- Associate Professor Robyn Mayes
- Associate Professor
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
- 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)
- Member, Work/Industry Research Program, School of Management, QUT Business School
labour migration, au pairs in Australia, gender, corporate social responsibility, work and workers in the digital economy
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).
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.
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.
For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Awards and recognition
- Advisor/Consultant for Community
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- Management Committee Member and Treasurer
- Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
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- 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.
Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)
- Working the Gig Economy: The Organisation of Digital Platform Work
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- CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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