Professor Janeen Baxter

Centre Director

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 69313


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.

Janeen has research interests in social disadvantage, gender inequality, family dynamics, life course and longitudinal studies and has published widely in these areas, as well as supervising the research of numerous higher degree students and research fellows.

Janeen has served on several editorial boards for national and international journals and has been a member and Chair of the College of Experts for the Australian Research Council. Janeen is an elected fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a former member of its executive committee. She is currently a member of several government advisory committees and research advisory boards, including the Expert Advisory Board for the Singapore Longitudinal Early Development Study and 100 Families WA. Janeen is also a member of the CEDA Council on Economic Policy.

Research Interests

  • Gender Inequality
    This research investigates gender inequality in paid and unpaid work.
  • Family Dynamics, Life Course Pathways and Wellbeing
    This research investigates changing pathways through the life course focusing on family transitions and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Trends and Determinants of Variations in Gender Attitudes
    This research examines trends over time in gender role attitudes including investigation of how life course events lead to changes in attitudes within individuals.


  • Fellow of Australian Academy of Social Sciences
  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Australian National University


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Book Chapter

  • Western, Mark, Baxter, Janeen and Germov, John (2020). Class and inequality in Australia. Public Socology. (pp. 238-264) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003116974-14

  • Rose, Judy and Baxter, Janeen (2020). Australia. Creating equality at home: how 25 couples around the world share housework and childcare . (pp. 195-205) edited by Francine M. Deutsch and Ruth A. Gaunt. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108597319.015

  • Cano, Tomas, Perales, Francisco and Baxter, Janeen (2020). ¿Afecta la implicación paterna al desarrollo cognitivo infantil?. La Paternidad en España: la Implicaión paterna en el cuidado de los hijos. (pp. 121-136) edited by Luis Flaquer, Tomas Cano and Marc Barbeta. Madrid, Spain: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas.

  • Baxter, Janeen and Hoffmann, Heidi (2019). Gender - sociology. Oxford bibliographies. (pp. 1-6) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756384-0022

  • Baxter, Janeen and Tai, Tsui-o (2016). Unpaid domestic work. Sage handbook of the sociology of work and employment. (pp. 444-465) edited by Stephen Edgell, Heidi Gottfried and Edward Granter. London: Sage Publications.

  • Baxter, Janeen and Tsui-o, Tai (2015). Inequalities in unpaid work: a cross-national comparison. Handbook on well-being of working women. (pp. 653-671) edited by Mary L. Connerley and Jiyun Wu. Dordecht, Netherlands: Springer Science. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9897-6_36

  • Baxter, Janeen, Hewitt, Belinda and Rose, Judy (2015). Marriage. Family Formation in 21st Century Australia. (pp. 31-51) edited by Genevieve Heard and Dharmalingham Arunachalam. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer - Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9279-0_3

  • Hewitt, Belinda and Baxter, Janeen (2015). Relationship Dissolution. Family Formation in 21st Century Australia. (pp. 77-99) edited by Genevieve Heard and Dharmalingam Arunachalam. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9279-0_5

  • Baxter, Janeen, Van Egmond, Marcel, Buchler, Sandra and Western, Mark (2014). Gender role attitudes in Australia, 1986-2005. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. (pp. 2458-2461) edited by Alex C. Michalos. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5

  • Baxter, Janeen and Evans, Ann (2013). Introduction. Negotiating the life course: stability and change in life pathways. (pp. 1-7) edited by Ann Evans and Janeen Baxter. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-8912-0_1

  • Baxter, Janeen, Hewitt, Belinda, Haynes, Michele and Western, Mark (2013). Pathways through the life course: The effect of relationship and parenthood transitions on domestic labour. Negotiating the Life Course: Stability and change in life pathways. (pp. 145-160) edited by Ann Evans and Janeen Baxter. New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-8912-0_8

  • Yerkes, Mara A., Peper, Bram and Baxter, Janeen (2013). Welfare states and the life course. The Routledge handbook of the welfare state. (pp. 105-114) edited by Bent Greve. Abingdon, Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203084229.ch11

  • Western, Mark and Baxter, Janeen (2011). Class and inequality in Australia. Public sociology. An introduction to Australian society. (pp. 206-229) edited by John Germov and Marilyn Poole. Crows Nest, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

  • Baxter, Janeen (2011). Domestic division of labour. Encyclopedia of consumer culture. (pp. 471-473) edited by Dale Southerton. Thousand Oaks, CA , United States: Sage. doi: 10.4135/9781412994248.n180

  • Baxter, Janeen (2011). Gender. Oxford bibliographies online - Sociology. (pp. online-online) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756384-0022

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

  • Western, M. C. and Baxter, J. H. (2007). Class and Inequality in Australia. Public sociology: an Introduction to Australia Society. (pp. 215-236) edited by J. Germov and M. Poole. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

  • Western, M., Baxter, J. and Chesters, J. (2007). How are families managing?. Australian social Attitudes 2: Citzenship, Work and Aspirations. (pp. 241-261) edited by D. Denemark, G. Meagher, S. Wilson, M. C. Western and T. Phillips. Sydney, NSW: UNSW Press.

  • Baxter, J. H. (2005). Male Breadwinners and White Australians: The Role of Employment and Immigration Policies in Shaping Domestic Labour Patterns in Australia. Asian Women as Transnational Domestic Workers. (pp. 380-394) edited by S. Huang, B. Yeoh and N. Abdul Rahman. Singapore: Marshal Cavendish Academic.

  • Baxter, Janeen (2003). Families and households. Cambridge handbook of social sciences in Australia. (pp. 462-479) edited by McAllister, Ian, Dowrick, Steve and Hassan., Riaz. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Western, M. C. and Baxter, J. H. (2001). Introduction. Reconfigurations of Class and Gender. (pp. 1-13) edited by J Baxter; M Western. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

  • Baxter, J. H. and Western, M. C. (2001). The links between paid and unpaid work: Australia and Sweden in the 1980s and 1990s. Reconfigurations of Class and Gender. (pp. 81-104) edited by Baxter, J. and Western, M.. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

  • Baxter, Janeen (1992). Families and households. Society and gender: an introduction to sociology. (pp. 93-120) edited by Gillian Lupton, Patricia M. Short and Rosemary Whip. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave. doi: 10.1007/978-1-349-15168-4_5

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