Specialisation: Time use; Family; Non-market work; Care; Gender.
Michael Bittman is Professorial Fellow at the University of New England. He is an expert on collection and analysis of time-use statistics. His research interests include social policy and social change; family dynamics; time spent in unpaid work (especially caring for others); trends in working hours; and the distribution of leisure.
He is member of the Consortium Advisory Group, which is responsible for the conception and design of Australian Longitudinal Study of Children (also known as "Growing Up in Australia").
- Chair, United Nations Expert Group on Methods for Conducting Time-Use Surveys
- Chair, United Nations Expert Group on Development of Standard International Activity Classification
- Advisor/Consultant, Department of Family, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Office for Women, Statistics New Zealand, Statistics Finland.
- Gershony, J.I. Bittman, M. and Brice, J. (2005) Exit, Voice and Suffering: Do Couples Adapt to Changing Employment Patterns, Journal of Marriage and the Family (67: No. 3: 656-665).
- (2004) Family Time: The Social Organisation of Care. London/New York: Routlidge.
- Bittman, M. Rice, J.M. and Wajcman, J. (2004) Appliances and Their Impact: the Ownership of Domestic Technology and Time Spent on Housework, British Journal Sociology (55: No. 2: 400-423).
- Bittman, M. England, P. Sayer, L. Folbre, N. and Matheson, G (2003) When does Gender Trump Money? Bargaining and Time in Household Work, American Journal of Sociology (109: 186 - 214).
- Bittman, M. and Rice, J.M. (2002) The Spectre of Overwork: An Analysis of Trends Between 1974 and 1997 Using Australian Time - Use Diaries, Labour and Industry (12: No. 3: 5-25).
- Bittman, M. (2001) Gender and Family, In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavourial Sciences. Smelser, N. and Bates, P. (eds.). Oxford: Elsevier Science.