Professor Gillian Whitehouse

Deputy Head of School

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
g.whitehouse@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53280

Overview

Professor of Political Science

Background:

Gillian Whitehouse researches in areas of gender and employment equity, focusing in particular on the impact of regulatory frameworks and legislative change on gender equity in contemporary societies. Her research has attracted significant funding from Australian and international agencies (including the Australian Research Council, Government departments in Australia and Britain, the OECD and the European Commission). She is a member of several international networks of researchers in the areas of employment rights and equity, including the International Network on Leave Policies & Research which produces an annual report on parental leave policies in over 30 countries. Her work has been influential within and beyond academic, contributing in particular to pay equity and parental leave policy developments in Australia.

Research Interests:

  • Gender Pay Equity: This research spans a considerable period, commencing with cross-nationally comparative analyses of the relationship between institutional frameworks for wage setting and gender equity outcomes and extending to occupational case studies of female-dominated occupations and the resilience of wage gains won through pay equity cases, particularly in times of legislative change. Gillian Whitehouse’s work in these areas has informed pay equity inquiries and claims before tribunals at national and state levels in Australia.
  • Parental Rights in Employment: This research focuses on the work/family intersection and includes analyses of the use of parental leave in Australia and investigations into the impact of parental leave type and duration on outcomes such as career progression, gendered parenting roles and family well-being. Following on from the design and implementation of Australia’s first comprehensive survey on the use and impact of parental leave (which informed a major Productivity Commission inquiry and national policy development), Gillian Whitehouse is currently part of a consortium undertaking an evaluation of Australia’s paid parental leave policy.
  • Work and Occupations: This research has focused on gender equity and work/family balance for a number of different occupational groups, including academia, professional roles in universities, architecture and - more broadly - science and technology. Aspects of this research have addressed horizontal and vertical patterns of sex segregation within computing work and emerging ‘creative’ areas such as multimedia, as well as the use of technology in changing the spatial and temporal organisation of work (e.g. via telework). Recent project work includes contribution to the European Commission project Practising Gender Equality in Science which focused on organisational strategies to attract and retain women in leadership positions in science and technology occupations in 20 countries.

Qualifications

  • BA, The University of Queensland
  • BA, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Bailey, Janis, Peetz, David, Strachan, Glenda, Whitehouse, Gillian and Broadbent, Kaye (2016) Academic pay loadings and gender in Australian universities. Journal of Industrial Relations, 58 5: 647-668. doi:10.1177/0022185616639308

  • Strachan, G., Peetz, D., Whitehouse, G., Bailey, J., Broadbent, K., Troup, C. and Nesic, M. (2016) Women, Careers and Universities. Where to from Here? Nathan, QLD, Australia: Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing (WOW)

  • Strachan, Glenda, Peetz, David , Whitehouse, Gillian , Bailey, Janis , Broadbent, Kaye , May, Robyn , Troup, Carolyn and Nesic, Michelle (2016) Women, Careers and Universities: Where to from Here? Nathan, QLD, Australia: Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing (WOW), Griffith University

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

  • Martin, Bill, Baird, Marian, Brady, Michelle, Broadway, Barbara, Hewitt, Belinda, Kalb, Guyonne, Strazdins, Lyndall, Tomaszewski, Wojtek, Zadoroznyj, Maria, Baxter, Janeen, Chen, Rachael, Foley, Meraiah, McVicar, Duncan, Whitehouse, Gillian and Xiang, Ning (2014) PPL Final Report: Name of project: Paid Parental Leave Evaluation Brisbane, QLD Australia: Institute for Social Science Research

  • Alexander, Michael, Whitehouse, Gillian and Brennan, Deborah (2009) Australia United Kingdom: Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, UK

  • Alexander, Michael, Whitehouse, Gillian M. and Brennan, Deborah (2008) Australia United Kingdom: Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, UK

Book Chapter

  • Whitehouse, G., Baird, M., Brennan, D. and Baxter, J. (2016). Australia. In A. Koslowski, S. Blum and P. Moss (Ed.), 12th International Review of Leave Policies and Research 2016 (pp. 45-56) Online: International Network on Leave Policies and Research.

  • Whitehouse, Gillian and Rooney, Tricia (2011). Approaches to gender-based undervaluation in Australian industrial tribunals: lessons from recent childcare cases. In Marian Baird, Keith Hancock and Joe Isaac (Ed.), Work and employment relations : an era of change : essays in honour of Russell Lansbury (pp. 109-123) Sydney, NSW, Australia: The Federation Press.

  • Alexander, Michael, Whitehouse, Gillian and Brennan, Deborah (2010). Australia. In Peter Moss (Ed.), International review of leave policies and related research 2010 (pp. 42-50) London, U.K.: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

  • Campbell, Iain, Whitehouse, Gillian and Baxter, Janeen (2009). Australia: Casual employment, part-time employment and the resilience of the male-breadwinner model. In Leah F. Vosko, Martha MacDonald and Iain Campbell (Ed.), Gender and the contours of precarious employment (pp. 60-75) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203874424

  • Alexander, M., Whitehouse, G. M. and Brennan, D. (2007). Australia. In Moss, P. and Wall, K. (Ed.), International Review of Leave Policies and Related Research 2007 (pp. 72-85) United Kingdom: Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

  • Whitehouse, Gillian (2006). Women and Computing Careers in Australia. In Eileen M. Trauth (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology 1 ed. (pp. 1223-1229) Hershey, PA, USA and London, UK: Idea Group.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. (2004). Justice and Equity: Women and Indigenous Workers. In Joe Isaac and Stuart Macintyre (Ed.), The new Province for Law and Order: 100 years of Australian Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration 1st ed. (pp. 207-240) United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. (2004). Women's Policy: Special interests or mainstream?. In A. Fenna (Ed.), Australian Public Policy (pp. 361-387) Australia: Pearson Longman.

  • Lafferty, George, Whitehouse, Gillian and Diamond, Chris (2003). Telework in Australia: Findings from a National Survey. In P. Jackson and B. Rapp (Ed.), Organisation and Work Beyond 2000 (pp. 315-332) Heidleberg: Physica-Verlag.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. and Frino, B. (2003). Women, wages and industrial agreements: Recent Australian trends. In J. Burgess, G. Strachan and A. Sullivan (Ed.), Women and work (pp. 9-20) Newcastle, Australia: Employment Studies Centre, University of Newcastle.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. and Zetlin, D. J. (1999). Globalization and the pursuit of pay equity: Contradictory pressures in the Australian case. In Paul Edwards and Tony Elger (Ed.), The Global Economy, National States and the Regulation of Labour (pp. 160-181) London: Mansell Publishing.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Connolly, Julie and Whitehouse, Gillian (2010). Understanding women's employment patterns within and between nations: An assessment of conceptual frameworks. In: Selvaraj Velayutham, Norbert Ebert and Sheila Watkins, The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association: Social Causes, Private Lives. TASA Conference 2010, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (1-13). 6-9 December 2010.

  • Diamond, C. and Whitehouse, G. M. (2007). 'Fifty percent of what?' Reversible fractional appointment meets bias against caregiving. In: E. Rasmussen, Diverging Employment Relations Patterns in Australia and New Zealand, proceedings of 21st Conference of Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. 21st Conference of Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, University of Auckland, New Zealand, (1-10). 7 - 9 February 2007.

  • Whitehouse, G. M., Baird, M. and Hosking, A. (2007). Maternity leave in Australia : Patterns of use and return to work. In: E. Rasmussen, Diverging Employment Relations Patterns in Australia and New Zealand, proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. 21st Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, University of Auckland, New Zealand, (1-11). 7 - 9 February 2007.

  • Campbell, Iain, Whitehouse, Gillian and Baxter, Janeen (2007). Precarious employment and gender in Australia. In: Proceedings of Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Meeting. Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Meeting, York University, Toronto, (). October, 2007.

  • Diamond, C, Baird, M. and Whitehouse, G M (2006). Maternity Leave - Patterns of Use in a State Utility. In: B. Pocock, C. Provis and E. Willis, 21st Century Work: High Road or Low Road? Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ). 21st Century Work: High Road or Low Road?, Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg, South Australia, (147-157). 1-3 February 2006.

  • Rooney, P. A. and Whitehouse, . M. (2006). Recent Child Care Worker Pay Cases In Australia: Implications For Pay Equity Under WorkChoices. In: Janis Bailey, Kaye Broadbent, Linda Edwards, Paula McDonald and Gillian Whitehouse, Proceedings of the 1st conference of National Network of Working Women's Centres, Our work...our lives. 1st conference of National Network of Working Women's Centres, Griffith University, Brisbane, (137-150). 12-14 July 2006.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. and Rooney, P. A. (2006). The Queensland Dental Assistants' Equal Remuneration Case: an Illustration of the Pay Equity Implications of Eroding the State System. In: Barbara Pocock, Chris Provis and Eileen Willis, 21st Century Work - High Road or Low Road? Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. 20th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg, South Australia, (111-120). 1-3 February 2006.

  • Diamond, C. and Whitehouse, G. M. (2005). Gender, computing and the organisation of working time: public/private comparisons in the Australian context. In: 3rd European Symposium on Gender and ICT: Working for Change. Symposium on Gender and ICT: Working for Change, Manchester Conference Centre, (1-10). 1 February 2005.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. and Diamond, C. (2005). Gendered dichotomies and segregation patterns in computing jobs in Australia. In: Gillian Whitehouse and Chris Diamond, Proceedings of Women, Work and IT: Contemporary perspectives on the reproduction of gender inequality in employment. Women, Work and IT. Contemporary perspectives on the reproduction of gender inequality in employment, Customs House, Brisbane, Queensland, (1-13). 23-24 June 2005.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. and Diamond, C. (2005). Introduction: Background statistics on computing occupations in Australia. In: Gillian Whitehouse and Chris Diamond, Women, Work and IT: Contemporary perspectives on the reproduction of gender inequality in employment. Women, Work and IT: Contemporary perspectives on the reproduction of gender inequality in employment, Customs House, Brisbane, Australia, (1-5). 23-24 June 2005.

  • Whitehouse, Gillian and Soloff, Carol (2005). Parental leave and return to work: The design and implementation of a national survey. In: Proceedings of Families Matter: 9th Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Conference. 9th Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Conference, Melbourne, Australia., (1-10). 9-11 February 2005.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. and Hosking, A. S. (2005). Policy Frameworks and parental employment: A comparison of Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. In: Lauren Rosewarne, Proceedings of Transitions and Risk. New Directions in Social Policy. Transitions and Risk. New Directions in Social Policy, Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, (1-19). 23-25 February, 2005.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. and Diamond, C. (2005). Reproducing gender inequality: Segregation and career paths in information technology jobs in Australia. In: Marian Baird, Rae Cooper and Mark Westcott, Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Reworking Work. AIRAANZ 05, University of Sydney, Australia, (555-564). 9-11 February 2005.

  • Whitehouse, Gillian and Preston, Alison (2005). Women, computing and the 'ideal worker': A comparison of professional occupations. In: Marian Baird, Rae Cooper and Mark Westcott, Reworking Work: Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ 05), Sydney, Australia, (271-279). 9-11 February 2005.

  • Whitehouse, Gillian and Diamond, Chris (2004). 'Hybrids' and the gendering of computing jobs in Australia. In: Australasian Journal of Information Systems: Proceedings of QualIT 2004 - 1st International Conference on Qualitative Research in IT & IT in Qualitative Research. QualIT 2004 - 1st International Conference on Qualitative Research in IT & IT in Qualitative Research, Brisbane, Australia, (79-89). 24 - 26 November 2004. doi:10.3127/ajis.v12i2.94

  • Whitehouse, G. M. (2004). Arbitration and the family. In: M. Barry and P. Brosnan, New economies: New industrial relations. Proceedings of the 18th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) annual conference. New Economies: New Industrial Relations. Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) annual conference., Noosa Lakes Resort Queensland, (294-303). 3-6 February 2004.

  • Whitehouse, Gillian (2004). Pay equity: 20 years of continuity and change. In: Proceedings of Women, Work and Equity: a special forum to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984. Women, Work and Equity, The Darlington Centre, University of Sydney, (). 3 August 2004.

  • Whitehouse, Gillian and Baird, Marion (2004). Perceptions of Unpaid Parental Leave in Australia. In: Online proceedings of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA)5th Asian Regional Congress: Dynamics and Diversity: Employment Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region. IIRA 5th Asian Regional Congress: Dynamics and Diversity: Employment Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region, Seoul, Korea, (). 24-26 June 2004.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. (2003). Child friendly employment conditions in Australia: an assessment of current information. In: Health for Life! A Forum on work, Health and Families - Forum Proceedings. Heath for Life! A Forum on work, Health and Families, Australian National University, (61-66). 25 - 26 August 2003.

  • Roan, Amanda and Whitehouse, Gillian (2003). Women and Information Technology: A case study of Multimedia Training. In: P. Holland, J. Teicher and S. Turberville, Reflections and New Directions: Proceedings of the 17th AIRAANZ Conference. 17th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Annual Conference, Melbourne, (1-10). 4-7 February, 2003.

  • Whitehouse, G. M., Diamond, C. N. and Lafferty, G. (2002). Assessing the benefits of telework: Australian case study evidence. In: Ian McAndrew and Alan Geare, Proceedings of the 16th AIRAANZ Conference. Celebrating Excellence, Queenstown, New Zealand, (300-308). 6-8 February 2002.

  • Rooney, P. A. and Whitehouse, G. M. (2002). Casual employment: recent trends in pay and conditions. In: Ian McAndrew and Alan Geare, Proceedings of the 16th AIRAANZ Conference. AIRAANZ, Queenstown, NZ, (311-313). 6-8 Feb 02.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. and Rooney, P. A. (2002). Employment Entitlements and Casual Status: Lessons from Two Queensland Cases. In: Marian Baird and John Burgess, Proceedings of conference Employee Entitlements in Australia. Employee Entitlements in Australia, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (35-42). 12 November 2002.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. (2001). Australian workplace agreements and work/family provisions. In: The AWA experience: evaluating the evidence. ACIRRT/OEA Conference, University of Sydney, (). 7/9/01.

  • Hanson, M. J., Tow, W. T. and Whitehouse, G. M. (2000). Case study teaching: Assessing the benefits for international relations and development studies. In: F. Castles and J. Uhr, Proceedings of the 2000 Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association. 2000 Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Assoc, Australian National University, Canberra, (1-12). 3-6 October 2000.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. (2000). Recent trends in pay equity: Beyond the aggregate statistics. In: J. Burgess and G. Strachan, Proceedings of the 14th AIRAANZ Conference: Research on Work, Employment, Industrial Relations 2000. 14th AIRAANZ Conference, Newcastle, NSW, (35-47). February 2000.

  • Lafferty, G. and Whitehouse, G. M. (2000). Telework in Australian organisations: Prelimnary finding from a national survey. In: J. Burgess and G. Strachan, Proceedings of the 14th AIRAANZ Conference: Research on Work, Employment, Industrial Relations 2000. 14th AIRAANZ Conference, Newcastle, NSW, (100-108). February 2000.

  • Harley, B. and Whitehouse, G. M. (2000). Women in part-time work: A comparative study of Australia and the United Kingdom. In: Social Policy for the 21st century: Justice and Responsibility. Social Policy for the 21st Century Justice and Responsibility, Sydney, (x-x). 21-23 July 1999.

  • Hall, R. W., Harley, B. and Whitehouse, G. M. (1999). Women in 'non-standard' work: A comparative study of Australia and the United Kingdom. In: Social Policy for the 21st century: Justice and Responsibility. Social Policy for the 21st Century Justice and Responsibility, Sydney, (41-42). 21-23 July 1999.

  • Whitehouse, G. M. and Zetlin, D. J. (1999). Work, family and employment equity: Reshaping industrial citizenship in Australia. In: Sheila Shaver and Peter Saunders, SPRC reports and proceedings: Social Policy for the 21st Century Justice and Responsibility. Social Policy for the 21st Century Justice and Responsibility, Sydney, (60-60). 21-23 July 1999.

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision