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

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

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

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

  • Hewitt, Belinda and Baxter, Janeen (2015). Relationship Dissolution. In Genevieve Heard and Dharmalingam Arunachalam (Ed.), Family Formation in 21st Century Australia (pp. 77-99) 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. In Alex C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (pp. 2458-2461) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5

  • Baxter, Janeen and Evans, Ann (2013). Introduction. In Ann Evans and Janeen Baxter (Ed.), Negotiating the life course: stability and change in life pathways (pp. 1-7) 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. In Ann Evans and Janeen Baxter (Ed.), Negotiating the Life Course: Stability and change in life pathways (pp. 145-160) 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. In Bent Greve (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of the welfare state (pp. 105-114) Abingdon, Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Western, Mark and Baxter, Janeen (2011). Class and inequality in Australia. In John Germov and Marilyn Poole (Ed.), Public sociology. An introduction to Australian society 2nd ed. (pp. 206-229) Crows Nest, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

  • Baxter, Janeen (2011). Domestic division of labour. In Dale Southerton (Ed.), Encyclopedia of consumer culture (pp. 471-473) Thousand Oaks, CA , United States: Sage.

  • Baxter, Janeen (2011). Gender. In 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. 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

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

  • Western, M., Baxter, J. and Chesters, J. (2007). How are families managing?. In D. Denemark, G. Meagher, S. Wilson, M. C. Western and T. Phillips (Ed.), Australian social Attitudes 2: Citzenship, Work and Aspirations (pp. 241-261) 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. In S. Huang, B. Yeoh and N. Abdul Rahman (Ed.), Asian Women as Transnational Domestic Workers (pp. 380-394) Singapore: Marshal Cavendish Academic.

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

  • Western, M. C. and Baxter, J. H. (2001). Introduction. In J Baxter; M Western (Ed.), Reconfigurations of Class and Gender (pp. 1-13) 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. In Baxter, J. and Western, M. (Ed.), Reconfigurations of Class and Gender (pp. 81-104) Stanford: Stanford University Press.

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

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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