Keynote Speakers

Thursday 29 November, 9.30am, Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House.

 Keynote Address:
Women’s ‘New’ Life Cycle of Employment and the Policy Gaps

Professor Marian Baird

Marian Baird AO is Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School. Marian is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (ASSA) and a Co-Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations. Marian was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) for outstanding services to improving the quality of women’s working lives and for contributions to tertiary education in 2016. In 2018, Marian was named in Apolitical‘s Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Equality list. Marian is one of Australia’s leading researchers in the fields of women, work and care.

Keynote Address Abstract: It is increasingly recognised that women have a ‘new’ life cycle of employment (Goldin and Mitchell, 2017).  This presentation outlines the shifts in women’s employment over the life cycle and argues that while women’s labour force attachment has increased significantly in the last forty years the policy framework, traditionally based on men’s employment life cycle, has not responded accordingly. The result is a number of equality gaps that have not been adequately addressed by policy. Three of these gaps are examined: working hours, pay and superannuation. The causes and interconnections between them are discussed as they relate to the four ‘life stages’ of women’s employment: early career, career and motherhood, mid-career and child care, and mature career and elder care.

Note: Unfortunately Dr Sue Williamson is no longer able to attend the conference and our MartinJenkins keynote speaker is now Professor Marian Baird.

Friday 30 November, 9.40am, Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House


MBIE Keynote Address: Moving to a digital low resource footprint future – implications for work

Göran Roos

Goran has worked extensively on the implications of technology development for society, industry sectors, firms and individuals. The insights of this work has been used as the basis for policy development on the economy wide level and strategy development at the firm level in many countries. He holds or has held academic appointments in Australia, China, Finland, Japan, Norway, Russia, Singapore, and the UK as well as academic governance roles in Finland, Italy, Singapore, Spain, and Taiwan. He has also held roles at different government entities in Australia, Finland, New Zealand, and the UK. Göran is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Göran has produced over 300 publications with a total of over 11,000 citations on Google scholar and several of these publications have been recognised with awards. He is also a member of six editorial boards for academic journals. Göran’s recent publications on the theme of Work and Wellbeing include Roos, G. (2017). Technology-Driven Productivity Improvements and the Future of Work: Emerging Research and Opportunities. IGI Global. Hershey, PA.; and Roos, G., & Shroff, Z. (2017). ‘What will happen to the jobs? Technology-enabled productivity improvement–good for some, bad for others’. Labour & Industry 27(3), 165-192.