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Dr Alison Barnes joined the Department of Marketing and Management at Macquarie in 2010. She has conducted research into the service industry and trade unions, employee behaviour and skill recognition, and the gender pay gap. Alison was awarded a PhD from the University of NSW. Her thesis investigated the impact of working conditions (shift work, casual employment and regional considerations) on call centre employment. Alison is particularly interested in employee resistance and trade union strategy.

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Projects 2011 2016

Research Outputs 2000 2019

Social media: union communication and member voice

Barnes, A., Balnave, N., Thornthwaite, L. & Manning, B., 2019, Employee voice at work. Holland, P., Teicher, J. & Donaghey, J. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 91-111 21 p. (Work, Organization, and Employment).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

trade union
social media
civil society

Unions and social media: Prospects for gender inclusion

Thornthwaite, L., Balnave, N. & Barnes, A., Jul 2018, In : Gender, Work and Organization. 25, 4, p. 401-417 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

social media
media service

'Utterly disgraceful': social media and the workplace

Barnes, A., Balnave, N. & Holland, P., Sep 2018, In : Australian Journal of Public Administration. 77, 3, p. 492-499 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

social media
political right

Gender on the line: social media and the influence of gender on campaign engagement

Thornthwaite, L., Balnave, N., Barnes, A. & Manning, B., 2016, p. 8. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

social media
trade union

Trade unions in Western Europe: hard times, hard choices

Barnes, A., May 2016, In : Labour History. 110, p. 207-208 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2013 2016

  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Unions, social media and union revitalisation

Louise Thornthwaite (Speaker), Nikola Balnave (Speaker), Alison Barnes (Speaker)
5 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Annual Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference

Louise Thornthwaite (Organiser), Lucy Taksa (Organiser), Nikola Balnave (Organiser), Alison Barnes (Organiser), Troy Sarina (Organiser), Raymond Markey (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Trade Union Renewal: Preliminary Insights from a Survey on Trade Unions and Social Media Use

Louise Thornthwaite (Speaker), Nikola Balnave (Speaker), Alison Barnes (Speaker), Benjamin Manning (Speaker)
11 Feb 201613 Feb 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Unions and social media: prospects for social inclusion

Louise Thornthwaite (Speaker), Nikola Balnave (Speaker), Alison Barnes (Speaker)
5 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Who’s Security? Considering Similarities between ‘Permanent’ and Labour Hire Employees in the Aviation Industry

Lucy Taksa (Speaker), Alison Barnes (Speaker)
27 Feb 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk