Jennifer Baxter

Executive Manager, Families, Society and Life Course Research

Family & Society

Dr Jennifer Baxter leads a team of researchers undertaking research and evaluation work relating to families, society and the life course. The team undertakes research using survey data (such as the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Ten to Men, HILDA and various Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys) as well as administrative data. The team also has oversight of AIFS Facts and Figures and is responsible for AIFS Families in Australia Survey. AIFS contributions to the evaluations of the Australian Government’s Child Care Package and the NSW Department of Education’s Disability and Inclusion Program also sit within this team.

Jennifer’s research interests include analysing the use and provision of child care, family employment patterns, parental leave-taking and return to work, as well as fathering, gendered patterns of unpaid work and care, and children’s time use. Jennifer’s research contributions focus on quantitative research, including the application of cross-sectional and longitudinal methods, and the analyses of time use data and administrative data. Jennifer has also undertaken qualitative data analysis as part of the work with the Families in Australia Survey and various evaluation activities.

Jennifer has managed a number of large projects for AIFS, most recently the evaluation of the Australian Government’s Child Care Package.