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Professor, QUT Business School

Paula McDonald is Professor of Work and Organisation and visiting Professor at Queen Mary University London. Paula is also Director of the Work/Industry Futures Research Program in the QUT Business School. The Program’s three areas of inter-disciplinary focus – sustainable governance; employability and education; and just work – address the profound social implications arising from a globalised, ‘collaborative’ economy characterised by rapid and extensive technological change.

Paula’s research addresses topics which span: the dimensions of digital platform work; education to work transitions for young people; social media in employment; customised and flexible work; and socio-legal aspects of workplace discrimination.

Paula has published over 100 academic journal articles, books, chapters and industry reports. She has been awarded seven Australian Research Council grants including a Future Fellowship from 2013-16; five as lead investigator. Total funding for competitive and commercial research grants is over $3 million.

Paula’s research has had demonstrable impact via expert testimony, workplace training, commissioned research reports, media engagement, inquiry submissions, membership on steering committees, and speaking engagements. Her research was selected for submission to Excellence in Research Australia 2018 in Field of Research code 15, being recognised as the most impactful of all management, marketing, finance and accounting research conducted at QUT.

Paula’s experience in higher education governance is reflected in her election and appointment to key university-level committees including QUT Council; University Human Research Ethics Committee; Academic Misconduct panels; Research Degrees Committee; ERA Research Quality groups; and the University Promotions Committee. Paula is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to an academic career, Paula held clinical and research roles in child and adolescent psychiatry, medical education and public health. She is a registered psychologist and a senior fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.