Associate Professor Alysia Blackham is an internationally renowned expert on age discrimination law and the consequences of ageing for workplaces. Her innovative research focuses on the intersection of employment law, equality law and public law, using empirical evidence to cast new light on legal problems.
Funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher grant (DE170100228 "Addressing Age Discrimination in Employment”), Alysia is exploring the ways in which age discrimination law is enforced in Australia and the UK, and the barriers to effectively addressing age discrimination at work. The results of this project may be explored at http://ageworks.info/
Alysia has published extensively across leading Australian and international journals and in legal and interdisciplinary forums. Her award-winning monograph, Extending Working Life for Older Workers: Age Discrimination Law, Policy and Practice (Hart, 2016), won second prize in the UK Society of Legal Scholars' Peter Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2017, one of the most prestigious awards in UK legal publishing. She has also co-edited two influential edited collections, New Frontiers in Empirical Labour Law Research (Hart, 2015) and Theorising Labour Law in a Changing World: Towards Inclusive Labour Law (Hart, 2019). Alysia is regularly invited to present her scholarship in Australia and internationally.
Alysia has worked as an academic in Australia, Sweden and the UK, including as the Turpin-Lipstein Fellow and College Lecturer in Law and Director of Studies at Clare College, Cambridge and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. Alysia also has experience of legal practice and organisational management, having worked as an employment law solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney, and Executive Officer to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Services) at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Alysia is a member of the Australian Discrimination Law Experts Group, Australian Labour Law Association, UK Society of Legal Scholars, and UK Socio-Legal Studies Association.
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Using empirical research to advance workplace equality law scholarship: benefits, pitfalls and challenges
Dominique Allen, Alysia Blackham
Journal article | 2018 | Griffith Law Review
Legal scholars are increasingly attuned to the substantial benefits that can be derived from empirical and socio-legal scholarship..
Recent Developments in Australian and New Zealand Age Discrimination Law: A Comparative Perspective
Journal article | 2018 | New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations
As individuals live longer, healthier lives, both Australia and New Zealand are experiencing a dramatic demographic shift. In an e..
'We are all Entrepreneurs Now': Options and New Approaches for Adapting Equality Law for the “Gig Economy”
Journal article | 2018 | International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations
As the world of work moves to increasingly precarious, temporary and insecure forms of labour, traditional forms of work regulatio..
A Compromised Balance? A Comparative Examination of Exceptions to Age Discrimination Law in Australia and the UK
Journal article | 2018 | Melbourne University Law Review
Exceptions to discrimination law reveal both tensions and telling compromises regarding the boundaries of the equality principle. ..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Phillipa Weeks Prize for the Best Paper by an Early Career Scholar presented at the ALLA 2018 Conference
Runner-up, Peter Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2017 (awarded to outstanding published books by early career scholars)
Phillipa Weeks Prize for the Best Paper by an Early Career Scholar presented at the ALLA 2016 Conference
Poynton Cambridge Australia Scholarship
WM Tapp Studentship in Law
Arc Decra Fellowship
Australasian Law Academics Association
Australian Labour Law Association
Australian Discrimination Law Experts Group
UK Society of Legal Scholars
UK Socio-Legal Studies Association
PhD in Law
University of Cambridge
Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education)
University of Sydney
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
The College of Law
Bachelor of Laws
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts
University of Melbourne