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Professor Janeen Baxter

BA(Hons), MA (ANU), PhD (UQ)

Elected: 2009

Discipline: Sociology


JANEEN BAXTER is Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course in the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. The Centre is focused on research and interventions targeted at reducing the intergenerational transmision of disadvantage over the life course. Janeen’s research focuses on family dynamics and social disadvantage, gender inequality in families and households and the links between paid and unpaid work.  Other research interests include changing patterns and experiences of marriage in Australia and trends in attitudes to gender. She has been a Hallsworth Visiting Fellow at the University of Manchester, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and a former member and Chair of the External Reference Group for the Households, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) project.


  • Associate Professor, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland (2000-2004)
  • Honorary Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin (2004)
  • Professor, School of Social Science, the University of Queensland (2005-2008)
  • Hallsworth Visiting Fellow, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester (2006 – 2007)
  • ARC Professorial Fellow, School of Social Science and Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland (2009-2014)
  • Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course


Janeen Baxter, Michele Haynes and Belinds Hewitt (forthcoming), “Pathways into Marriage:  Cohabitation and the Domestic Division of Labour”, in Journal of Family Issues

Lynn Prince Cooke and Janeen Baxter (forthcoming), “‘Families’ in International Context:  Comparising Institutional Effects across Western Societies”, in Journal of Marriage and Family 2010 Decade Review

Baxter, J, Hewitt, B and Western, M (2009), “Domestic Outsourcing:  Choice and Constraint in Hiring Household Help”, in Feminist Economics, 15(1): pp 1 – 26

Baxter, J, Hewitt, B and Haynes, M (2008), “Life Course Transitions and Housework:  Marriage, Parenthood and Time on Housework”, in Journal of Marriage and Family, 70 (May): pp 259 – 272

Chesters, J, Baxter, J and Western, M (2009), “Paid and Unpaid Work in Australian Households:  Towards an Understanding of the New Gender Division of Labour”, in Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 12(1): pp 89 – 107


Email: j.baxter [at] uq.edu.au

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