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Mihajla Gavin

BComm (Hons) Sydney
PhD Candidate

The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Bio

Mihajla completed her undergraduate studies in human resource management and industrial relations with the WOS discipline in 2012. Her Honours thesis examined key staffing and hiring issues affecting public schools in hard-to-staff areas of New South Wales following the introduction of the Local Schools, Local Decisions policy. Her doctoral thesis explores how teacher unions have responded to neoliberal educational reform as it affects the working conditions of public school teachers.

Throughout her studies she has worked for the Australian Public Service in the area of workplace relations, performing various advisory, research and project roles. She has also undertaken roles as a Research Assistant and Tutor.


Thesis working title

The strategic response of the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation in times of neoliberalism: The case of teachers’ work and conditions

This thesis investigates how the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation has strategically responded to neoliberal educational reform that has affected the work and conditions of public school teachers in New South Wales since the mid-1980s. Despite the significant effects felt by teachers as a result of neoliberalism, marketisation, choice and competition, teacher unions have typically been absent within discussions on educational policy and reform. Through undertaking document analysis and interviews, this research will analyse how the Federation has protected and advanced the interests of their members and the teaching profession overall in the last 30 years across key areas such as salaries, staffing and professional status.

Supervisors: Susan McGrath-Champ, Marian Baird

2017

4
Journal Article/s

Gavin M and McGrath-Champ S 2017 'Devolving authority: the impact of giving public schools power to hire staff', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, vol.55:2, pp. 255-274 [Link]

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Conference Paper/s

Gavin M 2017 'Can teacher unions successfully influence neoliberal government policy in New South Wales to shape teachers’ work and conditions?', Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Canberra, Australia, 30th November 2017

Gavin M 2017 'Evolving campaign tactics and strategies used to defend teacher salaries and staffing conditions in neoliberal times: a case of the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation', 9th Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) Conference, Sydney, Australia, 10th November 2017

Gavin M 2017 'Building capacity to respond strategically – How teacher unions in Australia can look internally in order to respond to global education reform', 69th US Labour and Employment Relations Association (US LERA) Conference, Anaheim, United States, 4th June 2017

Gavin M 2017 '"Passive unions won't cut it." (How) can female teacher unionists strategically respond to neoliberal educational reform affecting their work and conditions?', 31st Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference, Canberra, Australia, 10th February 2017

2016

5
Conference Paper/s

Gavin M 2016 'Resistance against neoliberalism(?) What are teacher unions doing for teachers?', 6th International Conference on Critical Education, London, United Kingdom, 13th August 2016

Gavin M 2016 'Demystifying practices and behaviours: How do teacher unions respond to neoliberalism?', 21st International Employment Relations Association Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 12th July 2016

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Conference Proceeding/s

Gavin M 2016 'Advancing the role of teacher unions in shaping forces of neoliberalism that surround teachers' work and conditions', Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2016, Melbourne, Australia, 1st December 2016

Gavin M 2016 'New understandings of renewal: a literature review of the strategic response of teacher unions in times of neoliberal educational reform', Proceedings of the 30th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference, Sydney, Australia, 12th February 2016

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Seminar Paper/s

Gavin M 2016 'The Strategic Response of the New South Wales Teachers' Federation in Times of Neoliberalism: The Case of Teachers' Work and Conditions, The University of Melbourne Faculty of Business & Economics Doctoral Showcase Colloquium, Melbourne, Australia, 24 October 2016

2015

5
Conference Paper/s

Gavin M 2015 'Understanding changed governance and regulation: working conditions of NSW teachers and principals in times of neoliberalism and marketisation', 29th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 5th February 2015

2014

5
Conference Paper/s

Gavin M 2014 'Devolving authority to public schools: catering to ‘local’ needs through decentralised staffing and hiring power', 28th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 7th February 2014

2012

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Newspaper Article/s

Gavin M 2012 'In a debate about schools, why aren't lessons being learnt? (opinion)', The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia [Link]