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Rae Cooper

Rae Cooper

BA(Hons) UNSW ; PhD
Associate Dean (Programs);
Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations

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

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

Selected publications

2018

Journal Articles

Foley M, Baird M, and Cooper R (2018) Is independence really an opportunity? The experience of entrepreneur-mothers Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 25 (2), 315-329. [More Information]

Tomlinson J, Baird M, Berg P, and Cooper R (2018) Flexible careers across the life course: Advancing theory, research and practice Human Relations, 71 (1), 4-22. [More Information]

Book

Bray M, Waring P, Cooper R, and Macneil J (2018) Employment Relations: Theory and Practice (4 edition); McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia.

Reports

Baird M, Cooper R, Hill E, Probyn E, and Vromen A (2018) Women and the Future of Work.

Hill E, Cooper R, Baird M, Vromen A, and Probyn E (2018) Australian Women's Working Futures: Are We Ready?; International Labour Organization, Geneva, 1-27.

2017

Journal Articles

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2017) Cold Climate: Australian Unions, Policy and the State Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, 38 (3), 415-435.

Cooper R, and Townsend K (2017) Industrial relations now: Where are we? Where to next? Journal of Industrial Relations, 59 (2), 117-121. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Heron A, Cooper R, and Meagher G (2017) Australia: The care challenge Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific; Routledge, London, 167-181. [More Information]

Report

Cooper R, Coles A, and Hanna Osborne S (2017) Skipping a beat: Assessing the state of gender equality in the Australian music industry; The University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, 2-23.

2016

Journal Article

Good L, and Cooper R (2016) 'But It's Your Job To Be Friendly': Employees Coping With and Contesting Sexual Harassment from Customers in the Service Sector Gender, Work and Organization, 23 (5), 447-469. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Cooper R (2016) 'Dead, Buried, Cremated' and Exhumed? Consensus in Industrial Relations Policy and Politics in Australia 2007-2015 Industrial Relations Reform: Looking to the Future: Essays in honour of Joe Isaac AO; The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, 66-84.

Report

Cooper R, Foley M, and Baird M (2016) Women at work: Australia and the United States.

2015

Journal Articles

Cooper R, and Baird M (2015) Bringing the 'right to request' flexible working arrangements to life: From policies to practices Employee Relations: the international journal, 37 (5), 568-581. [More Information]

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, 26 (3), 384-392. [More Information]

Tomlinson J, Baird M, Berg P, and Cooper R (2015) Human Relations special issue call for papers Global supply chains and social relations at work Human Relations, 68 (10), 1657-1661. [More Information]

Tomlinson J, Baird M, Berg P, and Cooper R (2015) Conceptualising flexible careers across the life course Human Relations, 68 (9), 1517-1520. [More Information]

Tomlinson J, Baird M, Berg P, and Cooper R (2015) Human Relations Special Issue call for papers: Conceptualising flexible careers across the life course Human Relations, 68 (11), 1797-1800. [More Information]

Williamson S, Cooper R, and Baird M (2015) Job-sharing among teachers: Positive, negative (and unintended) consequences The Economic Labour Relations Review, 26 (3), 448-464. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Cooper R, Ellem B, and Wright C (2015) Policy and the labour movement Policy Analysis in Australia; Policy Press, Bristol, 231-244. [More Information]

2014

Journal Articles

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, 24 (4), 302-316. [More Information]

Parker J, Douglas J, Ravenswood K, Sayers J, and Cooper R (2014) Editors' introduction Labour and Industry, 24 (4), 249-57. [More Information]

Parker J, Douglas J, Ravenswood K, Sayers J, and Cooper R (2014) Editors' introduction Labour and Industry, 24 (4), 249-257. [More Information]

Book

Bray M, Waring P, Cooper R, and MacNeil J (2014) Employment Relations: Theory and Practice (3rd edition); McGraw-Hill Education, Australia.

Book Chapter

Cooper R (2014) Low-paid Care Work, Bargaining, and Employee Voice in Australia Voices at Work: Continuity and Change in the Common Law World; Oxford University Press, Oxford, 55-66. [More Information]

2013

Book Chapter

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2013) The State against Unions: Australia's Neo-liberalism, 1996-2007 Global Anti-Unionism: Nature, Dynamics, Trajectories and Outcomes; Palgrave Macmillan, Bassingstoke, 163-183. [More Information]

2012

Journal Articles

Cooper R (2012) Presidential Address 26th Annual Airaanz Conference: Industrial Relations Policy and Politics: Introducing the Work Choices Club Labour and Industry, 22 (4), 325-332. [More Information]

Cooper R (2012) Fair Work Act Review: Weighing up the evidence, the spin and the wedge The Conversation, August, 1-2.

Cooper R (2012) Testing Fair Work: Australian Industrial Relations in 2011 Journal of Industrial Relations, 54 (3), 267-276. [More Information]

Cooper R (2012) The Gender Gap in Union Leadership in Australia: A Qualitative Study Journal of Industrial Relations, 54 (2), 131-146. [More Information]

Cooper R, and Parker J (2012) Women, work and collectivism Journal of Industrial Relations, 54 (2), 107-113. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2012) Getting to the Table? Fair Work, Unions and Collective Bargaining Rediscovering Collective Bargaining: Australias Fair Work Act in International Perspective; Routledge, New York, 135-158. [More Information]

Report

Baird M, Cooper R, Heron A, and Charlesworth S (2012) Women, Work and the Global Economic Downturn; Department of Social Services, Canberra, 1-34.

2011

Journal Articles

Cooper R (2011) Back to the future with Peter Reith The Conversation, 1-3.

Cooper R (2011) Industrial Relations in 2010: 'Dead, Buried and Cremated'? Journal of Industrial Relations, 53 (3), 277-287. [More Information]

Cooper R (2011) Can collective bargaining really lift workers out of low wages? The Conversation, 1-3.

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2011) 'Less than Zero': Union Recognition and Bargaining Rights in Australia 1996-2007 Labor History, 52 (1), 49-69. [More Information]

Books

Baird M, Cooper R, Ellem B, and Lansbury R (2011) Industrial Relations - SAGE Library in Business and Management; Sage Publications, London, United Kingdom.

Bray M, Waring P, and Cooper R (2011) Employment Relations: Theory and Practice; McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd, Australia.

Book Chapters

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2011) The Neoliberal State, Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in Australia Industrial Relations - SAGE Library in Business and Management; Sage Publications, London, United Kingdom, 263-284.

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2011) Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining Work and Employment Relations: An Era of Change; The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, 34-50.

Report

Baird M, Lansbury R, Cooper R, and Ellem B (2011) Learning from Down Under? From Work Choices to Fair Work.

2010

Journal Article

Cooper R (2010) The 'New' Industrial Relations and International Economic Crisis: Australia in 2009 Journal of Industrial Relations, 52 (3), 261-274. [More Information]

2009

Journal Articles

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

Cooper R (2009) Forward with Fairness? Industrial Relations under Labor in 2008 Journal of Industrial Relations, 51 (3), 285-296. [More Information]

Cooper R (2009) From 'Work Choices' to 'Fair Work'? International Union Rights, 16 (2), 8-9.

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, 30 (1), 93-119. [More Information]

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2009) Fair Work and the Re-regulation of Collective Bargaining Australian Journal of Labour Law, 22 (3), 115-305.

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

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, 34 (3), 339-362. [More Information]

Books

Bray M, Waring P, and Cooper R (2009) Employment Relations: Theory and Practice; McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd, Australia.

Bray M, Waring P, and Cooper R (2009) Advances in Australian Employment Relations: July 2008 to March 2009; McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd, Australia.

Book Chapter

Baird M, and Cooper R (2009) Australian Women: Getting to Equality? Equality Speaks: Challenges for a Fair Society; Catalyst Australia, Sydney NSW, 57-67.

2008

Journal Articles

Cooper R (2008) Remaking industrial Relations? Unions, the state and industrial relations regime change in Britain and Australia Australian Review of Public Affairs, April, online.

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2008) The assault on collective bargaining The State of Industrial Relations, 47 (3), 41-50.

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2008) The Neoliberal State, Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in Australia British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46 (3), 532-554. [More Information]

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, 50 (3), 475-488. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Baird M, Cooper R, Ellem B, and Oliver D (2008) Work Choices and Beyond: Industrial Relations Policy and Low-Paid Women Workers Making the Link- Affirmative Action and Employment Relations Volume 19; CCH Australia Ltd, North Ryde NSW Australia, 5-9.

Newspaper Articles

Cooper R (2008) Advance Australia fairly now that Work Choices is dead Sydney Morning Herald .

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2008) To be fair, Gillard must respect real work choices The Canberra Times .

2007

Journal Article

Cooper R, Briggs C, Ellem B, and Van Den Broek D (2007) The new Australian employer militancy Perspectives on Work, 11 (1), 39-41.

Conference Proceedings

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2007) Australian Unionism: Collectivism, power, purpose Trans Tasman Labour History Conference 2007; Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2007) "Less than Zero": Union Recognition and Bargaining Rights in Australia "Varieties of Capitalism: Organisational, Management and Human Resource Implications", The 22nd Annual Employment Research Unit Conference, Cardiff Business School 2007; Cardiff Business School, United Kingdom.

Cooper R, and Lansbury R (2007) Recent developments in union recognition in Australia 59th Annual Meeting of the Labour and Employment Relations Association LERA 2007; Labour and Employment Relations Association, United States.

Newspaper Article

Baird M, and Cooper R (2007) The voiceless victims of Work Choices The Sydney Morning Herald .

Reports

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.

Elton J, Bailey J, Baird M, Charlesworth S, Cooper R, Ellem B, Jefferson T, MacDonald F, Oliver D, Pocock B, and et al (2007) Women and WorkChoices: Impacts on the Low Pay Sector.

Elton J, Bailey J, Baird M, Charlesworth S, Cooper R, Ellem B, Jefferson T, MacDonald F, Oliver D, Pocock B, and et al (2007) Work Choices and Women: Impacts on the Low Pay Sector; Centre for Work + Life, Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 5-34.

2006

Journal Articles

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

Cooper R, Briggs C, Ellem B, and Van Den Broek D (2006) Anti unionism in Australia International Union Rights, 13.

Westcott M, Baird M, and Cooper R (2006) Re-working Work: Dependency and Choice in the Employment Relationship Labour and Industry, 17 (1), 5-17.

Westcott M, Baird M, and Cooper R (2006) Editorial: Introduction. (indutrial relations) Labour and Industry, 17 (1), 1-3.

Book

Baird M, Cooper R, and Westcott M (2006) Reworking Work AIRAANZ 05: Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Sydney, Australia.

Conference Proceeding

Briggs C, and Cooper R (2006) Between individualism and collectivism? Why do employers make non-union collective agreements? British Universities Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference BUIRA 2006; British Universities Industrial Relations Association, United Kingdom.

Book Chapter

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2006) Union power: Space, structure, and strategy Rethinking Work, Time, Space and Discourse; Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, 123-143.

2005

Journal Articles

Briggs C, Cooper R, and Ellem B (2005) What about collective bargaining? The State of the States, 2005, 66-74.

Cooper R (2005) Trade unionism in 2004 Journal of Industrial Relations, 47 (2), 202-211.

Cooper R, and May R (2005) Union revitalisation in Australia and New Zealand, 1995-2005 New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 30 (3), 51-67.

Ellem B, Baird M, Cooper R, and Lansbury R (2005) "WorkChoices": Myth-making at Work Journal of Australian Political Economy, 56, 13-31.

Books

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); Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Sydney.

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); Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Sydney.

Conference Proceedings

Cooper R (2005) Australian unionism in a decollectivised environment 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2005; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Australia.

Cooper R, and Ellem B (2005) Union power: Space, structure, strategy 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2005; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Australia.

Book Chapter

Cooper R (2005) Life in the old dog yet? 'Deregulation' and trade unionism in Australia Labour market deregulation - Rewriting the rules: Essays in honour of Keith Hancock; The Federation Press, Sydney, 93-106.

2004

Journal Article

Cooper R (2004) Trade Unionism In 2003 Journal of Industrial Relations, 46 (2), 213-244.

Conference Proceedings

Baird M, and Cooper R (2004) Student to Graduate: HR and IR students experiences, expectations and aspirations 18th AIRAANZ Conference: New Economies, New Industrial Relations 2004; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Sydney.

Cooper R, and Baird M (2004) Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management Student's Experiences and Expectations at the University of Sydney AIRAANZ 2004 - New Economies: New Industrial Relations; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Australia.

2003

Journal Articles

Cooper R (2003) Trade unionism in 2002 Journal of Industrial Relations, 45 (2), 205-223.

Cooper R (2003) Peak council organising at work: ACTU strategy 1994-2000 Labour and Industry, 14 (1), 1-15.

Conference Proceeding

Cooper R (2003) Peak council organising at work: ACTU strategy 1994-2000 17th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Melbourne.

Book Chapter

Cooper R, Westcott M, and Lansbury R (2003) Labor revitalization? The case of Australia Labor revitalization : global perspectives and new initiatives; JAI Press, The Netherlands, 183-205.

Selected grants

2017-2018

2017

2016-2017

2016

2016

2015

2013-2014

2012-2014

Recent Units Taught

  • SMBA6007 Managing People and Organisations

Newsroom articles

  • Rae Cooper on ABC North West Queensland 19 Apr 2018

    ABC North West Queensland

    ABC North West Queensland interviewed Professor Rae Cooper on gender stereotyping and childcare.

  • Stay-at-home dads are scarce, but their numbers are on the rise 06 Apr 2018

    ABC News and ABC Radio National

    Professor Rae Cooper was quoted in ABC News and ABC Radio National on gender stereotypes that prevent men from being stay at home dads.

  • Rae Cooper on ABC Gold Coast 20 Mar 2018

    ABC Gold Coast

    ABC Gold Coast interviewed Professor Rae Cooper on average wages after Queensland Rail released figures on how much their drivers earn.

  • High-flying women in their 30s more at risk of mental health issues than men 20 Mar 2018

    Sydney Morning Herald

    Sydney Morning Herald quoted Professor Rae Cooper on a report she co-authored into the future of women in work that found women ranked flexibility as a high priority in the workplace.

  • Gender pay gap: Women offered less in half finance jobs 09 Mar 2018

    Daily Telegraph, My Science, Daily Mail Australia, SBS World News, and AAP

    Professor Rae Cooper was quoted by the Daily Telegraph, My Science, Daily Mail Australia, SBS World News, and AAP on a new report from the University’s Women, Work & Leadership Research Group that investigated Australian women’s attitudes to work. The

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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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