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:
- Leading an ARC Discovery Project ‘Decent Work & Good Care: International Approaches to Aged Care’ (2017-2019) with: Prof Donna Baines (Sydney), A/Prof Deb King (Flinders), Prof Ian Cunningham (Strathclyde), Prof Tamara Daly (York).
- Working 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’.
- Working with Dr Lydia Hayes (Cardiff) and Dr Fiona Macdonald (RMIT) on a comparative case study of gender-based violence in home care work, which grew out of a case study on violence and harassment in the care economy for a UK Global Challenges Research Fund Strategic Networks–funded project: Unacceptable Forms of Work: Global Dialogue-Local Innovation
Sara is also currently collaborating with international colleagues on a number of large partnership grants:
- The UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded multidisciplinary ‘Sustainable Care: Connecting People and Systems’ research programme led by Prof Sue Yeandle (Sheffield)
- The Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded partnership project ‘Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: Comparative Perspectives’ led by Prof Ito Peng (Toronto).
- The SSHRC funded partnership project ‘Imagining Age–Friendly “Communities” within Communities: International Promising Practices’ led by Prof Tamara Daly (York)
- The SSHRC funded ‘Disruption and Experimentation in the Regulation of Work and Employment’ led by Prof Gregor Murray (Montreal), in which RMIT’s Centre of People Organisation & Work is a partner.
- 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
- Howe, J.,Charlesworth, S.,Brennan, D. (2019). Migration Pathways for Frontline Care Workers in Australia and New Zealand: Front Doors, Side Doors, Back Doors and Trapdoors In: University of New South Wales Law Journal, 42, 211 - 241
- Campbell, I.,Macdonald, F.,Charlesworth, S. (2019). On-demand Work in Australia In: Zero Hours and On-call Work in Anglo-Saxon Countries, Springer, Singapore
- Charlesworth, S.,Howe, J. (2018). The enforcement of employment standards in Australia: Successes and challenges in aged care In: International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, 34, 111 - 140
- Macdonald, F.,Charlesworth, S.,Brigden, C. (2018). Access to Collective Bargaining for Low Paid Workers In: Collective Bargaining Under the Fair Work Act, The Federation Press, Annadale, Australia
- Macdonald, F.,Charlesworth, S. (2018). Failing to live up to the promise: the politics of equal pay in 'new' workplace and industrial relations institutions In: Australian Journal of Political Science, 53, 446 - 462
- Charlesworth, S.,Smith, M. (2018). Gender Pay Equity In: The Wages Crisis in Australia: What it is and what to do about it, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, Australia
- Welsh, J.,Strazdins, L.,Charlesworth, S.,Kulik, C.,D�Este, C. (2018). Losing the workers who need employment the most: how health and job quality affect involuntary retirement In: Labour & Industry, 28, 261 - 278
- Charlesworth, S.,Malone, J. (2017). Re-imagining decent work for home care workers in Australia In: Labour and Industry, 27, 284 - 301
- Skinner, N.,Smith, J.,Jarrad, S.,Charlesworth, S.,King, D. (2017). Quality Jobs Quality Care Toolkit In: Federal Department of Health Adelaide, Australia
- Charlesworth, S. (2017). Partial protection? The regulation of home care workers' working conditions In: Regulating for Equitable and Job-Rich Growth, Edward Elgar, UK
- 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 2019)
- 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)
1 PhD Current Supervisions2 PhD Completions