Roger PatulnyDr Roger Patulny

BA (Hons)/Bec ANU, PhD Sociology UNSW

Location: 19.2019
Phone: (02) 4239 2533


Roger Patulny is a Lecturer in Social Research Methods in the Sociology Program at the University of Wollongong. He has published widely on social capital, and on topics related to social inclusion and connection, including on volunteering, trust, social contact time, and social mix in public housing, primarily using quantitative methods. He has completed the ARC Discovery 2009-11: ‘Poor Women and Lonely Men: Examining Gendered Social Inclusion and Connection in Australia’, concerned with gendered patterns and emotional wellbeing associated with social connection, exclusion, and daily time-use patterns. He has also completed several studies on emotions, and is a co-founder and current co-convenor of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Thematic Group on the Sociology of Emotions and Affect (SEA).

Research Interests/Areas of expertise

Social capital, Social Connections, Trust, Wellbeing, Emotions, Urban Studies, Time Use, Quantitative Social Research Methods

Searchable RIS publications.

Current Research Projects

Dr Patulny is currently co-editing a special edition of the Australian Journal of Social Issues in 2012, based on the proceedings of a 2011 conference on ‘Emotions in Social Life.’

Potential Topics for HDR & Honours Supervision

  • Sociology of emotions
  • Social connectedness and isolation
  • Social inclusion and networks
  • Public housing and social mix


Refereed Journal Articles 

  • Morris, Alan, Michelle Jameison, Patulny, Roger, (accepted, May 2011) Is social mixing of tenures a solution for public housing estates? Evidence Base, issue 1, 2012,
  • Patulny, Roger, Wong, Melissa (accepted, April 2012) ‘The policy implications of lacking ‘essential’ social inclusion and connections for Australian men and women’. Social Policy and Society.
  • Patulny, Roger, Muir, Kristy, Powell, Abigail, Flaxman, Saul, Oprea, Ioana, McDermott, Shannon (accepted December 2011) Are we reaching them yet? Service access patterns amongst attendees at the headspace youth mental health initiative. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
  • Patulny, Roger, Morris, Alan (accepted, Sept 2011) Questioning the need for social mix - the implications of friendship diversity amongst Australian social housing tenants. Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098012442414
  • Purcal, Christiane., Muir. Kristy., Patulny, Roger., Thomson, Cathy., Flaxman, Saul., and Spooner, Catherine. (2011), ‘Does partnership funding improve coordination and collaboration among early childhood services? Experiences from the Communities for Children Program. Child and Family Social Work, v 16(4): p474-484.
  • Edwards, Ben., Gray, Mathew., Wise, Sarah., Hayes, Allan., Katz, Ilan., Muir, Kristy. and Patulny, Roger. (2011), ‘Early impacts of Communities for Children on children and families: findings from a quasi-experimental cohort study’. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, v65(10), p909-14.
  • Patulny, Roger (2011) Social Trust, Social Partner Time and Television Time. Social Indicators Research, 101(2), pp. 289-293
  • Patulny, Roger (2009) The golden years? Social contact amongst retired men and women in Australia. Family Matters v83, Australian Institute of Family Studies, p39-47.
  • Patulny, Roger, Svendsen Gunnar (2007) The Social Capital Grid: Bonding, Bridging, Qualitative, Quantitative. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol 27, No 1/2, p32-51: Winner, Highly Commended Award, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2008.
  • Patulny, Roger (2005), Social Rights and Social Capital: Welfare and co-operation in complex global society. Australian Review of Public Affairs, v6, No 1, p1-17.
  • Patulny, Roger, Norris, Kate (2005), Sustaining Interest: are green values converting to votes? International Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment, v1, No 3 / 4, p296-310.
  • Saunders, Peter, Patulny, Roger, Lee, Adeline (2005), Benchmarking the Living standards of Older Australians using Budget Standards. The Australiasian Journal on Ageing, v24 (3), p146-52.
  • Fisher, Kimberly, Patulny, Roger, Bittman, Michael (2004), Measuring volunteering in Australia using Time Diary and Annual Participation Estimates. Australian Journal of Volunteering v9 (2), p25-35.
  • Patulny, Roger (2004), Bonding, Bridging and Investment – Important Aspects of a National Social Capital Policy Strategy. Melbourne Journal of Politics v29, p68-80.

Professional Membership

  • Member of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • Co-founder and current co-convenor of the TASA Thematic Group on the Sociology of Emotions and Affect (SEA)
  • Member of International Association of Time Use Researchers
  • Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM)
  • Centre for Centre for Human and Social Capital Research
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Sustainable Society (IJSS), 2008 to 2012.

Competitive Research Funding

  • 2011  Convener, ‘Emotions in Social Life – competitive SPRC Social Policy Research Grant (SPRG), $6,400
    Chief Investigator, ‘Examining Gender networks and social support using the Australian Social Attitudes Survey’, SPRC SPRG, $4,000
  • 2009-2011  Chief Investigator, ‘Poor Women and Lonely men – Examining gendered social connections and social exclusion in Australia’, ARC Post Doctoral Discovery Grant, 2009-2011. - $270,000

Media Reports on Research

  1. ‘Man up, move up: women with male friends carry more clout.’, Adele Horin, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15/12/2011,
  2. ‘Shrimp on the barbie more like the raw prawn for unsocial Australians.’ Adele Horin, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26/10/2011,
  3. ‘How’s the serenity? Aussie life less joyous for Yanks.’ Michelle Griffen and Hannah Vickers, The Age, 26/10/2011,
  4. ‘Women are happier than men – but only by 15 minutes per day.’ Xanthe Kleinig, The Daily Telegraph, 1/12/2009,
Last reviewed: 23 July, 2014