Dr Sue Williamson

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Room 316
Building 27
UNSW Canberra at ADFA

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Dr Sue Williamson is a Senior Lecturer, Human Resource Management in the School of Business, UNSW Canberra.
 

Research Interests

Sue Williamson specialises in two main areas of research – gender equality in the workplace, and public sector human resources and industrial relations. Sue is combining these two areas and for the past few years has been examining how various public sector agencies implement gender equality initiatives. Sue is currently focusing on the role of middle managers in progressing gender equality, in a project funded by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

Sue has partnered with various state government and Australian Government agencies on projects aimed at progressing workplace gender equality. Please email Sue if you would like to discuss a possible research partnership.

Current Research Projects

Gender equality in the public service/sector 

Gender equality and merit

Examining the role of diversity practitioners

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Work and family issues; public sector employment and human resource management; gender equality issues. 

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate and post-graduate human resource management

Selected Media

ABC Canberra, Interview with Anna Vidot (Drive Program) on ‘Gender Equality in the Public Sector’, 22 July 2019.

Time for a New Generation of APS Gender Equality Policies, The Mandarin, 19 July 2019.

Backlash and Gender Fatigue. Why Progress on Gender Equality has Slowed, The Conversation, 8 March 2019.

Maintaining the Public Service’s Momentum for Gender Equality, The Mandarin, 6 March 2019.

Radio NZ, The Meaning of Merit, 17 October 2018. 

How Organisations are Tackling Gender Bias, Financial Times, 20 September 2018. 

How HR Can Help Managers with Gender Equality, HRMOnline, 10 September 2018. 

Research Shows that Merit is Highly Subjective and Changes with our Values The Conversation, 22 August 2018.

From Gender Parity to Gender Equity: The latest challenge? Broad Agenda, 14 August 2018.

Middle Managers are Key to Gender Equality – They Just Don’t Know It, Apolitical, 15 August 2018.

Flexible Working: Innovations and Issues The Mandarin, 26 July 2018.

 

Book Chapters

Brennan D; Williamson S, 2017, 'Time to care: Paid family leave as baseline support for gender equality in employment', in Governing in a Global World: Women in Public Service, pp. 199 - 212

Journal articles

Milner S; Pochic S; Scheele A; Williamson S, 2019, 'Challenging gender pay gaps: Organizational and regulatory strategies', Gender, Work and Organization, vol. 26, pp. 593 - 598, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12274

Williamson S; Foley M; Cartwright N, 2019, 'Women, work and industrial relations in Australia in 2018', The Journal of Industrial Relations, pp. 1 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185619834051

O'Donnell M; Williamson S; Adikaram A; Foley M, 2019, 'Human Resource Managers as Liaisons Between Firms and Labour', Employee Relations, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ER-11-2017-0281

Williamson S; Colley L; Foley M, 2019, 'Human resource devolution, decoupling and incoherence: how line managers manage gender equality reforms', Public Management Review, pp. 1 - 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2019.1642951

Colley L; Williamson S, 2019, 'The Review of the APS: Is gender really on anyone's agenda?', Australian Journal of Public Administration, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12398

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. 00, pp. 1 - 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12313

Foley M; Williamson S, 2018, 'Managerial Perspectives on Implicit Bias, Affirmative Action, and Merit', Public Administration Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/puar.12955

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; Colley L, 2018, 'Gender in the Australian Public Service: Doing, Undoing, Redoing or Done?', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 77, pp. 583 - 596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12267

Baines D; Charlesworth S; Daly T; Williamson S, 2017, 'The work of care: tensions, contradictions and promising practices', Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, vol. 27, pp. 257 - 260, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10301763.2017.1433286

Williamson S; O'Donnell M; Roles C, 2016, 'Bargaining over Australian public service cuts: Do forcing strategies work?', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 27, pp. 11 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1035304616629291

Williamson S; O'Donnell M; Shingles J, 2015, 'Unintended Consequences: Implications of the 2014 Australian Defence Force Pay Deal', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74, pp. 354 - 358, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12149

Williamson S, 2015, 'Can Collective Enterprise Bargaining Affect the Psychological Contract? An analysis of the 2011 Australian Public Service negotiations', Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol. 41, pp. 1 - 19, http://hdl.handle.net/2328/35441

Williamson S; Cooper R; Baird M, 2015, 'Job-sharing among teachers: Positive, negative (and unintended) consequences', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 26, pp. 448 - 464, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1035304615595740

Williamson S, 2015, 'A case study of regulatory confusion: Paid parental leave and public servants', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 26, pp. 430 - 447, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1035304615597838

Williamson S; Baird M, 2014, 'Gender equality bargaining: Developing theory and practice', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 56, pp. 155 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185613517468

Baird M; Williamson S; Heron A, 2012, 'Women, Work and Policy Settings in Australia in 2011', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 54, pp. 326 - 343, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185612443780

Williamson S, 2012, 'Gendering the Bricks and Mortar: Building an opportunity structure for equality bargaining', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 54, pp. 147 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185611435471

Baird M; Williamson S, 2011, 'Women, work and industrial relations in 2010', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 53, pp. 337 - 352, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185611401817

Baird M; Williamson S, 2010, 'Women, work and industrial relations in 2009', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 52, pp. 355 - 369, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185610365644

Baird M; Williamson S, 2009, 'Women, work and industrial relations in 2008', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 51, pp. 331 - 346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185609104301

Williamson S, 2009, 'Bargaining for Gender Equality in the Australian Public Service', Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, vol. 20, pp. 159 - 180

Williamson S; Baird M; Frino B, 2009, 'Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave and the Emergence of ‘Equality Bargaining’ in Australia: an Analysis of Enterprise Agreements, 2003-2007', Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol. 35, pp. 671

Williamson S; Williamson S; Baird M, 2007, 'Family Provisions and WorkChoices: Testing Times', Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol. 20, pp. 53 - 74

Conference Papers

Williamson S, 2019, 'AIRAANZ 2019 Presidential Address: Feminist Zeitgeist in the Workplace? On backlash, gender fatigue and organisational change.', in , 33rd Annual AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, presented at 33rd Annual AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, 12 - 14 February 2019

Linda C; Williamson S; Foley M; Cooper R, 2019, 'Gender Equality Policies: Gender fatigue and implementation failure?', in , 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, presented at 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, 12 - 14 February 2019

Cortis N; Foley M; Williamson S, 2019, 'Defending the status quo? An examination of how senior leaders frame workplace gender inequality', in 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, presented at 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, 12 - 14 February 2019

Foley M; Williamson S; Cooper R; Colley L, 2019, 'Gender-blind or genderaware? Managers and the discourse of merit in the context of ‘inclusion’', in , 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, presented at 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, 12 - 14 February 2019

Greene A-M; Kirton G; Williamson S, 2019, 'Diversity consultants as change agents: Transcending theoretical, physical and spatial boundaries.', in 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, presented at 33rd AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, 12 - 14 February 2019

Colley L; Williamson S, 2019, 'Public Sector Reform and its Effects on the Coherence of Human Resource Management', in , 35th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium, Edinburgh, presented at 35th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium, Edinburgh, 04 - 06 July 2019

Williamson S; Blackman D, 2017, 'Achieving Gender Equality in the Australian Public Service: From a trickle to a flood?', in , International Research Society for Public Management, Budapest, Hungary, presented at International Research Society for Public Management, Budapest, Hungary, 19 - 21 April 2017

Williamson S; O'Donnell M; Roles C, 2016, 'Agency bargaining and Industrial Action in the Australian Public Service in an era of ‘Austerity’', in Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, presented at Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, 10 - 12 February 2016

Williamson S; Adikaram A; O'Donnell M, 2016, 'Overcoming Resistance? The role of Collective Voice in Sri Lankan Garment Factories', in Gender, Work & Organization, Gender, Work and Organization 2016, Keele University, Staffordshire, England, presented at Gender, Work and Organization 2016, Keele University, Staffordshire, England, 29 June - 01 July 2016

Williamson S; O'Donnell, M; Shingles, J, 2015, '‘Enterprise Bargaining in the Australian Public Service: Fostering employee engagement or increasing mistrust?’', in , 29th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, presented at 29th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 04 - 06 February 2015

Williamson S; Adikaram A; O'Donnell M, 2015, '‘Scolded’ or speaking out? Examining women’s voice in Sri Lankan garment factories'', in , Regulating for Decent Work Conference, Geneva, presented at Regulating for Decent Work Conference, Geneva, 08 - 10 July 2015

Williamson S; Adikaram A; O'Donnell M, 2015, '‘International Labour Standards and Employee Voice: A case study of female garment factory workers in a Sri Lankan Export Processing Zone'', in , Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) Conference, Montreal, presented at Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) Conference, Montreal, 22 - 20 May 2015

Williamson S; Cooper R; Baird M, 2015, '‘Job-Sharing and Professional Employees: Intended and Unintended Consequences’', in , Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Auckland, presented at Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Auckland, 04 - 06 February 2015

Williamson S, 2015, 'Is the Public Sector Still an Employer of Choice?', in Employment Relations: The Hot Issues in 2016., 2015 Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ACT Branch) Conference, Canberra, ACT., presented at 2015 Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ACT Branch) Conference, Canberra, ACT., 30 - 30 October 2015

Williamson S; O'Donnell; Roles C, 2015, 'Austerity in the Australian Public Service', in , Public Sector Austerity Symposium, UNSW Canberra, presented at Public Sector Austerity Symposium, UNSW Canberra, 27 - 27 March 2015

Williamson S; O'Donnell M; Shingles J, 2014, '‘Collective Enterprise Bargaining in the Australian Public Service and the Psychological Contract’', in , The 32nd International Labour Process Conference, London, presented at The 32nd International Labour Process Conference, London, 07 - 07 April 2014

Williamson S; Clibborn S; Kaine S, 2014, ''Examining the Potential and Limits of the Fair Work Act: A case study of enterprise bargaining'', in , 28th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2014, Fremantle, presented at 28th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2014, Fremantle, 05 - 05 February 2014

Williamson S; Cooper R, 2013, ''The Right to Request' Provisions under the Fair Work Act, 2009: A Case Study’', in , 5th International Community, Work and Family Conference, Sydney, presented at 5th International Community, Work and Family Conference, Sydney, 17 - 19 July 2013

Williamson S; Cooper R; Baird M, 2013, '‘The Fair Work Act, 2009 and Individual Flexibility Arrangements’,', in , 27th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2013, Fremantly, presented at 27th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2013, Fremantly, 06 - 08 February 2013

Williamson S, 2012, ''Gender Equality Bargaining: A key to union revitalisation and modernisation?'', in , Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) Conference - "Union Futures: Innovations, Transformations, Strategies, Montreal, presented at Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) Conference - "Union Futures: Innovations, Transformations, Strategies, Montreal, 25 - 27 October 2012

Williamson S, 2012, ''Family Provisions and Equality Bargaining in Australia: Symbolic or Emerging?', in , Inaugural meeting of the new Work and Family Researchers Network 2012 - "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Work and Family", Nw York, presented at Inaugural meeting of the new Work and Family Researchers Network 2012 - "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Work and Family", Nw York, 13 - 16 June 2012

Williamson S, 2012, ''Bargaining for family provisions in Australia: The start of an equality bargaining continuum'', in , 26th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2012, Gold Coast, presented at 26th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2012, Gold Coast, 08 - 10 February 2012

Williamson S; Baird M, 2010, '‘‘Madwomen’ and Paid Maternity Leave – Past and Present'', in , 24th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference 2010 - "Work in Progress: Crises, Choices and Continuity",, Sydney, presented at 24th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference 2010 - "Work in Progress: Crises, Choices and Continuity",, Sydney, 04 - 05 February 2010

Williamson S, 2009, '‘Equality Bargaining in the Australian Public Service: Incorporating Gender Mainstreaming’', in , Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA 2009 'The New World of Work, Organisations and Employment', Sydney, presented at Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA 2009 'The New World of Work, Organisations and Employment', Sydney, 26 - 28 August 2009

Williamson S, 2009, '‘Bargaining for Equality in the Australian Public Service: Turning Policy into Practice?’', in , 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2009- "Labour, Capital and Change, Newcastle, presented at 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2009- "Labour, Capital and Change, Newcastle, 04 - 04 February 2009

Williamson S, 2008, '‘Varieties of Unionism: Different approaches to bargaining and implementing flexibility in US and Australian Universities’', in , 22nd Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2008 - "Workers, Corporations and Community: Facing Choices for a Sustainable Future",, Melbourne, presented at 22nd Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2008 - "Workers, Corporations and Community: Facing Choices for a Sustainable Future",, Melbourne, 06 - 08 February 2008

Williamson S, 2007, '‘A literature review on bargaining for family friendly working arrangements’,', in , 21st Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2007 - "Diverging employment relations patterns in Australia and New Zealand?",, Auckland, presented at 21st Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2007 - "Diverging employment relations patterns in Australia and New Zealand?",, Auckland, 07 - 07 February 2007

Williamson S, 2006, '‘Family provisions and WorkChoices: Where to now?', in , Our Work . . . Our Lives: National Conference on Women and Industrial Relations - Proceedings of the 1st Biennial Conference of the National Network of Working Women's Centres,, Brisbane, presented at Our Work . . . Our Lives: National Conference on Women and Industrial Relations - Proceedings of the 1st Biennial Conference of the National Network of Working Women's Centres,, Brisbane, 14 - 14 July 2006

Reports

Williamson S; Colley L; Foley M; Cooper R, 2018, The Role of Middle Managers in Progressing Gender Equity in the Public Service, Public Service Research Group, UNSW Canberra, Canberra, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/public-service-research-group/sites/cpsr/files/uploads/Middle%20Managers%20and%20Gender%20Equity.pdf

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

Conference Presentations

Foley M; Williamson S, 2018, 'Confronting bias in a meritocracy: Managerial perspectives on implicit bias, affirmative action, and merit', in , 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 , 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, 2017, 'Achieving Gender Equality in the Australian Public Service: First findings of a longitudinal study', in , Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand 31st Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia, presented at Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand 31st Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 08 February - 10 March 2017