Women’s work—paid and unpaid, for example—contributes substantially to economic development. Women’s historical disadvantage in the labour market is a major concern, so gender issues are prominent. In recent years, the reality of diversity in employment, including ethnicity and age, combined with issues of equity, has had major implications for national and organisational policies, as well as individual wellbeing. These issues are reflected in a growing substantial body of literature.

Experts working with this area of expertise are concerned with issues surrounding gender, ethnicity and diversity at work.

Areas of research

  • Equity and diversity programs in organisations
  • Ethnicity and employment
  • Gender equity in universities
  • Indigenous employment and identity
  • Insecure employment in universities
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) expatriate workers
  • Migrants’ employment
  • Precarious and vulnerable workers
  • Professional women
  • Women and unions
  • Work and family

Equity, Diversity and Gender in Employment

Professor Glenda Strachan explains the central role matters of Equity, Diversity and Gender play in the employment relationship.

Members undertaking research in this area

  • Emeritus Professor Glenda Strachan
  • Professor Fang Lee Cooke (Adjunct member)
  • Associate Professor Yvonne due Billing (Adjunct member)
  • Professor Judith Pringle (Adjunct member)


Emeritus Professor Glenda Strachan and colleagues conducted  a major Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project funded by Universities Australia, Unisuper and the National Tertiary Education Union on gender equity in universities in 2012. As well as a major report, they have published papers on the use of casual academic staff, the insecurity facing highly skilled research staff, workplace harassment, the progress of non-academic staff, and gender discrepancies in academics’ bonus payments. Project leader Strachan has herself been a prolific and influential researcher on work for over three decades, with a particular focus on equity and gender equity.

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Biannually we host day-long symposiums affectionately known as wEDGE: workshops in Equity, Diversity and Gender in Employment. The next event will be hosted on Tuesday 24 October at the Nathan campus. Check out the program at our News and Events page.

The workshops promote discussion among scholars and practitioners interested in related workplace issues of national and international importance.

Recent research outputs

  • Bailey, J., Peetz, D., Whitehouse, G., Strachan, G. and Broadbent, K. 2016, ‘Academic pay loadings and gender in Australian universities’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 58(5), pp. 647-668.
  • Chen, M. and Gardiner, E. 2019, 'Supporting older workers to work: a systematic review', Personnel Review, 48(5), pp. 1318-1335.
  • Hutchings, K., Michailova, S. & Harrison, E. 2013, 'Neither Ghettoed nor Cosmopolitan: A study of western women’s perceptions of gender and cultural stereotyping in the United Arab Emirates', Management International Review, 53(2), pp. 291–318.
  • Peetz, D., Murray, G. & Muurlink, O., 2013, ‘Work-life interference and gender in the mining and energy industry’, Labour and Industry, 24(4), pp. 286-301.
  • Poorhosseinzadeh M., Strachan G., & Broadbent K. 2019, 'Disembodied senior managers: The perspective of male senior managers in an Australian hospitality organisation', In: Fotaki M., Pullen A. (eds) Diversity, Affect and Embodiment in Organizing, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ravenswood, K., Le Queux, S., French, E., Strachan, G. & Burgess, J. 2016, ‘Managing diversity in the South Pacific’, in Alain Klarsfeld, Eddy S. Ng, Lize A.E. Booysen, Liza Castro Christiansen & Bård Kuvaas (eds) Research Handbook of International and Comparative Perspectives on Diversity Management, pp. 227–255.

A comprehensive list of outputs can be found at our member’s Griffith Experts links above.

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