Professor Barbara Pocock is Director of the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia.

Barbara has been researching work, employment and industrial relations since 1981. She joined the University of South Australia in January 2006, after fourteen years at the University of Adelaide.

Barbara has worked in many jobs - in shearing sheds, advising politicians, the public service, on farms, in unions, teaching and researching in universities, for governments and as a mother.

Barbara was initially trained as an economist, completed her doctorate in gender studies, and has taught and researched labour studies and social science since the mid-1980s.

Her research has included work, industrial relations, trade unionism, pay and pay equity, vocational education, inequality in the labour market and the award of a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship to study the intersections between work, family and community for 5 years, 2003-2007. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia, and is a mother of two.

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Living Low Paid

2012 book - Time Bomb: Work Rest and Play in Australia Today. 

Co-authored with Natalie Skinner and Philippa Williams, New South Books, AU$34.95. Order at:



2008 book - Living Low Paid: The Dark Side of Prosperous Australia

Allen & Unwin, Sydney. Written by Helen Masterman-Smith and Barbara Pocock. For details visit:

Kids Count

2007 book - Kids count: better early childhood education and care in Australia

Edited by Elizabeth Hill, Barbara Pocock and Alison Elliott Sydney University Press, Sydney, 2007.  Click here to order:

The Labour Market Ate My Babies

2006 book - The Labour Market Ate My Babies: Work, Children and a Sustainable Future


The Work Life Collision

2003 book - The Work/Life Collision. What Work is Doing to Australians and What to
Do About It



1997 book - Strife: Sex and Politics in Labour Unions Allen & Unwin, Sydney