Dr Elizabeth Hill

BEc (Soc Sc) Syd. PhD Syd.
Senior Lecturer
Chair of Department

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 1481

Biographical details

Elizabeth's research focuses the political economy of gender, work and care in the Asia Pacific. She has published on women's work and collective action in the Indian informal economy, work and care regimes in Australia and the Asia Pacific, and employment policy in India. Elizabeth is interested in how economic institutions shape women’s paid work, unpaid care and the care workforce – especially as they evolve in response to the dynamics of the national and global political economy.

Research interests

  • The informal economy, informal workers and worker movements in developing Asia
  • Work and care regimes in the Asia Pacific
  • Gender and economic development
  • Employment policy in emerging economies
  • Childcare policy in Australia

Current projects

Elizabeth is CI with Prof Deborah Brennan (UNSW), Prof Sara Charlesworth (RMIT) and Prof Ito Peng (Toronto University) on ARC Discovery project Markets, Migration and the work of Paid Care in Australia.

Elizabeth is an international collaborator on a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: Comparative Perspectives led by Prof Ito Peng, Toronto University, http://cgsp.ca/

Elizabeth is CI with Prof Marian Baird, A/Prof Rae Cooper, Prof Ariadne Vromen and Prof Elspeth Probyn on Sydney Research Excellence Initiative 2020, Australian Women’s Work Futures. This project includes development of new empirical data and academic analysis of women’s career aspirations and the future of women’s work in Australia to be published as a National Report on Australian Women’s Work Futures.

Elizabeth (with Prof Michele Ford, Prof Marian Baird and Dr Sandra Seno-Alday) is engaged on the DFAT commissioned Investing in Women Initiative. The Investing in Women Project focuses on women’s economic equality in Southeast Asia. Project countries include Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar. As a key consortium partner, the University of Sydney team provides specialist research inputs, to: provide a knowledge base on gender equality in the workplace and women’s work and Civil Society in SEA; provide a knowledge base on impact investing, entrepreneurship and female headed SMEs in SEA; provide evidence-based advice on thematic issues.

Elizabeth convenes, with Professor Sara Charlesworth the Australian Work Family Policy Roundtable (http://www.workandfamilypolicyroundtable.org/). The Roundtable promotes the development and dissemination of relevant Australian and international research on work and family policy. The Roundtable is an active participant in the public debate around these issues, providing regular submissions to Government Inquiries on the status of work and family policy in Australia, as well as media commentary and analysis on policy developments. Recent reports published by the Roundtable include Work, Care and Family Policies: Election Benchmarks 2016.

Elizabeth is Chair of the University Office for Global Engagement’s India Advisory Group.

In the media

  • (2017) Sydney Morning Herald, Gender pay gap by the numbers [video], Available here.
  • (2017) Thursday March 2nd, Australian Human Rights Commission RightsTalk on gender equality, women's work and care. Available here.
  • (2016) Wednesday November 2nd, ABC RN Drive debate on Male Champions of Change. Available here.
  • (2016) Friday June 10th, ABC Lateline interview on childcare policy. Available here.
  • (2016) Monday May 30th, Sydney Morning Herald, Workplace policies must change to reflect 21st century realities. Available here.
  • (2016) Sunday May 8th, ABC News, The best Mother's Day gift? Paid parental leave. Available here.
  • (2016) Thursday March 3rd, 2SER On The Money on what women want from the 2016 Federal Budget. Available here.
  • (2015) Monday May 11th, ABC Radio National Life Matters, on 2015 budget, childcare and paid parental leave changes. Available here.
  • (2013) 'Political parties only starting to get the message' Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, 22nd April. Available here.

  • (2013) Childcare is no child’s play, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, August 6th. Available here.
  • (2012) Ideas that Change the World for Women, Radio National Big Ideas, September 20th. Available here.
  • (2012) A nanny doesn't always know what's best for children, National Times, 29th March. Available here.
  • (2010) Changing the world: How are gender justice and social transformation achieved? Australian Review of Public Affairs, December 2010. Available here.
  • (2010) The Road to Elsewhere: Work, Family and Technology. Australian Review of Public Affairs, March 2010. Available here.
  • (2010) Cultural faux pas add fuel to Indian crisis, National Times 11th February. Available here.
  • (2009) Can Privatisation Help? Implementing the right to education bill’, South Asia Masala 12th November. Available here.
  • (2007) Making child care count is not just about cost. OnLine Opinion,16th November. Available here.

Selected grants

2017

  • Australian Women�s Work Futures (AWWF); Baird M, Cooper R, Vromen A, Probyn E, Hill E; DVC Research/Sydney Research Excellence Initiative 2020 (SREI).

2016

  • Investing in Women Initiative (SUB087) - Michele Ford; Ford M, Alday S, Baird M, Hill E; DFAT/Research Grant.
  • Markets, migration and the work of care in Australia; Brennan D, Charlesworth S, Hill E, Peng I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2013

  • Women and Work Research Network; Baird M, Chen M, Cooper R, Cutcher L, Foley M, Ford M, Hardy C, Hill E, McGrath-Champ S, Piper N, Probyn E, Riley J, Seymour R, Smith B, Vromen A, Williamson S; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).
  • Getting India to work: Employment dynamics and well-being in the new India.; Palit A, Hill E; Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Hill, E. (2010). Worker Identity, Agency and Economic Development: Womens empowerment in the Indian informal economy. United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Edited Books

  • Hill, E., Palit, A. (2018). Employment Policy in Emerging Economies: The Indian Case. London: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Baird, M., Ford, M., Hill, E. (2017). Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific. London: Routledge.
  • Hill, E., Pocock, B., Elliott, A. (2007). Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Hill, E. (2018). Re-thinking employment in in the Indian economy: Inclusive growth and well-being. In Elizabeth Hill and Amitendu Palit (Eds.), Employment Policy in Emerging Economies: The Indian Case. London: Routledge.
  • Hill, E. (2018). The Informal Economy in Theory and Policy: Prospects for Well-being. In Tae-Hee Jo, Lynne Chester & Carlo DIppoliti (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics. London: Routledge.
  • Hill, E., Palriwala, R. (2017). India: Economic Inequality and Social Reproduction. In Marian Baird, Michele Ford, Elizabeth Hill (Eds.), Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific, (pp. 133-147). London: Routledge.
  • Hill, E., Baird, M., Ford, M. (2017). Work/Care Regimes in the Asia-Pacific: A Feminist Framework. In Marian Baird, Michele Ford, Elizabeth Hill (Eds.), Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific, (pp. 1-22). London: Routledge.
  • Hill, E. (2014). Women's Employment as a Barometer of 'Inclusive Growth': How Well is India Doing? In Dilip Dutta (Eds.), Inclusive Growth and Development in the 21st Century: A Structural and Institutional Analysis of China and India, Series on Economic Development and Growth: Volume 9, (pp. 219-242). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. [More Information]
  • Hill, E. (2014). Work, care and family policy in Australia: a work in progress. In Jacqui Griffiths (Eds.), Family Futures, (pp. 183-186). Leicester: Tudor Rose.
  • Hill, E. (2013). Extreme Jobs and the Household: Work and Care in the New India. In Juanita Elias, Samantha Gunawardana (Eds.), The Global Political Economy of the Household in Asia, (pp. 194-210). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Hill, E., Pocock, B. (2010). The slow road to a stronger Australian work and care regime. In Davis, M and M Lyons (Eds.), More than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Online: CPD Centre for Policy Development.
  • Hill, E. (2008). India: The Self Employed Women's Association and Autonomous Organizing. In Kaye Broadbent and Michele Ford (Eds.), Women and Labour Organizing in Asia: Diversity, Autonomy and Activism, (pp. 115-135). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Hill, E., Pocock, B., Elliott, A. (2007). Introduction. In Elizabeth Hill, Barbara Pocock and Alison Elliott (Eds.), Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia, (pp. 1-12). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Pocock, B., Hill, E. (2007). The Childcare Policy Challenge in Australia. In Elizabeth Hill, Barbara Pocock and Alison Elliott (Eds.), Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia, (pp. 15-37). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • Hill, E., Samson, M., Shyamasree, D. (2011). Expanding the School Market in India: Parental Choice and the Reproduction of Social Inequality. Economic and Political Weekly, 46(35), 98-105.
  • Hill, E. (2009). The Indian Industrial Relations System: Struggling to address the dynamics of a globalizing economy. Journal of Industrial Relations, 51(3), 395-410. [More Information]
  • Thompson, D., Treleaven, L., Kamvounias, P., Beem, B., Hill, E. (2008). Integrating Graduate Attributes with Assessment Criteria in Business Education: Using an Online Assessment System. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 5(1), 34-48.
  • Hill, E. (2007). Budgeting for Work-Life Balance: The Ideology and Politics of Work and Family Policy in Australia. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 33(2), 226-245.
  • Hill, E. (2006). Howard's 'Choice': The ideology and politics of work and family policy 1996-2006. Australian Review of Public Affairs, 23 February 2006, www-www.
  • Hill, E. (2001). Women in the Indian Informal Economy: Collective Strategies for Work Life Improvement and Development. Work, Employment and Society, 15, 443-464.

Edited Journals

  • Hill, E. (2012). Work and Family Policy in Australia: Current Policy and Outstanding issues. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 38(3).

2018

  • Hill, E., Palit, A. (2018). Employment Policy in Emerging Economies: The Indian Case. London: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Hill, E. (2018). Re-thinking employment in in the Indian economy: Inclusive growth and well-being. In Elizabeth Hill and Amitendu Palit (Eds.), Employment Policy in Emerging Economies: The Indian Case. London: Routledge.
  • Hill, E. (2018). The Informal Economy in Theory and Policy: Prospects for Well-being. In Tae-Hee Jo, Lynne Chester & Carlo DIppoliti (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics. London: Routledge.

2017

  • Hill, E., Palriwala, R. (2017). India: Economic Inequality and Social Reproduction. In Marian Baird, Michele Ford, Elizabeth Hill (Eds.), Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific, (pp. 133-147). London: Routledge.
  • Baird, M., Ford, M., Hill, E. (2017). Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific. London: Routledge.
  • Hill, E., Baird, M., Ford, M. (2017). Work/Care Regimes in the Asia-Pacific: A Feminist Framework. In Marian Baird, Michele Ford, Elizabeth Hill (Eds.), Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific, (pp. 1-22). London: Routledge.

2014

  • Hill, E. (2014). Women's Employment as a Barometer of 'Inclusive Growth': How Well is India Doing? In Dilip Dutta (Eds.), Inclusive Growth and Development in the 21st Century: A Structural and Institutional Analysis of China and India, Series on Economic Development and Growth: Volume 9, (pp. 219-242). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. [More Information]
  • Hill, E. (2014). Work, care and family policy in Australia: a work in progress. In Jacqui Griffiths (Eds.), Family Futures, (pp. 183-186). Leicester: Tudor Rose.

2013

  • Hill, E. (2013). Extreme Jobs and the Household: Work and Care in the New India. In Juanita Elias, Samantha Gunawardana (Eds.), The Global Political Economy of the Household in Asia, (pp. 194-210). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

2012

  • Hill, E. (2012). Work and Family Policy in Australia: Current Policy and Outstanding issues. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 38(3).

2011

  • Hill, E., Samson, M., Shyamasree, D. (2011). Expanding the School Market in India: Parental Choice and the Reproduction of Social Inequality. Economic and Political Weekly, 46(35), 98-105.

2010

  • Hill, E., Pocock, B. (2010). The slow road to a stronger Australian work and care regime. In Davis, M and M Lyons (Eds.), More than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Online: CPD Centre for Policy Development.
  • Hill, E. (2010). Worker Identity, Agency and Economic Development: Womens empowerment in the Indian informal economy. United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2009

  • Hill, E. (2009). The Indian Industrial Relations System: Struggling to address the dynamics of a globalizing economy. Journal of Industrial Relations, 51(3), 395-410. [More Information]

2008

  • Hill, E. (2008). India: The Self Employed Women's Association and Autonomous Organizing. In Kaye Broadbent and Michele Ford (Eds.), Women and Labour Organizing in Asia: Diversity, Autonomy and Activism, (pp. 115-135). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Thompson, D., Treleaven, L., Kamvounias, P., Beem, B., Hill, E. (2008). Integrating Graduate Attributes with Assessment Criteria in Business Education: Using an Online Assessment System. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 5(1), 34-48.

2007

  • Hill, E. (2007). Budgeting for Work-Life Balance: The Ideology and Politics of Work and Family Policy in Australia. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 33(2), 226-245.
  • Hill, E., Pocock, B., Elliott, A. (2007). Introduction. In Elizabeth Hill, Barbara Pocock and Alison Elliott (Eds.), Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia, (pp. 1-12). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Hill, E., Pocock, B., Elliott, A. (2007). Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Pocock, B., Hill, E. (2007). The Childcare Policy Challenge in Australia. In Elizabeth Hill, Barbara Pocock and Alison Elliott (Eds.), Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia, (pp. 15-37). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2006

  • Hill, E. (2006). Howard's 'Choice': The ideology and politics of work and family policy 1996-2006. Australian Review of Public Affairs, 23 February 2006, www-www.

2001

  • Hill, E. (2001). Women in the Indian Informal Economy: Collective Strategies for Work Life Improvement and Development. Work, Employment and Society, 15, 443-464.

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