Sara Charlesworth is a Professor 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. 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 Australian Human Rights Commission on their 2012 National Sexual Harassment Prevalence Survey and their 2014 Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review.
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. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Industrial Relations and 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 has recently completed an ARC Future Fellowship on 'Prospects for Decent Work and Gender Equality in Frontline Care Work.' Together with A/Prof Deb King she has just completed 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.
She is lead CI on a new ARC Discovery Project ‘Job Quality and care quality in aged care: comparative perspectives’ (2017-2019) with Prof Donna Baines (Sydney), A/Prof Deb King (Flinders), Prof Ian Cunningham (Strathclyde), A/Prof Tamara Daly (York).
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.
Sara is collaborating with international colleagues on a number of competitive grants. She is an international collaborator on two recently announced large partnership grants:
- The UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded multidisciplinary ‘Sustainable Care’ research programme led by Prof Sue Yeandle (Sheffield)
- The Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (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
Sara is also currently working with Dr Lydia Hayes (Cardiff) on a policy agenda for a comparative case study of unacceptable forms of work in domicile work, which is part of a UK Global Challenges Research Fund Strategic Networks–funded project on Unacceptable Forms of Work: Global Dialogue-Local Innovation led by A/Prof Deirdre McCann (Durham), Prof Judy Fudge (Kent) and Sangheon Lee (International Labour Organization).
Sara is a co-lead on 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). She is also an international collaborator on another SSHRC funded partnership project ‘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
- Pocock, B.,Charlesworth, S. (2017). Multilevel work-family interventions: Creating good-quality employment over the life course In: Work and Occupations, 44, 23 - 46
- Adamson, E.,Cortis, N.,Brennan, D.,Charlesworth, S. (2017). Social care and migration policy in Australia: Emerging intersections? In: Australian Journal of Social Issues, 4, 78 - 98
- Charlesworth, S.,Macdonald, F. (2017). Employment regulation and worker-carers: reproducing gender inequality in the domestic and market spheres? In: Women, Labor Segmentation and Regulation: Varieties of Gender Gaps, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, United States
- Brennan, D.,Charlesworth, S.,Adamson, E.,Cortis, N. (2017). Out of kilter: changing care, migration and employment regimes in Australia In: Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care, Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland
- 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). Effective protection of pregnant women at work: Still waiting for delivery? In: Australian Journal of Labour Law, 29, 1 - 19
- Macdonald, F.,Charlesworth, S. (2016). Cash for care under the NDIS: Shaping care workers' working conditions? In: Journal of Industrial Relations, 58, 627 - 646
- Welsh, J.,Strazdins, L.,Charlesworth, S.,Kulik, C. (2016). Health or harm? A cohort study of the importance of job quality in extended workforce participation by older adults In: BMC Public Health, 16, 1 - 14
- 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
- Job quality and care quality in aged care: comparative perspectives. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2019)
- 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 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)
2 PhD Completions2 PhD Current Supervisions