Take your research to the next level with the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing

We have more than 20 PhD candidates undertaking a thesis aligned with our research and under the supervision of our staff. If you have an honours or masters by research degree in related fields, you can apply to do a PhD under the supervision of a WOW centre member. Candidates’ whose principal supervisor is a member of WOW are eligible to apply to the Centre.

How do I apply?

Contact the relevant research convenor for the School or Department in which potential supervisors may be located and to discuss your research project:

Current members

Harum Apriyanti

Work wellbeing in the resources sector in Indonesia. // Supervisor: Kate Hutchings

Fiona Archontoulis

To what extent do workload management systems allow frontline managers better opportunities to support employee work–related stress. // Supervisors: Rebecca Loudoun, Keith Townsend

Jessica Booth

How does a new environment impact employees’ perception of an internal brand? // Supervisor: Wayne O’Donohue

Angela Bowles

HRM’s role in driving engagement – individual and organisational level engagement. // Supervisors: Keith Townsend, Adrian Wilkinson

Jessica Blomfield

Emotional regulation in sustainability change agents – a strategy for success. // Supervisors: Peter Jordan, Ashlea Troth

Carolina Bouten Pinto

Culturewise practice – a new approach to leadership in culturally diverse organisations. // Supervisor: Sue Ressia (ERHR)

Shirley Chan

Impact of generational differences on work values, ethics and behaviours. // Supervisors: Amanda Biggs, Ashlea Troth

Negar Faaliyat

The probability of unemployment for Middle Eastern female skilled migrants in Australia. // Supervisor: David Peetz

Rosa Faaliyat

Australian organisations and their multicultural diverse workforce practices. // Supervisor: David Peetz

Annetta (Joy) Ganter

Followership - a study of workplace interactions // Supervisor: Elliroma Gardiner

Farid Irshaid

Human resource management in the Palestinian public sector or not–for–profit leadership. // Supervisors: Kate Hutchings, Wayne O’Donohue

Jane Kerr

Developing the careers of China’s managers of tomorrow. // Supervisor: Glenda Strachan

Kfir Levin

Study crafting in higher education // Supervisor: Peter Creed

Qian Yi Lee

Role of line managers in flexible working arrangements. // Supervisors: Keith Townsend, Adrian Wilkinson

Kathryn Moura

Experiencing and responding to anger at work. // Supervisors: Peter Jordan, Ashlea Troth

Thi Thu Thao Nguyen

Role ambiguity and discretion – two sides of a coin. // Supervisors: Kate Hutchings, Wayne O’Donohue

Mahan Poorhosseinzadeh (Student Representative)

Women in senior positions in Australia: rigidity and stasis to flexibility and change. // Supervisors: David Peetz, Glenda Strachan

Vishal Rana

Perceptions of injustice and proactive work behaviour: mediating role of emotions. // Supervisors: Peter Jordan, Alannah Rafferty

Safa Riaz

A new satisfaction model for high performance work systems and construction of new variables. // Supervisor: Keith Townsend

Evelyn Sen

Managing productive and collaborative relationships in Australian workplaces. // Supervisors: Adrian Wilkinson, Keith Townsend

Indira Somwaru

Dues diligence: factors promoting and straining unionised faculty involvement. // Supervisors: Mohan Thite, Glenda Strachan

Lorraine Tulele

Impact of employer attitude on Indigenous Australia’s employment experience and skill acquisition in the private sector. // Supervisor: Michael Barry

Yunong (CJ) Wang

The influence of frontline managerial compassion in alleviating employee suffering. // Supervisors: Sandra Lawrence, Wayne O’Donohue


The Centre’s HDR Student Representative is Mahan Poorhosseinzadeh. Her appointment as such is one of service to the University and aims to give the HDR student’s affiliated with the Centre a voice on matters pertaining to its remit to offer a collegial environment of focused research activity in which they can participate and exchange ideas. Mahan is also a member of the Centre’s Steering Committee in the same capacity. Here she extends a brief welcome:

"Hi everyone, My name is Mahan Poorhosseinzadeh and I am your current HDR representative. 

I am currently in the third year of my PhD, undertaking research on the under-representation of women in senior positions in Australia.
As an HDR student who values diversity and inclusion in the decision-making process, I am delighted to facilitate feedback on your needs, concerns and views within the WOW centre.
Likewise, I am so pleased I am able to perform as an effective channel between the HDR WOW students and WOW's Steering Committee through which you can raise issues of general concern.

As HDR students and WOW members, we are privileged to take advantage of regular WOW activities such as theme and skill-based workshops and seminars, which are delivered by internal and external speakers.
In addition to these activities, the WOW centre provides invaluable support for HDR students who are active members of the Centre, such as the PhD Conference Support Scheme grant.
Furthermore, WOW promotes a collegial environment within which its members can participate in research activities and exchange ideas. It also provides the intellectual environment for research trainees and early career researchers to aspire to research productivity through inviting them to deliver or attend seminars. I would therefore encourage you to participate and actively engage in WOW activities as these are brilliant opportunities to assist in your own personal and professional development. Consequently, I sincerely tend to remit your matters to the WOW centre.  

Please feel free to email me if you have any concerns regarding WOW. My email address is mahan.zadeh@griffithuni.edu.au. I look forward to seeing you all at WOW 's seminars and events in the near future and wish you all the best in your PhD journey."

Mahan Poorhosseinzadeh
(Please note, Mahan is WOW's HDR Representative, not the GBS HDR Representative)


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