Time, work, family and health


A primary focus for this research program is the contemporary predicament of work and care and its health consequences. We investigate how these determinants and their health consequences are socially patterned, gendered, and intergenerational (children’s health and wellbeing). This work has inspired a new theory of time and time scarcity as a determinant of health and health inequalities. Our research uses a range of methodologies, quantitative and qualitative.


Projects (lead)

  • Time scarcity in families: Another health inequality?

  • Addressing time scarcity: Feasible strategies for a healthy future

  • Working longer, staying healthy and keeping productive

  • Work family conflict, work family enrichment, and their significance for children’s mental health.

Projects (collaborations)

  • Families at Work: Sustainable strategies to support Australian working parents

  • Centre of Research Excellence on Social Determinants of Health Equity (CRESDHE): Policy research on the social determinants of health equity

  • Contestations over work time: Should health weigh in

  • What roles do time, money and social position play in driving participation in a workplace health promotion program

  • Work, care, retirement and health: ageing agendas

  • Enhancing mothers' engagement with the workforce in the preschool years

Projects (PhDs)

  • Childhood overweight and obesity in immigrant children in Australia

  • The end of time as we know it - exploration of time and health in Australian families


  • La Trobe University

  • University of South Australia

  • Flinders University

  • University of Melbourne

  • University of Jyväskylä

  • Berlin Social Science Center (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)

  • Department Of Social Services

  • Department Of Employment

  • Brotherhood Of St Laurence

  • Safe Work Australia

  • Queensland Treasury