Megan Moskos

Dr Megan Moskos

Senior Research Fellow

Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre

Faculty of the Professions


Dr Moskos is a Senior Research Fellow at Future of Employment and Skills research centre, where her work is in applied sociology and social policy.

Dr Moskos main research interests are in social inclusion and the barriers to workforce participation among marginalised groups. Recent research includes publications on occupational sex segregation and low skilled men’s labour market exclusion, increasing the workforce participation of jobseekers experiencing multiple disadvantage, and assisting men’s movement into non-traditional occupations. Other research interests include the aged and disability care sectors with a particular focus on workforce issues and the utilisation of non-traditional workers (including men).

She has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and in the management of complex mixed methods projects, including the integration of quantitative and qualitative findings.

Prior to her appointment at Adelaide University she was employed at the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University for 15 year where she lead several projects focused on occupational sex segregation, social inclusion and the aged and disability sectors workforce.

Dr Megan Moskos is a Senior Research Fellow and sociology Lead at the Future of Employment and Skills research centre (FES). Prior to joining FES in January 2018, Megan was employed for 15 years at the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS), Flinders University. She received her Ph.D. from Flinders University in December 2012.

Megan has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and in the management of complex mixed methods projects, including the integration of quantitative and qualitative findings. She is highly experienced in undertaking policy related research with vulnerable groups including First Nations People in regional and remote areas, CALD communities, welfare recipients and people with disability

Megan is currently undertaking research on an AHURI-funded project examining successful Indigenous tenancies. Megan is also currently leading the qualitative research component of the evaluation of the Cashless Debit Card across established trial sites in the Ceduna region, the East Kimberley region, and the Goldfields region, as well as collecting baseline data from the new trial site in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region. Recently, Megan led the qualitative component of the baseline research which was conducted on the cashless debit card trial in the Goldfields region of WA.  Megan also recently led the qualitative research component of the Evaluation of the NDIS which included in-depth interviews with people with disability, families and carers, disability service providers, stakeholder organisations and NDIA staff. She also led the NDIS evaluation in the NT. This work required undertaking the fieldwork in a culturally appropriate way and ensure that the methods were matched to remote community settings. This aspect of the evaluation was complimented for its effective and culturally sensitive method and implementation.  

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Moskos, M., & Isherwood, L. (2019). ‘The wrong sex’? Understanding men’s representation in the Australian aged care sector. Journal of Industrial Relations, 61(1), 105-128.
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    2019 Moskos, M., & Isherwood, L. (2019). Individualised funding and its implications for the skills and competencies required by disability support workers in Australia. Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 29(1), 34-51.
    2017 Isherwood, L., Moskos, M., King, D., Walker, R., & Brown, L. (2017). Multiple disadvantage, service delivery and client outcomes in a strengths-based employment program. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 43(1), 1-20.
    2017 Brown, L., Osborne, K., Walker, R., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L., Patel, K., . . . King, D. (2017). The benefits of a life-first employment program for Indigenous Australian families: Implications for ‘Closing the Gap’. Journal of Social Issues, 8(1), 78-95.
    2016 Walker, R., Brown, L., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L., Osbourne, K., Patel, K., & King, D. (2016). 'They really get you motivated': Experiences of a life-first employment program from the perspective of long-term unemployed individuals. Journal of Social Policy, 45(3), 507-526.
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    2012 Moskos, M. (2012). How Occupational Sex Segregation Shapes Low-Skilled Men's Employment Opportunities in Australia. Labour and Industry, 22(4), 415-432.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2013 King, D., Mavromaras, K., Wei, Z., He, B., Healy, J., Macaitis, K., . . . Smith, L. (2013). The Aged Care Workforce 2012.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2008 Lowry, D., & Moskos, M. (2008). Mobile phones, spillover and the 'work-life balance'. In Mobility and Technology in the Workplace (pp. 167-179).
    DOI Scopus5
    2007 Lowry, D., & Moskos, M. (2007). Labour Force Participation as a Determinant of Indigenous Health. In I. Anderson, F. Baum, & M. Bentley (Eds.), Beyond Bandaids: Exploring the Underlying Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health. Papers from the Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health (pp. 91-103).
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Moskos, M., Isherwood, L. M., & Mavromaras, K. (2018). Individualised funding and its implications for the skills and competencies required by disability support workers in Australia. In Gender, Work and Organisation International Interdisciplinary Conference. Sydney.
    2018 Isherwood, L. M., Moskos, M., & Mavromaras, K. (2018). Individualisation and marketisation of disability care in Australia: implications for the demand and provision of training. In Gender, Work and Organisation International Interdisciplinary Conference. Sydney.
    2018 Isherwood, L., Moskos, M., & Mavromaras, K. (2018). individualisation and marketisation of disability care in Australia: Implications for the demand and provision of training. In The Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference. Adelaide.
    2018 Moskos, M., Isherwood, L. M., & Mavromaras, K. (2018). Individualised funding and its implications for the skills and competencies of disability support workers in Australia. In The The Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference. Adelaide.
    2018 Moskos, M., & Isherwood, L. M. (2018). 'The Wrong Sex'? Understanding men's representation in the Australian aged care sector. In The Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference. Adelaide.
    2017 Walton, H., Moskos, M., & Isherwood, L. (2017). Anticipating and addressing the impeding shortages of disability support workers: insights from the sector. In The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association. Perth.
    2017 Moskos, M., & Isherwood, L. (2017). Anticipating and addressing the impending shortages of disability support workers: Insights from the sector. In NCVER 26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’. Hobart.
    2017 Isherwood, L., & Moskos, M. (2017). ‘The wrong sex’? Men’s representation in the Australian aged care sector. In Australian Association of Gerontology Conference. Perth.
    2015 Moskos, M. (2015). Men doing 'women's work'? Gender essentialism and low skilled men's integration into non-traditional occupations.. In 29th Annual conference for the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Auckland.
    2013 Isherwood, L. M., Moskos, M., King, D., Osbourne, K., & Walker, R. (2013). The impact of complex disadvantage in a strengths-based employment program. In Australian Social Policy Conference. Sydney.
    2013 Moskos, M. (2013). Men doing ‘women’s work’? Gender essentialism and low skilled men’s integration into non-traditional occupations. In The Australian Sociology Association Conference: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology. Monash University.
    2013 Osborne, K., Patel, K., Walker, R., King, D., Moskos, M., & Isherwood, L. (2013). Reducing intergenerational disadvantage through a life-first employment program: Individual and systems approaches.. In Public Health Association of Australia: Social Inclusion and Complex needs conference. Canberra.
    2012 Moskos, M. (2012). Gender essentialism and low skilled men’s exclusion from ‘feminised’ occupations in Australia. In The Australian Sociology Association Conference: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities. The University of Queensland.
    2012 Osborne, K., Patel, K., Walker, R., King, D., & Moskos, M. (2012). A 'life first' approach to addressing mental health, family well‐being and barriers to social and economic participation in Port Augusta. In 4th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium.
    2012 Moskos, M. (2012). Gender essentialism and men's exclusion from 'feminine' care jobs in Australia. In Gender Work and Organization 7th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference. Keele University, Staffordshire, UK..
    2011 Moskos, M. (2011). Employment opportunities for low skilled men in a sex segregated Australian labour market, 1996-2006. In Australian Social Policy Conference: Social Policy in a Complex World. Sydney.
    2011 Moskos, M. (2011). How does occupational sex segregation shape low skilled men’s employment opportunities? Evidence from the ABS census. In The Australian Sociology Association Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks. The University of Newcastle.
    2009 Moskos, M. (2009). Understanding Men's Access to Low skilled Jobs: A Research Proposal. In presentation to the Centre for Work + Life Seminar Series. Adelaide.
    2008 Moskos, M., Lauritsen, J., & Salway, D. (2008). Principles and models for engaging people not in the workforce or training. In 2008 training Sector Forum, Better Skills Brighter Futures.
    2008 Moskos, M. (2008). Supporting Marginal Groups to Secure and Maintain Employment in the Health and Community Services Industries. In SA Health and Community Services Skill Board Human Services at Work Conference: Developing people – Sustaining our workforce.
    2007 Moskos, M. (2007). Identity Work: The identity Construction of Low skilled Men Excluded From Labour Market Activity. In Work, Employment and Society Conference. Aberdeen.
    2006 Lowry, D., & Moskos, M. (2006). Ring, ring…why don’t you leave me alone? The impact of the work mobile phone on the work-life balance. In Presentation for the ACREW/KCL Conference (pp. 1-11). Prato, Italy.
    2005 Martin, B., & Moskos, M. (2005). Labour Markets and Social Provision: How Paid Care is Organized in Australia and Britain. In 37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology.
    2005 Lowry, D., & Moskos, M. (2005). Hanging on the Mobile Phone: Experiencing Work and Spatial Flexibility. In 4th Critical Management Studies Conference.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2018 Mavromaras, K., Moskos, M., & Isherwood, L. (2018). Individualised funding and its implications for work and employment in the disability sector in Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Gender, Work and Organisation International Interdisciplinary Conference. Sydney.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2019 Mavromaras, K., Moskos, M., Isherwood, L. M., & Mahuteau, S. (2019). Cashless Debit Card Baseline Data Collection in the Goldfields Region: Qualitative Findings.
    2018 Isherwood, L. M., Mavromaras, K., Moskos, M., & Wei, Z. (2018). Attraction, Retention and Utilisation of the Aged Care Workforce.
    2018 Mavromaras, K., Moskos, M., Mahuteau, S., Isherwood, L., Goode, A., Walton, H., . . . Flavel, J. (2018). Evaluation of the NDIS.
    2017 Mavromaras, K., Knight, G., Isherwood, L., Crettenden, A., Flavel, J., Karmel, T., . . . Wei, Z. (2017). THE AGED CARE WORKFORCE 2016. Commonwealth of Australia.
    2016 Mavromaras, K., Moskos, M., & Mahuteau, S. (2016). Evaluation of the NDIS: Intermediate Report.
    2015 National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS). (2015). Evaluation of the NDIS: Initial Report. Adelaide.
    2015 Moskos, M., Isherwood, L. M., Walker, R., & Brown, L. (2015). Building Family Opportunities: Program Evaluation: Summary Report.
    2015 National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS). (2015). Evaluation of the NDIS: Initial Report. Adelaide.
    2014 Moskos, M., Isherwood, L., Walker, R., & Brown, L. (2014). Building Family Opportunities: Program Evaluation Final Report.
    2013 King, D., & Moskos, M. (2013). Building Family Opportunities Program Evaluation: Report Stage 2: The First 18 Months.
    2012 King, D., & Moskos, M. (2012). Building Family Opportunities Program Evaluation: Report 1: Implementing the Evaluation.
    2011 Moskos, M. (2011). Mental Illness and Employment: Challenge for Australia.
    2009 Moskos, M., Osborne, K., Biedrzycki, K., Baum, F., & Richardson, S. (2009). Building Family Opportunities: A review of the evidence and options for an evaluation framework.
    2007 Moskos, M. (2007). Workforce Participation in South Australia: Voices from the Margin.
    2007 Moskos, M. (2007). Workforce participation in South Australia: Barriers and Opportunities.
    2007 Martin, B., & Moskos, M. (2007). Evaluative research project: final report to the Independent Gambling Authority.
    2006 Moskos, M., & Martin, B. (2006). What we can and can’t know about the community service workforce from existing data.
    2006 Moskos, M., & Martin, B. (2006). Analysis of Conditional Adjustment Payment (CAP) Staff Training Statement Data.
    2005 Moskos, M., & Martin, B. (2005). What’s Best, What’s Worst? Direct Carers’ Work in Their Own Words.
    2005 Healy, J., & Moskos, M. (2005). How Do Aged Care Workers Compare with Other Australian Workers?.
    2004 Healy, J., & Moskos, M. (2004). The Gender Wage Gap in South Australia.
  • Working Paper

    Year Citation
    2015 Richardson, S., Healy, J., & Moskos, M. (2015). From 'gentle invaders' to 'breadwinners': Australian women's increasing employment and earnings shares.
    2011 Moskos, M. (2011). NILS Working Paper no 175. Low skill men’s access to ‘feminine’ care jobs in Australia: An occupational case study approach.
    2011 Moskos, M. (2011). NILS Working Paper no 173. How does occupational sex segregation shape low skilled men's employment opportunities? Evidence from the ABS census.
    2011 Moskos, M. (2011). NILS Working paper no 167. Assisting people marginal to the labour market to gain and maintain employment: a spotlight on South Australia.
    2006 Lowry, D., & Moskos, M. (2006). Ring, ring…why don’t you leave me alone? The impact of the work mobile phone on the work-life balance.
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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - ongoing Co-Supervisor How the mainstream health system interacts with the NDIS Flinders University Other Part Time Moes, K.
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2007 - ongoing The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2017 - ongoing International Monetary Fund
    2017 - ongoing OECD
    2017 - ongoing Productivity Commission Australia
    2017 - ongoing Community Affairs Senate Reference Committee Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2011 - 2016 Co-Convenor TASA work, employment and social movement thematic group The Australia Sociological Association Australia
  • Position: Senior Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83134593
  • Email: megan.moskos@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 5
  • Room: 5 05
  • Org Unit: Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre

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