- Trade union women’s history
- Role of peak labour councils
- Labour History
- Trade union theory and practice
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).
- 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)
- 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
- Mees, B.,Brigden, C. (2017). Workers' Capital: Industry funds and the fight for universal superannuation in Australia, Allen and Unwin, Sydney
- Brigden, C.,Kaine, S. (2015). Rethinking factional alliances and union renewal: Inter-union collaboration in the 21st century In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, 36, 239 - 257
- Kaine, S.,Brigden, C. (2015). Union responses to regulatory change: Strategies of protective layering In: The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 26, 614 - 630
- Brigden, C.,Milner, L. (2015). Radical theatre mobility: Unity Theatre, UK, and the New Theatre, Australia In: New Theatre Quarterly, 31, 328 - 342
- Brigden, C. (2014). Organising and Representing Women: the historical case of the Female Confectioners Union In: Women's History Review, 23, 43 - 59
- Milner, L.,Brigden, C. (2014). From martyr to robo-nurse: The portrayal of Australian nurses on screen In: Studies in Australasian Cinema, 8, 110 - 122
- Brigden, C. (2013). ''A fine and self-reliant group of women'': Women's leadership in the female confectioners union In: Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, 104, 49 - 64
- Brigden, C. (2013). The female confectioners union, 1916-1945 In: Organise, Educate, Control: The AMWU in Australia, 1852-2012, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, Australia
- Brigden, C.,Milner, L. (2013). Roll out the red carpet: Australian nurses on screen In: Working USA: the journal of labor and society, 16, 505 - 523
- Brigden, C. (2012). Unions and collective bargaining in 2011 In: Journal of Industrial Relations, 54, 361 - 376
2 PhD Completions