Professor Janeen Baxter
Professor Janeen Baxter
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course
Phone: (+61 7) 334 69313

Room 410, GPN3 (Building 39A)
Institute for Social Science Research


BA - Hons (Sociology) Australian National University
MA (Sociology) Australian National University
PhD (Sociology) University of Queensland

Professional activities:

Fellow – Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
Member - ARC College Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences Panel
Member - The Australian Sociological Association
Member - The American Sociological Association
Member - The British Sociological Association
Member - The International Sociological Association, Research Committee 28 (Social Stratification and Mobility)
Member - Population Association of America


ARC Professorial Fellow, School of Social Science, University of Queensland, 2009 -
Professor, School of Social Science, University of Queensland, 2005 - 2008
Associate Professor, School of Social Science, University of Queensland, 2000 - 2004
Senior Lecturer, Sociology, University of Tasmania, 1998 - 2000
Fellow, R.S.S.S., Australian National University, 1995 - 1997

Research interests:

Families and households
Gender inequalities in paid and unpaid work
Transitions over the life course (NLC Project)
Please follow this link to find out more about Professor Baxter’s research profile.


Evans, A. and Baxter, J. (eds) (forthcoming) Negotiating the Life Course: Stability and Change in Life Pathways. Springer.

Van Egmond, M., Baxter, J., Buchler, S., and Western, M. (2010). “A Stalled Revolution? Gender Role Attitudes in Australia, 1986-2005.” Journal of Population Research 27:147–168.

Chesters, J. and Baxter, J. (2011) “Prisoners of Love? Job Satisfaction in Care Work.” Australian Journal of Social Issues. 46 (1), Autumn: 49-67.

Hewitt, B. and Baxter, J. (2011). “Who Gets Married in Australia? The Economic and Social Determinants of a Transition into First Marriage 2001 – 2006.” Journal of Sociology. 48 (1): 43-61.

Baxter, J. and Chesters, J. (2011). “Perceptions of Work-Family Balance: How Effective are Family-Friendly Policies?” Australian Journal of Labour Economics. 14 (2): 139-151.

Hosking, A., Whitehouse, G. and Baxter, J. (2010) "Duration of leave and resident fathers' involvement in infant care in Australia." Journal of Marriage and Family, 72 4: 1301-1316.

Cooke, L. P. and Baxter, J. (2010) "Families in International Context: Comparing Institutional Effects Across Western Societies." Journal of Marriage and Family, 72 3: 516-536.

Baxter, J., Haynes, M. and Hewitt, B. (2010) "Pathways into marriage : Cohabitation and the domestic division of labor." Journal of Family Issues, 31 11: 1507-1529. 8.25

Hewitt, B., England, P., Baxter, J. and Shafer, E. F. (2010) "Education and unintended pregnancies in Australia: Do differences in relationship status and age at birth explain the education gradient?." Population Review, 49 1: 36-52. 7.94

Buchler, S., Haynes, M. and Baxter, J. (2009) "Casual employment in Australia: The influence of employment contract on financial well-being." Journal of Sociology, 45 3: 271-289.

Baxter, J., Hewitt, B. and Western, M. (2009) "Who uses paid domestic labor in Australia? Choice and constraint in hiring household help." Feminist Economics, 15 1: 1-26.

Baxter, J., Hewitt, B., and Haynes, M. (2008) "Life course transitions and housework: Marriage, parenthood and time on housework." Journal of Marriage and Family, 70:259-272.

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