Sara Charlesworth works in the School of Management at RMIT University and is a member of the Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work. 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, an advisor to the 2014 Australian Human Rights Commission Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review and is on the Data Consultation Group of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. She is co-convenor of the Work+Family Policy Roundtable and a member of the Discrimination Law Experts Group.
Sara is on the editorial board of the Journal of Industrial Relations. She is also an adjunct professor in the School of Management, University of South Australia.
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:
- 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 also a CI with:
- Prof Deborah Brennan (UNSW), Dr Elizabeth Hill (Sydney) and Prof Ito Peng (Toronto) on an ARC Discovery project ‘Markets, Migration and Care in Australia’.
- 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 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 is a co-investigator on the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project ‘Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: Comparative Perspectives’ led by Prof Ito Peng (Toronto).
She is also an international collaborator on two other SSHRC grants:
- ‘Changes in the Changes in the nonprofit social services in international, comparative perspective’, led by Prof Donna Baines (McMaster/Sydney)
- ‘Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protections for People in Precarious Jobs’, led by Prof Leah Vosko (York)
- 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
- McDonald, P.,Charlesworth, S.,Graham, T. (2016). Action or inaction: bystander intervention in workplace sexual harassment In: The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27, 548 - 566
- McDonald, P.,Charlesworth, S. (2016). Workplace sexual harassment at the margins In: Work, Employment and Society, 30, 118 - 134
- Heron, A.,Charlesworth, S. (2016). (In Press) Effective protection of pregnant women at work: Still waiting for delivery? In: Australian Journal of Labour Law, 29, 1 - 19
- Charlesworth, S.,Baines, D. (2015). Understanding the negotiation of paid and unpaid care work in community services in cross-national perspective: the contribution of a rapid ethnogaphic approach In: Journal of Family Studies, 21, 7 - 21
- Charlesworth, S.,Macdonald, F. (2015). The decent work agenda and the advancement of gender equality: for emerging economies only? In: International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, 31, 5 - 25
- Lingard, H.,Turner, M.,Charlesworth, S. (2015). Growing pains: Work-life impacts in small-to-medium sized construction firms In: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 22, 312 - 326
- Pocock, B.,Charlesworth, S. (2015). Job quality and work-life: Unsocial working hours, casual work and work-life outcomes in Australia In: Job Quality in Australia: Perspectives, Problems and Proposals, The Federation Press, Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Charlesworth, S.,Macdonald, F. (2015). Women, work and industrial relations in Australia in 2014 In: Journal of Industrial Relations, 57, 366 - 382
- Charlesworth, S.,Baines, D.,Cunningham, I. (2015). 'If I Had a Family, There Is No Way That I Could Afford to Work Here': Juggling Paid and Unpaid Care Work in Social Services In: Gender, Work and Organization, 22, 596 - 613
- Pocock, B.,Charlesworth, S. (2015). Multilevel work-family interventions: Creating good-quality employment over the life course In: Work and Occupations, 0, 1 - 24
- Markets, migration and the work of care in Australia. Administered by The University of New South Wales.. Funded by: ARC Discovery 2016 from (2016 to 2018)
- 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)
1 PhD Completions2 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions