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.

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.

Allison Milner

Allison Milner (Melbourne School Population and Global Health) – member
Allison is a Deputy Director of the Disability and Health Unit, Melbourne School Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne. Her current areas of research interests include the influence of gender, employment characteristics, quality of work, and occupation as determinants of mental health and suicide. Allison focuses on specific groups that may be particularly likely to face disadvantage in terms of obtaining and staying in work, such as people with disabilities. Allison’s work ranges across a number of externally-funded etiologic and intervention projects. She works with key policy stakeholders to promote research on the link between employment and psychosocial disability.


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.