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Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass AO


Elected: 1989

Discipline: Sociology

Specialisation: Work, employment, welfare states, gender, citizenship, housing policy, urban and regional studies, comparative social policy, family policy, wellbeing of children


Dr Bettina Cass is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney. Her research activities include the sociology and social policy of work and welfare; comparative studies of welfare states; housing and regions, gender and social policy, children’s wellbeing and social policy.


  • Deputy Presiding Member of the Board of Management of the Australian Institute of Family Studies (1989-92)
  • Chair, National Children’s Services Advisory Council (1991-93)
  • Member of the Board of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (1992-93)
  • Consultant to OECD on social policies in Eastern Europe (1993)
  • Chair, National Council for the International Year of the Family (1994)
  • Director, Western Sydney Area Health Service Board (1997-2000)
  • Chair of the Western Sydney Area Health Service Board Research Committee (1998-2000)
  • Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney (1996-2001)
  • Visiting Professor of Australian Studies, Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC (mid 2001-mid-2002).


  • Bettina Cass (2002) Employment Time and Family Time: The intersections of labour market transformations and family responsibilities in Australia, In Working Futures:The changing Nature of Employment Relations in Australia. R. Callus and R. Lansbury (eds.). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • B. Cass (2000) The Value of the Humanities and Social Sciences: the divergent Trajectories of public and private responsibility, Arts, 22.
  • B. Cass (1999) Who’s Afraid of the Welfare State? Contemporary Debates about the State of Flexible Work/Flexible Welfare, Arts, 21.
  • B. Cass (1998) Reshaping Housing Policy and the Benefits of Urban/Regional Location: Why Gender Matters, In Gender and Institutions. M Gatens and A Mackinnon (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • B. Cass (1998) Divided Society: Unemployment and income Distribution in 1990s Australia. University of Sydney: Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • B. Cass (1998) Contesting the Australian Way: States, Markets and Civil Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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