Dr Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith is a Research Fellow in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences. His research examines processes of change and inequality in life pathway formation, with a focus on young people and their emerging identities, values and aspirations. Much of Jonathan’s work is concerned with better understanding the factors that enable and constrain young people’s opportunities in a range of domains including work and study, relationships and housing, and digital media use.

Jonathan administers the Social Futures and Life Pathways of Young People (‘Our Lives’) Project, which is a longitudinal ARC Discovery Project tracking the career and family pathways of young people growing up in Queensland, Australia.

He is also a Chief Investigator on the Housing + Transport Affordability project, an interdisciplinary study that aims to measure and illustrate the relationship between transport costs and housing affordability in Melbourne, Australia.

Jonathan coordinates the Communities & Infrastructure research program within the Centre for Social and Population Research (CSPR) at Monash.


Recent publications (see ‘publications‘ for complete list)


Tomaszewski, W., Smith, J., Parsell, C., Tranter, B., Laughland-Booÿ, J., Skrbiš, Z. (2016) ‘Young, anchored and free? Examining the dynamics of early housing pathways in Australia’, Journal of Youth Studies (online first). 



Smith, J. and Skrbiš, Z. (2016) ‘Arenas of comfort and conflict: Peer relationship events and young people’s educational attainment’. Journal of Youth Studies, 19(5): 646-664.



Smith, J., Hewitt, B. and Skrbiš, Z. (2015) ‘Digital socialisation: Young people’s changing value orientations towards internet use between adolescence and early adulthood’Information, Communication & Society, 18(9), 1022-1038.