Ben Spies-Butcher is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Masters of Policy and Applied Social Research in the Sociology Department at Macquarie University. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney and his work focuses on the political economy of social policy. Ben is a Board member of Shelter NSW and a Research Associate at the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland. Ben previously worked in the non-government sector for the Edmund Rice Centre and has been active in local community action, helping establish the REDWatch resident group, chairing the Settlement Neighbourhood Centre and as a former Co-Convener of the Australian Greens. You can follow him on twitter via @SensibleBSB.



blog posts


Social Service Futures: what is productivity?

A first step on negative gearing, but not much more

Changing home ownership and growing inequality


Social Policy Whisperer: could a new 'basic income' protect Australia's most vulnerable?

Tax is back on the agenda and you might be surprised about a new alliance

Social Policy Whisperer: reclaiming the economy

Social Policy Whisperer: a new politics in social policy?

Social Policy Whisperer: eroding Medicare by stealth? Indexation and the decline of public provision