- Dr Robyn Mayes
- Senior Research Fellow
QUT Business School,
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- Business and Management, Human Geography
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Doctor of Philosophy (Curtin University of Technology)
- Professional memberships
- Member, Institute of Australian Geographers
- Member, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)
- Member, Work/Industry Research Program, School of Management, QUT Business School
global production networks, labour, community/ies, gender, corporate social responsibility, migrant labour
- Robyn Mayes is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the QUT Business School.
- Robyn’s current research is concerned with the development and theorisation of global production networks, inclusive of questions of labour agency, corporate social responsibility, local community/ies, gender and senses of place. These concerns are explored through ongoing empirical work 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.
- She has published several articles and book chapters addressing these concerns, most recently in Environment and Planning A, Organisation, and Journal of Industrial Relations, and is a co-author of an edited collection Resource Curse or Cure?: On the Sustainability of Development in Western Australia(Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2014). Robyn also has an interest in rural cultural industries, festivals and creativity. In this regard she has published articles and book chapters examining postcard production and wildflower festivals.
- organisation and theorisation of global production networks
- geographies of mineral extraction
- political economy of mineral extraction
- labour migration
- corporate social responsibility and local communities
- gender and organisations
- resistance to mining
- Prospective PhD and Masters students with an interest in the above or related topics are encouraged to contact Robyn.
Robyn is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching (QALT) Reviewer.
- Mayes RP, (2015) A social licence to operate: corporate social responsibility, local communities and the constitution of global production networks, Global Networks ps109-s128
- Brueckner M, Durey A, Mayes R, Pforr C, (2014) Resource curse or cure? On the sustainability of development in Western Australia, Springer
- Mayes R, McDonald PK, Pini B, (2014) 'Our' community: corporate social responsibility, neoliberalisation, and mining industry community engagement in rural Australia, Environment and Planning A p398-413
- Mayes R, Pini B, (2014) The Australian mining industry and the ideal mining woman: Mobilizing a public business case for gender equality, The Journal of Industrial Relations p527-546
- Mayes R, Pini B, McDonald P, (2013) Corporate social responsibility and the parameters of dialogue with vulnerable others, Organization: the critical journal of organization, theory and society p840-859
- Pini B, Mayes R, Boyer K, (2013) 'Scary' heterosexualities in a rural Australian mining town, Journal of Rural Studies p168-176
- Pini B, McDonald P, Mayes R, (2012) Class contestations and Australia's resource boom: The emergence of the 'cashed-up bogan', Sociology p142-158
- McDonald P, Mayes R, Pini B, (2012) Mining work, family and community: A spatially-oriented approach to the impact of the Ravensthorpe nickel mine closure in remote Australia, The Journal of Industrial Relations p22-40
- Pini B, Mayes R, (2012) Gender, emotions and fly-in fly-out work, Australian Journal of Social Issues p71-86
- Pini B, Mayes R, McDonald PK, (2010) The emotional geography of a mine closure: A study of the Ravensthorpe nickel mine in Western Australia, Social and Cultural Geography p559-574
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