• Associate Professor Robyn Mayes

    Using cultural and economic geography as a primary analytic, Robyn Mayes’ research is concerned with the investigation and theorisation of mobile/migrant labour (FIFO and au pairs), global production networks and CSR, new social movements, local community/ies, embodiments of rural change and senses of place. These concerns are explored through ongoing empirical...

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Deputy Director

  • Associate Professor Deanna Grant-Smith

    Deanna Grant-Smith brings to her research an innovative interdisciplinary approach that is underpinned by a commitment to sustainability and social inclusion. Prior to an academic career, she worked in the government sector, where she had roles in policy development and implementation, public sector reform, integrated regional planning, inter-governmental program management, organisational...

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Research team

  • Professor Abby Cathcart

    Abby Cathcart is a Professor of Work and Organisation and Director of the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching. Abby has worked in a range of private and public sector roles and is currently a non-executive director of a Bendigo Community Bank, and a Global Strategic Advisor for the UK Higher Education...

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  • Dr Ian Davis

    Ian Davis is Strategic Lead, Learning and Teaching Development, Impact and Recognition in QUT’s Academy of Learning and Teaching.  His aim is to create increased access to education in all its forms. He is passionate about demystifying the academic process to help staff and students realise their professional and academic...

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  • Dr Bree Hurst

    Bree Hurst is a Lecturer in the QUT Business School. Bree’s research addresses complex problems in organisational settings, with a particular focus on the nexus between organisations, industry, and society. Her research expertise is in organisational communication, with an emphasis in the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and stakeholder engagement....

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  • Dr Bernd Irmer

    With a PhD in organisational psychology, Bernd has more than 20 years of experience conducting research and providing policy and strategy advice across the areas of workforce planning and measurement, employee engagement, and organisational strategy and development. Bernd has an outstanding record of achievement in delivering strategic, evidence based, and...

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  • Dr Melinda Laundon

    Melinda Laundon is a lecturer in learning and teaching development, impact and recognition in the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching. Her research interests include performance, reward and recognition, research impact, higher education policy and learning and teaching. Her work is often based on interdisciplinary approaches combining public policy, employment...

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  • Professor Paula McDonald

    Paula McDonald is Professor of Work and Organisation and visiting Professor at Queen Mary University London. 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...

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  • Dr Katherine Moore

    Katherine Moore brings a passion for, and a wealth of experience in, the disability employment field. Her research addresses employability for vulnerable groups, with a specific focus on people with disability and youth employment.  Katherine has previously led an NGO-funded project investigating pathways to sustainable employment for vulnerable youth in two...

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  • Associate Professor Trish Obst

    Associate Professor Patricia Obst has been an active researcher for almost 20 years and has over 60 publications in a variety of areas including: volunteering aging wellbeing sense of community contectedness and social support alcohol use in specific populations community engagement Patricia completed a PhD by publication in the area...

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  • Dr Penny Williams

    Penny is a Lecturer and Researcher exploring the future of work in the QUT Business School’s School of Management.  Penny has over 15 years experience in corporate HR and strategic consultancy roles, working across public and private sectors, nationally and internationally. Her background underpins her research into the changing nature...

  • Dr Jannine Williams

    From her background in working with D/deaf and disabled people, research projects on disabled academics’ career experiences and gender, Jannine has developed research interests in the development and organization of socially responsible work which is explored through a concern for the meaning and experiences of work and how work practices...