Deborah Brennan

Emeritus Professor

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
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Chappell L; Brennan DJ, (eds.), 2006, 'No Fit Place for Women?' Women in NSW Politics, 1856-2006, Original, UNSW Press, Sydney
2006
Book Chapters
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Adamson E; Brennan D, 2018, 'Care and Migration', in Handbook on gender and social policy, Edward Elgar, pp. 253 - 266,
2018
Brennan D; Williamson S, 2017, 'Time to care: Paid family leave as baseline support for gender equality in employment', in Governing in a Global World: Women in Public Service, pp. 199 - 212
2017
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
2016
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
2014
Brennan D, 2014, 'The business of care: Australia’s experiment with the marketisation of childcare', in Miller C; Orchard L (ed.), Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neoliberal Ascendency, Policy Press, Bristol, UK, pp. 151 - 167
2014
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
2014
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
2012
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
2012
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
2012
Alexander M; Whitehouse G; Brennan DJ, 2012, 'Australia', in Moss P; Korintus M (ed.), RELIGION, CHARITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, London, 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
2012
Brennan DJ, 2010, 'Federalism, Childcare and Multilevel Governance in Australia', in Haussman M; Sawer M (ed.), Federalism, Feminism and Multilevel Governance, Ashgate Pub., Farnham, Surrey, England, pp. 37 - 50
2010
Brennan D, 2009, 'Australia: The difficult birth of paid maternity leave', in The Politics of Parental Leave Policies: Children, Parenting, Gender and the Labour Market, pp. 15 - 32
2009
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
2009
Brennan DJ; Chappell L, 2009, 'Women and Gender', in Rhodes RAW (ed.), The Australian Study of Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 338 - 346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-0-230-29684-8
2009
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
2008
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
2008
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
2008
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
2007
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
2007
Brennan DJ, 2007, 'Childcare', in Galligan B; Roberts W (ed.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 96 - 97
2007
Brennan DJ; Chappell L, 2006, 'Inaugural Impressions', in 'No Fit Place for Women?' Women in NSW Politics, 1856-2006, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney
2006
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
2006
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
2006
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
2002
Conference Papers
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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 September 2008 - 12 September 2008
2009
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 September 2009 - 30 September 2009
2006
Conference Presentations
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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
2011
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 August 2010 - 04 August 2010
2010
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 July 2010 - 09 July 2010
2010
Journal articles
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Howe J; Charlesworth S; Brennan D, 2019, 'Migration pathways for frontline care workers in australia and new zealand: Front doors, side doors, back doors and trapdoors', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 42, pp. 211 - 241
2019
Howe J; Charlesworth S; Brennan D, 2019, 'Migration pathways for frontline care workers in australia and new zealand: Front doors, side doors, back doors and trapdoors', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 42, pp. 211 - 241
2019
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
2016
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,
2014
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
2014
Newberry S; Brennan DJ, 2013, 'Economic and Social Policy Tensions: Early Childhood Education and Care in a Marketised Environment', Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal
2013
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
2013
Newberry S; Brennan D, 2013, 'The Marketisation of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Australia: A Structured Response', FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY & MANAGEMENT, vol. 29, pp. 227 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/faam.12018
2013
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
2012
Williams F; Brennan DJ, 2012, 'Care Markets and Migration in a Globalizing World', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 22, pp. 355 - 362
2012
Williams F; Brennan DJ, 2012, 'Converging Variations in Migrant Care Work in Europe’ Journal of European Social Policy', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 20, pp. 363 - 376, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0958928712449771
2012
Mahon R; Anttonen A; Christina B; Brennan DJ; Barbara H, 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
2012
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
2012
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
2012
Brennan DJ; Cass B; Himmelweit S; Szebehely M, 2012, 'The Marketisation of Care: Rationales and Consequences in Liberal and Nordic Welfare States', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 22, pp. 377 - 391, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0958928712449772
2012
Brennan DJ; Mahon R, 2011, 'State structures and the politics of childcare', Politics and Gender, vol. 7, pp. 286 - 293, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1743923X11000134
2011
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxm003
2007
Brennan DJ, 2007, 'The ABC of child care politics', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 42 (2), pp. 213 - 225, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2007.tb00050.x
2007
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
2005
Brennan DJ, 2005, 'Forty Years of Research on Children and Families', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 40, pp. 73 - 90
2005
Cass B; Brennan DJ, 2003, 'Taxing Women', eJournal of Tax Research, vol. 1
2003
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
2002
Baird M; Brennan DJ; Cutcher L, 2002, 'A Pregnant Pause in the Provision of Paid Maternity Leave in Australia', Labour and Industry, vol. 13
2002
Reports
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Pascoe S; Brennan DJ, 2018, Lifting our Game: Report of the review to achieve educational excellence in Australian schools through early childhood interventions, Victorian Government, Melbourne, https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/whats-happening-in-the-early-childhood-education-sector/lifting-our-game-report/Lifting-Our-Game-Final-Report.pdf
2018
Cortis N; Brennan D, 2016, Aligning Practice with Vision: Developing SDN’s Pathways Approach, 2013-15, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 09/16, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Aligning_Practice_with_Vision__Developing_SDNs_Pathways_Approach__FINAL.pdf
2016
Cortis N; valentine K; Brennan D, 2014, Becoming and being an integrated organisation: the experience of SDN Children’s Services [baseline report 2014], SDN Children's Services, 17/2014, http://www.sdn.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Becoming-and-being-an-integrated-organisation-the-experience-of-SDN-Ch....pdf
2014
Brennan DJ, 2013, Review of NSW Government Funding for Early Childhood Education, NSW Department of Education and Communities, Sydney
2013
Brennan DJ, 2009, 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), Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 13/09, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report13_09_EarlyChildhood_Education_and_Care.pdf
2009