Professor Deb Brennan

Professor
BA Syd., MA Macq., PhD Syd., FASSA
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7843
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 204, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy, Political Science
Tags: Children's/Youth Services and Childcare, Families, Market-Based Mechanisms, Government and Politics, Work and Family Responsibilities, Comparative Structure and Development of Community Services

Professor Deborah Brennan BA(Hons), MA, PhD, FASSA, is one of Australia’s leading researchers in comparative social policy, child care and gender and politics. Deborah has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the NSW Ministerial Carers Advisory Council, a former President of the Australian Political Science Association and was the Inaugural Convenor of the National Association of Community Based Children's Services (NABCBS). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the United States Study Centre, University of Sydney.

Deborah serves on the editorial advisory board of Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, Families, Relationships and Societies and the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. She is a member of the Feminist International Institutionalist Network (FIIN), the International Network on Leave Policies and Research and the Network on Migration and Care in the Asia-Pacific.

Deborah is lead Chief Investigator of an ARC Discovery grant on Markets, Migration and Care. The aim of this project is to understand the interactions between care marketisation, employment regulation and migration and to show how these impact on care workers and on the aged care and childcare sectors in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.  Together with Professor Sara Charlesworth, she co-leads the Oceania element of an international project on gender, mkgraton and care funded by the Social Sciences and Humanties Research Council of Canada and led by Profesor Ito Peng (University of Toronto).

 

Research

Professor Deborah Brennan BA Syd., MA Macq., PhD Syd., FASSA, is one of Australia’s leading researchers in comparative welfare,  family policy and gender and politics. 

Deborah has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Politics of Australian Child Care (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and co-editor with Louise Chappell of 'No Fit Place for Women'. Women in New South Wales Politics, 1856-2006 (UNSW Press, 2006) as well as numerous scholarly articles in the areas of gender, politics and family policy. She has contributed to national and international debates in her field and has advised both the Australian and UK governments on the development of policies for families and children. She was the Inaugural Convenor of the National Association of Community Based Children's Services (NABCBS) and is a former President of the Australian Political Science Association.

Deborah is a member of several international research networks including the Feminist International Institutionalist Network (FIIN), the Political and Social Economy of Care (PASEC), the International Network on Leave Policies and Research, and a network on Migration and Care in the Asia-Pacific. 

Deborah is an editor of Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society and serves on the editorial advisory boards of Families, Relationships and Societies and  the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (formerly Benefits).

Current advisory positions include:
International Advisory Board, United States Study Centre, University of Sydney
NSW Ministerial Carers Advisory Council
Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University
Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation, Dept of Education and Communities, NSW 

 

Publications

    Books

    • Chappell L; Brennan DJ, (eds.), 2006, 'No Fit Place for Women?' Women in NSW Politics, 1856-2006, Original, UNSW Press, Sydney

    Book Chapters

    • Brennan D;Charlesworth S;Adamson EA;Cortis N, 2017, 'Out of Kilter: Changing Care, Migration and Employment Regimes in Australia', in Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care: A Multi-Scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 143 - 165
    • Brennan D;Adamson EA, 2017, 'Early Education and Child Care Policy in Australia', in Grace R; Hodge K; McMahon C (ed.), Children, Families and Communities, edn. 5, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 318 - 336
    • Brennan D, 2016, 'The business of care: Australia’s experiment with the marketisation of childcare', in Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neoliberal Ascendency
    • Brennan D, 2014, 'The business of care: Australia’s experiment with the marketisation of childcare', in Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neoliberal Ascendency, pp. 151 - 167
    • Brennan D;Fenech M, 2014, 'Early education and care in Australia: Equity in a mixed market-based system?', in An Equal Start?: Providing Quality Early Education and Care for Disadvantaged Children, pp. 171 - 192
    • O'Halloran K, 2014, 'Australia', in RELIGION, CHARITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, pp. 374 - 426, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000339519500010&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Brennan DJ, 2014, 'The business of care: Australia’s experiment with the marketization of childcare’, in L. Orchard and C. Miller (eds), 151-168.', in Orchard L; Miller, C. (ed.), Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neo-Liberal Ascendency, The Policy Press, Bristol
    • Brennan D;Cass B, 2014, 'Grandparents as primary carers of their grandchildren: Policy and Practice insights from research', in Hayes A; Higgins DJ (ed.), Families, Policy and the Law, Melbourne, pp. 109 - 118, http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/fpl/fpl.pdf
    • Brennan DJ;Adamson E, 2012, 'Child Care and Australian Social Policy', in Bowes J; Grace R (ed.), Children, Families and Communities, edn. Revised, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 205 - 218
    • valentine K;Brennan DJ, 2012, 'Community Services', in Clune D; Smith R (ed.), From Carr to Kenneally: Labor in office 1995-2011, edn. Original, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 150 - 158
    • Brennan DJ;Adamson E, 2012, 'Early childhood education and care policy', in Bowes J; Grace R; Hodge K (ed.), Children, families, communities: contexts and consequences, edn. 4th, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 255 - 270
    • Chappell L;Brennan DJ;Rubenstein K, 2012, 'A Gender and Change Perspective on Intergovernmental Relations', in Kildea P; Lynch A; Williams G; George (ed.), Tomorrow's Federation: Reforming Australian Government, edn. Original, Federation Press, Australia, pp. 228 - 245
    • Brennan D, 2010, 'Federalism, childcare and multilevel governance in Australia', in Federalism, Feminism and Multilevel Governance, pp. 37 - 50
    • Chappell L;Brennan D, 2009, 'Women and gender', in The Australian Study of Politics, pp. 338 - 346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-0-230-29684-8
    • Brennan DJ, 2009, 'A late delivery? The politics of maternity leave in Australia', in Kamerman S; Moss P (ed.), The politics of parental leave policies: Children, parenting, gender and the labour market, edn. 1, The Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 33 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420671.001.0001
    • O'Halloran K;McGregor-Lowndes M;Simon KW, 2008, 'Australia', in OHalloran K; McGregorLowndes M; Simon KW (ed.), CHARITY LAW & SOCIAL POLICY: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE FUNCTIONS OF THE LAW RELATING TO CHARITIES, edn. Library of Public Policy and Public Administration, SPRINGER, pp. 227 - 269, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000269824600009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Brennan DJ, 2008, 'Child Care and Australian Social Policy', in Bowes J; Grace R (ed.), Children, Families and Communities, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 206 - 219
    • Brennan DJ;Alexander M;Whitehouse G, 2008, 'Australia', in Moss P; Korintus M (ed.), International Review of Leave Policies and Related Research, Employment Relations Research Series No. 100, edn. Original, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, London, pp. 121 - 133
    • Brennan DJ, 2007, 'Childcare', in Galligan B; Roberts W (ed.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 96 - 97
    • Brennan DJ, 2007, 'Generations of care: demographic change and public policy in Australia', in Phillips R (ed.), Generational Change and Social Policy Challenges: Australia and Korea, edn. Original, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, pp. 115 - 139
    • Brennan DJ, 2007, 'Home and away: the policy context in Australia', in Elliot A; Hill E; Pocock B (ed.), Kids Count: Better Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia, edn. Original, University of Sydney, Sydney, pp. 57 - 74
    • Chappell L;Brennan DJ, 2006, 'Gender and NSW Politics', in 'No Fit Place for Women?' Women in NSW Politics, 1856-2006, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney
    • Brennan DJ;Chappell L, 2006, 'Inaugural Impressions', in 'No Fit Place for Women?' Women in NSW Politics, 1856-2006, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney
    • Brennan DJ, 2006, 'Community Services: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century', in McClelland A; Smyth P (ed.), Social Policy in Australia, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 224 - 237
    • Brennan DJ, 2002, 'Australia. Child Care and State-Centred Feminism in a Liberal Welfare Regime', in Michel S; Mahon R (ed.), Australia. Child Care and State-Centred Feminism in a Liberal Welfare Regime, edn. Original, Routledge

    Journal articles

    • Adamson E;Cortis N;Brennan D;Charlesworth S, 2017, 'Social care and migration policy in Australia: Emerging intersections?', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 52, pp. 78 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.1
    • Adamson EA;Brennan D, 2016, 'Return of the Nanny: Public Policy towards In-home Childcare in the UK, Canada and Australia', Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12250
    • Mahon R;Bergqvist C;Brennan D, 2016, 'Social Policy Change: Work-family Tensions in Sweden, Australia and Canada', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 50, pp. 165 - 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12209
    • Chappell L;Brennan D, 2014, 'Introduction: Gendering the intergovernmental relations Agenda', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 73, pp. 357 - 360, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12089
    • Purcal C;Brennan D;Cass B;Jenkins B, 2014, 'Grandparents raising grandchildren: impacts of lifecourse stage on the experiences and costs of care', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 49, pp. 467 - 488, http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=785948543811080;res=IELHSS
    • Adamson E;Brennan D, 2014, 'Social Investment or Private Profit? Diverging Notions of 'Investment' in Early Childhood Education and Care', International Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 46, pp. 47 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13158-013-0098-x
    • Valentine K;Jenkins B;Brennan D;Cass B, 2013, 'Information Provision to Grandparent Kinship Carers: Responding to Their Unique Needs', Australian Social Work, vol. 66, pp. 425 - 439, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2012.754914
    • Newberry S;Brennan DJ, 2013, 'Economic and Social Policy Tensions: Early Childhood Education and Care in a Marketised Environment', Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal
    • Williams F, 2012, 'Converging variations in migrant care work in Europe', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 22, pp. 363 - 376, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0958928712449771
    • Mahon R;Anttonen A;Bergqvist C;Brennan D;Hobson B, 2012, 'Convergent care regimes? Childcare arrangements in Australia, Canada, Finland and Sweden', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 22, pp. 419 - 431, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0958928712449776
    • Williams F;Brennan D, 2012, 'Care, markets and migration in a globalising world: Introduction to the Special Issue', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 22, pp. 355 - 362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0958928712449777
    • Mahon R;Brennan D, 2012, 'Federalism and the "new politics" of welfare development: Childcare and parental leave in Australia and Canada', Publius, vol. 43, pp. 90 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/publius/pjs015
    • Brennan D;Cass B;Himmelweit S;Szebehely M, 2012, 'The marketisation of care: Rationales and consequences in Nordic and liberal care regimes', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 22, pp. 377 - 391, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0958928712449772
    • Mahon R;Brennan DJ, 2012, 'Federalism and the New Politics of Welfare Development: Childcare and Parental Leave in Australia and Canada', Publius - the Journal of Federalism, vol. 42, pp. 1 - 19
    • Williams F;Brennan DJ, 2012, 'Care Markets and Migration in a Globalizing World', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 22, pp. 355 - 362
    • Brennan D;Mahon R, 2011, 'State structures and the politics of child care', Politics and Gender, vol. 7, pp. 286 - 293, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1743923X11000134
    • Brennan DJ, 2007, 'The ABC of child care politics', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 42 (2), pp. 213 - 225
    • Brennan DJ, 2007, 'Babies, budgets and birth rates: work and family policy in Australia, 1996-2006', Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, vol. 14 (1), pp. 31 - 57
    • Brennan D, 2005, 'Children and families: Forty years of analysis and commentary in the Australian Journal of Social Issues', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 40, pp. 73 - 90
    • Brennan DJ, 2005, 'Forty Years of Research on Children and Families', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 40, pp. 73 - 90
    • Cass B;Brennan D, 2003, 'Taxing women: The Politics of Gender in the Tax-transfer System', eJournal of Tax Research, vol. Vol. 1, pp. 37 - 63
    • Cass B;Brennan DJ, 2003, 'Taxing Women', eJournal of Tax Research, vol. 1
    • Cass B;Brennan DJ, 2002, 'Communities of Support or Communities of Enforcement and Surveillance in Welfare Reform Debates', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 37, pp. 247 - 262
    • Baird M;Brennan DJ;Cutcher L, 2002, 'A Pregnant Pause in the Provision of Paid Maternity Leave in Australia', Labour and Industry, vol. 13

    Conference Papers

    • Purcal C;Cass B;Hamilton M;Thomson CM;Brennan DJ, 2009, 'From support to prevention: policies and services for young carers', in From support to prevention: policies and services for young carers, Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, 08 - 10 July 2009
    • Brennan DJ, 2009, 'Playing the Market: Public Agendas and Private Profits in Child Care', in Proceedings of Dilemmas in Human Service Provision, University of East London, London, presented at Dilemmas for Human Services, London, 11 - 12 September 2008
    • Brennan DJ, 2006, 'Women in the Bear Pit', in Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, presented at Australian Political Studies Association, Macquarie University, Sydney, 28 - 30 September 2009

    Reports

    Conference Presentations

    • Purcal C;Brennan D;Cass B;Jenkins B, 2014, 'Grandparents raising grandchildren: impacts of lifecourse stage on the experiences and costs of care:', Vol. 49, pp. 467 - 488, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2014.tb00324.x
    • Chappell L;Brennan DJ;Rubenstein K, 2011, 'Australian Intergovernmental Relations: A Gender and Change Perspective', presented at Research Roundtable, Faculty of Law, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia, 01 March 2011
    • Cass B;Brennan DJ;Thomson CM;Adamson E;Hill T;Purcal C;Hamilton M, 2011, 'Experiences of young carers and young adult carers: Life-course stage dimensions of caregiving and the implications for policy and practice’', presented at Carers NSW 2011 Biennial Conference, Sydney, 01 March 2011
    • Cass B;Brennan DJ;Thomson CM;Adamson E;Hill T;Purcal C;Hamilton M, 2011, 'The life-course stage dimensions of care-giving by young people: experiences, perspectives and implications for policy', presented at Workshop Research and Policy on Care in Liberal and Social Democracies: Australia, the UK and Finland, Sydney, 01 March 2011
    • Jenkins B;Brennan DJ;Cass B;valentine K, 2010, 'Information provision and kinship care: incorporating grandparent kinship carers as aged citizens and as a vulnerable user group', presented at 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, 07 - 09 July 2010
    • Jenkins B;Brennan DJ;Cass B;valentine K, 2010, 'The information-related needs of grandparent kinship carers in Australia: a cross-jurisdictional analysis’', presented at Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies 2010 Conference, Sydney, 02 - 04 August 2010
    • Skattebol J;Blaxland M;Brennan DJ;Purcal C, 2010, 'Progressive policies? Australian early childhood policy and low income families', presented at Mapping Families – Practices and Concepts of Children, Parents and Professionals, Bielefeld, Germany, 01 November 2010
    • Helyar S;valentine K;Skattebol J;Adamson E;Brennan DJ;Bevan K;Woodruff J, 2010, 'Because children and families matter: delivering on the national reform agenda', presented at 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, 07 - 09 July 2010
    • Skattebol J;Blaxland M;Purcal C;Brennan D, 2009, 'Integrated services: voices and silences from Australian history', presented at NIFeTY, Melbourne, 01 February 2009
    • Cass B;Brennan D;Thomson CM;Hill T;Michail S;Purcal C;Smyth C, 2008, 'Young Carers: Identifying supportive policies and programs - some ideas from the field', presented at Young Carers Workshop, Sydney, 02 December 2008

    Working Papers

    • Adamson E;Skattebol J;valentine K;Brennan DJ;Katz I;Helyar S;Woodruff J;Bevan K, 2009, Because children and families matter: Delivering on the National Reform Agenda,, UnitingCare Australia, Canberra.
    • Brennan DJ;Press F;Blaxland M;Purcal C;Ner S, 2008, Building an International Research Collaboration in Early Childhood Education and Care: Background Materials for a Workshop Funded by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), SPRC, UNSW, Sydney

Teaching

HDR Supervision: Professor Brennan has a long record of successful higher degree supervision. Recent students have completed theses on welfare reform, domestic violence, equity and education and young women in the Australian women’s movement.

Professor Brennan welcomes PhD candidates with an interest in social policy, particularly family policy, child care, comparative social policy (UK, USA and Scandinavia), social policy history and policy learning and transfer.

 

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