Our research

Our research

Macquarie University places a high priority on its research activity and outcomes in order to become one of the top research intensive universities in Australia.

The Faculty has launched a bold initiative to recruit top-class researchers in key areas of research strength, and is committed to increasing the recruitment of prominent researchers, to continue to forge a highly-developed research culture with strong links to the professions and industry.

Our research groups

Research group Leading members Examples

Transport and Logistics Open Network (TALON)

  • Convenor: Professor Daryll Hull
  • Associate Professor Louise Thornthwaite
  • Workforce development and skills in supply chain and logistics e.g. access to skills, on-the-job learning
  • Workplace relations in transport and logistics e.g. industrial relations and workforce engagement
  • Safety and Workers' Health in transport and Logistics e.g. policies and outcomes
  • Public policy and regulation e.g. voluntary codes versus legislative systems

Workforce planning

  • Demographic trends and life cycles (e.g. birth and death rates, age and sex distribution and changing patterns, causes and implications of population aging for social and economic change)
  • Immigration and migration policies and resettlement issues (e.g. migrant labour, skilled and student migration, social stratification of migrant communities, fertility behaviour of migrants)
  • Changes in labour demand and supply and their implications for major industries (including higher and vocational education)
  • Labour force projections
  • Impacts of environmental change and implications for sustainability planning
  • Human resource management
  • Labour economics
  • workforce planning and profiling from the perspective of organisations

Diversity, employment and organisations

  • How diversity can be encouraged and managed to benefit staff, the organisation and the community
  • Inter-cultural relations in the workplace
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Employee behaviour and misbehaviour (including legal issues such as bullying, discrimination and work health and safety)
  • Trends in the structure of employment and unemployment across such dimensions as gender, country of birth, industry, occupation, earnings and location
  • Related policy and regulatory issues
  • Industry and organisational case studies
  • Broader employment practices currently affecting many industries (e.g. precarious employment, outsourcing and contracting chains, with an initial study in the transport and logistics sector)
  • Indigenous employment
  • The influence of labour heritage
  • Gender equity

Management strategy

  • Corporate and business decision-making
  • Related communication flows between management and operational levels
  • Employee voice
  • Non-union forms of employee representation in both the private and public sectors
  • Corporate reputation, and organisational practice through employer ‘branding’ or ‘internal marketing’ to current or prospective staff members
  • Values, ethics, performance and sustainability in the interaction of organisations and their people.
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