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Gender & Equality

This theme examines structural and institutional gendered inequalities in work and organisations; how they are created, reinforced and resisted. Our work recognises that these gendered inequalities intersect with other forms of oppression. We have particular expertise in the sexual and sexualised nature of women’s inequality, including issues of sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women. Our research focuses on fair, better and just work and providing solutions to promote gender equality across social, cultural, economic and political fields.

Theme Leaders

A Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the School of Management, Tyler’s work examines feminist theory, sexuality and violence against women, with the aims of challenging and changing social constructions and preconceptions.

Her recent book Freedom Fallacy: The limits of liberal feminism (Connor Court, 2015) examines the rise of pop feminism, taking on topics ranging from pornography and forced marriage to sexual violence and sex trafficking, to argue that this kind of feminism does little to challenge the status quo.

Lauren is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at RMIT University. Her research examines gender, consumption and the marketplace, with a focus on gender-based inequalities in consumer and digital cultures. This includes how women can be oppressed and excluded in the marketplace; gendered representations in consumer culture; and the strategies used by women to resist and challenge gendered norms in the marketplace.

Lauren is also interested in how consumers are increasingly being put to work by organisations in digital culture, obfuscating the delineation between consumers and producers. Her most recent research projects focus on the production of sexist advertising and sexualised labour by social media influencers.

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Deakin University
University of Tasmania
The University of Melbourne
Federation University


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