Federation Business School

Prof Philip Taylor

Prof Philip Taylor

Human Resource Management
5N 112
Phone:5122 6610


  • PhD - Applied Psychology - Cranfield Institute of Technology 1989
  • MSc - Applied Psychology - Cranfield Institute of Technology 1987
  • BSc (Hons) - Psychology - Bolton Institute 1985


Philip joined Federation University Australia on its founding in January 2014. Previously he has held positions at Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Cambridge. He has researched and written in the field of age and the labour market for almost 25 years. He leads a major program of research on ageing workforces and has a strong national and international reputation in the field. His high professional standing stems from his strong publication record, the influence of his work on national and international public policy, frequent invited addresses to major national and international conferences and symposia, membership of national and international committees concerned with the implications of workforce ageing, his leading role in Australian and international research groups, and work with public bodies both in Australia and overseas.


I am interested in supervising projects directly related to my area of interest which is the relationship between age and the labour market, specifically individual orientations to work and retirement, employer attitudes and practices regarding older workers and public policy concerning the prolongation of workers' lives.

Grants and awards

  • 2016 Older Entrepreneurship in Queensland, Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services ($80,000).
  • 2016 Evaluation of the Corporate Champions program, Department of Employment ($68,000).
  • 2013 Extending working lives - health and well being implications and facilitators, Economic and Social Research Council ($60,000).
  • 2013 Superannuation cluster, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) ($127,007).
  • 2011 Work ability assessment and interventions in the Singapore workplace, Singapore Ministry of Manpower ($130,000).
  • 2011 Workability Assessment and Change Among New South Wales Employers, New South Wales Office for Ageing ($250,000).
  • 2011 Age, Work Ability and Work-related Injury in Australian Workers – Pilot Study, Safe Work Australia ($214,000).
  • 2009 Retiring women: Understanding older female work-life transitions (LP0990703) Australian Research Council and partners ($331,280).
  • 2008 Working late and the spectre of uselessness: Sustaining labour supply in a globalising economy (LP0884065), Australian Research Council and partners, ($330,000).
  • 2008 Working Longer: Policy Reforms and Practice Innovations, NHMRC (401158).
  • 2008 Experience Pays Awareness Strategy Evaluation, Department of Employment and Industrial Relations, Queensland ($57,000).
  • 2005 Employer Initiatives for an Ageing Workforce, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUR604,000).
  • 2005 Redesigning work for an ageing society, Australian Research Council and partner organisations (LP0562052) ($514,000).
  • 2005 Mapping mid-life services relating to health, well-being and labour market participation in the East of England, East of England Regional Assembly (GBP19,000).


Full publication list


Taylor, P. & Smith, W. (2017) What’s age got to do with it? Towards a new advocacy on ageing and work, Melbourne, Per Capita.

Taylor, P.E. (ed), 2013, Older Workers in an Ageing Society: Critical Topics in Research and Policy, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham UK.

Taylor, P. (ed), 2008, Ageing Labour Forces: Promises and Prospects, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham UK.

Taylor, P., 2006, Employment Initiatives for an Ageing Workforce in the EU15, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin Ireland, pp. 1-95.

Frerichs, F., Taylor, P., 2005, The Greying of the Labour Market: What can Britain and Germany Learn from Each Other?, Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society, London UK.

Book chapters

Verwest, F., Taylor, P., van Wissen, L., van Dijk, J., Edzes, A., Hamersma, M., de Grip, A., van Thor, J. (2017) ‘Resilient Labour Markets and Demographic Change in Selected Regions of the Netherlands’, In Martinez, C., Weyman, T. and van Dijk, J. (eds), Demographic Transition, Labour Markets and Regional Resilience, Springer.

Earl, C. and Taylor, P. (2017) ‘Reconceptualising work-retirement transitions: Critiques of the new retirement and bridge employment’, in Aaltio, I., Mills, A. and Mills, J. H. (eds), Ageing, organizations and management: Constructive discourses and critical perspectives, Palgrave.

Earl, C. Taylor, P., Roberts, C., Huynh, P. and Davis, S. (2017) ‘The workforce demographic shift and the changing nature of work: Implications for policy, productivity and participation’, in Profili, S., Sammarra, A. and Innocenti, L. (eds), Age Diversity in the workplace - An Organizational Perspective, Emerald Advanced Series in Management, Volume 17, Emerald.

Earl, C., Taylor, P. and McLoughlin, C. (2015) ‘Recruitment and selection of older workers’, In Pachana, N. (ed) Encyclopedia of Geropsychology, Springer.

Taylor, P., Earl, C., Brooke, E. and Williams, R. (2015) ‘Falling between the cracks: Older women and organizational policy-making’, In Bimrose, J., McMahon, M. and Watson, M. (eds) Women’s career development throughout the lifespan: An international exploration, Routledge.

Taylor, P., McLoughlin, C. and Earl, C. (2014) ‘The role of partial retirement in organizational policy making in Australia’, In Alcover, C. M., Topa, G., Depolo, M., Fraccaroli, F. and Parry, E. (eds) Bridge employment: A research handbook, Routledge.

Taylor, P., (2013), Older workers: past, present and future, in Social Policy Review: Community Development and Community Welfare Vol. 4, eds Chunguang Wang, SSAP, China, pp. 167-172.

Journal articles

Earl, C., Taylor, P. and Cannizzo, F. (forthcoming) ‘Regardless of age: Australian university managers’ attitudes and practices towards older academics’, Work, Aging and Retirement.

Taylor, P., Earl, C. and McLoughlin, C. (2016) ‘Contractual arrangements and the retirement intentions of women in Australia’, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 19 (3), 177-197.

Earl, C. and Taylor, P. (2016) ‘Discriminatory practices of older workers in an ageing residential care workforce’, International Journal of Work Innovation, 1 (4), 391–412.

Taylor, P. and Earl, C. (2016) ‘Bridging the grey divide: An international perspective on the ageing workforce and longer working lives’, 51(2) Australian Journal of Social Issues, 119-125.

Taylor, P., Earl, C. & McLoughlin, C. (2016) ‘Recent public policy and Australian older workers’, 51(2), Australian Journal of Social Issues, 229‐247.

Taylor, P., Loretto, W., Marshall, V., Earl, C. & Phillipson, C. (2016) ‘The older worker: Identifying a critical research agenda’, Social Policy and Society, doi:10.1017/S1474746416000221, pp. 1-15.

Association and memberships

  • Chair, Older Workers Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America
  • Consulting editor for the journal Work, Aging and Retirement
  • Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Aging and Social Policy.