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Dr Robyn Mayes

QUT Business School,


Dr Robyn Mayes
Senior Research Fellow
QUT Business School,
Discipline *
Business and Management, Human Geography
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Doctor of Philosophy (Curtin University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 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

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • 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.

Research interests:

  • 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.
This information has been contributed by Dr Robyn Mayes.


Robyn is a  Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching (QALT) Reviewer.

This information has been contributed by Dr Robyn Mayes.


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