Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and author. His 18 books include the 2013 bestseller, The Good Life. His most recent book is Selling the Dream, a satirical novel.
Hugh has had a 60-year career in social research, and was also a weekly newspaper columnist for over 25 years. He is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre and an honorary professor at the University of Wollongong. Among other honorary appointments, he has been deputy chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts, chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, and the inaugural chairman of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board.
In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, Hugh has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW, Western Sydney and Wollongong universities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.