Associate Professor Kay Cook
Co-director INCSS & Associate Professor at Swinburne University, Australia 
Interests: gender, evidence, policy-making processes, single parent poverty, power dynamics, state/family nexus, compliance, discourse analysis, qualitative research, welfare and child support policy integration

Professor Daniel Meyer
Co-director INCSS & Professor, Social Work & Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, USA
Interests: economic wellbeing post-separation, child support and welfare policies, non-custodial parents, capacity to pay, experimental innovation in child support policy

Professor Christine Skinner
Co-director INCSS & Professor in Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, UK
Interests: international comparisons of child support policy, family policy, parental obligations post-separation, non-resident fathers, symbolic meanings of money

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Professor Jonathan Bradshaw
Professor, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, UK
Interests: child poverty, child well-being, lone parents, non resident fathers

Allen Egon Cholakian
Executive Director - IRDF Project, Harvard/Columbia University, USA
Interests: international/cross-border family law matters

Dr Yiyoon Chung

​Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea

Interests: welfare of children and families, public policy (especially the intersection of multiple public policies including welfare, child support, child welfare, and criminal justice policy), policy analysis, program evaluation, and poverty and inequality


Elke Claessens
PhD student, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Interests: child support determination, objectification of child support calculation, quantitative analysis, shared parenting, complex families


Dr Laura Cuesta
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers University, USA (commencing August 2015-)
Interests: economic wellbeing of single-parent families; interaction between child support policies and social safety nets; child support systems in developing countries; evaluation of the effects of child support policies; cross-national research on child support issues

Dr Ian Curry-Sumner
Owner and Founder, Voorts Legal Services, Senior Lecturer, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Interests: comparative family law, international family law, private international law

Badri Dulal
Research Officer, Center for Research on Environment, Health and Population Activities (CREHPA), Nepal
Interests: research based study and articles on child rights and activities, issues of adolescents etc.

Lisette Dupre

Solicitor, Dawson Cornwell, London
Interests include: Financial remedies on divorce/ family breakdown, enforcement of maintenance (cross border), international family law. 

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John Eekelaar
Retired. Formerly Co-Director, Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy, Oxford University, UK
Interests: child support, family law and pluralism, socio-legal studies, jurisprudence

Professor Guðný Björk Eydal
Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Iceland
Interests: the welfare state and social policy with emphasis on family policies, care policies, social services, poverty, child policies, crisis management, fathers, children

Professor Belinda Fehlberg
Professor, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Interests: links between post-separation parenting and financial (child support, property and spousal support) arrangements; relationship between ‘seeing’ and ‘paying’, mothers as payers of child support, impacts of the new child support formula, expenditure on ‘infrastructure costs’, child support law and policy shifts in Australia and the UK

Dr Hayley Fisher
Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, The University of Sydney, Australia
Interests: economics of the family, household decision making, marriage, cohabitation, divorce, public policy, child support

Michael Fletcher
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies,Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Interests: economic and labour market consequences of separation, child support, welfare policy and tax credits, employment and unemployment policies, separated/sole parents, family structure, child poverty

Dr Steven Golightly
Director, Los Angeles Child Support, California, USA
Interests: Child Support director and part time assistant professor in public administration at California State University at Dominguez Hills and Northridge

Nerea González Méndez de Vigo
Lawyer, German Institute for Youth Human Services and Family Law/Deutsches Institut für Jugendhilfe und Familienrecht e.V. (DIJuF), Heidelberg, Germany
Interests: (international) family law, (international) child and youth human services, social law, refugee law (unaccompanied minors)

Anne Skevik Grødem
Researcher Director, Welfare Policies and the Public Sector, Institute for Social Research, Olso, Norway
Interests: gender, comparative social policies, the state/family nexus, child poverty, family policies

Angela Guarin
PhD Candidate Social Welfare, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Interests: family policy; child and family well-being; complex families and households; the impact of social policies, particularly related to child support policy and enforcement, on the well-being of families and children in developed and developing countries.

Dr Mia Hakovirta
Academy Research Fellow, Department of Social Research,  University of Turku, Finland
Interests: child maintenance policy, lone mothers and employment, non-resident fathers, shared parenthood, comparative policy analysis

Dr Anat Herbst
Head of Gender in the Field (graduate course), Interdisciplinary Program for Gender Studies Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Interests: welfare policies, public policy, gender aspects of the welfare state, gender aspects of the social security system

Dr Silvia Z. Islam
Lecturer, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: corporate finance, capital structure,  applied economics, health economics


Dr Kyung Eun Jahng

​​Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Family Studies School of Human Ecology, Kyung Hee University and Director, Healthy Family Support Center, Dongdaemun-gu, Korea

Interests: multicultural families, single-parent families and their children


Dr Merita Jokela
Senior Researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
Interests: comparative research on child maintenance policies, lone mothers’ economic well being, child poverty; interaction between child maintenance and social transfers

Dr Anniina Kaittila
Lecturer, Social Work, University of Turku, Finland

Interests:economic abuse, separated parents, family conflict, child support

Dr Yuk King Lau
Professional Consultant, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Interests: post-divorce families, continuing parental responsibilities, nonresidential parenting, post-divorce co-parenting, child support

Hege Kitterød​
Researcher, Institute for Social Research, Olso, Norway
Interests: child support, shared residence, children living apart from parents, unconventional caring arrangements​

Kelly Macatangay

​PhD Graduate, School of Management, University of St Andrews, UK

Interests: child support policy and practices, measurements and incentives, performativity, accountability, sociology of classification and quantification


Professor Dieter Martiny

​Professor Emeritus, Europa-Universität Frankfurt (Oder) and guest researcher Hamburg Max-Planck-Institute, Hamburg, Germany

Interests: the law of maintenance obligations, European family law, cohabitation


Distinguished Professor Stephen McKay
Distinguished Professor of Social Research, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK
Interests: inequality, social security, poverty, quantitative methods, families

Dr Hayley McKenzie
Lecturer, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Australia
Interests: compliance, gender, power dynamics, single parent poverty, qualitative methods

Dr Thomas Meysen

SOCLES International Center for Socio-Legal Studies, Germany
Interests: international family law, social law, child and youth human services, child care, child protection

Professor Valentinas Mikelėnas

Professor of Family Law, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University, Lithuania; Lawyer and Partner of Law at Tark, Grunte, Sutkiene

Interests: international child support, international child abduction, international divorce, international succession


Joanna Miles

Senior Lecturer in Law, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK
Interests: financial/property remedies (inc. child support) on family breakdown; comparative family law & policy, empirical data on child support/family breakdown/public attitudes

Associate Professor (Emerita) Ingegerd Municio
Associate Professor (Emerita), Södertörn University, Sweden
Interests: policy studies, family/education/minority policies, qualitative methods

Associate Professor Kristin Natalier
Associate Professor, School of Social and Political Studies, Flinders University, Australia
Interests: affect and emotion, gender, power dynamics, evidence, qualitative research, discourse analysis, fatherhood, housing outcomes, symbolic meanings of money

Dr. Zarina Md Nor
Senior Lecturer, Management Section, School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Interests: Single mothers, family economics

Joshua Otis

​Project Coordinator, Strategic & Operational Effectiveness Branch, Family Responsibility Office, Ministry of Community & Social Services, Government of Ontario (Canada)

​​Interests: best practices in child support enforcement, cross-jurisdictional research, comparative child support policy, program performance, inter-jurisdictional coordination

Associate Professor Maria da Graça Pereira

​Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal
Interests: separated women, children of divorce, young adults whose parents have divorced when they were children, physical and mental health

Elizabeth S. Perry

LL.D Doctoral Candidate, Umeå University, Sweden
Interests:child support systems in Sweden and America, comparative child support policy, the intersections of comparative law, family law, public welfare law and sociology of law

Dr Lixia Qu
Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia
Interests: couple formation and dissolution, fertility, parenting issues after separation, child support, financial living standards after separation

Vanessa Rios-Salas
Post-doctoral Fellow, WORLD Policy Analysis Center, UCLA
Interests: low-income families well-being, social policy, and program evaluation

Diego da Silva Rodrigues
Researcher, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG/UNDP); Lecturer, IBMEC, Brazil
Interests: family economics, childcare, quantitative methods, econometrics, impact evaluation

Laura Rosenak
Senior Vice President, MAXIMUS Child Support Practice, California, USA
Interests: oversight of a 25 state child support practice comprised of 60 contracts and 1000 people for MAXIMUS, Inc.

Daphna Rubinstein

PhD Student, Sociology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Interests: gender, socio-legal studies, social meaning of money, post-divorce parenthood, stereotypes/stigmatization, qualitative methods, child support policy

Dr Michael Rush

Lecturer, School of Applied Social Sciences, University College Dublin, Ireland

Interests: policy advocacy, evaluation research, gender, family and the welfare state; fatherhood; community


Professor Kirsten Scheiwe

Professor or Law, Institute for Social Pedagogy and Organizational Theory, University of Hildesheim

Interests: Family law, social law, social policy, comparative and interdisciplinary study of law institutions, law of social services and international welfare state comparison, legal and gender relations


Dr Sarah Sinclair
Lecturer School of Economics finance and Marketing, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: family economics, policy outcomes, applied microeconomics

Associate Professor Bruce Smyth
Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Australian National University, Australia
Interests: shared parenting,  family law, post-separation parenting, financial living standards after separation, strategic bargaining

Maria Vnuk
Doctoral Candidate, Australian National University
Interests: non-resident mothers, liable mothers, child support payers, gender, compliance, family policy, welfare reform, costs of children, child support schemes, separated families

Karin von Krenner

​​International Legal Advocate and Researcher, Streamline Research, Dublin, Ireland
Interests:child welfare, public policy, law enforcement across borders,international child support, criminal justice, poverty, education, parental kidnapping

Dr Maureen Waller

Associate Professor, Department of Policy Analysis & Management, Cornell University, USA 

Interests: child support arrears, child support and welfare policy, child support and incarceration, child support and parenting time, disadvantaged fathers, the meaning of informal/in-kind support, unmarried parents


Dr Anna Wysocka-Bar
Assistant Lecturer, Jagielloninan University, Poland

Interests: family law, succession law and private international law


Ruth Weston
Assistant Director (Research), Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia
Interests: family trends, couple formation pathways and trajectories, financial and non-financial impacts of parental separation on children, parents, child support issues, grandparents

Professor Lisa Young
Professor, School of Law, Murdoch University, Australia
Interests: family law, child support, earning capacity, change of assessment, shared parenting, the gendered reality of child support laws, adult child maintenance, the message family law sends about the role of parents