Personal details

Associate Professor Robyn Mayes
Associate Professor
QUT Business School,
Discipline *
Business and Management, Human Geography
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Curtin University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Director, Work/Industry Research Program, School of Management, QUT Business School
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, QUT, (2014-2017)
  • Member, Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Member,  Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)

labour migration, au pairs in Australia, gender, corporate social responsibility, work and workers in the digital economy

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


Key research interests and current projects

My research draws on the multi-stranded disciplines of Human Geography, Critical Gender Studies, and migration and mobilities scholarship.

Mobile/migrant labour: this work examines labour migration in both domestic (eg FIFO) and transnational (eg temporary labour migration in the resources sector) contexts. I am interested in how this mobility is gendered, how it is experienced (emotionally and physically), along with intersections with corporate social responsibility.

Au Pairs in Australia: emerging out of my long-standing interest in social reproduction and divisions of domestic labour, I am currently researching the growing presence of au pairs in Australian households.

Equity in Postgraduate Study: with Deanna Grant-Smith (QUT) I am undertaking a review of equity trends in postgraduate enrolment, completion and employment outcomes in Australian universities. This project (2017-18), ‘Widening Participation or Widening the Gap? Equity in Postgraduate Study’, is funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.

Work and Workers in the Digital Economy: This project investigates the organisation of paid platform work from the perspective of both workers and the intermediaries they use to find work. It focusses on the economic and socio-cultural motivations and experiences of platform workers and how companies, technologies and managerial strategies shape the nature of the work itself. The project will contribute to knowledge of workforce transitions and shifting work/home boundaries and inform the development of appropriate labour regulation.

ARC Discovery Project with Paula McDonald (QUT), Damian Oliver (UTS), Andrew Stuart (UofAdelaide) and Penny Williams (QUT).


This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Robyn Mayes.


Areas of teaching:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Managing Out: community and stakeholder engagement
  • Research Methodologies
  • Critical Literacies: thinking and reading critically

Reading Strategies for Research Students This set of 11 short videos presents active reading strategies grounded in scholarly practice through which students can hone their skills and improve efficiency and confidence. 

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Robyn Mayes.


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.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Robyn Mayes.


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


Awards and recognition

Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
Management Committee Member and Treasurer
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
The Australian Government committed to implementing the internationally-recognised Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in May 2016. I am a member of the national Multi Stakeholder Group tasked with oversight of national implementation lead by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Research projects

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

Working the Gig Economy: The Organisation of Digital Platform Work
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year


Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)