Professor Kathleen Riach
- Professor in Organisational Studies (Management)
Professor Riach's expertise is in the area of ageing at work and the experience of growing up and older in and around the labour market. Her research explores understanding aspects of working life that are rarely discussed formally, but nonetheless have a significant impact of how people feel, think and behave, including sexuality, the body and emotions.
Her recent work has focused on the intersections between ageing, gender and career trajectories. This strand of research includes working with renowned Australian artist Ross Coulter on a portrait-led research project exploring the economic lives of women over 40 in rural and regional Victoria, and a longitudinal study of ageing in the UK financial services (2010-2020).
Alongside colleagues from Australia, Kathleen has recently launched MIPO (Menopause Information Pack for Organizations), a free, open access suite of resources to help manager's introduce and embed best practice menopause support in the workplace: www.menopauseatwork.org
Professor Riach is a member of the School's Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
- Age discrimination in the labour market
- Ageing at work
- Gender inequality and organisations
- Identity and the body
- The role of the senses in employee experience
Kathleen is interested in supervising projects examining:
- Organizational discrimination, diversity and inclusion, particularly studies exploring the experience of ageing, gender or illness at work
- Professional Identity and emotions in the workplace
- Qualitative methods, particularly innovative methods informed by sociomateriality or feminist theory
Menstrual Materiality: The Lived Experience of Female Corporeality in Organisational Contexts (2016-2019)
Arts-Based Activism: The Business of Non-Peace (2019-2022)
A Generational Theory of Workplace Stress: From Burnout to Fallout (2019-2022)
- Organisation studies
- Qualitative research methods
Editorial Board Memberships
- Human Relations (ABS 4, ABDC A*)(2016 - present)
- Gender, Work and Organization (ABS 3, ABDC A) (2015 - present)
- Organization (ABS 3, ABDC A) (2014 - present)
Expert International Reviewer
- Austrian Science Fund (Austrian Research Council) large grant scheme (2017 - present)
- ESRC (UK Research Council) large grant scheme. (2013 - present)
- SSHRC (Canadian Research Council) large grant scheme. (2014 - present)
Professor Riach's visiting positions across the world include invitations to Sweden, Denmark and most recently Germany as a Mercator Professorial Fellow.
As well as collaborating with a range of government, private and public sector organisations, her work and commentaries regularly feature in the media in Australia, the UK and Europe, including ABC National, The Conversation and the BBC.