Professor Paul Smyth

Paul Smyth is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne and from 2004-13 was also General Manager of the Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Fitzroy, Australia. Paul's diverse career combines academic and social action experience. He was previously the Director of Social Policy in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Queensland. Prior to this he was senior researcher at Uniya, the Jesuit social research and action centre at Kings Cross, Sydney. A former Catholic priest, he also worked for 20 years in youth and family care. As Professorial Fellow in Social Policy, Paul was founding coordinator of the Masters of Social Policy program. Paul's research areas include contemporary Australian social policy, local governance and social inclusion, and international perspectives on social and economic inclusion. Paul has been an advisory council member for the Centre for Work and Life at the University of South Australia and Volunteering Australia. He is currently on the councils of the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Catholic Social Justice Commission. He is an External Thought Leader for The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Inc.