Dr Alysia Blackham is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. She is an award-winning author: Reforming Age Discrimination Law: Beyond Individual Enforcement (Oxford University Press, 2022), was awarded the 2022 book prize of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, for the most outstanding contribution to the field of law and society; and Extending Working Life for Older Workers: Age Discrimination Law, Policy and Practice (Hart Publishing, 2016), was Runner Up for the 2017 UK Society of Legal Scholars' Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. 

From 2017–21, Alysia was engaged as a prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Fellow, undertaking the project DE170100228, ‘Addressing Age Discrimination in Employment’. The results of that project have informed law reform processes in Victoria, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, and Queensland, and at the Commonwealth level.

Alysia has worked as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney, and Executive Officer to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Services) at the University of Technology, Sydney, supporting the University’s human resource, compliance, and IT functions. She has also worked as an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, and Director of Studies and Turpin-Lipstein Fellow and College Lecturer in Law at Clare College, Cambridge.

Alysia holds a PhD in Law from Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Political Science) and a Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) with Merit from the University of 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.

Alysia blogs at Academic Kaizen.