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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 

 

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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