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Professor Paula McDonald

QUT Business School,
Management

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Name
Professor Paula McDonald
Position(s)
Future Fellow
QUT Business School,
Management
Professor of Management
QUT Business School,
Management
Discipline *
Business and Management, Psychology, Sociology
Phone
+61 7 3138 5318
Fax
+61 7 3138 1313
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland Inst. of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Work/Industry Research Program, QUT Business School
https://www.qut.edu.au/research/research-projects/work-industry-research-program

Work and Family Policy Roundtable
http://www.workandfamilypolicyroundtable.org/ International

Labour Relations Association
http://www.ilo.org/public/english/iira/

Psychologist registration with the Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
http://www.ahpra.gov.au/

Keywords

Flexible Work, Gender, Employment Relations, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Social Media, Youth

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

Biography

Paula McDonald is Professor of Work and Organisation and ARC Future Fellow in the QUT Business School. Paula’s research adopts a multi-disciplinary, systems-level approach, addressing complex problems in industry settings including finance, defence, policing, government and education. Paula has been awarded 6 major competitive research grants from the Australian Research Council, collaborating with organisations such as The Australian Human Rights Commission, Suncorp, the Australian Defence Force, Goodstart Early Learning, Education Queensland, The Brisbane City Council and the Qld Dept of Public Works.

Paula has disseminated her work widely including in three edited collections and over 60 academic journal articles and through frequent media interviews and industry seminars. Paula leads the Work/Industry Futures Research Program in the Business School, chairs the School of Management research committee and leads the Rights and Welfare program for the multi-disciplinary Children and Youth Research Centre. Prior to an academic career, Paula held clinical and research roles in child and adolescent psychiatry, medical education, primary care and public health. She is a member of the National Work and Family Roundtable and a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

 

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Teaching

Teaching Areas

  • Research methods
  • Research ethics
  • Human resource management
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Professional development
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Experience

Over the past 10 years, Paula has worked closely with organisations in the public, private and community sectors on a wide range of collaborative research projects. She has worked with the Australian Human Rights Commission on their review of discrimination in the workplace related to pregnancy, parental leave and return to work; and in the area of sexual harassment, their 2008 and 2011 prevalence studies and a related Code of Practice for Employers titled ‘Know where the line is’. She is current part on an expert panel for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s review into sexual harassment and predatory behaviur in Victoria Police.

Paula has also recently worked with the Suncorp group and the Australian Defence Force, exploring how customised work arrangements are taken up in these respective organisational settings. She has conducted recent keynote speeches for the Independent Education Union, Westpac and St. George Banking groups, Victorian Legal Aid and the Australian Human Rights Commissioners Agency. Paula led an ARC Linkage grant from 2008-10 which examined how schools students understood and negotiated paid work. The research involved collaboration with Education Queensland, the Queensland Council of Unions, Brisbane Catholic Education and the Young Workers Advisory Service, and 19 high schools in metropolitan and rural Queensland. The findings of the research informed the development of an employment toolkit for young people and school curriculum development in the area of employment relations.

Paula is currently working on an ARC Linkage grant with Prof Karen Thorpe, the Qld Dept of Education, Training and Employment, Goodstart Childcare and C&K, which addresses professionalism, engagement and training in the early childhood education workforce. Another ARC Linkage project entitled Bridging the Gap Between the Provision and Utilisation of Work-life Policies (with K. Brown and L. Bradley) identified the barriers and enablers of workplace flexibility policy usage and developed a comprehensive program that addressed under-utilisation in two Qld public sector departments. Flexible work was also the focus of two collaborative research projects in 2007 with the Brisbane City Council and the Hudsons Human Resource group.

A longstanding organisational collaboration has been with the Queensland Working Women’s Service and their affiliated services in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Dili, Timor Leste. These community advocacy services, which assist women in workplace matters, collect significant grass roots data that provide insights into the nature and trends of employment problems including unfair dismissal, pay, workplace bullying and sex discrimination. Prior to an academic career, Paula worked in a range of clinical and research roles in the health sector, including at the Royal Brisbane and Children’s Hospitals, the Men’s Support and Advisory service, the Brisbane North Division of General Practice and Queensland Medical Education Centre at the University of Queensland.

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Publications

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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2015
Details
Expert reference group member: Australian Human Rights Commission review into pregnancy discrimination in the workplace
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Keynote speech at the Independent Education Union National Conference, The Gold Coast: "The uptake of flexible work: Implications for the education sector".
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2015
Details
Expert witness: Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women in an investigation into sexual harassment in the federal workplace.
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2013
Details
Recipient of four-year ARC Future Fellowship
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2012
Details
Invited keynote speaker at the Victorian Legal Aid Civil Justice Law Conference, Melbourne: "Conciliation outcomes in complaints lodged on the ground of sexual harassment in the workplace".
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2012
Details
Invited keynote speaker at the Australian Council of Human Rights Agencies Conference, Melbourne: "Alternative dispute resolution in Australian Anti-discrimination Commissions: Processes and outcomes".
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2011
Details
Academic co-convener of industrial relations conference in Dili, Timor Leste, in conjuction with the Australian network of Working Women's Centres.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2007
Details
Tilde University Press, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Early Career Researcher Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
1997
Details
QUT University Medal for Academic Achievement (Grade Point Average 6.7 over 4-year degree)

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Young people and work: pathways to industrial citizenship
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
FT120100635
Start year
2012
Keywords
Employment , Vulnerable Workers, Young Workers, Youth Pathways
Title
Identifying effective strategies to grow and sustain a professional early years workforce
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP140100652
Start year
2014
Keywords
Early Childhood Education And Care, Professional Identity, Workforce
Title
Customising Work through Manager-Employee Exchange
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP120101560
Start year
2012
Keywords
Customised Work Arrangements, Flexible Work, Right To Request, Social Exchange, Ideosyncratic Deals, Employment Relations
Title
Sexual Harassment in Australia: Contexts, Outcomes and Prevention
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP1093442
Start year
2010
Keywords
Sexual Harassment, Employment, Gender and Organisation, Anti Discrimination Law
Title
Social Citizenship and Employment for Secondary School Students
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0774931
Start year
2007
Keywords
social citizenship at work, youth employment, education, school to work transition, industrial relations,
Title
Bridging the Gap between the Provision and Utilisation of Work-Life Policies
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0455074
Start year
2005
Keywords
employee relations; work life balance; flexible work arrangements; work life culture; work life policies;

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