• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Lara McKenzie is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Discipline of Anthropology and Sociology at The University of Western Australia. Her research has focused on Australia, particularly in relation to gender, age, love, kinship, autonomy, relatedness, and cultural change. She has an emerging interest in the intersections of personal life and finance. Lara's recent book, Age-dissimilar couples and romantic relationships: Ageless love? (2015, Palgrave Macmillan, Studies in Family and Intimate Life Series), explores age-dissimilar couples in Australia. She has also undertaken research on inequality and cultural difference in education. Lara is currently conducting a study on recent PhD graduates' experiences of looking for stable academic work, and her writing here addresses the themes of gender, age, personal life, precarity, and audit practices.


Age-dissimilar romantic relationships in Perth, Western Australia; autonomy; relatedness; individualism; Australian society; kinship
Higher education; secondary education; neoliberalism; inequality; e-learning; early career academia; audit; precarity; internationalisation


  • Kinship
  • Romantic Love
  • Gender
  • Higher Education
  • Precarity
  • Age-dissimilar couples
  • Romantic love
  • Australian society and culture
  • Kinship and relatedness
  • Family Studies
  • Democratisation, individualisation, and detraditionalisation
  • Age and ageing
  • Gender, sex, and power
  • Higher education and inequality
  • Early career academia and precarity
  • Secondary education, inequality, and e-learning

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Research Output 2009 2019

Making up and breaking up: The changing commitments of age-dissimilar couples

McKenzie, L., 2019, Romantic relationships in a time of ‘cold intimacies’. Carter, J. & Arocha, L. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 37-56 20 p. (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

social scientist

[Book review] Marriage rites and rights, edited by Joanna Miles, Perveez Mody, and Rebecca Probert

McKenzie, L. E., 1 May 2018, In : Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 24, 2, p. 407-409 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Invisible anger: Intergenerational dependence and resentment among precarious academics

McKenzie, L., Jan 2018, Intergenerational responsibility in the 21st century. Puaschunder, J. M. (ed.). USA: Vernon Press, p. 33-54 (Series in Economic Development).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Open Access
precarious employment
employment conditions