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Rae Cooper

Rae Cooper

BA(Hons) UNSW ; PhD
Associate Dean (Programs);
Associate Professor

Rm 5179
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 5241
Fax +61 2 9351 4729
rae.cooper@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Associate Professor Rae Cooper (PhD) is Associate Dean (Programs), the University of Sydney Business School.

Rae is Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group. Rae is Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations.

Rae is a leading researcher on the world of work and has a particular interest in gender and work, women’s careers and flexible employment. She has received grants from the Australian Research Council, from state and federal governments and has worked in collaboration with leading organisations including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Council of Trade Unions through her research. Presently she is working on three key projects which examine: 1. The Future of Women’s Work; 2. Women’s work in non-traditional occupations 3. Pathways to Non-Executive Directorships.

Rae is a leading educator and teaches classes in employment relations, HR and management across undergraduate, postgraduate and executive classes. She supervises several PhD, MPhil and Honours students working on projects spanning employment relations, gender and work and organisational policy. She is co-author of the leading text Employment Relations: Theory and Practice.

Rae uses her research expertise to contribute to public debates about work and careers and is a key Australian commentator on workplace matters in television, radio and print media. She is regularly approached to speak to business and policy audiences on her research. In addition to her academic roles, Rae has been a non-Executive Director on several boards of public sector businesses and NGOs including three years to 2015 as Chair of the Board of Directors of Australian Hearing and three years as a NED for the NSW TAFE Commission. Rae has played a leadership role in organisations in the women’s policy area including previously being Chair of both the NSW Premiers Expert Advisory Council on Women and the NSW Working Women’s Centre.

Research Interests

Associate Professor Cooper’s research interests spans topics across the world of work, especially as they intersect with workforce diversity issues.  At present she is working on three key projects:

  1. The Australian Women’s Working Futures project (with colleagues Baird, Hill, Vromen and Probyn) investigates the current work experience of young Australian women and investigates their expectations and hopes for their future of work.
  2. Investigating Gender-Based Occupational Segregation which attempts to understand women’s working lives in non-traditional occupations, professions and sectors (with Oxenbridge and Baird).  The project aims to understand what can be done to improve gender representation and working experiences for women employed in male-dominated occupations and sectors.
  3. Investigating Cultural Diversity and the non-executive directors of the ASX100 in partnership with the AICD and the Australian Human Right s Commission (with Groutsis and Whitwell) investigates pathways to non-executive board directorship and the importance of cultural background in this process.

Associate Professor Cooper’s research expertise spans many topics in relation to the world of work. This includes:

  • Future of Work
  • Employment relations and trade unionism
  • Women’s working lives
  • Flexible Work
  • Diversity in leadership

2018

4
Journal Article/s

Tomlinson J, Baird M, Berg P and Cooper R 2018 Forthcoming 'Flexible Careers Across the Life Course: Advancing Theory Research and Practice', Human Relations

2017

2
Book Section/s

Heron A, Cooper R and Meagher G 2017 'Australia: The Care Challenge' in Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific, ed. Baird, M., Ford, M., & Hill, E., Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom, pp. 167-81 [Link]

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R and Townsend K 2017 'Industrial relations now: Where are we? Where to next?', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.59:2, pp. 117-21 [Link]

Cooper R and Ellem B 2017 'Cold Climate: Australian Unions, Policy and the State', Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, vol.38:3, pp. 415-35

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R and Heron A 2017 'Pay (in)equality: Research Insights', International Perspectives on Dispute Resolution Conference (Fair Work Commission), Melbourne, Australia, 1st November 2017

Cooper R 2017 'Women in unions in Australia: Marginal unionists or the union heartland?', The Crisis of Deunionisation and the future of Unions Seminar, Sydney, Australia, 11th October 2017

Cooper R 2017 'A Future of Work (where women exist!)', Fringe event on the Future of work, ALP NSW Conference, Sydney, Australia, 30th July 2017

Cooper R and Heron A 2017 'Women, work & care in Australia: a vanishing agenda', Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference, Canberra, Australia, 10th February 2017

10
Report/s

Cooper R, Coles A and Hanna-Osborne S 2017 'Skipping a beat: Assessing the state of gender equality in the Australian music industry', [Link]

11
Seminar Paper/s

Cooper R 2017 'Future of work: women and young employees challenges and opportunities, LSCA Connecting Communities Conference, Sydney, Australia, 18 September 2017

2016

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R 2016 '‘Dead, Buried, Cremated’ and Exhumed? Consensus in Industrial Relations Policy and Politics in Australia 2007-2015' in Industrial Relations Reform: Looking to the Future, ed. Hancock K and Lansbury R.D., Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 66-84 [Link]

4
Journal Article/s

Good L and Cooper R 2016 '‘But it’s your job to be friendly!’ Young service sector employees responding to sexual harassment', Gender, Work and Organization, vol.23:5, pp. 447-69 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R 2016 'Women in unions in Australia: From marginal unionists to the union heartland?', Gender, Work and Organization 2016 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele University, Keele, United Kingdom, 1st July 2016

Milner S, Cooper R, Baird M and Heron A 2016 'Gender pay reporting: institutions, mechanisms, and organisational change', Gender, Work and Organization 2016 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele University, Keele, United Kingdom, 1st July 2016

Cooper R 2016 'Workplace flexibility: The role of managers', Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association National Conference, Sydney, Australia, 28th May 2016

10
Report/s

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 [Link]

11
Seminar Paper/s

Cooper R and Heron A 2016 'Women, Work and Care in Australia, Queen Mary University of London Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity Seminar Series, London, United Kingdom, 6 July 2016

2015

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R, Ellem B and Wright CF 2015 'Policy and the Labour Movement' in Policy Analysis in Australia, ed. Head B & Crowley K, Policy Press, Bristol University, Bristol, United Kingdom, pp. 231-44

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R and Baird M 2015 'Bringing the ‘right to request’ flexible working arrangements to life: From policies to practices', Employee Relations, vol.37:5, pp. 568-81 [Link]

Williamson S, Cooper R and Baird M 2015 'Job-sharing among teachers: Positive, negative (and unintended) consequences', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol.26:3, pp. 448-64 [Link]

Sayers J, Parker J, Douglas J, Ravenswood K and Cooper R 2015 'Introduction to Special Collection: Women’s agency at work', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol.26:3, pp. 384-392 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Ellem B, Cooper R and Wright CF 2015 'Australian Unions and the Making of Public Policy Since 1983', Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (Le Centre de Recherche Interuniversitaire sur la Mondialisation et le Travail CRIMT), Montreal, Canada, 23rd May 2015

11
Seminar Paper/s

Cooper R 2015 'Making Flexible Work, Work, ANZ Finance Diversity Forum, Melbourne, Australia, 16 July 2015

Cooper R 2015 'Women, work and unions, ACTU Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 29 May 2015

Cooper R 2015 'Women and leadership in Australia, US Studies Centre Women in Leadership Conference, Sydney, Australia, 29 May 2015

Cooper R 2015 'The real gender economics, Women in Leadership CEDA lunch, Sydney, Australia, 22 May 2015

Cooper R 2015 'Women and Leadership in Australia, DFAT, Sydney, Australia, 18 May 2015

Cooper R 2015 'Women and work in Australia, Women in Male Dominated Industries and Occupations Conference, Sydney, Australia, 6 May 2015

Cooper R 2015 'Flexibility at work: Resistance is useless, Diversity Council Australia 2015 International Women’s Day Address, Sydney, Australia, 6 March 2015

Cooper R and Baird M 2015 '’Taking a hard look at flexibility’, Women and Work Research Group symposium on ‘Flexible work, who benefits?’, University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, Australia, 2 March 2015

2014

1
Book/s

Bray M, Waring P, Cooper R and Macneil J 2014 'Employment Relations: Theory and Practice - 3 edition', McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R 2014 'Low-paid Care Work, Bargaining, and Employee Voice in Australia' in Voices at Work: Continuity and Change in the Common Law World, ed. Alan Bogg and Tonia Novitz, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 55-66 [Link]

4
Journal Article/s

Good L and Cooper R 2014 'Voicing their complaints? The silence of students working in retail and hospitality and sexual harassment from customers', Labour and Industry, vol.24:4, pp. 302-16 [Link]

Parker J, Douglas J, Ravenswood K, Sayers J and Cooper R 2014 'Editors' introduction', Labour and Industry, vol.24:4, pp. 249-57 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R and Baird M 2014 'Bringing the ‘Right to Request’ to Life: Workplace Insights', Worldwide University Network ‘Flexible Careers Network’ Workshop, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 14th November 2014

Cooper R 2014 'Women, work leadership and education', AEU Federal Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 4th October 2014

Cooper R and Baird M 2014 'Conceptualizing Flexible Careers', Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, New York, United States, 21st June 2014

Cooper R and Baird M 2014 'Managing Flexibility: Evidence from Australian Cases', Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, New York, United States, 21st June 2014

Cooper R, Ellem B and Wright CF 2014 'Trade Unions and Public Policy', 28th Annual AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 7th February 2014

Good L and Cooper R 2014 'Employee Voice Silence and Coping', 28th Annual AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 7th February 2014

2013

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2013 'The State against Unions: Australia’s Neo-liberalism, 1996-2007' in Global Anti-Unionism: Nature, Dynamics, Trajectories and Outcomes, ed. Gregor Gall and Tony Dundon, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, pp. 163-83

5
Conference Paper/s

Good L and Cooper R 2013 'Voice at work and sexual harassment: a case study of retail and hospitality workers', Women Work and Collectivism Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 22nd November 2013 [Link]

Baird M, Charlesworth S, Cooper R and Heron A 2013 'Reflections on Women, Work and the Global Economic Downturn', 27th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2013 - "Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world", Freemantle, Australia, 8th February 2013

Cooper R, Williamson S and Baird M 2013 'The Fair Work Act, 2009 and Individual Flexibility Arrangements', 27th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2013 - "Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world", Freemantle, Australia, 8th February 2013

2012

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2012 'Getting to the Table? Fair Work, Unions and Collective Bargaining' in Rediscovering Collective Bargaining: Australia's Fair Work Act in International Perspective, ed. Breen Creighton & Anthony Forsyth, Routledge, Milton Park, United Kingdom, pp. 135-58

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R 2012 'Fair Work Act Review: Weighing up the evidence, the spin and the wedge', The Conversation - 2 August [Link]

Cooper R 2012 'The gender gap in union leadership in Australia: A qualitative study', The Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.54:2, pp. 131-46 [Link]

Cooper R and Parker J 2012 'Women Work and collectivism', The Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.54:2, pp. 107-13 [Link]

Cooper R 2012 'Testing Fair Work: Australian Industrial Relations in 2011', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.54:3, pp. 267-76 [Link]

Cooper R 2012 'Industrial relations policy and politics: Introducing the Work Choices Club', Labour and Industry, vol.22:4, pp. 325–32

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R 2012 'Women’s Work and Fair Work', Griffith University Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing Seminar Series, Brisbane, Australia, 8th August 2012

Cooper R 2012 'Fair Work and Care Work: Regulating care work in Australia', Voices at Work Australasian Meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 21st July 2012

Cooper R, Ellem B and Todd P 2012 'Workers Rights and Labour Legislation: Reviving Collective Bargaining?', 16th World Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association ILERA 2012 – “Beyond Borders: Governance of Work in a Global Economy”, Philadelphia, United States, 5th July 2012

Cooper R 2012 'Presidential Address: Industrial Relations and Politics', 26th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2012, Gold Coast, Australia, 10th February 2012

Cooper R, Ellem B and Todd P 2012 'Reviving collective bargaining in Australia?', 26th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2012, Gold Coast, Australia, 10th February 2012

2011

1
Book/s

Bray M, Waring P and Cooper R 2011 'Employment Relations: Theory and Practice - 2 edition', McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2011 'The Neoliberal State, Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in Australia' in Industrial Relations - SAGE Library in Business and Management (Volume 2: Actors in Industrial Relations), ed. Marian Baird, Rae Cooper, Bradon Ellem & Russell D Lansbury, Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom, pp. 263-84

Cooper R and Ellem B 2011 'Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining' in Work and Employment Relations - An Era of Change, ed. Marian Baird, Keith Hancock and Joe Isaac, The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 34-50

3
Edited Book/s

Baird M, Cooper R, Ellem B and Lansbury R 2011 'Industrial Relations - SAGE Library in Business and Management', Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R 2011 'Back to the future with Peter Reith', The Conversation - 30 June [Link]

Cooper R 2011 'Can collective bargaining really lift workers out of low wages?', The Conversation - 24 May [Link]

Cooper R and Ellem B 2011 '‘Less than Zero’: Union Recognition and Bargaining Rights in Australia 1996-2007', Labor History (US), vol.52:1, pp. 49-69

Cooper R 2011 'Industrial Relations in 2010: 'Dead, Buried and Cremated'?', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.53:3, pp. 277-87

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R 2011 'Unions and collective bargaining and the Fair Work Act, 2009', 19th Annual Labour Law Conference, Sydney, Australia, 1st August 2011

Cooper R 2011 'Gender Equality in 2011', Women@maritime - "Oceans of Opportunity" Conference, Sydney, Australia, 29th June 2011

Cooper R 2011 'Are we there yet? The gender gap in union leadership in Australia', Women Work and Collectivism Symposium - Union Strategy Group Research Symposium, University of Sydney, Australia, 6th May 2011

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2011 'Getting to the table? Bargaining under Fair Work', Proceedings of the 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, 4th February 2011

Cooper R and Kaine S 2011 'Regulated Flexibility? Individual Flexibility under the Fair Work Act', Proceedings of the 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, 4th February 2011

10
Report/s

Baird M, Charlesworth S, Cooper R and Heron A 2011 'Women, Work and the Global Economic Downturn', A report commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) [Link]

Lansbury R, Baird M, Cooper R and Ellem B 2011 'Learning from Down Under? From Work Choices to Fair Work', Employment Policy Resource Network EPRN [Link]

11
Seminar Paper/s

Cooper R 2011 'Women and leadership: a qualitative study (Invited presentation), Unions NSW Women’s committee, Sydney, Australia, 24 August 2011

Cooper R 2011 'Leadership and Gender in Australian unions (Invited presentation), ACTU Executive, Melbourne, Australia, 14 July 2011

2010

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R 2010 'The ‘New’ Industrial Relations and International Economic Crisis: Australia in 2009', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.52:3, pp. 261-274

5
Conference Paper/s

Baird M, Cooper R and Charlesworth S 2010 'Restructuring and Australian Jobs through a Gender Lens', Special Symposium on Restructuring and Jobs, 9th European congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1st July 2010

Ellem B and Cooper R 2010 'Restoring Collective Bargaining? Regulation in Australia, 2008-10', 9th European congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1st July 2010

Cooper R 2010 'Are we there yet? Stocktaking of women's equality in 2010', Powerup: ACTU Organising Conference 2010, Sydney, Australia, 29th April 2010

Cooper R 2010 'Women and Equality in Australia', NSW Teachers Federation Annual Women's Conference 2010 - "Federation Women - Informed and Empowered", Sydney, Australia, 27th March 2010

Cooper R 2010 'Australia: The new bargaining framework', Neo-Liberalism and New Labour: Trans Tasman Experiences and Prospects Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand, 26th February 2010

Cooper R 2010 'Fair Work and Bargaining for Low-Paid Women', 24th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference 2010 - "Work in Progress: Crises, Choices and Continuity", Sydney, Australia, 5th February 2010

11
Seminar Paper/s

Cooper R 2010 'Contextualising the Low-Paid Bargaining Stream, Newcastle Industrial Relations Society Conference, Shoal Bay, Australia, 15 October 2010

Cooper R 2010 'Contraditions for women at work and in policy, Money and Power-Catalyst Australia Conference, Waters Edge, Sydney, Australia, 6 August 2010

Cooper R 2010 'Fair work and bargaining for women, Fair Work Act (nearly) one year on: A preliminary verdict, Commercial Law Association of Australia seminar, Sydney, Australia, 14 May 2010

2009

1
Book/s

Bray M, Waring P and Cooper R 2009 'Employment Relations: Theory and Practice', McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia, pp. 438

Bray M, Waring P and Cooper R 2009 'Advances in Australian Employment Relations: July 2008 to March 2009', McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Limited, Sydney, Australia

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R and Baird M 2009 'Australian Women: Getting to Equality?' in Equality Speaks: Challenges For A Fair Society, ed. K James, Catalyst, Sydney, Australia, pp. 57-67

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R 2009 'From 'Work Choices' to 'Fair Work'?', International Union Rights Journal: Focus on Labour Law Reform, vol.16:2, pp. 8-9

Cooper R, Ellem B, Briggs C and van den Broek D 2009 'Anti-unionism, Employer Strategy, and the Australian State,1996–2005', Labor Studies Journal (US), vol.34:3, pp. 339-62

Cooper R and Briggs C 2009 ''Trojan Horse' or 'Vehicle for Organizing'? Non-Union Collective Agreement Making and Trade Unions in Australia', Economic and Industrial Democracy, vol.30:1, pp. 93-119

Cooper R 2009 'Forward with Fairness? Industrial Relations under Labor in 2008', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.51:3, pp. 285-96

Baird M, Cooper R and Ellem B 2009 'Low-paid women: the impact of regulatory change in Australia', Industrial Relations Journal, vol.40:5, pp. 393-407

Cooper R and Patmore G 2009 'Private Detectives, Blacklists and Company Unions: Anti-Union Employer Strategy & Australian Labour History', Labour History, vol.97:November 2009, pp. 1-11

Cooper R and Ellem B 2009 'Fair Work and the Re-regulation of Collective Bargaining', Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol.22:3, pp. 284-305

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2009 'Rapporteur's Report – Track 2: Voice and Representation at Work', Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA 2009 'The New World of Work, Organisations and Employment', Sydney, Australia, 27th August 2009

Baird M, Cooper R and Ellem B 2009 'Fear, Insecurity and the New Industrial Relations: Talking to Low Paid Women About Work, Life and family in Australia', USA Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) 61st Annual Meeting, San Francisco, United States, 5th January 2009

2008

2
Book Section/s

Baird M, Cooper R, Ellem B and Oliver D 2008 'Work Choices and Beyond: Industrial Relations Policy and Low-Paid Women Workers' in Making the Link- Affirmative Action and Employment Relations, ed. Marian Baird, Edward M Davis, Peter McGraw and Valerie Pratt, CCH Australia Limited, North Ryde NSW, Australia, pp. 5-9

Cooper R and Ellem B 2008 'The assault on collective bargaining' in The State of Industrial Relations, ed. C Sheil, The Evatt Foundation, Sydney, Australia, pp. 41-50

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R 2008 'Remaking industrial Relations? Unions, the state and industrial relations regime change in Britain and Australia', Australian Review of Public Affairs, vol.April [Link]

Cooper R and Ellem B 2008 'The Neoliberal State, Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in Australia', British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.46:3, pp. 532-54

Pocock B, Elton J, Preston A, Charlesworth S, MacDonald F, Baird M, Cooper R and Ellem B 2008 'The Impact of 'Work Choices' on Women in Low Paid Employment in Australia: A Qualitative Analysis', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.50:3, pp. 477-88

12
Newspaper Article/s

Cooper R 2008 'Advance Australia fairly now that Work Choices is dead and buried', Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia [Link]

Cooper R and Ellem B 2008 'To be Fair, Gillard must respect real work choices', Canberra Times, Canberra ACT, Australia [Link]

2007

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R, Briggs C, Ellem B and van den Broek D 2007 'The new Australian employer militancy', Perspectives on Work-Labour and Employment Relations Association:Summer 2007, pp. 31-41

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2007 ''Less than Zero': Union Recognition and Bargaining Rights in Australia', Cardiff Business School, Employment Relations Unit, Annual Conference, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 1st - 30th September 2007

Cooper R and Ellem B 2007 'Australian Trade Unions: Collectivism, Power, Purpose', Trans Tasman Labour History Conference, 2nd February 2007

Cooper R and Lansbury R 2007 'Recent Developments in Union Recognition in Australia', LERA Conference, Chicago, United States, 4th January 2007

8
Magazine Article/s

Baird M and Cooper R 2007 'The voiceless victims of Work Choices', The Sydney Morning Herald [Link]

10
Report/s

Baird M, Cooper R and Oliver D 2007 'Down and Out with Work Choices: The impact of Work Choices on the work and lives of women in low paid employment', [Link]

Elton J, Bailey J, Baird M, Charlesworth S, Cooper R, Ellem B, Jefferson T, MacDonald F, Oliver D, Pocock B, Preston A and Whitehouse G 2007 'WorkChoices and Women: Impacts on the Low Pay Sector', Report to the National Foundation of Australian Women [Link]

2006

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R and Ellem B 2006 'Union power: Space, structure, and strategy' in Rethinking work: Time, space and discourse, ed. M Hearn and G Michelson, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 123-143

4
Journal Article/s

Westcott M, Baird M and Cooper R 2006 'Re-working Work: Dependency and Choice in the Employment Relationship', Labour & Industry, vol.17:1

Cooper R, Briggs C, Ellem B and van den Broek D 2006 'Anti unionism in Australia', International Union Rights

Briggs C and Cooper R 2006 'Between Individualism and Collectivism? Why Employers Choose Non-Union Collective Agreements', Labour and Industry, vol.17:2, pp. 1-23

Westcott M, Baird M and Cooper R 2006 'Reworking Work: Introduction', Labour and Industry, vol.17:1

5
Conference Paper/s

Briggs C and Cooper R 2006 'Between Individualism and Collectivism? Why do Employers Make Non-Union Collective Agreements', British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference, University of Galway, Ireland, 1st January 2006-31st December 2006

2005

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R 2005 'Life in the old dog yet? 'Deregulation' and trade unions in Australia' in Labour Market Deregulation: Rewriting the Rules, The Federation Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 93-106

3
Edited Book/s

Baird M, Cooper R and Westcott M 2005 'Reworking work: Proceedings of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand - Refereed papers (19th AIRAANZ Conference: The past is before us)', University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 581

Baird M, Cooper R and Westcott M 2005 'Reworking work: Proceedings of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand - Non-refereed papers (19th AIRAANZ Conference: The past is before us)', University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 281

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R and May R 2005 'Union revitalisation in Australia and New Zealand, 1995-2005', New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, vol.30:3, pp. 51-67

Cooper R 2005 'Trade unionism in 2004', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.47:2, pp. 202-211 [Link]

Briggs C, Cooper R and Ellem B 2005 'What about collective bargaining?', The state of the states 2005, pp. 66-74

Ellem B, Baird M, Cooper R and Lansbury R 2005 ''WorkChoices': Myth-making at work', Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol.56, pp. 13-31

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Cooper R 2005 'Australian unionism in a decollectivised environment', 19th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference, Sydney, Australia, 11th February 2005 [Link]

Cooper R and Ellem B 2005 'Union power: Space, structure, strategy', 19th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 11th February 2005 [Link]

2004

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R 2004 'Trade unionism in 2003', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.46:2, pp. 213-225 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R 2004 'Union change in hard times: A study of the CPSU', Adelaide University Labour Studies Department Symposia Series, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 1st January 2004-31st December 2004

Cooper R and May R 2004 'More with less: Unions in Australia and New Zealand 1995-2005', 19th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1st January 2004-31st December 2004

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Cooper R and Baird M 2004 'Industrial relations and human resource management students' experiences and expectations at The University of Sydney', Proceedings of the 18th AIRAANZ Conference: New Economies, New Industrial Relations, Noosa, Australia, 6th February 2004

11
Seminar Paper/s

Cooper R 2004 'Life in the old dog yet? Unions and deregulation, ASSA workshop on labour market deregulation in honour of Keith Hancock, Sydney, NSW, Australia November 2004

2003

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R, Lansbury R and Westcott M 2003 'Labor revitalisation in Australia' in Labor Revitalisation: Global Perspectives and New Initiatives, ed. D Cornfield and H McCammon, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 183-205

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R 2003 'Trade unionism in 2002', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.45:2, pp. 205-223

Cooper R 2003 'Peak council organising at work: ACTU strategy 1994-2000', Labour & Industry, vol.14:1, pp. 1-15

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Cooper R 2003 'Peak council organising at work: ACTU strategy 1994-2000', Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2003, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 7th February 2003 [Link]

2002

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R 2002 'Down with the dictator: The role of trade unions in the future - Commentary' in Working futures: the changing nature of work and employment relations in Australia, ed. R. Callus and R. D. Lansbury, Federation Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 132-135

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R 2002 'Trade unionism in 2001', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.44:2, pp. 247-262

Carter B and Cooper R 2002 'The organising model and the management of change: A comparative study of unions in Australia and Britain', Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, vol.57:4, pp. 712-742

Cooper R 2002 'To organise wherever the necessity exists: A study of the activities of the organising committee of the NSW labor council, 1900-1910', Labour History:83, pp. 43-64

Cooper R and Patmore G 2002 'Trade union organising and labour history', Labour History:83, pp. 3-19

2001

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R 2001 'Getting organised? A white-collar union responds to membership decline', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.43:4, pp. 422-436

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R 2001 'To organise wherever the necessity exists: A study of the activities of the organising committee of the NSW Labor Council 1900-1910', Labour History Symposium on Organising and Mobilising, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 30th November 2001

Cooper R and Ellem B 2001 'Enterprise bargaining and industrial democracy', Union Democracy and the Future of the Labour Movement, NSW Labor Council / WOS University of Sydney Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1st June 2001

Cooper R and Carter B 2001 'The organising model and the management of change: A comparative study of unions in Australia and Britain', Canadian Industrial Relations Association Conference, International Symposium on Union Renewal, Quebec, Canada, 26th May 2001

2000

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R 2000 'Fighting on the inside: Jennie George in the women's corner' in Party girls: labor women now, ed. K. Deverall, R. Huntley, P. Sharp and J. Tilly, Pluto Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 54-68

Cooper R 2000 'A white-collar union@work: Organisational responses to membership decline' in Trade unions 2000: retrospect and prospect, ed. G. Griffin, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 106-126

4
Journal Article/s

Cooper R 2000 'Organise, organise, organise!: ACTU congress 2000', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.42:4, pp. 582-594

Cooper R 2000 'Organising the shipyards: Union strategy in three north-east ports, 1933-1945 and Worker activism after successful union organizing, book reviews of Organising the shipyards: union strategy in three north-east ports, 1933-1945 by D. Palmer, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1998 and Worker activism after successful union organising, by L. Markowitz, Sharpe, New York, 2000', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.42:4, pp. 607-609

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Conference Paper/s

Cooper R 2000 'A white-collar union@work: Organisational responses to membership decline', Trade Unions 2000: Retrospect and Prospect, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 1st - 31st July 2000

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Seminar Paper/s

Cooper R 2000 'Down with the union dictator: Implications of organising for union democracy, Future Of Work And Employment Relations In Australia, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 01 December 2000

Cooper R 2000 'The very model of a model union movement? Union responses to membership decline, Department of Work and Organisational Studies Labour Studies Seminar Series, Sydney, NSW, Australia August 2000

Cooper R 2000 'Organising in two white-collar unions, Symposium on union renewal, AIRAANZ, Newcastle, NSW, Australia February 2000

1996

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Book/s

Cooper R 1996 'Making the New South Wales union movement? A study of the organising and recruitment activities of the NSW Labor Council 1900-1910', University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW, Australia, pp. 98

Selected grants

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2012-2014

Recent Units Taught

  • SMBA6007 Managing People and Organisations

    2017: S1,
    2016: S2,

  • WORK1003 Foundations of Work and Employment

    2015: S1,

Newsroom articles

  • Rae Cooper on ABC Radio The World Today 25 Sep 2017

    ABC Radio The World Today

    Associate Professor Rae Cooper was interviewed by ABC Radio The World Today’s Lucy Carter on the NSW Public Service committing to flexible public service by 2019.

  • Rae Cooper on ABC Radio Sydney 21 Sep 2017

    ABC Radio Sydney

    Associate Professor Rae Cooper was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney on what makes a good or bad boss.

  • Rae Cooper on ABC Radio Perth 19 Sep 2017

    ABC Radio Perth

    Associate Professor Rae Cooper was interviewed on ABC Radio Perth on changes to the job market.

  • Rae Cooper on ABC Radio Sydney 18 Sep 2017

    ABC Radio Sydney

    Associate Professor Rae Cooper was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney on increased casualisation.

  • Rae Cooper on ABC Radio 17 Sep 2017

    ABC Radio

    ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Associate Professor Cooper on what makes a good or bad boss.

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Videos

Flexible working arrangements for both men and women in the workplace can boost corporate profits through profitability gains, Dr Rae Cooper explains.

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The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP joins Associate Professor Rae Cooper to share insights on women, work and leadership in the first Emerging Leaders Masterclass for 2015.

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Associate Professor Rae Cooper discusses her research into flexible working arrangements. She says that while flexibility has often been viewed as a response to employee needs, we also need to be positioning it as a core business concern.

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Associate Professor Rae Cooper from the University of Sydney Business School discusses the challenges and opportunities for women in leadership today.

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