Associate Professor Robyn Mayes

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Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services
Studies In Human Society
Built Environment And Design

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Director, Work/Industry Futures Research Program

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 work largely centered on the Australian mining industry. This encompasses, for example, substantial ethnographic work in mining-affected communities, qualitative case studies of the implications of Fly-in, Fly-out (FIFO) work patterns and labour migration on spouses and local communities, along with textual analyses of ‘mining’ discourses.  New research examines the ways in which work is shaped by digital platforms, including geographical dimensions.   Find out more about Robyn Mayes.




  • (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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  • Pini, Barbara, Mayes, Robyn, & Rodriguez Castro, Laura (Eds.) (2019) Rurality and Education. Routledge (Taylor & Francis), Abingdon.
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  • Pini, Barbara & (2019) Rural masculinities. In Routledge international handbook of masculinity studies (Routledge International Handbooks):. Routledge.
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  • , , & (2019) Deficit discourses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage: A wicked problem in Australian Indigenous policy? In Thomas, W, Hujala, A, McMurray, R, & Laulainen, S (Eds.) The management of wicked problems in health and social care (Routledge Studies in Health Management):. Routledge, United States of America, pp. 148-159.
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  • (2019) Corporate funding and local community development: a case from the mining industry in Australia. In McCrea, N & Finnegan, F (Eds.) Funding, power and community development:. Policy Press, United Kingdom, pp. 85-100.
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  • & (2017) Freedom, part-time pirates, and poo police: Regulating the heterotopic space of the recreational boat. Environment and Planning A, 49(6), pp. 1379-1395.
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  • , , & Woods, Michael (2017) (Re)assembling neoliberal logics in the service of climate justice: Fuzziness and perverse consequences in the fossil fuel divestment assemblage. In Larner, W & Higgins, V (Eds.) Assembling neoliberalism: Expertise, practices, subjects:. Palgrave Macmillan US, United States of America, pp. 131-149.
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  • Boyer, Kate, , & (2017) Narrations and practices of mobility and immobility in the maintenance of gender dualisms. Mobilities, 12(6), pp. 847-860.
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