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Professor Siobhan Austen

Professor Siobhan Austen Professor Siobhan Austen

BEc(Armidale) MComm(Curtin) PhD(Melbourne)

Position Professor
Faculty Curtin Business School (CBS)
School School of Economics and Finance
Department Department of Economics and Property
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 402.613
Phone 08 9266 7343
Email Siobhan.Austen@cbs.curtin.edu.au

Overview

Siobhan Austen is Head of the Department of Economics and Property Studies within the Curtin Business School and Co-Director of the Women in Social and Economic Research (WiSER) research cluster.

Siobhan holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Melbourne. Her research expertise is in the economic analysis of the gendered aspects of key social and economic policy debates around population ageing, retirement incomes and labour force participation. Siobhan has published more than 100 scholarly works, including high quality journal articles, book chapters and a book. She has led Australian Research Council and National Council of Vocational and Education Research grants, and participated in Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and AusAID – funded projects. At Curtin, Siobhan has lectured in most undergraduate units in the economics program. She has supervised numerous PhD, Masters and Honours’ theses. Her community roles are extensive. Siobhan is Co-editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics and on the editorial boards of Journal of Economic Issues, Feminist Economics, and Economics and Labour Relations Review. She is a member of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Gender Statistics Advisory Group and the Work and Family Roundtable.

Memberships, Awards and Training

ARC Grant

Missing workers: retaining mature age women workers to ensure future labour security

Associate Professor Siobhan Austen, Associate Professor Rachel Ong, Associate Professor Therese Jefferson, Professor Gill Lewin

This project provided a detailed understanding of the factors that promote or hinder mature age women's retention in paid work. Drawing on emerging themes in feminist economics, the project contributed a new model of employment decision making by mature age women. It also generated an innovative database that will allow international comparisons of the factors affecting the retention of mature age women in paid work. Women aged 45+ are a crucial component of Australia's future labour supply. An understanding of the barriers to their retention in the workforce is necessary for the development of policy to ensure that critical community needs, such as aged care, can be met.

AHURI Grant

Housing Equity Withdrawal: Uses and Risks of Alternative Options for Older Australians

Associate Professor Rachel Ong, Associate Professor Therese Jefferson, Associate Professor Siobhan Austen

Recent economic events have highlighted the riskiness of housing as a vehicle for retirement funding. This project examined the financial costs and risks of alternative housing equity withdrawal mechanisms and offered recommendations of financial products which can mitigate risks associated with withdrawing housing equity in older age.

Memberships

Siobhan has served on an economic advisory panel for AusAid, the Gender Panel of the federal government's Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigeous Affairs (FaHCSIA), the Australian Workforce and Productivity Panel, and the Department of Treasury Housing Research Panel.

Board memberships

Member, Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) Member, Association for Social Economics (ASE) Member, International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFEE)

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Teaching

Siobhan Austen's teaching expertise is in the field of economic theory. She has taught a broad range of courses: from introductory microeconomics to honours courses in labour economics. She has supervised numerous PhD, Masters and Honours theses

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Research Fields

Economics

Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services

Studies in Human Society

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Research Interests

Siobhan Austen’s research expertise is in the economic analysis of the gendered aspects of key social and economic policy debates around population ageing, retirement incomes and labour force participation.

Her work highlights how the circumstances of women are distinctive; how their contributions to economic performance are often overlooked; and how there is a need for sound understandings of women's circumstances before efficient and equitable policy on population ageing and other issues can be designed.

Siobhan is one of a very small number of academics with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative analyses of economic issues. She completed her PhD on the cultural aspects of labour markets at Melbourne University in 2001. Her thesis was passed unconditionally and was subsequently published as a book by the highly-rated international publishing house, Edward Elgar. In the last decade, Siobhan has built a reputation at the international level for her contribution to policy debates on gender and ageing. She has contributed to government inquiries on retirement incomes, economic participation by senior Australians and the gender pay gap. She is a member of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Gender Statistics Advisory Group, the Federal Government's Gender Panel and the Work, Family and Life Policy Roundtable. Her academic roles include co-editorship of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics and a member of the editorial boards of Feminist Economics, the Journal of Economic Issues and the Economics and Labour Relations Review.

Siobhan recently led an Australian Research Council Discovery project (DP110102728) on mature-age women¹s involvement in paid work. This involved her working closely with aged care providers and directing a large-scale program of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

Keywords: Feminist Economics, Labour Economics, Economic Methodology, Nobel Laureates, Gender Budgets,Demographic Change, Ageing Populations.

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Publications

2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2004

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2003

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2002

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2000

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1999

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Additional publication categories

2015

Book Chapters - Other

  • Austen, S. E., and T. M. Jefferson. 2015. “Feminist and Behavioural Economics.” In Real-World Decision Making An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, 159-160. : Greenwood Publishing Group.

2004

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Austen, S. E. 2004.“Demographic Change and Labour force participation rates.”Ecodate 18 (1): 5-7.

2001

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Preston, A. C., and S. E. Austen. 2001.“Women, Superannuation and the SGC.”Australian Bulletin of Labour 27(4): 272-295.
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Collaborations

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