Work & Employment

Work and employment are central to social and economic wellbeing

Our research challenges the socioeconomic, cultural and gendered inequalities of work. We focus on the lived experiences of paid, unpaid and unwaged work and employment in private, public and digital contexts.

Research in this theme centres on:

Just workplaces

Contemporary dimensions of work and employment

 

This research aligns with the UN’s 8th Sustainable Development Goal: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

 

Current Projects:

Recent Publications:

Care for the self, overcompensation and bodily crafting: The work–life balance of disabled people

Jammaers, Eline, Williams, Jannine (2021) Care for the self, overcompensation and bodily crafting: The work–life balance of disabled people Gender, Work and Organization, 28 (1), pp.119-137.
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Employee dissent on social media and organizational discipline

Thompson, Paul, McDonald, Paula, O'Connor, Peter (2020) Employee dissent on social media and organizational discipline Human Relations, 73 (5), pp.631-652.
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Employee dissent on social media and organizational discipline

Thompson, Paul, McDonald, Paula, O'Connor, Peter (2020) Employee dissent on social media and organizational discipline Human Relations, 73 (5), pp.631-652.
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Predictors of retention and professional wellbeing

Thorpe K, Irvine S, McDonald P, Jansen E & V Sullivan (2020) Identifying predictors of retention and professional wellbeing of the early childhood education workforce in a time of change. Journal of Educational Change.

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Addressing mentor wellbeing in practicum placement mentoring relationships in initial teacher education

Gillett-Swan, Jenna, Grant-Smith, Deanna (2020) Addressing mentor wellbeing in practicum placement mentoring relationships in initial teacher education International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.
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Symbolic violence and marketing ECRs in the neoliberal University

Gordon, Ross, Zainuddin, Nadia (2020) Symbolic violence and marketing ECRs in the neoliberal University Journal of Marketing Management, 36 (7-8), pp.705-726.
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Mobility, temporality, and social reproduction: Everyday rhythms of the ‘FIFO family’ in the Australian mining sector

Mayes, Robyn (2020) Mobility, temporality, and social reproduction: everyday rhythms of the 'FIFO family' in the Australian Mining Sector Gender, Place and Culture, 27 (1), pp.126-142.
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Mums with cameras: Technological change, entrepreneurship and motherhood

Mayes, Robyn, Williams, Penelope, McDonald, Paula (2020) Mums with cameras: Technological change, entrepreneurship and motherhood Gender, Work and Organization, 27 (6), pp.1468-1484.
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How professional photographers engage with and resist digital platform work

McDonald, Paula, Williams, Penny, Mayes, Robyn (2020) How professional photographers engage with and resist digital platform work New Media and Society.
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To build my career or build my brand? Exploring the prospects, challenges and opportunities for sportswomen as human brand

Mogaji, Emmanuel; Badejo, Foluké Abigail; Charles, Simone; Millisits, Jacqueline (2020) To build my career or build my brand? Exploring the prospects, challenges and opportunities for sportswomen as human brand. European Sport Management Quarterly.

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Experiences of abuse in Australian family carers and predictors of mental health and wellbeing

Obst, Trish, Murray, Kate, Walbank, Sarah, Kelly, Rachel, Brazel, Danielle (2020) Experiences of abuse in Australian family carers and predictors of mental health and well‐being Health and Social Care in the Community.
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Employee dissent on social media and organizational discipline

Thompson, Paul, McDonald, Paula, O'Connor, Peter (2020) Employee dissent on social media and organizational discipline Human Relations, 73 (5), pp.631-652.
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A man in the centre: Inclusion and contribution of male educators in early childhood education and care teaching teams

Thorpe, Karen, Sullivan, Victoria, Jansen, Elena, McDonald, Paula, Sumsion, Jennifer, Irvine, Susan (2020) A man in the centre: Inclusion and contribution of male educators in early childhood education and care teaching teams Early Child Development and Care, 190 (6), pp.921-934.
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Unpaid work experience and internships: A growing and contested feature of the future of work

McDonald, Paula, Grant-Smith, Deanna, Wilkinson, Adrian, Barry, Michael (2020) Unpaid work experience and internships: A growing and contested feature of the future of work The Future of Work and Employment, pp.33-48.

Submission to the Treasury Retirement Income Review

Williams, Penny, Laundon, Melinda, Grant-Smith, Deanna, McDonald, Paula (2020) Submission to the Treasury Retirement Income Review

Submission to the Job-Ready Graduates Package exposure draft legislation

Grant-Smith, Deanna, Laundon, Melinda, Feldman, Alicia (2020) Submission to the Job-Ready Graduates Package exposure draft legislation

Submission to the Select Committee on Temporary Migration

Mayes, Robyn (2020) Submission to the Select Committee on Temporary Migration

Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Education & Employment Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020: Submission 18

Grant-Smith, Deanna, Laundon, Melinda, Feldman, Alicia (2020) Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Education & Employment Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020: Submission 18

Digital Platform Work in Australia: Prevalence, Nature and Impact

McDonald, Paula, Williams, Penny, Stewart, Andrew, Mayes, Robyn, Oliver, Damian (2020) Digital Platform Work in Australia: Prevalence, Nature and Impact

A great awakening with many dangers: What has the #MeToo movement achieved?

McDonald, Paula (2020) A great awakening with many dangers: What has the #MeToo movement achieved? QUT Centre for Justice Briefing Paper, August 2020 (8), pp.1-4.

What has the #metoo movement achieved for workers?

P. McDonald (2020) What has the #metoo movement achieved for workers?. Future of Work.

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Submission to the NSW Legislative Council’s Select Committee on the Impact of Technological and Other Change on the Future of Work and Workers in New South Wales

Williams P, McDonald P, Mayes, R, Williams J & Khan M (2020) Submission to the NSW Legislative Council’s Select Committee on the Impact of Technological and Other Change on the Future of Work and Workers in New South Wales. Select Committee on the impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in New South Wales.

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