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Professor Cathy Brigden

Position: Professor
College / Portfolio: Business
School / Department: Management
Campus: Melbourne City Campus
Contact me about: Research supervision

Research Interests

  • Trade union women’s history
  • Role of peak labour councils
  • Labour History
  • Trade union theory and practice

Current Research

Cathy’s current research includes an exploration of women in trade unions and peak unions; analysing historical patterns of women’s representation in peak unions. The initial stage of the project examined the historical and contemporary role of women trade union delegates in the Victorian Trades Hall Council (THC). The current phase of the project includes examination of the Female Confectioners Union, a key women’s union. She is also engaged in a research project on Union Collaboration exploring inter-union federations and alliances (with Dr Sarah Kaine, University of Technology, Sydney).

Current Projects:

  • Separate organising and the Female Confectioners Union, 1916-1945
  • Union Collaboration in Australia in the 21st Century (with Dr Sarah Kaine, University of Technology, Sydney).
  • Gender and peak unions

Dr Cathy Brigden has taught in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in employment relations, Australian industrial relations, negotiation and advocacy skills, and occupational health and safety.

She is coordinator of the Women + Work research cluster in the Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work, RMIT University.

  • M.Com (Melb)
  • PhD(Syd)

Professional membership

  • Executive committee, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member: Editorial Board, Labour History
  • Member: Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
  • Member: Industrial Relations Society
  • Member: Labor and Working Class History Assocation
  • Member: Union Strategy Group, University of Sydney

View more outputs from this academic in the RMIT Research Repository

  • Building resilience and inclusion amongst vulnerable populations through social media. Funded by: National Disaster Resilience Grant 2017 from (2017 to 2018)
  • Developing Appropriate Workforce Skills for Australia’s Emerging Digital Economy. Funded by: National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2018)
Note: Supervision projects since 2004

2 PhD Completions