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Associate Professor, Human Resource Management, UNSW Canberra, UNSW Sydney

Sue Williamson specialises in two main areas of research – gender equality in the workplace, and public sector human resources and industrial relations. Sue’s most recent research focuses on how public servants worked from home during the pandemic, and the future of flexible working. She has also led a team of researchers to examine how public sector middle managers progress gender equity. This work builds on a body of research examining gender equity in the public sector.


  • 2021–present
    Associate professor, Human Resource Management


  • 2011 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 2005 
    University of Sydney, MLLR
  • 2001 
    University of NSW, MA (Hons)
  • 1991 
    University of Qld, BA


  • 2016
    Bargaining over Australian Public Service Cuts: Do forcing strategies work? , Economic and Labour Relations Review
  • 2015
    Unintended Consequences: Implications of the 2014 Australian Defence Force Pay Deal, Australian Journal of Public Administration
  • 2014
    Gender equality bargaining: Developing theory and practice, Journal of Industrial Relations
  • 2012
    Gendering the Bricks and Mortar: Building an opportunity structure for equality bargaining, Journal of Industrial Relations
  • 2012
    Women, Work and Policy Settings in Australia in 2011', Journal of Industrial Relations
  • 2011
    Women, Work and Industrial Relations in 2010, Journal of Industrial Relations
  • 2010
    Women, Work and Industrial Relations in 2009 , Journal of Industrial Relations
  • 2009
    Women, Work and Industrial Relations in 2008 , Journal of Industrial Relations
  • 2009
    Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave and the Emergence of 'Equality Bargaining', Australian Bulletin of Labour
  • 2009
    Bargaining for Gender Equality in the Australian Public Service, Labour and Industry
  • 2007
    Family Provisions and Work Choices: Testing Times, Australian Journal of Labour Law

Professional Memberships

  • Committee member, Australian Labour and Employment Relations Ass. (ACT)
  • Committee member, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
  • Presiding Member, Women in Research Network, UNSW Canberra