Staff Profile

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Dr Jennifer Baxter
Senior Research Fellow



Dr Jennifer Baxter is a demographer who joined the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 2005. Her research focuses on the interaction between work and family, although includes broader research interests relating to family wellbeing.

Since starting at AIFS, Jennifer has made a significant contribution to a number of important reports, including the FaHCSIA Occasional Paper No. 37, Fathering in Australia among couple families with young children (Baxter & Smart, 2010) and AIFS' submission to the Productivity Commission Parental Leave inquiry (2008). Her research interests include fathering, maternal employment following childbearing, childcare use, job characteristics and work-family spillover, children's time use and parental time with children. She has made extensive use of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to explore these areas of research.

Jennifer completed a PhD in the Demography and Sociology Program of the ANU, titled The Changing Employment of Partnered Mothers in Australia, 1981 to 2001. Her work experience includes more than fifteen years in the public sector, having worked in a number of statistical and research positions in government departments.

Specialist areas

  • Statistical analysis on issues relating to parental employment (including changes over time, within-family decision-making, the role of income support and child care and employment transitions)
  • Analyses of time use

Current research activities

  • Financial wellbeing, social inclusion and parental employment
  • Fathering and family and child wellbeing
  • Children's attendance in preschool and childcare

Selected recent publications