• Paula McDonald

    Paula McDonald is Professor of Work and Organisation and Director of the Work/Industry Futures Research Program. Her research addresses the profound social implications arising from a globalised, ‘collaborative’ economy. Topics span: work in the digital economy; education to work transitions; public/private boundaries; socio-legal aspects of workplace discrimination; and social media in...

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Research team

  • Jennifer Bartlett

    Jennifer Bartlett is an Associate Professor of Public Relations in the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations. Her research work focuses on corporate social responsibility, stakeholder engagement and how organisations navigate economic and socio-political agendas to manage legitimacy and reputation. She has expertise in issues management and stakeholder communication...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Carol Richards

    Carol Richards is a food and agricultural sociologist specialising in sustainable food systems, climate justice and environmental management. She has published widely on the topics of food waste, food security, supermarket power, land acquisition and climate justice movements and has received funding from the Australian and Norwegian Research Councils. Her...

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  • 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.  Her PhD research adopted qualitative methods and an embedded case study analysis in a large retailer...

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  • 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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  • Penny Williams

    Penny is a post-doctoral research fellow exploring the future of work.  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 of work and the implications the new modes...


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