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The Body@Work Project

Turning attention to the physical body and its dynamics at work
The Body@Work Project reimagines the future of embodied work and investigates how workplaces can make radical strides to offer a truly inclusive and supportive experience for all workers.

About the project

The Body@Work Project is a collective of academics and industry leaders who are reimagining the future of embodied work and investigating how workplaces can make radical strides to offer a truly inclusive and supportive experience for all workers.

This means recognising the emotional labour of work while also turning our attention to the physical body at work. It also means recognising all workers across the sex and gender spectrums have reproductive health and caring obligations, not just cisgender women of childbearing age.

The Body@Work Project responds to growing research evidence that shows overlooking workers’ physical, psychological and reproductive health needs has adverse socioeconomic and demographic implications for the state, firms, employees and gender equality.

This research evidence also shows how reproductive health can affect labour force participation at any stage of the life cycle, from IVF and assisted fertility treatment to menopause.

The Body@Work Project is critically examining the responsibility of organisations and employers for workers’ health and wellbeing and potential policy responses and interventions to promote better work-life balance and gender equal labour market outcomes.

Our people

Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill (University of Sydney)
Elizabeth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Elizabeth’s research focuses on the political economy of gender, work and care in the Asia Pacific, including the implementation and impact of menstrual leave and reproductive health policies. Elizabeth is also co-convenor of the Australian Work + Family Policy Roundtable.

Professor Marian Baird AO (University of Sydney)
Marian is a Professor of Gender and Employment Relations at the University of Sydney Business School, Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group. Marian’s research focus is gender and employment, including collective bargaining for reproductive health policies. Marian is also a Chief Investigator on the Centre of Excellence on Population Ageing research (CEPAR).

Sydney Colussi (University of Sydney)
Sydney is a Research Associate in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. Sydney recently completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney Law School and her research focuses on the relationship between reproductive health, gender equality and paid work.

Academic workshops

  • Menstrual and Menopause Research Project Workshop (The University of Sydney, Women and Work Research Group, 28 May 2021)

The Body in the Workplace series

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Convenor

Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill
Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill
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Convenor

Professor Marian Baird
Professor Marian Baird AO
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Convenor

Professor Marian Baird
Research Associate Sydney Colussi
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