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.
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.