About CEPAR

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is a unique collaboration between academia, government and industry, committed to delivering solutions to one of the major economic and social challenges of the 21st century.

CEPAR seeks to have a major impact on policy and business practice by providing evidence to enable individuals, business and governments to respond better to demographic change and improve wellbeing.

Mature Workers and Organisations

CEPAR’s current research program, running from 2017-2023, is organised into four closely interlinked streams which draw on the expertise of actuaries, demographers, economists, epidemiologists, psychologists and sociologists. Each project combines with others to deliver innovative and comprehensive research outputs across multiple disciplines. The four streams are:

  • Macro-demographic dynamics and population ageing policy

  • Decision making, expectations and cognitive ageing

  • Organisations and the mature workforce

  • Sustainable wellbeing in later life

Meet the Research Team

Our researchers are based at the Centre for Transformative Work Design within the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University (Perth) and the Department of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney.

Sharon Parker, PhD
Sharon Parker, PhDChief Investigator
Sharon Parker is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Curtin Graduate Business School and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield. She is a recipient of the Australian Research Council’s Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, and is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design, which is part of Curtin University’s Future of Work Institute, in Perth, Western Australia. Sharon’s research focuses particularly on job and work design, and she is also interested in proactive behaviour, change, well-being, development, and job performance.
Marian Baird, PhD
Marian Baird, PhD Chief Investigator
Marian Baird AO is Professor of Gender and Employment Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia. Marian is a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney. She is Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School. Marian was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) for outstanding services to improving the quality of women’s working lives and for contributions to tertiary education in 2016. She is one of Australia’s leading researchers in the fields of women, work and care.
Daniela Andrei, PhD
Daniela Andrei, PhDReseach Fellow
Daniela is a Research Fellow at Curtin University’s Centre for Transformative Work Design, and the Centre for Safety. She specialises in Work Psychology, Personnel Psychology and Organisational Psychology. Her current research revolves around unpacking the antecedents of work design behaviours, understanding leadership functions and team processes in incident management teams, as well as the interplay between safety and employee well-being.
Andreea Constantin, PhD
Andreea Constantin, PhDResearch Fellow
Andreea is a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney where her main research interests are work-life balance policies, mature workers, outside-work care, gender roles within and outside organisations. Andreea’s research interests also include big data, survey methodology and cross-cultural studies.
Gretchen “Gigi” Petery, PhD
Gretchen “Gigi” Petery, PhDResearch Fellow
Gigi is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Transformative Work Design, Curtin University. Her research focuses on workplace age discrimination, successful ageing at work, alternative measures of age, and worker health and well-being. Gigi also has over 20 years of business experience, including corporate management roles and as a business owner.
Alison Williams, M Com
Alison Williams, M ComResearch Associate
Alison a Research Associate at the University of Sydney, where she also teaches in Industrial Relations Policy. Alison has specific expertise in analysis and communication of workplace-related legislative changes and implications of legal decisions, as well as the provision of advice to a varied audience on Human Resources policy, practices and procedures.
Lucinda Isles
Lucinda Isles
Lucinda is a Research Officer at the Centre for Transformative Work Design, Curtin University and is in the final stages of completing her Masters of Industrial and Organisational Psychology. She has expertise in applying work design principles to optimise employee mental health and wellbeing, and in effective workplace interventions.
Lisa Gulessarian
Lisa GulessarianResearch Assistant
Lisa is an M.Phil. Student and Research Assistant at the University of Sydney Business School, Australia with a research focus on women, age and leadership. Lisa also worked in corporate Training & Development for 13 years in Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Her work centred on leadership and career development, and included research on women at work and in leadership in the Middle East.

Meet our Associate Investigators

Other researchers contribute their expertise to our research program. Our Associate Investigators are located in multiple countries including Australia, China, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.

Ross Andel
Ross Andel
Professor, School of Aging Studies,
University of Southern Florida

Patrick Dunlop
Patrick Dunlop
Associate Professor, Future of Work Institute
Curtin University

Lisa Finkelstein
Lisa Finkelstein
Professor, Department of Psychology
Northern Illinois University
Gwenith Fisher
Gwenith Fisher
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Colorado State University
Fabiola H. Gerpott
Fabiola H. Gerpott
Professor of Leadership
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Barbara Griffin
Barbara Griffin
Professor, Department of Psychology
Macquarie University
Dorien Kooij
Dorien Kooij
Associate Professor
Department of Human Resource Studies
Tilburg University
Andreas Müller
Andreas Müller
Professor, Faculty of Educational Sciences
University of Duisburg-Essen
Cort W. Rudolph
Cort W. Rudolph
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Saint Louis University
Chia-Huei Wu
Chia-Huei Wu
Associate Professor, Business School
Durham University
Hannes Zacher
Hannes Zacher
Professor, Faculty of Life Sciences
University of Leipzig
Prashant Bordia
Prashant Bordia
Professor, College of Business and Economics
Australian National University
Andreas Hirschi
Andreas Hirschi
Professor, Institute of Psychology
University of Bern
Joanne Earl
Joanne Earl
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Macquarie University
Mo Wang
Mo Wang
Professor, Warrington College of Business
University of Florida
Monika Bütler
Monika Bütler
Professor, School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Richard Burns
Richard Burns
Research Fellow, College of Health and Medicine
Australian National University
Lindy Clemson
Lindy Clemson
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Sydney
Myra Hamilton
Myra Hamilton
Senior Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Centre
UNSW
Alexandra Heron
Alexandra Heron
Research Associate, Business School
The University of Sydney
Vanessa Loh
Vanessa Loh
Lecturer, School of Business
The University of Sydney
Kate O’Loughlin
Kate O’Loughlin
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
The University of Sydney
Donald Truxillo
Donald Truxillo
Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology
University of Limerick

“The two big questions are:

  1. How do we ‘keep’ mature aged workers in work?
  2. If mature workers stay in work, how do we maximise their productivity and their health?”
Prof Sharon Parker, Chief Investigator

Research Focus

There is an urgent need for research into how to attract, retain and engage mature workers.

Join

We want to collaborate with organisations who are keen to address the crucial challenges associated with work and ageing.

Engage

Instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach, we customise the tools, techniques, and measures to best fit your organisation’s needs.

Benefits

Five ways your organisation can benefit

The Mature Workers in Organisations Project

We can help your organisation identify opportunities to establish or expand your age diversity initiatives.

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