Sara Charlesworth works in the School of Management at RMIT University and is a member of the Centre for Sustainability, Organisation and Work in the College of Business. She was previously Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Work + Life, University of South Australia. Sara has published and presented widely in a wide range of academic, policy and community and has been involved in a number of key equality policy reviews and debates. Sara was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Review of Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic) in 2007/08, a panel member on the 2012 ACTU Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work, and an advisor to the recent Australian Human Rights Commission Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review. She is co-convenor of the Work+Family Policy Roundtable and a member of the Discrimination Law Experts Group.
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 and was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship in 2012. Sara is currently working as sole CI on two ARC projects:
- The ‘From Margins to Mainstream: Gender Equality and Employment Regulation’ project critically examines the impact of regulatory strategies on gender inequality drawing on the decent work agenda proposed by the International Labour Organisation.
- The 'Prospects for Decent Work and Gender Equality in Frontline Care Work' fellowship aims to identify the main policy paths shaping regulatory responses to gender inequality in frontline care work in the Australian and international contexts and to provide practical policy alternatives that link decent work for frontline care workers to improved quality of care services.
She is a CI with:
- Prof Barbara Pocock (UniSA), Prof Carol Kulik (UniSA) and A/Prof Lyndall Strazdins (ANU) on an ARC Linkage project, ‘Work, care, retirement and health: Aging agenders’, in partnership with Women in Super and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
- A/Prof Deb King (Flinders) on a Department of Social Services-funded project, ‘Quality Care and Quality Jobs: 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 is an international collaborator on two Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grants. ‘Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protections for People in Precarious Jobs’ led by Prof Leah Vosko (York) (http://closeesgap.ca/) and ‘Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: Comparative Perspectives’ led by Prof Ito Peng (Toronto) (http:/www.cgsp.ca/).
- 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
- Charlesworth, S.,Baird, M.,Elliott, S. (2011). Working lives in a regional town: Intersections of regulation, space & gender In: Proceedings of the 25th Conference of Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, 1-4 February 2011
- Charlesworth, S.,Baines, D. (2011). The impact of government funding models on work organisation and employee conditions' in non-profit community services In: Proceedings of the 25th Conference of Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Auckland, New Zealand, 1-4 February 2011
- Charlesworth, S. (2010). The sex discrimination act: Advancing gender equality and decent work In: Sex Discrimination in Uncertain Times, ANU Epress, Canberra
- Charlesworth, S. (2010). The Regulation of Paid Care Workers' Wages and Conditions in the Non-Profit Sector: A Toronto Case Study In: Relations Industrielles-Industrial Relations, 65, 380 - 399
- Charlesworth, S.,Campbell, I. (2010). Report on a scoping study for an attrition study of Victorian lawyers In: Victorian Law Foundation Melbourne, Australia
- Charlesworth, S. (2009). Understandings of sex discrimination in the workplace: Limits and possibilities In: The Promise and the Price: Ten Years of the Clare Burton Memorial Lectures, The University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
- Charlesworth, S.,Keen, M.,Whittenbury, K. (2009). Integrating part-time work in policing services: policy, practice, and potential In: Police Practice and Research, 10, 31 - 47
- Charlesworth, S. (2008). Legislation and mechanisms for promoting gender equality: The Australian experience In: Mechanisms and Legislation to Promote Gender Equality, Dossier 29, Women Living Under Muslim Laws, London
- Pocock, B.,Elton, J.,Preston, A.,Charlesworth, S.,Macdonald, F.,Baird, M.,Ellern, B. (2008). The impact of 'work choices' on women in low paid employment in Australia: A qualitative analysis In: Journal of Industrial Relations, 50, 475 - 488
- Campbell, I.,Malone, J.,Charlesworth, S. (2008). The elephant in the room: Working-time patterns of solicitors in private practice in Melbourne In: Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, , 1 - 46
- Prospects for Decent Work and Gender Equality in Frontline Care Work. Funded by: ARC Future Fellowships 2012 from (2012 to 2016)
- 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)
- The Intersection of Gender Equality and Decent Work in the Netherlands. Funded by: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia from (2010 to 2010)
- A Regional Perspective on Work & Family Balance and Changes in Employment Regulation. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2008 Round 1 from (2008 to 2013)
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