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Professor Sara Charlesworth

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

Sara Charlesworth is Professor of Work, Gender & Regulation and Deputy Head of School, (Research & Innovation) in the School of Management. She is an executive member of the Centre for People, Organisation & Work in the College of Business. Sara has published and presented widely in a wide range of academic, policy and community fora and has been involved in a number of key gender equality policy reviews and debates. She was a panel member on the 2012 ACTU Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work, and an advisor to the Australian Human Rights Commission on their 2014 Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review and 2018 National Sexual Harassment Prevalence Survey.

In 2017 Sara was appointed to the Equal Workplaces Advisory Council, a founding reform of the Victorian government’s Gender Equality Strategy. She is currently a member of the Victoria Police VEOHRC Review Academic Governance Board, on the Steering Group of the Migrant Workers Rights Campaign and co-convenor of the Work+Family Policy Roundtable. Sara is a Fellow of the Future Social Services Institute and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Industrial Relations.

Sara’s research interests centre on gender inequality in employment at the labour market, industry and organisational levels. She has undertaken a number of Australian Research Council-funded projects. Much of her recent research has focused on paid care work. Together with A/Prof Deb King (Flinders), she completed a large three year Department of Health-funded project, ‘Quality Jobs and Quality Care: Improving work practices to deliver quality aged care jobs & aged care services for older Australians’, in partnership with Brightwater Care, HammondCare, Helping Hand and United Voice.

Sara’s current research program includes:

Sara is also currently collaborating with international colleagues on a number of large partnership grants:

  • Gender equality in employment
  • Job quality & decent work
  • Social care workforce
  • Industrial and anti-discrimination law & practice
  • Intersection of work & care

PhD (Legal Studies), Latrobe University

Graduate Diploma Government Law, University of Melbourne

BA (Hons), University of Melbourne

Diploma of Social Studies, University of Melbourne

View more outputs from this academic in the RMIT Research Repository

  • Job quality and care quality in aged care: comparative perspectives. Funded by: 010-ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2020)
  • Markets, migration and the work of care in Australia. Administered by The University of New South Wales.. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2016 from (2016 to 2018)
  • Prospects for Decent Work and Gender Equality in Frontline Care Work. Funded by: ARC Future Fellowships Grant pre-2014 from (2012 to 2017)
  • From Margins to Mainstream: Gender Equality and Employment Regulation. Funded by: ARC Discovery 2011 from (2011 to 2015)
  • Sexual harassment in Australia: Contexts, outcomes and prevention (DP1093442). Funded by: ARC Discovery 2010 from (2010 to 2012)
Note: Supervision projects since 2004

2 PhD Completions

2 PhD Current Supervisions

Employment regulation, Gender equality, Anti-discrimination law, Working time, Care work