Professor Paula McDonald

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Faculty of Business & Law,
Office of the Deputy Dean

Personal details


Associate Dean, Research
Faculty of Business & Law,
Office of the Deputy Dean
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Management


Work and organisation studies, Social Policy, Sociology of work, Workplace Discrimination and Harassment, Public/private boundaries, Social media in employment, Youth education to work transitions, Work in the digital economy


Business and Management, Sociology, Psychology

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships and associations

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA): Registered Psychologist

University of California Berkeley Comparative Equality Group

UK Higher Education Academy

Australian Institute of Company Directors

International Sociological Association

Association of Industrial Relations of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)

Australian Work and Family Roundtable


Teaching Areas

  • Research design and methods: quantitative and qualitative
  • Research and professional ethics
  • Sociology of work
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Professional and career development

Teaching and Supervision Philosophy: Teaching and learning is a socially-situated practice. The approaches and strategies used in my teaching are framed by four broad principles: (1) that scholarly learning requires sustained engagement with bodies of knowledge derived from diverse disciplinary perspectives; (2) a focus on connecting phenomena of interest at different analytic levels (regulatory, organisational, individual); (3) engagement between students and teachers is enhanced through imparting relevant, pragmatic experience gained through practice in the field; and (4) a need to understand the current employment, educational or practice environment in which students seek to participate.

These philosophies are closely aligned with the research-intensive academic roles I have undertaken since completing my PhD. My teaching has comprised unit coordination and lecturing at under-graduate and post-graduate levels, the supervision of higher degree research students (Honours, Masters, PhD), career mentoring for early career academic staff, and delivering capacity building seminars to research students and academic staff.


Selected publications

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Research projects