Steering Committee

Belinda Hewitt

Belinda Hewitt (Faculty of Arts) – co-Chair
Belinda is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts.  Her research interests are gender differences in the experiences of family, work and health over the life course, such as the impact of paid parental leave for mothers, paid and unpaid labour in households, and the causes and consequences of family life course transitions for individuals.

Guyonne Kalb

Guyonne Kalb (Faculty of Business and Economics) – co-Chair
Guyonne is Director of the Labour Economics and Social Policy Program at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Business and Economics. Her research interests include labour supply issues, in particular related to women; the interaction of labour supply, social security and taxation; labour supply and childcare; and labour supply of disadvantaged groups.

Jeff Borland

Jeff Borland (Faculty of Business and Economics) – member
Jeff is Truby Williams Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economic.  His research interests are the operation of labour markets in Australia, and program and policy evaluation.  He is currently undertaking ARC funded projects on the effects of technology and trade on the Australian labour market, and a randomised controlled trial of the Early Years Education Program.

Paul Butterworth

Peter Butterworth (Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Faculty of Business and Economics) – member
Peter holds a joint appointment at the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health and at the Melbourne Institute for Applied Economic & Social Research. His research interests are in the social and economic antecedents and consequences of common mental disorders (anxiety, depression and substance use), with a focus on factors such as work, retirement and deprivation.

Anna Chapman

Anna Chapman (Melbourne Law School) – member
Anna Chapman joined the Law School after a period of practice. Her research focuses on employment law, especially in relation to the National Employment Standards, General Protections (Adverse Action), unfair dismissal law and anti-discrimination law. She is a past Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law, and a Co-Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law in the Law School.

beth gaze

Beth Gaze (Melbourne Law School) – member
Beth Gaze is Professor in the Melbourne Law School. Her research interests focus on equality rights, anti-discrimination law, and the rights of women (including work and care issues), people with disabilities and racial /ethnic minorities; in these areas she focusses on both the law contained in legislation and case law, as well as its operation, enforcement, and effects.

Anne Kavanagh is Professor of Women's Health, Head of the Gender and Women's Health Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Women's Health, and Lead Investigator on the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health ( Anne is an epidemiologist with a medical degree from Flinders University and PhD from Australian National University. She has an international reputation for her research on health inequities particularly as it relates to people with disability. Her work in the field of health inequities spans a range of social determinants including disability, gender, the built environment, socioeconomic position, employment and housing.

Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis (Faculty of Arts) – member

Professor Jenny M Lewis is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and the Director of the Policy Lab.  Her research interests include: politics and the policy process; what works in policy design; and public sector innovation.


Carolyn Whitzman (Melbourne School of Design) - member

Carolyn Whitzman is Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is the author, co-author, or lead editor of five books, including: Melbourne: What Next? A Discussion on Creating a Better Future (2014) and Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City (2013).  Her research interests include: integrated planning for affordable housing and social infrastructure; improving access to public space for women, children and people with disability; and collaborative planning partnerships. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed scholarly publications on partnerships for social justice in the city, and frequently provides policy advice to local, state and national government and to the UN.

Johanna Wyn

Johanna Wyn (Melbourne Graduate School of Education) – member
Professor Johanna Wyn, FASSA, FAcSS, is Director of the Youth Research Centre in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne, Australia.  She leads the Life Patterns longitudinal study of two cohorts of Australians and her research focuses on the impact of social change on young people’s lives, with particular reference to the relationship between education and work; gender and wellbeing.