Meraiah Foley


Lecturer

Rm 4049
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 8627 8846
meraiah.foley@sydney.edu.au
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Bio

Dr. Meraiah Foley is a Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies and Work Integrated Learning at the University of Sydney Business School. She received her PhD in Work and Organisational Studies from the University of Sydney Business School. Her research focuses on achieving equality and inclusion in organisations. Recent projects include: examining the role of middle managers in embedding gender equality in the public service, how organisations can improve workplace flexibility and reduce bias in human resource management processes. Dr. Foley has coordinated the University of Sydney’s international industry placement programs since 2016 and has also taught human resource management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A former journalist for the Associated Press and The New York Times, Dr. Foley is passionate about helping students see the real-world implications of classroom theories and achieve their professional goals.

Research Interests

Dr. Foley’s research centres on gender, work, and organisations. Her recent work has considered the role of middle managers in progressing gender equality, the effect of anonymisation on job applications, how managers perceive the relationship between implicit bias and merit, the effect of paid parental leave on families and workplaces, and the impact of motherhood on women’s career trajectories. Her research has appeared in Public Administration Review, Australian Journal of Public Administration and Gender in Management: An International Journal. She is regularly called upon to comment in the media about workplace flexibility and gender equality issues.

Selected publications

2019

Journal Articles

Foley M, and Williamson S (2019) Managerial Perspectives on Implicit Bias, Affirmative Action, and Merit Public Administration Review, 79 (1), 35-45. [More Information]

O'Donnell M, Williamson S, Adikaram A, and Foley M (2019) Human Resource Managers as Liaisons between Firms and Labour Employee Relations: the international journal, Forthcoming.

Williamson S, Colley L, and Foley M (2019) Human Resource Devolution, Decoupling and Incoherence: How line managers manage gender equality reforms Public Management Review, Forthcoming.

Williamson S, Foley M, and Cartwright N (2019) Women, work and industrial relations in Australia in 2018 Journal of Industrial Relations, 61 (3), 342-356. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Colley L, Williamson S, Foley M, and Cooper R (2019) Gender equality policies: Gender fatigue and implementation failure? 33rd Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Melbourne, Australia.

Cortis N, Foley M, and Williamson S (2019) Defending the status quo? An examination of how senior leaders frame workplace gender inequality 33rd Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Melbourne, Australia.

Foley M, Cooper R, Williamson S, and Colley L (2019) Gender-blind or genderaware? Managers and the discourse of merit in the context of 'inclusion' 33rd Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Melbourne, Australia.

Book Chapter

Foley M (2019) Work-Family Conflict and Policies Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics; Springer, Cham, 1-4. [More Information]

2018

Journal Articles

Foley M, and Williamson S (2018) Does anonymising job applications reduce gender bias?: Understanding managers' perspectives Gender in Management, 33 (8), 623-635. [More Information]

Foley M, Baird M, Cooper R, and Williamson S (2018) Is independence really an opportunity? The experience of entrepreneur-mothers Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 25 (2), 313-329. [More Information]

Williamson S, and Foley M (2018) Unconscious Bias Training: The 'Silver Bullet' for Gender Equity? Australian Journal of Public Administration, 77 (3), 355-359. [More Information]

Reports

Foley M (2018) Women in the Tasmanian State Service: Career Narratives Project. [More Information]

Williamson S, Colley L, Foley M, and Cooper R (2018) The Role of Middle Managers in the Progressing Gender Equity in the Public Sector. [More Information]

Williamson S, Foley M, Colley L, and Cooper R (2018) Middle Managers role in Progressing Gender Equity: A leading practice guide. [More Information]

2017

Reports

Foley M, Dewey L, Williamson S, Blackman D, Creagh A, Davidson L, Zhu M, and Slay J (2017) Women in Cyber Security Literature Review. [More Information]

Williamson S, and Foley M (2017) Embedding Gender Equality in the Australian Public Service: Changing Practices, Changing Cultures. [More Information]

2016

Report

Cooper R, Foley M, and Baird M (2016) Women at work: Australia and the United States. [More Information]

2015

Report

Baird M, and Foley M (2015) PPL Evaluation: Final Report | 10 Employer Response to DAPP; Department of Social Services, Greenway ACT, 165-179.

2012

Book Chapter

Foley M (2012) Global Energy Governance Post-2012: Bridging the Gap Between Energy Security and Climate Policy New Security Frontiers: Critical Energy and the Resource Challenge; Ashgate, Farnham United Kingdom, 93-111.

Selected grants

2017-2018

2017

Newsroom articles