Women, Work & Leadership Research Group Research highlights: Flexibility, employment and gender equality

The Women, Work & Leadership Research Group (WW&LRG) at the University of Sydney Business School provides a focal point for collaboration between leading scholars, business practitioners and policy makers with an interest in women and work, in building more equitable workplaces and more sustainable careers for women. The WW&LRG engages closely with debates about the megatrends impacting the workforce, including the feminisation of the workforce, population ageing, flexibility and technological change and emerging issues which lead to changing expectations of employers, employees and of the organisation of work.

The Co-Directors of the WW&LRG Professor Marian Baird and Associate Professor Rae Cooper have considerable expertise in undertaking engaged research, and in public speaking and media presentations.

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Highlighted publication

Cooper R, Foley M and Baird M 2016 'Women at work: Australia and the United States', United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

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Recent policy submission

Analysis Of The Impact Of The Government’s Proposed Changes To Paid Parental Leave On Key Workers In South Australia  Fair Agenda

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In the Media

  • What we need to do to make workplaces fairer to women 24 May 2017

    Sydney Morning Herald, Age, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times and WA Today

    Professor Marian Baird and PhD candidate Ly Phan were interviewed in an article about strategies to achieve greater equality in workplace gender representation published by the Sydney Morning Herald, Age, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times and WA Today.

  • Families warned they may risk liability for injuries to au pairs and nannies 21 May 2017

    Sydney Morning Herald and WA Today

    Professor Marian Baird was quoted in articles published in the Sydney Morning Herald and WA Today about the legal responsibilities of families directly employing nannies and au pairs. The article was syndicated nationally.

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Recent research grants

Australian Women’s Work Futures (2017-2018)

Investigator/s: Marian Baird; Rae Cooper

This project will develop a unique University of Sydney-branded online survey and National Report on Australian women’s work futures. The development of new empirical data and academic analysis of women’s career aspirations and the future of women’s work in Australia will establish the University of Sydney as the premier location for research on gender equality in work.

Investigating Cultural Diversity and the non-executive directors of the ASX100 (2017)

Investigator/s: Dimitria Groutsis; Rae Cooper; Gregory Whitwell

This research builds on an emerging body of work investigating cultural diversity in senior leadership roles in large private sector organisations. In particular it seeks to analyse how culturally diverse the non-executive director cohort of the ASX100 is, as well as to understand the enablers and inhibitors to broader cultural diversity. This scope of research has been prompted by an invitation from the AHRC and the AICD to design a methodology for a pilot project to understand these processes and outcomes.

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