BA(Hons) UNSW ; PhD
Associate Professor; Undergraduate and Honours Coordinator
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
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Dr Rae (Rachel) Cooper is Associate Professor in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, where she is Undergraduate Studies and Honours Coordinator. Associate Professor Cooper has published over forty articles and chapters on industrial relations and gender and work in leading journals and in major collections. Presently she is working on three key employment relations research topics: flexible work and flexible careers; collective bargaining in Australian and the Fair Work Act, 2009 and; care workers and vulnerable labour. Her research has been cited in several parliamentary inquiries into industrial relations and she is regularly called as an Expert Witness in cases and consultations relating to women and labour market issues.
Through her research and leadership Rae is actively engaged with government, business and NGOs. Rae has been appointed to a number of significant board and committees. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Australian Hearing, the largest provider of hearing services in the country, where she is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Chairs the Research Committee.
She has previously been a Board Director with the NSW TAFE Commission, where she Chaired the Board's Teaching and Learning sub-committee and was a member of the NSW Rural Assistance Authority. She played a leading role in a number of government and non-government organisations in the women's policy area, including the NSW Premier's Expert Advisory Council on Women and the NSW Working Women's Centre.
ABC Radio National
ABC Radio National's PM program interviewed Associate Professor Rae Cooper on the proportion of single parents relying on insecure casual work.
Flexibility in the workplace 15 Jun 2013
Rae Cooper has been interviewed for The Wire, a current affairs radio program, on the topic of flexibility in the workplace.
The Australian has interviewed Dr Rae Cooper at the University of Business School on gender and employment equity at Australian universities.
Harness people power 31 May 2012
Business Review Weekly
Dr Rae Cooper, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School has been interviewed by Business Review Weekly, where she comments that a better trained and more involved workforce can improve productivity.
Has the union got a role in your working life? 04 May 2012
ABC Radio National
ABC Radio National's Life Matters program has interviewed Dr Rae Cooper, Senior Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney Business School regarding collective bargaining and legislation, and the role of unions and vulnerable workers in light of the Health Services Union saga.
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
- Employment relations
- Collective bargaining
- Women and work
- Flexible Work
- Flexible Careers