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
2018, 'Care and Migration', in , 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; Adamson EA, 2017, 'Early Education and Child Care Policy in Australia', in Grace R; Hodge K; McMahon C (ed.), Children, Families and Communities, edn. 5, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 318 - 336
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
O'Halloran K, 2014, 'Australia', in RELIGION, CHARITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, pp. 374 - 426,
2014
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; Cass B, 2014, 'Grandparents as primary carers of their grandchildren: Policy and Practice insights from research', in Hayes A; Higgins DJ (ed.), Families, Policy and the Law, Melbourne, pp. 109 - 118,
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
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
Brennan DJ; Adamson E, 2012, 'Early childhood education and care policy', in Bowes J; Grace R; Hodge K (ed.), Children, families, communities: contexts and consequences, edn. 4th, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 255 - 270
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
Brennan D, 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 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,
2009
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
Chappell L; Brennan D, 2009, 'Women and Gender', in Rhodes RAW (ed.), The Australian Study of Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 338 - 346,
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
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,
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
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, 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; 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
Purcal C; Cass B; Hamilton M; Thomson CM; Brennan DJ, 2009, 'From support to prevention: policies and services for young carers', in From support to prevention: policies and services for young carers, Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, 08 July 2009 - 10 July 2009
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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Purcal C; Brennan D; Cass B; Jenkins B, 2012, 'Grandparents raising grandchildren: impacts of lifecourse stage on the experiences and costs of care', Vol. 49, pp. 467 - 488, presented at UK Social Policy Association (SPA) Annual Conference, York, UK,
2012
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
Cass B; Brennan DJ; Thomson CM; Adamson E; Hill T; Purcal C; Hamilton M, 2011, 'The life-course stage dimensions of care-giving by young people: experiences, perspectives and implications for policy', presented at Workshop Research and Policy on Care in Liberal and Social Democracies: Australia, the UK and Finland, Sydney, 01 March 2011
2011
Cass B; Brennan DJ; Thomson CM; Adamson E; Hill T; Purcal C; Hamilton M, 2011, 'Experiences of young carers and young adult carers: Life-course stage dimensions of caregiving and the implications for policy and practice', presented at Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Lincoln, UK, 01 March 2011
2011
Skattebol J; Blaxland M; Brennan DJ; Purcal C, 2010, 'Progressive policies? Australian early childhood policy and low income families', presented at Mapping Families – Practices and Concepts of Children, Parents and Professionals, Bielefeld, Germany, 01 November 2010
2010
Skattebol J; Blaxland M; Purcal C; Brennan D, 2009, 'Integrated services: voices and silences from Australian history', presented at NIFeTY, Melbourne, 01 February 2009
2009
Cass B; Brennan D; Thomson CM; Hill T; Michail S; Purcal C; Smyth C, 2008, 'Young Carers: Identifying supportive policies and programs - some ideas from the field', presented at Young Carers Workshop, Sydney, 02 December 2008
2008
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
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,
2016
Adamson E; Brennan D, 2016, 'Return of the Nanny: Public Policy towards In-home Childcare in the UK, Canada and Australia', Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, vol. 51, pp. 1386 - 1405,
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,
2014
Adamson EA; 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
Purcal C; Brennan D; Cass B; Jenkins B, 2014, 'Grandparents raising grandchildren: impacts of lifecourse stage on the experiences and costs of care', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 49, pp. 467 - 488,
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,
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,
2013
Williams F, 2012, 'Converging Variations in Migrant Care Work in Europe’ Journal of European Social Policy', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 20, pp. 363 - 376,
2012
Mahon R; Anttonen A; Bergqvist C; Brennan D; Hobson B, 2012, 'Convergent care regimes? Childcare arrangements in Australia, Canada, Finland and Sweden', Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 22, pp. 419 - 431,
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,
2012
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
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,
2012
Brennan D; 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,
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
Brennan D; Mahon R, 2011, 'State structures and the politics of child care', Politics and Gender, vol. 7, pp. 286 - 293,
2011
Brennan D, 2007, 'The ABC of child care politics', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 42 (2), pp. 213 - 225,
2007
Brennan D, 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,
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 D, 2003, 'Taxing women: The Politics of Gender in the Tax-transfer System', eJournal of Tax Research, vol. Vol. 1, pp. 37 - 63
2003
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
Cass B; Brennan D, 2002, 'Communities of support or communities of surveillance and enforcement 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,
2018
Jenkins BL; Blaxland M; Adamson E; Brennan D; Purcal C; Skattebol J, 2014, Insights into child care and early education: Dandenong and surrounds, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, 5/2014,
2014
Brennan D; Adamson E, 2014, Financing the Future: An equitable and sustainable approach to early childhood education and care, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, 01/14,
2014
Adamson E; Brennan D; Blaxland M; Jenkins BL; Purcal C; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into early child care and education: Elizabeth Grove,
2013
Jenkins BL; Adamson E; Blaxland M; Brennan D; Purcal C; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into child care and early education: Fitzroy, 23/2013,
2013
Purcal C; Adamson E; Blaxland M; Brennan D; Jenkins BL; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into child care and early education: Marrickville, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, 24/2013,
2013
Brennan DJ, 2013, Review of NSW Government Funding for Early Childhood Education, NSW Department of Education and Communities, Sydney
2013
Purcal C; Adamson E; Brennan D; Blaxland M; Jenkins BL; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into child care and early education: Caboolture, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, 21/2013,
2013
Zhu A; Brennan DJ; Adamson E; Whiteford P, 2011, Leave Patterns of Australian Mothers, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
2011
Cass B; Brennan DJ; Thomson CM; Hill T; Purcal C; Hamilton M; Adamson E, 2011, Young carers: Social policy impacts of the caring responsibilities of children and young adults, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney
2011
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,
2009
Brennan D; Blaxland M; Tannous K, 2009, A Strategic Assessment of the Children’s Services Industry, Government of South Australia, Adelaide,
2009
Working Papers
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Brennan DJ; Press F; Blaxland M; Purcal C; Ner S, 2008, 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), SPRC, UNSW, Sydney,
2008