bullied, and the rather piecemeal administrative efforts to deal with it so far.
Baum, F.E., Bush, R., Modra, C.C., Murray, C.J., Cox, E., Alexander, K.M. & Potter, R.C. 2000, 'Epidemiology of Participation: an Australian Community Study', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 54, pp. 414-423.
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To determine the levels of participation in social and civic community life in a metropolitan region, and to assess differential levels of participation according to demographic, socioeonomic and health status. To contribute to policy debates on community participation, social capital and health using these empirical data. DESIGN---Cross sectional, postal, self completed survey on health and participation. SETTING---Random sample of the population from the western suburbs of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, a population of approximately 210 000. PARTICIPANTS---2542 respondents from a sample of 4000 people aged 18 years and over who were registered on the electoral roll. MAIN RESULTS---The response rate to the survey was 63.6% (n=2542). Six indices of participation, on range of social and civic activities, with a number of items in each, were created. Levels of participation were highest in the informal social activities index (46.7-83.7% for individual items), and lowest in the index of civic activities of a collective nature (2.4-5.9% for individual items). Low levels of involvement in social and civic activities were reported more frequently by people of low income and low education levels.