Dr Sheree Gregory

Profile photo of Dr Sheree GregoryDr Sheree Gregory is a Lecturer in Human Resources and Management in the School of Business, teaching Innovation and Professional Practice, and Managing People at Work. Sheree is a joint editor of two monographs on Women and Work (RMIT 2005, 2007) and Reviews Editor of Media International Australia (SAGE). Her interdisciplinary research deals with changes in work, business, households and family life. Her focus is on the problem of inequality, and investigating the challenges faced by workers who are marginalised and disadvantaged, and those of wealthy family businesses, particularly how tensions are managed. Her research interests include:

  • Work/family policies and innovative strategies and interventions for transitions around pregnancy, parenthood, work/life interference and flexible work
  • Work-based gender inequality and the 'care economy'
  • Family business succession planning and entrepreneurship
  • Social, Collaborative and Innovation Networks
  • Success strategies for social and cultural change in cultural industries
  • 'Cultural intelligence' approach applied to gender equality policy initiatives

Her current Women's Fellowship project is entitled, 'Barriers to Women's Employment Participation in the Cultural Industries: A Case Study of Gender Equality Policy and Practice in the Film and Television Industry'. Sheree was selected as a visiting scholar to the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam in July 2016 for cross-cultural research development around her work on the entrepreneurial urban economy and family business networks.

As a scholarly academic with a growing public intellectual profile, Sheree is frequently called on for invited keynote addresses in community forums, industry conferences, seminars, and Dean's lectures. Her work is featured in industry magazine and national newspapers in Australia and internationally. She has been an invited reviewer for a prestigious publisher on proposed books in gender, family business and entrepreneurship.

Dr Gregory aims to improve the working life of employees and managers in businesses by exploring the theoretical and practical implications of notions of 'cultural intelligence', and 'domesticity ideology' in her research around equality, households and business in the 21st century. She is a champion of collaborative social and cultural research for business and has worked with partner organisations such as GM Holden, Pitcher Partners, and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, among others.

In 2015, Sheree was appointed by the Dean of the School of Business to the Research and Higher Degrees Committee. Sheree is also involved in Mentoring work, as a convenor of the HR and Management discipline for The Lucy Mentoring Program in 2016, for third year female students in the School of Business.

Prior to joining Western Sydney University in 2015, Sheree was a lecturer in the School of Management at RMIT University, covering HRM, Organisational Behaviour, Introduction to Management, Global Entrepreneurship, and International Business, and has taught in Australia and Singapore.


PhD, 2011, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

BA (Hons), 2002, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle, Australia

Honours and Awards

2015: Recognition of excellence in teaching, School of Management, College of Business, RMIT University

Selected Publications

Refereed Articles

Since 2011; 3 prior; 4 book chapters prior to 2011

Gregory, S & Brigden, C 2017, 'Gendered scenes: conceptualising the negotiation of paid work and child care among performers in film, television and theatre production' (opens in a new window), Media International Australia, vol. 163, no.1.

Gregory, S & Brigden, C 2016, 'Conceptualising the negotiation of paid work and childcare among performers in film, television and theatre production', Special Issue: Gendered Labour and Media, Media International Australia, no. 161.

Pimpa, N, Moore, T, Gregory, S & Tenni, B 2015, 'Corporate social responsibility and mining industry in Thailand', World Journal of Management, vol. 6, no.1, pp. 34-47.

Gilding, M, Gregory, S & Cosson, B 2015, 'Motives and outcomes in family business succession planning' (opens in a new window), Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 299-312.

Refereed Proceedings

Since 2011; 1 prior

Caspersz, D & Gregory, S 2014, 'Conceptualising family influence in family business: using moral economy', Proceedings of the 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Reshaping Management for Impact, 3-5 December 2014, UTS Business School, Sydney, Australia.

Caspersz, D & Gregory, S 2014, 'Developing a sociological understanding of the significance of family influence in family business: using moral economy', TASA Conference: Challenging Identities: Institutions and Communities, 24-27 November 2014, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.

Gregory, S 2012, 'Negotiating paid work and intimate life in late modernity: accounts and strategies from primary carers returning to work in higher education', Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, 26-29 November 2012, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia.

Gilding, M, Gregory, S & Cosson, B 2011, 'A typology of motives in family business succession planning: institutionalisation - implosion - imposition and individualisation', Proceedings of the Local Lives/Global Networks: Australian Sociological Association Conference, 29 November - 1 December 2011, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Edited Collections

Since 2011; 2 prior

Bond, C, Chester, J, Fitzpatrick, R, Ford, M, Masterman-Smith, H, O.Zinn, J, Petray, T, Possamai-Inesedy, A, Shaw, S, Threadgold, S, Woodman, D, Barton, R, Black, M, Collyer, F, Crichton, M, Dempsey, D, Ezzy, D, Gregory, S, Halafoff, A, Harley, K, Hewitt, B, Hickey, A, Holmes, M, Howie, L, Kirkman, A, Koleth, E, Lorman, D, MacLean, S, Maher, K, Marshall, P, Matthews, J, McCallum, D, Moskos, M, Natalier, K, Ozkul, D, Patulny, R, Rice, J, Scott, A, Seddon, T, Shuttleworth, R, Sikora, J, Sinclair, J, Slegers, C, Spies-Butcher, B, Vasta, E, Williamson, R (eds), Emerging and enduring inequalities: 2012 Refereed Conference Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association, November 26–29 2012, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia, ISBN 9 7806 4658 7837.

Book Reviews

Since 2011; 2 prior

Gregory, S 2015, 'Gabrielle Kelly & Cheryl Robson (eds), Celluloid ceiling: women film directors breaking through', Media International Australia, no. 156, p. 154.

Gregory, S 2015, 'Gerson, K 2011, The unfinished revolution: coming of age in a new era of gender, work and family', Community, Work and Family Journal, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 368-369.

Gregory, S 2014, 'Gregg, M 2011, Work's intimacy', Media International Australia, no. 153, pp. 165-166.

Gregory, S 2014, 'Handel, J 2013, Entertainment labor: an interdisciplinary bibliography', Labor Studies Journal, vol. 39, no. 4, p. 323.

Gregory, S 2013, 'Andrew Dawson & Sean P. Holmes (eds), Working in the global film and television industries', Media International Australia, no. 148, pp. 162-163.

Gregory, S 2012, 'Anita Ilta Garey & Karen V Hansen (eds), At the heart of work and family: engaging the ideas of Arlie Hochschild', Work, Employment and Society, vol. 26, no. 1, p. 184.


Verhoeven, D, Riakos, M, Gregory, S, Joly, E & McHugh, M 2018, Honey, I hid the kids! Experiences of parents and carers in the Australian Screen Industry (opens in a new window), Raising Films Australia, Sydney.

Industry Articles and Commentaries

Since 2011; 12 prior

Gregory, S 2016, 'International women's day: equality and work in the screen industry under the microscope', Institute for Culture and Society Blog, 8 March 2016.

Gregory, S 2016, 'Behind the scenes: new research will shine a light on the precarious work/life balancing act in the entertainment industry', Equity Magazine, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, January 2016.

Cleary, P, Interview with Gregory, S 2015, 'Let's talk about flex: what does workplace flexibility mean in practice?', The Deal Magazine (The Australian), December 2015, p. 59.

Gregory, S 2015, 'Returning to work after childbirth: still a case of managing it all', Kidspot, NewsCorp: NewsLifeMedia, 27 October 2015, (Reprint).

Gregory, S 2015, 'Women, work and the art of juggling time', The Australian Sociological Association, 9 February 2015.

Gregory, S 2015, 'Returning to work after childbirth: "managing it all"', Academic Research Hub Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA – Australian Government website), (Reprint).

Gregory, S 2015, 'Returning to work after childbirth: still a case of managing it all', The Conversation, 8 January 2015.

Boyd, C, Interview with Gregory, S 2013, 'Keeping it in the family', Venture: Swinburne Magazine, no. 4, pp. 18-19. ISSN 2200-6338 (Print), ISSN 2200-7628 (Online).

Karvelas, P, Interview with Gregory, S ,2012, 'New mums settle for lesser jobs, study finds', The Australian, 25 July 2012.

Gregory, S 2012, 'Keeping it in the family', Venture: Science, Technology and Innovation – Swinburne University Magazine, no. 2, p. 5, August 2012.

Research Grants / Funded Projects

Since 2011

2016: Researcher Development Strategic Initiative Funding - Women's Fellowship Award, for 'Barriers to women's employment participation in the cultural industries: a case study of gender equality policy and practice in the film and television industry'.

2015: Cities And Economies 2015 Small Grants Scheme Award, for 'Scoping the barriers to women's participation in the cultural industries: multiple perspectives', with Stevenson, D.

2014: School of Management Seed Grant, for 'Behind-the-scenes: managing paid work, the household and caring responsibilities in the entertainment industry', in-kind support from Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

2014: Brigden, C., Hudson, C., French, L., 'Creating value, valuing creativity: cultural production and consumption in the global city', Global Cities Research Institute Research Scheme, RMIT University, Gregory, S as team member.

2013: Faculty of Life and Social Science Research Development Grant, for 'The changing ideas of workplace and home in the Australian digital economy: a pilot investigation into the structuring of telework', Swinburne University of Technology.

2013-15: Pimpa, N, Moore, T, Zigurus, C, Tenni, B, Australia Aid funding for 'Equitable employment and mining', RMIT University & the University of Melbourne, Gregory, S as team member.

2012: The Swinburne Institute for Social Research Development Grant, for 'Women's economic and life outcomes', with Sharam, A & Brackertz, N.

2011-13: Gilding, M, Kenley, R, Shrapnel, R, ARC Linkage 'Family business succession planning: dynamics, barriers and strategies', Swinburne University of Technology, ARC LP100200160.1, Industry Partner: Pitcher Partner Ltd.,Gregory, S & Cosson, B as team members.

Invited Keynotes and Seminars

Since 2011

'Barriers to women's employment participation in the cultural industries', Institute for Culture and Society, Sydney, 25 August 2016.

'Current and emerging workplace issues for women: equality, work and life', NSW ACT IEU Women's Conference 2016: Women, Work & the Wider World, Mercure Sydney, 818-820 George Street Sydney, 19 August 2016.

'Juggling work and family in the entertainment industry', Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Redfern Office, 28 April 2015.

'Tensions and challenges for HR: Teleworking for Work/Life Management', Australian Senior Human Resources Roundtable, Melbourne, 7 May 2014.

'Changing ideas of breadwinning'. Inaugural Dean's lecture in Social Science, 21st century lifestyles, Relationship and Households, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, 26 September 2013.

'Behind work and family decision-making: the interplay of employment transitions, gender and the household', Technology, Economy and Society Flagship, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, 2 November 2011.

Selected Presentations

Since 2011

Gregory, S & Brigden, C, 'Gendered scenes: conceptualising the negotiation of paid work & childcare among performers in film, T.V & theatre', Gendered Labour & Media. Macquarie University, 18-19 February 2016.

Smith, M & Gregory, S, 'Award modernisation and barriers to gender pay equity: towards a new analytical framework', Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia & New Zealand Conference, Sydney, 2016.

Gregory, S, 'Dimensions and responses to precariousness in cultural labour: Towards a New Framework', Social Theory Politics & the Arts 41st International Conference. University of South Australia, Adelaide, 11-13 December 2015.

Gregory, S, 'Work/life management and caring responsibilities among performers: emerging tensions and challenges for cultural industry stakeholders', Social Theory Politics & the Arts 41st International Conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 11-13 December 2015.

Pimpa, N, Moore, T, Tenni, B, Gregory, S, Phouxay, K, Sanesathid, O & Douangphachanh, 'Multinational corporations: CSR, gender and poverty alleviation in Mekong countries', 28th Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, 3-5 December 2014.

Pimpa, N, Moore, T, Tenni, B, Gregory, S & Phouxay, K, 'How mining multinational corporations promote women: modus operandi?', 28th Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, 3-5 December 2014.

Gregory, S. 'Agents of change: conceptualising the state and the visibility of fatherhood in Australian workplaces', International CRIMT Conference, New Frontiers for Citizenship at Work, Conference of the Inter-University Research Centre on Globalization and Work, HEC University, Montreal, Canada, 12-14 May 2014.

Pimpa, N, Moore, T, Tenni, B, Gregory, S, Supachalasai, S & Wayakone, S D, 'The Thai way of corporate social responsibility: case of mining industry',12th International Conference on Thai Studies, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, University of Sydney, Sydney, 22-24 April 2014.

Pimpa, N & Gregory, S, 'Mining and women: how mining multinational corporations promote gender equity in Laos', ASIA@RMIT Seminar Series, Melbourne, April 2014.

Gregory, S & Bamberry, L, 'Mapping the gendered contours of teleworking in the new work digital economy', Work, Employment and HR: the redistribution of economic and social power, Association for Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Melbourne, 2014.

Gregory, S, 'Gender, wealth and power: how leaders of family business talk about succession', Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, Monash University, November 2013.

Gregory, S, 'Changing ideas of fatherhood in Australian workplaces: the dad and partner pay scheme, and digital technologies', Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, Monash University, November 2013.

Gregory, S & Bamberry, L, Gender and employment in the new work digital economy: an Australian perspective of telework engagement', Work, Employment and Society Conference, States of Work: Visions and Interpretations of Work, Employment, Society and The State, University of Warwick, Warwick, United Kingdom, 5 September 2013.

Gregory, S 'Like a drop in the ocean': negotiating transitions back to paid work and the impact of policy on managing work-family life', Family Transitions and Trajectories: 12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, July 2012.


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