Associate Investigator Dr Scarlet Wilcock is a critical socio-legal researcher based at the University of Sydney School of Law. Her research focuses on the relationship between new technologies and social services law and administration.  She uses critical approaches and empirical research methods to study the ways that new technologies reinforce, shape and/or transform the architecture, aims and outcomes of welfare payment delivery and how these changes affect welfare recipients and public commitments to welfare provision.

At present, Dr Wilcock is developing a program of research exploring the rise of a transactional model of welfare delivery in which the delivery of social security is increasingly characterised as a series of online transactions akin to online banking or shopping rather than a distinct domain of welfare provision. She is also engaged on a project with other Centre members, led by Dr Lyndal Sleep, on the relationship between automation and domestic violence.

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