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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 research 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. Collectively, we focus on fair, better and just work and providing solutions to promote gender equality across social, cultural, economic and political fields.

Theme Leaders

Dr Meagan Tyler

Meagan Tyler is Senior Lecturer in the School of Management. Her work examines gender inequality and gendered violence in a range of contexts, from the sex industry to emergency management. She has written extensively on violence against women in systems of prostitution and provided expert advice on addressing modern slavery and trafficking for sexual exploitation. Meagan has also published significant works on the social construction of gendered inequalities in the context of bushfire preparation and response in Australia and issues of hegemonic masculinity in bushfire policy and in rural fire services. Her most recent book on these issues (with Peter Fairbrother) is Wildfire and Power: Policy and Practice (Routledge, 2019).


Lauren Gurrieri is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing. Her research examines gender, consumption and the marketplace, with a focus on gendered inequalities in consumer and digital cultures. This includes gendered representations in advertising and social media; body norms and beauty ideals in consumer culture; violence against women and marketing; and the strategies used by women to resist and challenge exclusion and marginalisation in the marketplace. Her research also examines how consumers are increasingly being put to work by organisations on digital platforms, obfuscating the delineation between consumers and producers.


Feminist Reading Group

The first session for the year will be hosted on May 13, 2021, at RMIT City Campus (80.01.02) from 11am-1pm.

Dr Lauren Gurrieri and Dr Meagan Tyler welcome you to the Feminist Reading Group for 2021, after our COVID hiatus. This is a space for respectful discussion of feminist concepts and practice for interested RMIT staff and postgraduate students – from those very new to feminist ideas to those who specialise in this area of research. 

When we ran a series of Feminist Reading Group seminars in 2019, we worked through a handbook of feminist theory together, each month – with one member nominated to lead discussion on a set of classic feminist texts. We will be meeting every 2 months this year, preferencing face to face meeting, where possible. And we’ll attempt a more flexible format in the hope of canvassing a wide range of contemporary topics but will preserve a nominated seminar discussant for each session. We welcome suggestions for readings and volunteers for leading discussion.  

This reading group initiative is supported by the CPOW Gender and Equality research theme. 

Featured Video

Meagan Tyler & Kate Farhall: What's it like to research violence against women?


Associate Researchers

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University of Tasmania
The University of Melbourne
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