Professor Peter Whiteford previously was a Principal Administrator, Social Policy Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, and he has also worked at the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York in the United Kingdom, as well as a Consultant to the Social Security Review.
Peter Whiteford's research has concentrated on international comparisons of systems of social protection and comparisons of poverty and income distribution, and his areas of interest include: Child poverty; family policy; international comparisons of income inequality and poverty; comparative social policy and the welfare state; reconciliation of work and family life; lone parenthood and joblessness among families with children; social policy and the life course; social assistance policies; pension policies; social policy and income disparities in China; Australian social policy, especially social security policy.
He was an invited keynote speaker at the Australian Institute of Family Studies conference in 2008, and also as a keynote speaker for various international seminars organised by the International Social Security Association in Budapest, Oslo and Seoul between 2001 and 2007. In 2008 he was appointed by the Government to the Reference Group for the Review of the Australian pension system and in 2009 he was an invited keynote speaker for the Australian Treasury Conference on reform of the Australian tax system.
Recent projects include for UNICEF (Pacific) on child poverty and disparities in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, as well as on Australian Government projects on family joblessness in Australia. He is Chief Investigator (with Gerry Redmond) of an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded linkage project on “Supporting Families: Equity in the Australian Tax-Transfer System”. He is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. (CEPAR)