2013 CRED Annual Lecture
Monday, 7 October 2013 from 18:00 to 19:15 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
'Varieties of the Worker-Mother and the Challenges for Policy'
Professor Marian Baird
QMUL Humanities and Social Science Distinguished Visitor 2013
Professor of Employment Relations
One increasingly important category of workers is that of ‘worker-mothers’. Within the group there are important distinctions: worker-mothers returning to work after maternity or parental leave; worker-mothers who are female breadwinners; and worker-mothers who have opted for self-employment. Drawing on current research, the presentation discusses the characteristics of each group and the policy challenges they represent for government and employers in relation to gender equity.
Marian Baird is Professor of Employment Relations and Director of the Women and 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. Marian is also a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate 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 engaged with policy making and industry at all levels. She is 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, providing input into the new Workplace Gender Equality legislation. 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.
*This event will be followed by a reception*
When & Where
Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED)
The Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED) at Queen Mary, University of London, was established in 2005 and is a prominent international research centre at the leading edge of equality and diversity research. CRED is committed to critical scholarship in researching equality and diversity and seeks to be guided by principles of social justice and inclusivity. In the contemporary political and economic context, research on equality, inequalities and diversity is vital to investigate inequalities and privilege, to move forward theoretical understanding and to appraise the impact of contemporary public policies internationally, nationally, at the level of the organization and individual.
CRED’s interdisciplinary research draws on sociological, economic, industrial relations, psychological, critical discourse analysis and subaltern studies to explore key debates and conceptual developments such as, the importance of intersectional studies of inequalities, the value of capitals (social, cultural and economic), the nature of diversity management, the contested nature of career, the role of legislation and social movements in challenging inequalities. Specific research topics have related to employment relations policies and practices, trade unions, discrimination, income inequality, labour market and sectoral studies, international development, subaltern knowledge, global diversity management, migration, career studies and organisational aspects of equality and diversity. Many projects engage with the intersectional nature of, for example, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality.
CRED has also undertaken many comparative research projects, for example, UK and US; UK and Turkey; UK and Nigeria, whereas other projects are country specific and include both developed and developing countries/regions: e.g. China, Norway, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Taiwan, UK, Latin America and South Asia. While research in CRED is informed by a range of perspectives and methodologies, its underpinning commitment is to social justice and inclusion in equality and diversity research and much work is informed by feminist and anti-racist perspectives.
CRED scholars publish widely in leading journals, books and other media and adopt a critical and multi-disciplinary approach. Scholars involved in equality and diversity research are Doyin Atewologun, Ishani Chandrasekara, Hazel Conley, Sadvhi Dar, Elena Doldor, Geraldine Healy, Gill Kirton, Maria Koumenta, Pedro Martins, Mike Noon, Almudena Sevilla, Ahu Tatli and Tessa Wright. CRED scholars have built strong associations with international universities and institutions and this is reflected in the strong international nature of much of the CRED’s research.
CRED has attracted grants from prestigious funding bodies including: ESRC, Leverhulme Foundation, Nuffield, British Academy as well as bodies such Equal Opportunities Commission, BBC, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, IPEA, Feminist Review and government departments.
CRED is keen to welcome new PhD students to the Centre. If you are interested in doing a PhD in aspects of equality, inequalities and diversity with us, are highly qualified and motivated, please get in touch. Please check our staff webpages and email a CRED academic whose interests fit with yours and also consult our PhD pages - http://www.busman.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/phdprogramme/index.html
CRED has seen the completion of the following PhD students since 2005 (Cathrine Seierstad, Nicole Avdelidou Fischer, Cynthia Forson, Gozde Inal and Ahu Tatli and Tessa Wright) and currently has 10 equality and diversity doctoral students (Samuel Asante-Nnuro, Gulce Ipek, Clifford Lewis, Maria Quintero Obonaga, Simon Roberts, Barbara Samaluk, Pedro Trespaderne, Yao Wang, Emily Yarrow and Ming Zhang ) - http://www.busman.qmul.ac.uk/staff/phd/index.html
CRED hosts the Gender and Industrial Relations Study Group network of the International Labor Relations and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) http://www.genderandir.org/index.php?p=home. Professor Gill Kirton convenes this ILERA study group.
CRED is part of the PEDEC Network http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/pedec/
If you would like further information about CRED, contact one of the above academics or Professor Geraldine Healy, Director of CRED (firstname.lastname@example.org)