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Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Dr Natalie Galea is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at The University of Melbourne.

Natalie studies human rights and gender justice in the construction sector and human rights in elite sport. She recently completed a study on the effects of a five day working week on the wellbeing of workers and their families in the Australian construction sector. Natalie has also conducted industry and government funded research on policy, practice and gender equality in the Australian construction sector. She continues to study the effect of work schedules and work hours on gender equality and worker health and wellbeing in the construction sector.

Natalie works closely with the construction sector and is a prominent voice for change. Prior to commencing her career in academia, Natalie worked for almost two decades as a construction project manager in Australia and the Middle East.

She is an Australian Olympian. She is an academic lead of The Sports Equity Lab USA.


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, UNSW Sydney


  • 2018 
    UNSW, PhD
  • 2005 
    UNSW, Bachelor of Building Construction Management
  • 1994 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts


Australian Sports Medal