Research students

Contact Work/Industry Futures Director Robyn Mayes if you are interested in joining this program as a research student. We host PhD and research masters students who contribute to our research on a range of topics.

Current PhD Students

Natalia Adan

Currently, Natalia holds a scholarship from QUT to undertake her research at the School of Management. She explores food waste governance in the food service business. The focus of the study is to understand how private governance responds to the challenges of reducing food waste in such establishments. Using qualitative research methods, she will investigate perceptions and knowledge about food waste management practices by managers and chefs of restaurants and cafes. She holds a Brazilian bachelor’s degree in agriculture science and has always been involved in food waste management initiatives. She has also worked for the Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space at the University of Wollongong.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisors: Robyn Mayes and Carol Richards

Irena Bukhshtaber

Organisations are increasingly using technology and artificial intelligence, such as social media profiling and chatbots to select and hire new employees. However, little research has scrutinized whether AI contributes to or exacerbates issues of fairness and bias in hiring decisions. Irena’s research will consider how three different types of Australian organisations use AI to address ethics, bias, fairness, transparency, safety and accountability in recruitment and selection, and if AI supports or hinders recruitment of diverse or vulnerable candidate groups.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisors: Paula McDonald and Penny Williams

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Linda Carroli

Linda Carroli is a strategic planner, consultant and writer examining sustainable transitions. She has worked in industry and higher education in research, creative industries, urban development, economic development and social sustainability initiatives. As an internationally published cultural journalist and award winning writer, she has received several Federal and State government grants as well as an Australia Medal for long and distinguished service in the arts. She has published creative and critical works across print, broadcast and digital media.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisor: Deanna Grant-Smith

Ligerui Chen

Ligerui’s PhD study explores the complexities that migrant workers, who are working in abroad, from Chinese multi-national corporations are facing in the context of ‘belt and road’ initiative. His study also attempts to find out how migrant worker shapes where their work is being produced and how host-country context influences migrant worker. He is also interested in media communication, social policy and cultural studies. He has a Bachelors from Chinese University, a research Masters from Chinese University and a MSc from University College London.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisor: Deanna Grant-Smith

Bernadetta Devi

Bernadetta’s PhD research examines how the mining industry in Indonesia is governed in the context of sustainable development. Specifically, her research investigates how proximally located large-scale mining and artisanal and small-scale mining in Indonesia is governed as multi-scalar and how the involved actors are themselves governed. The research utilises a case study approach examining a specific mining site in Indonesia. The research will extend current understandings the (un)sustainable practices of extractive industry and international development.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisors: Robyn Mayes and Deanna Grant-Smith

Risini Ilangasingha

Risini’s PhD is titled, The Construction of Spaces of Spas and the Identity of the Masseuse in Sri Lanka. Being puzzled by the ambivalent nature of the spaces of spas in Sri Lanka which has become a social taboo in the wider Sri Lankan society, her study critically examines the intersection of the construction of the spatial organization of spa and the construction of the identity of the masseuse in the broader socio-cultural environment of Sri Lanka. The study adopts a qualitative approach while being theoretically informed by the socially constructed view of space and identity. Risini is also an academic of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisors: Deanna Grant-Smith and Robyn Mayes

Gabrielle Jess

Research topic Minding my own business: A multiple capitals perspective exploring Australian small business survival of natural hazards.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisor: Deanna Grant-Smith

Paolo Marinelli

Paolo  Marinelli

Paolo’s PhD research looks to the future of the Australian Federation by examining how power is arranged between and within the Commonwealth, states and territories and their agencies. Using as a case study the recent formation of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which is neither a Commonwealth nor state agency, the various institutional response to the changing power relationships of the Federation are being examined. Prior to commencing his PhD, Paolo worked for both Commonwealth and Queensland agencies in the areas of local government relations, water catchment management and sustainable transport policy including introducing Queensland’s first voluntary travel behaviour program – TravelSmart.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisors: Deanna Grant-Smith and Robyn Mayes

Gayani Samarakoon

Gayani is a Higher Degree Research student of the Faculty of Management of the Queensland University Technology.  In her PhD research, she is exploring the shop floor worker voice in the Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility agenda of the Sri Lankan apparel industry adopting a critical perspective by challenging the mainstream literature. This study seeks to explore how and to what extent employee voice is included/excluded in the strategic CSR agenda in the apparel factory floor in the global south (Sri Lanka). Gayani is also an academic of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisors: Robyn Mayes and Deanna Grant-Smith

Samantha Paredes

Samantha’s PhD research examines the value of local fisheries for the coastal community and tourism. By understanding the consumer preferences of both locals and tourists, this may better connect local fishers to the consumer and may lead to a boost in the local community’s economy. She is currently a PhD candidate and sessional academic in the QUT Business School, Economics and Finance and has worked on projects with the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship. Her previous research examines the role of offsets in compensating for damage in the coastal and marine environments and she holds a Master of Business (Research) (Economics) from QUT and a Bachelor of Business (Economics) (with distinction) / Bachelor of Laws from QUT.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisor: Carol Richards

Amos Tay

Amos is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education under the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (International) Scholarship and his supervisory team comprises of Abby Cathcart and Henk Huijser. His PhD research is a reflection of his interests in digital equity, technology-enhanced learning and social justice. It examines how emerging educational technologies support or hinder equity in higher education. This research is timely and relevant as learning is taking place in a digital age in which the empowerment of an increasingly diversified learner population is valued. Motivated by the urgent need for a socially just education, Amos seeks to understand, through his PhD research, how education with technologies can function for a more equitable and just society. He holds a Master of Education (Learning Sciences & Technologies) conferred by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and was an education officer in the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisor: Abby Cathcart

Current Masters Students

Annissa Hansen

The Aged Care industry in Australia is currently experiencing rapid change with an increasingly older population, a workforce that is increasingly in demand, and a more sophisticated consumer. One of the ways in which the industry is responding to this change is through the increased use of technology, both in the care of patients, but also to create a more efficient work practises. Annissa’s research seeks to understand how the introduction of technology is impacting the aged care workplace. Annissa has held senior leader positions in People and Culture in community services and education organisations, and has over 15 years consulting in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and the UK.

 

Alicia Feldman

Alicia’s research explores the drivers and inhibitors of habitat restoration actions among individuals who participate in outdoor recreational activities. The aim is to identify psycho-social and contextual factors that predict the performance of specific responsible environmental behaviours of recreational fishers. This research will contribute to a deeper understanding of the motivations and barriers experienced by individuals, therefore helping to shape more targeted interventions that encourage pro-environmental behaviours.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisor: Deanna Grant-Smith

Choity Jones

Choity’s research explores the strategic ways organisations employ CSR to respond to institutional pressures from a spillover crisis.  The aim is to identify the extent to which organisations assume responsibility within their communication to stakeholders within a CSR-based crisis spillover through strategic responses. Choity comes from an international background and moved to Australia from Sweden in 2007 to complete her Bachelor’s degree.  Since then she has been working as a professional in the Australian international tertiary education sector, and is completing her research studies concurrently.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisor: Bree Hurst

Maria Khan

Maria’s research explores the persisting gender gap in leadership positions by considering how contemporary leadership is conceptualised in the media and the extent to which cultural norms and gendered assumptions inform media representations of women thereby problematising their progression into leadership. Maria has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) from the University of London, MSc in Management from the University of Surrey, UK and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from QUT, and currently works as a Sessional Academic and Research Assistant at QUT.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisors: Jannine Williams and Penny Williams

Denise Nogueira

Denise’s research explores the contributions of the sharing economy to food security in Australia. The purpose of the study is to understand how the sharing economy as a diverse phenomenon is promoting equitable access to individuals or groups that are on the edges of the conventional economy. This research contributes to the development of knowledge on the implications of the sharing economy to social and economic justice. Denise has over 15 years of experience working with community organizations, SMEs, co-operatives, and financial institutions in Brazil and other countries; developing initiatives related to local development, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisors: Robyn Mayes and Carol Richards

2019 HDR student completions

Ellen Nielsen (PhD)

Ellen’s PhD research investigated how graduates of tertiary education in Creative Industries disciplines experience education-to-work transitions, which reflects her keen interest in the relationship between individuals, higher education, and labour markets. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, the research was particularly interested in how these graduates use and value employability strategies when navigating graduate labour markets.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisors: Paula McDonald and Abby Cathcart

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Paul Woods (Masters)

Technology is increasingly enabling new ways of work – including mobile work away from the traditional workplace. Paul’s research explores how individuals who are encouraged to work in more flexible ways enabled by technology manage the porosity of the physical, temporal and psychological borders between work and life. His research into the intersection between technology, work and life is now being both applied and commercialised through his role as the founder of technology adoption consultancy – Adopt & Embrace. Paul has presented aspects of his research at industry conferences in Australia, Singapore and Canada.

Work/Industry Futures Supervisor: Paula McDonald