WWRG Members

The Women and Work Research Group (WWRG) comprises academics from Work and Organisational Studies in the School of Business at the University of Sydney.

Academics with an interest in women and work from other disciplines are also invited to participate.

Research Profiles

Member Research Interests Current Research

Dr Susan Ainsworth
Senior Lecturer

Older women workers, age discrimination and public policy

Gender, age and aesthetic labour (with Dr Leanne Cutcher) and affirmative action in Australia

Dr Marian Baird
Professor of Work and Organisations

Convenor of the Women and Work Research Group. Marian has written extensively about women, work and family and maternity and parental leave in Australia. She has many connections with policy makers in the business, union and community sectors at both State and Federal levels. Marian has undertaken a number of large research projects, including the Parental Leave in Australia Study, a 'Dual Agenda' study of gender equity and organisational efficiency in Australian organisations and an evaluation of the impact of Work Choices on low paid employees. Marian has published widely, is a regular journal columnist to BOSS magazine and is frequently invited to speak to the media. Marian is also an Affiliated Faculty Member of the Workplace Centre at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Cambridge, USA.

Dr Rae Cooper
Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies

Agency in employment relations and is particularly interested in bargaining structures, processes and outcomes. Her PhD examined the strategies of female dominated unions in the 1990s.

The impact of WorkChoices for Australian women workers

Dr Teresa Davis
Senior Lecturer in Discipline of Marketing

A/Prof. Bradon Ellem
Associate Professor in Work and Organisational Studies

Studies of unions, women's paid labour, local industrial relations and gender politics in the cold war. His first book was a study of the history of trade unionism in the Australian clothing industry

The sources and impacts of government industrial relations policy and changes in the geographies of work and unionism.

Dr Melissa Gregg
Lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies

Dr Melissa Greggis a Lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on emotional and affective labour and the impact of online technology on professional work practices. Melissa's ARC Fellowship, Working From Home: New media technology, workplace culture and the changing nature of domesticity, was one of the first Australian studies to demonstrate the psychological impact of online technology and its role in extending working hours. Work's Intimacy, the book arising from the study, will be published by Polity Press in 2010.

Dr Dimitria Groutsis
Senior Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies

Alexandra Heron

Research Associate for the women and work group, Alexandra is a lawyer and has worked in policy and project management capacities in the NGO, public and private sectors in Australia, the UK and France, with an emphasis on gender and employment issues. Before leaving the UK at the end of 2008, she was working on embedding equality and diversity practice in a national UK NGO. Publications include a paper for the OECD/EU on migrant women and work and contributing to a book on UK maternity and parental rights. She has also written a paper for the then UK Equal Opportunities Commission in 2004, "Pregnancy Discrimination: Some International Comparisons "

Dr Elizabeth Hill
Lecturer in Political Economy

Liz is currently working on two research programs. One focuses on Indian women workers and feminist interventions for work-life reform in informal labour markets. The other concentrates on the development of work and family policies in Australia and their impact on gender equality.

Dr Suzanne Jamieson
Associate Professor in Work and Organisational Studies

OHS prosecutions, for which she shares an ARC Discovery Grant, and in the area of equity for women including equal pay and in particular the role of the law in the equality project.

Sarah Kaine
Doctoral candidate in Work and Organisational Studies

Employer strategy in the residential aged care sector in NSW and the role of regulatory constraints on the shaping of that strategy. In particular Sarah is interested in how the gendered nature of the aged care workforce impacts on the determination of pay and conditions and the expression of employee voice within the sector.

Renee Kramer
Executive Assistant, Business School Research Unit

Russell Lansbury AM
Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Sydney

International and comparative aspects of industrial relations. In a recent publication with Marian Baird, he argued the case for 'a working families' agenda' for Australia

The impact of globalisation on employment relations in the automotive and banking industries in various countries. He is interested in the employment relations policies of multinational enterprises and how these influence practices at the national level in different economic and political systems.

Dr Jane Lê

Dr Jane Lê is interested in the complex, dynamic, pluralistic and sometimes conflicting nature of organizations. Her research identifies key patterns in how organizations and the individuals within them function over time.

Work-family conflict, using the example of relocation to highlight the multiple roles individuals hold and how they balance these in practice.

Helena Liu
Doctoral candidate in Work and Organisational Studies

Leadership and discourse

The ways in which leaders construct a coherent and authentic identity through life stories published in the media, with particular attention to how male and female leaders across different cultures differ in their approach.

Dr Susan McGrath-Champ
Senior Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies

Alternative explanations of the 'glass ceiling', men as primary care-givers within families, training and performance of international assignees, and the spatial aspects of industrial relations

A joint ARC-industry funded research project on the construction industry

Dr Gabrielle Meagher
Professor of Social Policy in the Faculty of Education and Social Work

She is currently working on two research programs. One focuses on paid care work, examining gender dimensions of how work in this female-dominated labour market is performed, organised, and valued. The second examines Australians attitudes to unions, work, and the welfare state.

Dr John Murray
Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies

Interactions between households and the labour market.

Dr Maree Murray

Equal opportunity and gender equity (including pay equity) in the workplace, particularly the higher education sector

Gender equity strategies, programs and policies in the higher education sector

Karen Reeves
Doctoral candidate in Work and Organisational Studies

The rise of the female breadwinner

Professor Joellen Riley
Sydney Law School

Dr Stuart Rosewarne

Research interests are concentrated on international political economy and in particular international labour market formation with a focus on international migration, including the feminisation of labour migration.

Dr Belinda Smith
Senior Lecturer, Sydney Law School

Dr Diane van den Broek
Senior Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies

Employment relations within Australian service industries. Her most recent research focuses on the nature of 'soft' skills required within contemporary service work and the emotional and aesthetic labour required in many female dominated sectors. Other recent research looks at the ambiguous and contradictory impacts of globalisation on women and the way local market reforms can be both empower and constrain women?s labour and gender ideology.

Dr Sue Williamson
Research Assistant in Work and Organisational Studies

How parties bargain for family provisions in collective enterprise agreements in a changing workplace relations environment. Her research uses case studies to uncover bargaining processes, to identify how gender is manifest in collective enterprise bargaining and how this impacts on negotiating family provisions.

Jeaney Yip
Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Sydney

The nexus of consumption and culture with a focus on women, ethnic, young people and religious subcultures. She engages in research which perceives products as cultural constructions that reflect an underlying discourse.

Her current research projects involve how Christian music constructs meaning that reflect a persistent tension between sacred and secular, as well as the representation of women in Christian media