Take your research to the next level with the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing

We have more than 25 PhD candidates undertaking a thesis aligned with our research and under the supervision of our staff. If you have an honours or masters by research degree in related fields, you can apply to do a PhD under the supervision of a WOW centre member. Candidates’ whose principal supervisor is a member of WOW are eligible to apply to the Centre.

How do I apply?

Contact the relevant research convenor for the School or Department in which potential supervisors may be located and to discuss your research project:

Current members

Fiona Archontoulis (Student Representative)

To what extent do workload management systems allow frontline managers better opportunities to support employee work–related stress. // Supervisors: Rebecca Loudoun, Keith Townsend

Rebecca Cozens

An exploration of study abroad as a modern student engagement and retention strategy for Australian universities. // Supervisor: Ashlea Troth

Corie Duff

A case study of mid-level leadership within an Australian heavy industry project environment. // Supervisors: Kate Hutchings, Mohan Thite

Negar Faaliyat

The probability of unemployment for Middle Eastern female skilled migrants in Australia. // Supervisor: David Peetz

Rosa Faaliyat

Australian organisations and their multicultural diverse workforce practices. // Supervisor: David Peetz

Sheetal Gai

To explore and understand life stress among expatriates working in the ICT sector and examine potential intervention programs and its benefits for successful expatriate experience. // Supervisors: Paula Brough, Elliroma Gardiner

Vanessa Giannos

Heating up the boardroom: Exploring senior menopausal leaders' experience of menopause at work. // Supervisors: Mary Rogers, Ruth McPhail

Jane Gifkins

Fatigue and recovery in shiftworking nurses. // Supervisors: Rebecca Loudoun, Keith Townsend

William Gunawan

The development and validation of a perceived future employability scale for young adults. // Supervisors: Peter Creed, Ian Glendon

Leah Hague

Greenspace: effects on mental health and wellbeing at work. // Supervisors: Paula Brough, Ralf Buckley

Alan Hudson

Emotions in leadership. // Supervisors: Peter Jordan, Ashlea Troth

Farid Irshaid

Human resource management in the Palestinian public sector or not–for–profit leadership. // Supervisors: Kate Hutchings, Wayne O’Donohue

Maria Khan

Exploring to what extent do social media platforms facilitate employee voice. // Supervisors: Adrian Wilkinson, Paula Mowbray

Dan Henning Langerud

Entitlement perceptions among employees. // Supervisors: Peter Jordan, Amanda Biggs

Kfir Levin

Study crafting in higher education // Supervisor: Peter Creed, Liz Jones

Victoria Lister

Employees, management and the implementation of employee voice systems in hospital settings. // Supervisors: Adrian Wilkinson, Michael Barry, Paula Mowbray

Rachel Morrow

Health and work engagement in emergency services: Understanding the impact of multi-level employee needs and work expectations when there is disconnect. // Supervisors: Paula Brough, Amanda Biggs

Kathryn Moura

Experiencing and responding to anger at work. // Supervisors: Peter Jordan, Ashlea Troth

Mitchell Raper

Occupational stress and coping: Understanding how daily job stressors and future-oriented coping impact employee emotions and cognitions. // Supervisors: Paula Brough, Amanda Biggs

Jason Spedding

Investigating distributed leadership emergence and its effects on organisational performance and wellbeing. // Supervisor: Paula Brough

Meet your student representative

The Centre’s HDR Student Representative is Maria Khan. Her appointment as such is one of service to the University and aims to give the HDR student’s affiliated with the Centre a voice on matters pertaining to its remit to offer a collegial environment of focused research activity in which they can participate and exchange ideas. Maria is also a member of the Centre’s Steering Committee in the same capacity. Here she extends a brief welcome:

I started my journey at Griffith Business School and at WOW in early 2019. Under the supervision of Professor Adrian Wilkinson and Dr Paula Mowbray, my PhD explores the potential of social media as an employee voice mechanism.

An academic by profession and an HR enthusiast in general, it was exciting for me to be a part of WOW and I have been able to benefit from various activities conducted by the Centre. This naturally progressed the need to contribute towards the Centre’s goals of promoting research and facilitating HDRs research skills development.

As the HDR Representative of WOW, my role is to represent the voice of HDR members of the Centre regarding its mission to create an environment conducive of collective and individual learning. WOW members are able to access a rich knowledge-base through regular seminars and workshops by internal and external experts which not only promotes knowledge-exchange, but also enhances networking opportunities.

I encourage you to consider becoming a member of WOW and participate in its events in order to experience growth as a researcher and connect with leading researchers and academics.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions regarding WOW membership/activities. My email address is maria.khan2@griffithuni.edu.au.

Maria Khan

(Please note, Maria is WOW's HDR Representative, not the GBS or ERHR HDR Representative)

Recent PhD graduations

Dr Fiona Archontoulis, July 2020 - "The implementation of a workload allocation system in pursuit of employee health outcomes"

Dr Jessica Blomfield, July 2020 - "Emotional regulation in sustainability change events: A strategy for success"

Dr Vishal Rana, May 2020 - "Non-preferred work tasks in work design"

Dr Lorraine Tulele, July 2020 - "Indigenous Australian employment disadvantage: Is there a relationship between employer's attitude and the low skill acquisition and aow retention of indigenous people in the private sector"

Dr CJ Wang, January 2020 - "How should I care? Understanding the frontline managerial compassion process"

Dr Safa Riaz, December 2019 - “An investigation of how human resource management philosophy and human resource management strength influence high-performance work systems outcomes"

Dr Qian Yi Lee, December 2019 - "A systems perspective of performance management in the Singapore public sector"

Dr Carolina Bouten-Pinto, July 2019 - "Culturewise practice - A new approach to leadership In culturally diverse organisations"

Dr Shirley Chan, July 2019 - "University academics' workplace well-being: A comparative study in Australia and Malaysia"

Dr Indira Samaru, July 2019 - "A critical examination of enablers and constraints of employee involvement in a unionised Canadian higher education environment"

Dr Harum Apriyanti, July 2018 - "The perceptions of the impact of social capital on expatriate work and wellbeing in the resources sector in Indonesia"

Dr Mahan Poorhosseinzadeh, July 2018 - "Women in senior management positions in Australia and the concept of the ‘Ideal Manager’"


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