Disability and Work

This program explores women’s lived experiences of disability and gender in careers and leadership at work.  

Career progression of women with disability

Working with Robyn Mayes, Maria Hameed Khan,  the VPS Enablers Network. Jannine Williams leads ‘Getting on at work: Progression and promotion of women with disability in the Victorian Public Sector’ which draws on lived experiences to investigate the cultural and social barriers to career progression and professional success for women with disability.  This project is partnered with Disability Leadership Institute.

Read the research report submitted to the Commission of Gender Equality in the public sector for this project.

Disability and gender in the Australian Twittersphere on disability leadership

The Australian of the Year award is made to citizens who are recognised as inspiring individuals and leaders at community, State or Territory and national levels. As such, recipients receive significant media attention and public sharing of opinions and resources connected to the recipients and their activities as award incumbents.

Working with Digital Observatory data from the Australian Twittersphere project (https://www.digitalobservatory.net.au/), this study explores social responses to the recipient of the ‘Australian of the Year’ award over a five year period to analyse the social construction of leadership through a disability and gender intersectional lens.

Journal Special Issue

Jannine is a guest editor for a Special Issue in Management Learning “(Un)learning from the Margins in Management and Organization Research”. This issue seeks to contribute to the scholarly dialogue on the conditions of academic knowledge development by inviting scholars to explore alternative theoretical, methodological and epistemological approaches that nurture plurality of perspectives in learning and knowing. See the Call for Papers here.

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