Project Background

My name is Damien Riggs, and I am the lead researcher involved in a range of projects on the topic of family diversity in Australia. I am currently collaborating with Clare Bartholomaeus, Clemence Due, Sarah Hunter, Nik Taylor, Heather Fraser and Shoshana Rosenberg on these projects, though to date have worked with both Australian and international scholars on other family-related projects. Some of these projects have been funded by Australian Research Council Discovery Grants, and my latest research is funded by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and by Flinders University, where I am employed as a Professor.

This website complements my new book Diverse Pathways to Parenthood: From narratives to practice (Elsevier). The book documents many of my diverse areas of research in relation to family formation, parents, and families, and links the narratives that I explore in the book to implications for practice in the areas of reproduction, parenting, and education. Topics covered include adoption, foster care, embryo donation, surrogacy, grandparenting, pregnancy loss, lesbian mothers and more.

Resources on this companion website have been collated by Clare Bartholomaeus and myself, however linked materials and images belong to the original authors, and inclusion on the website does not per se indicate an endorsement. Lists of publications pertaining to each topic area can be found on individual pages. For a full list of my publications, see my website. A key additional output from my Future Fellowship is the Australian Family Diversity Report, available here, which provides an historical overview of Australian family-related statistics drawing on data released between 1960 and 2015.

You can follow the latest updates from my research on family diversity on Twitter.