BEcon(Hons), PhD (Adelaide)

Professor Barbara Pocock was initially trained as an economist and has been researching work, employment and industrial relations for over thirty years. She has worked in a range of jobs including universities, the Reserve Bank, farming, trade unions and for various governments. She has also worked advising politicians and as a mother.

Barbara established and was Director of the Centre for Work + Life, at the University of South Australia. between 2006-2014.

Her past research includes analysis of employment relations, work, gender, vocational education, the regulation of industrial relations, unions and inequality. She has led the Australian Association of Industrial Relation Academics of Australia and New Zealand, and been a board member of The Australia Institute, the Economic Development Board in South Australia, the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Festival of Ideas Board.

Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Secretary 2008; Committee member 2007; President 2006; Vice President 2004, 2005; Conference convenor 2005/6

Board Memberships

Director, Australia Institute (2002-); Deputy Chair (2008-)

Member, Economic Development Board, South Australia 2012-

Member, Board Australian Institute of Family Studies 2011-

Member, Strategic Council, Climate Institute (Australia) Limited (2008-2011)

National Work Life balance Awards (Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations) Judge (2009-2010)

Member SA Public Sector Performance Commission Advisory Board (2008-2011),

Member Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) Judging panel Business Achievement Awards, 2008, 2009

Member, Festival of Ideas Board, (2005-2009)

Director, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 1991

Membership of Editorial Boards:

Work, Employment and Society (UK)

Labor Studies Journal (US)

Journal of Industrial Relations

International Employment Relations Review

Policy Organisation and Society

In 2010 Barbara was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to industrial relations research and for her advocacy of social justice. In 2007, Barbara won the ‘society’ category of The Bulletin’s ‘Smart 100 Australians’. She has been a Dunstan Fellow (2006), a Queen Elizabeth II fellow (2003-2007), a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute for Labour Studies, International Labour Organisation, Geneva and a Visiting Fellow at Ruskin College, Oxford in 2005.

Publications since 1995


Masterman-Smith, H. and Pocock, B. 2008, Living Low paid: the Dark Side of Prosperous Australia Allen & Unwin, Sydney 241 pages

Pocock, B. 2006, The Labour Market Ate my Babies; Work, Children and a Sustainable Future, Federation Press, Sydney, 244 pages.

Pocock, B. 2003, The Work/Life Collision; What Work is Doing to Australians and What to Do About it’, Federation Press, Sydney, 288 pages (219 Google Scholar Citations, 38 ISI citations).

Books – edited

Hill, E., Pocock B., and Elliott, A. 2007, (ed) Kids count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia (edited collection) Sydney University Press, Sydney.

Pocock, B. 1997, Strife: Sex and Politics in Labour Unions, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.

Book chapters

Pocock, B (2009 forthcoming) ‘The great risk shift at work in Australia?’ chapter in G. Marston, J. Moss and J. Quiggan (eds) Risk, Responsibility and the Welfare State. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.

Pocock, B. (2009 forthcoming) ‘Work, life and women in Australia’ in Peter Murray (ed) Women at work in Australia, Pearsons, Sydney.

Pocock, B. and Brown, K. 2009 ‘Gender politics at a time of union defence: Australian unions in the Howard years’ Equity and union renewal. ed. P. Baker and J. Foley UBC Press, Canada, 2009 in press, accepted Nov 2008.

Pocock, B., Skinner, N., Williams, P. 2008, ‘Work-Life Outcomes in Australia: Concepts, Outcomes and Policy in Work Less, Live More? Critical analysis of the work-life boundary ed. C.Warhurst, D.R. Eikhof, A. Haunschild, Palgrave MacMillan, London, pp. 22-43.

Pocock. B. 2008, ‘Equality at Work’ in The SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations ed. P. Blyton, N. Bacon, J. Fiorito, E. Heery, Sage, London, pp. 573-587.

Hill, E. and Pocock, B. 2007, 'The Childcare Policy Challenge in Australia' in Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia, ed. E Hill, B Pocock and A Elliot, Sydney University Press, Sydney. pp. 1-15.

E. Hill and B. Pocock and A. Elliot, 2007, 'Introduction' in Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia, ed. E Hill, B Pocock and A Elliot, Sydney University Press, Sydney, pp. 15-37.

Peetz and Pocock B. 2007, ‘Community activists, coalitions and unionism’ in Trade unions in the community. Values, issues, shared interests and alliances, ed. D. Buttigieg, S Cockfield, R Cooney, M Gerrard, A Rainnie, Heidelberg Press, Melbourne, pp. 127-140.

Pocock, B. 2005, ‘Work, Family and the Shy Social Scientist’ in Ideas and Influence. Social Science and Public Policy in Australia ed. P. Saunders and J. Walter, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 123-140.

Pocock, B. 2005 ‘Labour Market ‘Deregulation’ and Australia’s Work/Care Regime’ in Essays in honour of Professor Keith Hancock ed. J. Issac and R. Lansbury, Federation Press, pp. 44-62.

Pocock, B. 2004 ‘Mothers in Australia: The More Things Change, the More they Remain the Same’ in Families: Changing Families, Changing Times, ed. M. Poole, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 113-134.

Pocock, B. 2004 Australian Mothers in 2004: Awaiting a Decent Work/Care Regime’ in Working Mothers and Social Change, ed. P. Grimshaw, J.Murphy and B. Probert, RMIT Publishing, in conjunction with the Melbourne University History Monograph Series, Melbourne, pp. 1-21.

Pocock, B. 2003 ‘Women, ‘choice’, work and family: Some Australian evidence’ in Future Imaginings: Sexualities and Genders in the New Millennium ed. D. Bird, W. Were, and T. White, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, pp. 133-156.

Pocock, B. and Buchanan, J. 2003 ‘Social exclusion and the Australian labour market: Reconfiguring inequality in work and care’ in Social Exclusion and the Battle for Integration: An Approach to the Australian Case, ed. D. Weiss, Peter Land Publishing House, Vienna, Austria.

Pocock, B, 1999 ‘A nice place to visit, but can you afford to work there? in ‘Working life and industrial relations in South Australia’ ed. J. Spoehr (1999) Beyond the contract state, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, pp. 265-285.

Pocock, B. 1999 ‘Gender and Australian trade unions’ in Oxford Companion to Australian feminism ed. B. Caine, M. Gatens, E. Grahame, J. Larbalestrier, S. Watson and E. Webb, OUP, 1999, pp. 325-330.

Pocock, B. 1998 ‘Women’s Work and Wages’ in Women in a Restructuring Australia ed. S. Magarey and A. Edwards, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 95-120.

Pocock, B. 1997‘Moving on from Masculinity: Australian Unions Industrial Agenda’ in Strife; Sex and Politics in Labour Unions ed. B. Pocock, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 67-91.

Pocock, B. 1997 ‘Gender, Strife and Unions’ Pocock in Strife; Sex and Politics in Labour Unions ed. B. Pocock, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 9-25.

Pocock, B. ‘Introduction’ in Strife; Sex and Politics in Labour Unions ed. B. Pocock, Allen & Unwin Sydney, pp. 1-9.

Journal articles in scholarly refereed journals

Pocock, B, Peetz,D., 2009‘An analysis of workplace representatives, union power and democracy in Australia’, British Journal of Industrial Relations(Accepted December 2008)

Williams, P., Bridge, K. & Pocock, B. 2009, ‘Kids lives in adult space and time: how home, community, school and adult work affect opportunities for teenagers in suburban Australia’, Health Sociology Review (Accepted 27th October 2008)

Williams, P. & Pocock, B. 2009, ‘Building community for different stages of life: physical and social infrastructure in master planned communities’, Community, Work and Family (Accepted 10th September 2008).

Williams, P., Skinner, N. & Pocock, B. 2008, ‘Clawing back time’ expansive working time and implications for work-life outcomes in Australian workers, Work, Employment and Society, vol. 22(4): pp. 719-730 (Accepted 29th May, 2008)

Pocock, B, Skinner, N and Williams P. (2008) ‘Measuring Work-Life Interaction: The Australian Work and Life Index (AWALI) 2007’, Labour & Industry, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 19-43

Elton. J and Pocock B. 2008, ‘The Effects of WorkChoices on Vulnerable South Australian Workers and Their Households’, Labour & Industry, vol. 18, no.3 pp. 93-113

Pocock. B., Elton, J., Present, A., Charlesworth, S., MacDonald, F., Baird, M., Cooper, R., Ellem, B., 2008, ‘The Impact of ‘Work Choices’ on Women in Low Paid Employment in Australia: A Qualitative Analysis’ Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.. 50, no. 3, pp. 475-488

Skinner, N. and Pocock, B. 2008 ‘Work-Life Conflict: Is work time or work overload more important?’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources vol.46 no.3 pp. 303-315

Peetz, D., Pocock, B. and Houghton C. 2007 ‘Organisers' Roles Transformed? Australian Union Organizers and Changing Union Strategy’, Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 151-166.

Pocock, B. and Masterman-Smith, H. 2005 ‘WorkChoices and Women Workers’ Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol. 56, December 2005, pp. 126-144.

Pocock, B. 2005 ‘Work-Life ‘Balance’ in Australia: Limited Progress, Dim Prospects’ Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 198-209.

Pocock, B. 2005 ‘Work/Care Regimes: Institutions, culture and behaviour and the Australian Case’, Gender, Work and Organisation, vol. 12, no. 1, January, pp. 32-49 (ISI Impact Factor = 1.143).

Pocock, B. and Clark, J. 2005 ‘Time, Money and Job Spillover: How parents’ jobs affect young Australians’, Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 47, no. 1, March, pp.62-76

Pocock, B. 2005 ‘Youthful aspirations meet unbending cultures; How young Australians plan to organise their jobs, care and housework, Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 20, no. 46, March, pp. 93-110 (ISI Impact Factor = 0.091).

Pocock, B., Buchanan, J. and Campbell, I. 2004 ‘Meeting the Challenge of Casual Work in Australia: Evidence, Past Treatment and Future Policy’, Australian Bulletin of Labour, March 2004, vol. 30, pp. 16-32.

Buchanan, J. and Pocock, B. 2002 ‘Responding to inequality today. Eleven theses concerning the redesign of policies and agents for reform’ Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 108-135

Pocock, B. 1999, ‘Introduction: What action now for pay equity?’ Labour & Industry, December 1999, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 1-7,

Pocock, B., Alexander, M. 1999, ‘The price of feminised jobs: new evidence on the gender pay gap in Australia’ Labour & Industry, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 75-100.

Pocock, B. 1999, ‘Equal pay thirty years on: the policy and practice’ Australian Economic Review, December, 1999, pp. 279-285.

Pocock, B. 1999 ‘Introduction: What action now for pay equity?’ Labour & Industry, December 1999, Vol 10, No 2, pp. 1-9.

Pocock, B. and M. Alexander. 1999 ‘The gender pay gap in Australia: An overview of literature and new evidence’ Labour & Industry, Vol 10, No 2, pp. 75-100.

Pocock, B. 1999 ‘Success in defence: union strategy in the 1998 maritime dispute’, International Employment Relations Review, Vol 5, No 2, pp. 17-38.

Pocock, B. 1999 ‘Equal pay thirty years on: the policy and practice’ Australian Economic Review, pp. 279-285.

Pocock, B. 1999 ‘All change, Still Gendered; The Australian labour Market in the 1990s’, Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 580-604.

Pocock, B. 1998 ‘Institutional Sclerosis, Prospects for Trade Union Transformation’ Labour & Industry, Vol 9, No. 1, August, pp. 17-36.

Pocock, B. 1997 ‘Trade Unionism in 1997’, Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 139-156.

Pocock, B. ‘Trade Unionism in 1996’, Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 120-136.

Pocock, B. ‘Gender and Industrial Relations Theory and Practice’ Labour & Industry, Vol 8, No 1, August 1997, pp. 1-20.

Pocock, B. 1996 ‘Trade Unionism in 1995’, Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 131-146.

Pocock, B. 1996 ‘Women in South Australian Unions: What Progress in South Australia?’ Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 3-24.

Pocock, B. 1995 ‘Gender and Activism in Australian Unions’ Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 377-400.

Pocock, B. 1995 ‘Prospects for Women Under Labor and Coalition Industrial Relations Policies’. Economic and Labour Relations Review. Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 234-51.