Rae Cooper is Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations, co-Director of the Women Work and Leadership Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School. Rae undertakes research on many aspects of the world of work and has a keen interest in the career experience of working women and on the construction of flexible careers.

At present, she is working on two large projects, one on young women’s experiences at work and how this links to their hopes and fears for their future careers and a second on women’s careers working in male-dominated occupations and professions. Rae is an experienced non-executive director and regularly advises government and business across policy areas relevant to her research. She enjoys engaging with government, business, unions and community organisations about workplace research and is known for her ability to translate academic findings for practitioner audiences. Recently she has worked in partnership with organisations as diverse as the AICD, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the ACTU.