BEc(Hons); DipEd; PhD Sydney
Professor of Employment Relations;
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW Australia 2006
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Marian Baird is Professor of Employment Relations, Acting Chair of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Director of the Women♀Work Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School. Marian is co-editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations and is on the editorial board of the Australian Bulletin of Labour and the international journal, Community, Work and Family. She is a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, a member of the Women's College Council and on the Research Committee of the Diversity Council of Australia.
Marian is one of Australia's leading researchers in the fields of women, work and family. She has received a number of Australian Research Council and federal and state government grants to study maternity and parental leave, flexibility for working parents, women and the global financial crisis, mature age workers and low paid workers, gender equitable organisational change and work and family in regional Australia. She is widely published in Australia and internationally.
Marian is very active in policy arena, currently sitting on the Paid Parental leave Review Steering Committee, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency Implementation Consultation Group and the Australian Human Rights Commission Reference Group for the Discrimination in Relation to Pregnancy and Return to Work after Parental Leave. She is also currently a member of the Paid Parental Leave Policy evaluation team, a federally funded project to evaluate the new paid parental leave policy in Australia. Prior to that she was a chief investigator on "The Parental Leave in Australia Study", which provided detailed survey, case study and interview data about maternity leave availability and usage in Australia. In 2012 Marian was a member of the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force and in 2011 she was a member of the EOWA Implementation Advisory Group. Marian is frequently invited to speak to unions, women's groups, councils, other universities, business and the press about employment relations generally and women and work specifically.
Marian is a highly regarded teacher. She lectures in both the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Business School. Marian is the co-author of Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice (2011), the leading Australian HRM text and winner of the Australian Educational Publishing Award for best tertiary text.
Industry Engagement 2012
- Qld Nurses Union - Paid Paternity Leave
- UTS - Women and Engineering
- Public Service Association of NSW - Women and the Public Sector
- Australian Human Rights Commission - Defence Force Review panel member
- AFL-CIO and Families at Work, Washington DC, USA - Bargaining for Paid Parental and Carers Leave
- Xchange Insurance - Women and management
- Leichhardt Council - Empower a Woman, Empower a Nation
- FaHCSIA - Employers and Paid Parental Leave
Industry Engagement 2011
- Sony Australia: Women and Leadership
- Women in Science, University of Sydney: Women in Australia: Women in Science
- HR@Work Network: The Rise of Women
- Sydney University Business School, Take the Lead: Paid Parental Leave - Opportunity or Challenge for Employers
- The Labor and Employment Relations Association 2011 National Policy Forum, Washington DC: Fair Work Australia: Combining Enterprise Success with Fair Treatment of Workers
- Institute for Women's Policy Research Washington DC: Family Policy and Workplace Flexibility: Lessons from Australia
- Centre for Economic Policy Research, Washington DC: Family Policy and Workplace Flexibility: Acceptance and Resistance
- Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Employment Relations in Australia in an Era of Change: Employer Responses to Paid Parental Leave
Childcare worker betrayal worsens gender gap 26 Nov 2013
Professor Marian Baird talks about the gender pay gap in the childcare sector.
100 Women of Influence Winners Announced 18 Oct 2013
Australian Financial Review
With more than 500 applicants and 100 finalists, the judges of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards 2013 faced a hard task choosing winners. But reading the stories of each of the 11 winners, the judges have chosen truly inspirational women.
Generation EEO 21 Sep 2013
Sydney Morning Herald
Professor Marian Baird of Employment Relations at the Business School, has been quoted by Fairfax Media in a featured article on the history of women's equality in Australia.
Workers question treatment of childless women 08 Sep 2013
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sun Herald has reported on the lack of strong policy options for childless women, quoting Professor Marian Baird, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies.
ABC Radio National
Professor Marian Baird from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies was interviewed on ABC Radio National Hindsight program about the Political Economy dispute at the University in the 1970s and 80s.
Increasing the workforce participation of mothers is a key national policy agenda. This project will produce unique data that provides insights into how leave arrangements, childcare, flexibility, job characteristics and individual circumstances interact to influence mothers' workforce engagement and how this varies for different groups of mothers.
ARC Linkage Grant
The Fair Work Act (2009) establishes a novel 'hybrid' system of workplace regulation encompassing individual rights and processes and a new collective bargaining regime. This project investigates how the new framework can be utilised to establish flexible working arrangements for the benefit of families, employers and society.
ARC Discovery Project
- Paid maternity leave in Australia
- Parental leave
- Women, work and family
- Regulation of work
- Industrial relations and human resource management
Recent Units Taught
Professor Marian Baird from Work and Organisational Studies talks about the Federal Government's major policy initiatives to reduce gender inequality.
Professor Marian Baird applauds the Federal Government decision to introduce paid parental leave.