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Dana Volker
SRW Scholarship

Dana Volker

Attorney-General’s Department

The Australian National University

PhD title: Fathers' roles in the gender divide in paid work and care: addressing discrimination and stigma against men with caring responsibilities. An untapped lever to advance gender equality

Dana joined the Australian Public Service in 2014, bringing with her over ten years’ experience in social policy and gender equality both domestically and abroad. Dana has worked internationally in the UK, US, Asia and the Pacific for government, non-government organisations, and social enterprise. Outside of her work, Dana has sat on several Boards whose mission is to eradicate gender based violence and to promote gender equality.

Dana’s research will examine Australian fathers' roles in the gender divide in paid work and care. By identifying the prevalence and nature of discrimination and stigma against men with caring responsibilities, Dana hopes to use this as an untapped lever to advance gender equality. Research on the ‘fatherhood penalty’ will significantly help to improve outcomes for working dads, reduce parental work-life conflict, help organisations to manage the future of work, assist Australia to prepare for the increased caring required as a result of our ageing population, address the gender pay gap, and ultimately improve family life for parents and children.

Dana holds a Master of Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University, a Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney, a qualifying Masters of Social Work from James Cook University, and a Bachelor of Social Science from Sunshine Coast University. She has been awarded numerous academic medals, a Vice Chancellor's Commendation, and a High Distinction for her Master's thesis on women and gender equality.

Associate Professor Liana Leach
The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation is a partnership between The Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Public Service.