Dr Meraiah Foley

School of Business
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Meraiah Foley specialises in gender, work, and organisations with a special focus on the public sector. Her prior research has focused on the women's careers in cyber security, the impact of motherhood on women's entrepreneurship, comparative industrial relations frameworks in the United States and Australia, the impact of paid parental leave on private sector employers, and employee and employer attitudes around the introduction of paid paternity leave. As a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Public Service Research Group, Meraiah is currently examining gender equality initiatives in the Australian public sector. 

In the media:

Foley, M and Williamson, S 2017,'Overcoming the flexibility stigma in the APS' The Mandarin

Foley, M 2016, ‘Becoming a ‘mumpreneur’ is an option of last resort for many working mothers’, Sydney Morning Herald.

Foley, M 2012, ‘What really motivates the self-employed mother?’ Women in Focus.

Foley, M 2008, ‘Should child care be at the mercy of the market? Company’s collapse in Australia brings reassessment’, The New York Times.

Seminars / Conference Papers

Foley, M. and Williamson, S. 2018, 'Confronting bias in a meritocracy: Managerial perspectives on implicit bias, affirmative action, and merit' Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide, Australia.

Williamson, S. and Foley, M. 2018, 'Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategies: From equal opportunity to diversity management?' Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide, Australia.

Foley, M, 2016, ‘Lured or pushed? Autonomy and the ‘motherhood motive’ in self-employment’ University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Foley, M, 2015, ‘Self-employment after motherhood: A temporary solution or a permanent shift?’ Community, Work, and Family Conference, Malmo, Sweden.

Foley, M, 2014, ‘Lured or pushed: Autonomy, flexibility, and entrepreneurial motivation among self-employed mothers in Australia’, Work & Family Researchers Network Conference, New York.

Foley, M, 2014, ‘Agency, entrepreneurship, and motherhood identity among self-employed mothers in Australia’, Work & Family Researchers Network Conference, New York.

Foley, M, 2013, ‘Why Australian mothers are choosing self-employment: Preliminary findings’, Community, Work, and Family Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Foley, M, 2012, ‘Mothers in company: Exploring the lived experiences of self-employed mothers’, Work and Organisational Studies Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Book Chapter/s

Foley, M (forthcoming). Work-Family Conflict and Policies. in D.C. Poff and A.C. Michalos (eds) Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics. Springer.  

Foley, M, 2012. ‘Global energy governance post-2012: Bridging the gap between energy security and climate policy’, in Krishna-Hensel, SF (ed) New Security Frontiers: Critical Energy and the Resource Challenge. Surrey, England: Ashgate.

Journal articles

Foley M; Williamson S, 2019, 'Managerial Perspectives on Implicit Bias, Affirmative Action, and Merit', Public Administration Review, vol. 79, pp. 35 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/puar.12955

Foley M; Baird M; Cooper R; Williamson S, 2018, 'Is independence really an opportunity? The experience of entrepreneur-mothers', Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, vol. 25, pp. 313 - 329, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JSBED-10-2017-0306

Williamson S; Foley M, 2018, 'Unconscious Bias Training: The ‘Silver Bullet’ for Gender Equity?', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 77, pp. 355 - 359, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12313

Foley M; Williamson S, 2018, 'Does anonymising job applications reduce gender bias?: Understanding managers’ perspectives', Gender in Management, vol. 33, pp. 623 - 635, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/GM-03-2018-0037

Williamson S; Foley M; Cartwright N, 'Women, work and industrial relations in Australia in 2018', Journal of Industrial Relations, pp. 002218561983405 - 002218561983405, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185619834051

Reports

Williamson S; Foley M, 2017, Embedding gender equality in the Australian Public Service: Changing practices, changing cultures, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/school-of-business/sites/bus/files/uploads/172084%20Gender%20Equality%20Publication_171122.pdf

Foley M; Dewey L; Williamson S; Blackman D; Creagh A; Davidson L; Zhu M; Slay J, 2017, Women in Cyber Security Literature Review, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.pmc.gov.au/resource-centre/cyber-security/women-cyber-security-literature-review

Cooper R; Foley M; Baird M, 2016, Women at Work: Australia and the United States, United States Studies Centre, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.ussc.edu.au/analysis/women-at-work-australia-and-the-united-states

Martin B; Baird M; Brady M; Broadway B; Hewitt B; Kalb G; Strazdins L; Tomaszewski W; Zadoroznyj M; Baxter J, 2014, PPL Evaluation: Final Report, Department of Social Services, ISSR10012 and ISSR 10333, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/03_2015/finalphase4_report_6_march_2015_0.pdf

Conference Presentations

Foley M; Williamson S, 2018, 'Confronting bias in a meritocracy: Managerial perspectives on implicit bias, affirmative action, and merit', in Confronting bias in a meritocracy: Managerial perspectives on implicit bias, affirmative action, and merit, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Adelaide, presented at Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Adelaide, 07 - 09 February 2018

Williamson S; Foley M, 2018, 'Australian Public Service gender equality strategies: From equal employment opportunity to diversity management?', in Australian Public Service gender equality strategies: From equal employment opportunity to diversity management?, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Adelaide, presented at Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Adelaide, 07 - 09 February 2018