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Senior Deputy Dean, UNSW Business School, Co-DVC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UNSW Sydney

Professor Leisa Sargent is Senior Deputy Dean of the UNSW Business School, alongside her role as Co-DVC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She is committed to sustainability, and enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion and developing better access and educational experiences for students. Her focus in the Business School is to further propel the School’s leadership position globally with programs and practices that support both discovery and industry innovation in research, high quality education as well as the translation of business knowledge for lasting positive impact. Leisa obtained her PhD from the Rotman School of Management, The University of Toronto, and has held positions at The University of Melbourne, Cornell University, and Queensland University of Technology.

A distinguished scholar in organisational behaviour, Leisa has published widely in top tier journals and secured competitive government and industry grants in Australia and overseas. She is a national award-winning teacher.

Leisa’s work has published in leading international journals, including Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Human Resources Management, Organization Science, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Work and Stress, Small Group Research and British Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Management Education as well as edited books. Leisa co-authored a paper for the World Economic Forum on the HR needs for an ageing population. Leisa’s current research spans an evidence-based approach to leadership development, new perspectives on retirement, workday design, restorative experiences and green infrastructure.

Leisa has consulted to large complex organisations both in Australia and North America, including companies such as Nortel, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Telstra, Incitec, Canada Life, Comcare, Arnott’s, and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is a board member for UNSW Global, the Centre for Social impact and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


  • 2016–present
    Professor, UNSW
  • 2003–2015
    Professor, University of Melbourne


  • 2000 
    University of Toronto, PhD