In recent years, increasing diversity amongst workers and managers, including along lines of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age and (dis)ability, has had major implications for organisational policies and practices internationally.  This has coincided with increased government and organisational commitment to managing and supporting diversity and promoting climates of inclusion.  Diversity and inclusion policies and practices can influence fairness and innovation in workplaces, individual wellbeing and the level of support for broader societal change.

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

  • Processor Catherine Cassell (Adjunct member)
  • Professor Fang Lee Cooke (Adjunct member)
  • Professor Pauline Dibben (Adjunct member)
  • Associate Professor Yvonne due Billing (Adjunct member)
  • Dr Mahan Poorhosseinzadeh (Adjunct member)
  • Professor Judith Pringle (Adjunct member)


Emeritus Professor Glenda Strachan, Dr Sangita De and Dr Mahan Poorhosseinzadeh focus on the question: What aspects of culture, national and organisational policies and practices assist or undermine women’s advancement to senior positions in the public sector? The study uses a qualitative approach with a social constructivist worldview grounded in a critical social philosophy. It is an exploratory study based on interviews with female and male public servants.

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Biannually we host day-long symposiums affectionately known as wEDGE: workshops in Equity, Diversity and Gender in Employment.. Check out  our News and Events page to see when we will host our next event.

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., & Broadbent, K. 2016, ‘Academic pay loadings and gender in Australian universities’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 58(5), pp. 647-668.
  • Bailey, J., Troup, C., & Strachan, G. 2017, ‘Part-time work and advancement: A study of female professional staff in Australian universities’, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2017.1298200.
  • Harvey, M., Moeller, M., & McPhail, R. 2017, 'Mentoring female global managers: A social comparison perspective,' South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management4(1), pp. 21–41.
  • Hutchings, K. 2019, 'Determinants of attraction, retention and completion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher degree research students: A systematic review to inform future research directions', Research in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1007/s11162-018-9511-5.
  • Hutchings, K. 2019, 'Working internationally: Expatriation, migration and other global work', in McNulty, Y., & Brewster, C. (eds) Personnel Psychology, Edward Elgar, pp. 629-631.
  • McNulty,Y., McPhail, R., Inversi, C., Dundon, T., & Nechanska, E. 2018, 'Employee voice mechanisms for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender expatriation: The role of Employee-Resource Groups (ERGs) and allies', The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 29(5), pp. 829-856.
  • Peetz, D., & Murray, G. 2019, 'Women’s employment, segregation and skills in the future of work', Labour & Industry: A journal of the social and economic relations of work, 29(1), pp. 132-148
  • 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.
  • Shang, S., O'Driscoll, MP., & Roche, M. 2018, 'Mechanisms linking acculturation, work–family conflict, and subjective well‐being among Chinese immigrants in New Zealand', Human Resource Management, pp. 1097-1109.
  • Strachan, Glenda. 2019, 'Women, work and the role the male breadwinner concept', Queensland Journal of Labour History, (Autumn) pp. 45-57.
  • Strachan G., Peetz D., Broadbent K., Bailey J., Whitehouse G., & Troup C. 2017, 'Academics: How career structures and segmentation undermine pay regulation', in: Peetz D., Murray G. (eds) Women, Labor Segmentation and Regulation, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

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

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