Dr Fiona Macdonald’s work is concerned with changes in labour markets and employment in social support and care systems both in Australia and internationally.
Political economy; sociology; socio-legal analysis; gender studies.
Dr Fiona Macdonald’s research has a multi-disciplinary focus, drawing on political economy, sociology, socio-legal analysis and gender studies. Fiona’s work is concerned with changes in labour markets and employment in social support and care systems both in Australia and internationally. The focus of this research is on employment that is on the margins of labour law and the ways in which the informal social relations of work intersect with regulations to informalise work and the consequences this has for social and economic well-being, gender equality and decent work.
Fiona has a nationally-recognised reputation for high-quality applied research that successfully contributes to knowledge and evidence-based policy. Examples of the influence of her research are: the establishment of new national policy responses in the area of young people’s education and training and investigation into pregnancy-based discrimination by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and a campaign by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Fiona’s work to address policy problems related to inequality and inequity in employment has seen her attract philanthropic grants and competitive research funding from government and industry.
Dr Macdonald was awarded a VC Senior Research Fellowship in 2015 and is based in the School of Management.