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Dr Robyn Mayes

QUT Business School,


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

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, QUT, (2014-2017)
  • Scholars in Humanities Advisorary Board, Curtin University
  • 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’s interdisciplinary research draws on critical approaches in human/cultural and feminist geography, sociology, and cultural studies to elucidate crucial contemporary intersections of (transnational) business and society.  Key foci are:

mobile/migrant labour, global production networks and corporate social responsibility, digital platforms, and  new social movements.   This work is grounded through sustained critical attention to everyday experiences in local communities and workplaces, and through ongoing empirical work on the social and cultural impacts of the Australian mining industry.

Her work is published in over 40 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reports, including in top ranking international journals,  most recently  Work, Employment and Society; Global Networks; Environment and Planning A; Organisation, and Journal of Industrial Relations. Robyn is  a co-author of an edited collection Resource Curse or Cure?: On the Sustainability of Development in Western Australia (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2014).  She has recently co-edited a Special Issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. The national and international relevance and impact of her research is evident in:

  • regular invitations to speak at a range of academic and public fora, including a recent keynote address “Embodying rural change: labour migration and the gendering of everyday of (im)mobility” at the international conference: Gender and (Im)mobilities in the Context of work,  Tromso, Norway, June 15th to 17th  2016.
  • collaborations as Visiting Scholar: Aberystwyth University, Wales, 2015; Queens University, Belfast, 2016; and  University of Melbourne, 2016.

Real world impact and public benefit around social justice is a central component of  Robyn’s research practice. This is achieved through sustained engagements with policy and community service practitioners and her membership, for example, of the Multi-Stakeholder Group overseeing the development and implementation of the Australian Government’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        She is program-leader of the Just Work stream in the Work/Industry Futures Program in the QUT Business School; School Research Ethics Advisor and member of the Faculty Equity Committee. Robyn serves on the Management Committee of the Immigrant Women’s Support Service (currently, Treasurer)                                                                                                                                                                                              Current projects

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Robyn is a  Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), and a QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching (QALT) Reviewer.   She is unit coordinator and principal lecturer for

  • BSN 502: (Faculty Postgraduate) Research Methodologies (Sem 1, 2017)
  • MGN 412: (School of Management, Postgraduate) Organisational Behaviour (Sem 1, 2017)

Her teaching encompasses the Public Sector Management Program, with responsibility for ‘Managing Outward in a Networked Environment.’

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Robyn has conducted large-scale qualitative research projects in rural and regional communities and  in collaboration with public sector organisations culminating in substantial public reports.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mayes, R (2012) Peel Away the Mask II, Commissioned research monograph prepared for Peel Community Development Group, available at http://www.rdapeel.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Peel-Away-the-Mask-II-20121.pdf                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mayes, R (2012)  Peel Away the Mask II: Executive Summary, Commissioned Summary prepared for Peel Community Development Group available at http://www.rdapeel.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Peel-Away-the-Mask-II-2012-Executive-Summary.pdf

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For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions

  • Informal Chain of Food Waste Management in Food Retails/ Business in an Urban Context
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Carol Richards
  • Understanding Mining Governance in Indonesia: A Study of Governmentality
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Deanna Grant-Smith
  • Governance and Power in Australian Federalism: The case of independent federal transport regulators
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Deanna Grant-Smith
  • Engaging with the Australian diaspora in Hong Kong
    Masters, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Paula McDonald
  • Inequality and the emergence of the collaborative economy
    Masters, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Carol Richards
  • The effect of language and terminology in the public sector on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Disadvantage priorities: Is this a self-fulfilling wicked management problem?
    Masters, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Deanna Grant-Smith