My research is focused on women’s work and family, and on motherhood and family life. I am currently involved in a range of projects that critically examine current approaches to childhood obesity, maternal responsibility and family. These projects explore how neo-liberal discourses of health and consumption impact on the relationships between mothers and children and how families respond to circulating discourses about consumption and responsibility.
I am involved in a number of gender and crime projects focused on how criminal justice processes and outcomes are gendered.
I have supervised over twenty doctoral theses to completion. In 2011, Dr Karolyne Quinn’s thesis on clinical responses to childhood sexual abuse survivors, for which I was the main supervisor, won the University’s Mollie Holman Medal for outstanding doctoral research in the Faculty of Arts.
Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher is Associate Professor in the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research in the School of Social Sciences. She is Director of the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program.