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Professor of Employment Relations, University of Sydney

Professor Marian Baird is a researcher in the fields of women, work and family and industrial relations. Marian's specific research focus is maternity leave and she is a lead investigator on The Parental Leave in Australia Study which has provided detailed survey, case study and interview data that is currently informing policy analysis and practice in Australia.

Marian has also undertaken a number of other major Australian Research Council (ARC) funded projects on work and family. One of these examined the achievement of the 'dual agenda' of gender equity and organisational effectiveness in major Australian organisations. This led to changes in organisational policies and work practices. Marian is currently working on a project examining the diffusion of human resource management practices of multi-national companies operating in Australia. With colleagues from around Australia, Marian was also a senior researcher on a project analysing the impact of regulatory changes on vulnerable workers.

Marian has been invited to present her work to a range of groups including the Department of Commerce, Office of Industrial Relations, NSW Government, Unions NSW, the Catholic Commission on Employment Relations, the BOSS business forum, Families Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the International Parental Leave Network. Marian also has strong international links with work and family researchers in the US, the UK and throughout Europe.


  • 2009–2011
    Professor of Employment Relations, Business School, The University of Sydney


  • 2001 
    University of Sydney, PhD