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Research Theme

Diversity & Inclusion

This theme brings together a wide range of research which collectively addresses diversity and inclusion issues in organisations and societies. A particularly strong focus of this theme concerns how organisational policies and culture, human resources practices, leadership, work design, among others, can collectively inform the development of inclusive workplaces that celebrate and capitalise on employee diversity.

  • Employees with mental health challenges
  • Employees with disability
  • Cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity (including studies concerning migrants)
  • Ageing workforce
  • Educational/functional diversity, or any other forms of individual differences in team/org compositions

Theme Leader


Lena is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at RMIT University. She teaches and researches in areas of work psychology and organisational behaviour, with a particular focus on personality, employee proactivity, leadership, and diversity management. She also has over 10 years of consulting experience on a wide range of areas, including leadership training and development, psychometric testing, talent assessment and management, among others. Lena has authored over 40 international journal articles, book chapters, and commissioned reports for government and industry. Her work has appeared in top-tier journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and Annual Review of Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour. She currently sits on the editorial board of Human Relations and Applied Psychology: An International Review. Lena works closely with government and industry and has attracted approximately $1 million external grants from funding partners including, National Mental Health Commission, Queensland Mental Health Commission, Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet, Wesfarmers, BHP Billiton, among others. 


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