A/PROF Alysia Blackham

A/PROF Alysia Blackham


  • Academic, Law
  • Ageing and labour law
  • Comparative equality law
  • Courts and social media
  • Self-employment



  • Alysia Blackham is an Associate Professor and Discovery Early Career Researcher at Melbourne Law School. Her research focuses on the intersection of employment law, equality law and public law, using empirical evidence to cast new light on legal problems. Alysia’s recent work concentrates on the consequences of demographic ageing for workplaces. A monograph based on Alysia’s PhD thesis, entitled Extending Working Life for Older Workers: Age Discrimination Law, Policy and Practice , was published by Hart in 2016, and was awarded second prize in the UK Society of Legal Scholars’ Peter Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2017.

    In 2017 Alysia commenced the project DE170100228 ‘Addressing Age Discrimination in Employment’, funded by the Australian Research Council as part of the Discovery Early Career Researcher scheme. Further details can be accessed at ageworks.info .
    Alysia has previously worked as: the Turpin-Lipstein Fellow and College Lecturer in Law and Director of Studies at Clare College, Cambridge; an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge; an employment law solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney; a lecturer at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales; and Executive Officer to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Services) at the University of Technology, Sydney. Alysia holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in Law from Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge.   


Member of

  • Australian Labour Law Association. Member 2015 -
  • UK Society of Legal Scholars. Member 2012 -
  • UK Socio-Legal Studies Association. Member 2012 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge 2015
  • Grad Cert Ed Stud (Higher Ed), University of Sydney 2011
  • LLB, University of Melbourne 2008
  • Grad Dip Leg Prac, The College of Law 2008
  • BA, University of Melbourne 2008

Awards and honors

  • Phillipa Weeks Prize for the Best Paper by an Early Career Scholar presented at the ALLA 2018 Conference, Australian Labour Law Association, 2018
  • Runner-up, Peter Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2017 (awarded to outstanding published books by early career scholars), UK Society of Legal Scholars, 2017
  • Phillipa Weeks Prize for the Best Paper by an Early Career Scholar presented at the ALLA 2016 Conference, Australian Labour Law Association, 2016
  • Poynton Cambridge Australia Scholarship, Cambridge Trust, 2011
  • WM Tapp Studentship in Law, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 2011



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Alysia is available to supervise projects in the areas of equality law, labour law and ageing.