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Dr Jacqueline Mackaway teaches an applied research unit in the School of Social Science (Discipline of Sociology) (2015 to now). Jacqueline completed her PhD in 2019 at Macquarie University which focused on the sociology of education and work.  She is particularly interested in the nature of work and employment, including the future of work more broadly.

During her time in Macquarie University’s Learning and Teaching Centre (2009-2011), Jacqueline was heavily involved in supporting the pedagogical implementation of the Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) initiative. In recognition of Jacqueline’s commitment to quality learning and teaching, she was admitted to the Higher Education Academy as a senior fellow (2019).

Prior to moving into the higher education sector, Jacqueline worked as a senior human resource professional across a range of sectors with responsibilities in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. She also ran her own small consulting business for three years, providing specialist advice on change management, employee relations and recruitment. 

Research interests

  • Sociology of work and education
  • Higher education, employability and the future of work
  • Inclusive practice in education
  • Diversity and inclusion in organisations/institutions
  • Ethical decision making in organisations


  • Currently Unit Convenor for SSCI3090 - Professional Social Research Projects
  • Previously Unit Convenor for SOC849 - Internships in Social Research

Research student supervision

Masters candidates

Susan Barnes: Thesis titleWhen Planning Meets Reality: Examining the Implementation of a Gender Equity Measure (Principal supervisor) Due to complete Dec 2021

Madelaine Berglind: Thesis title You Shall Not Pass: Gendered Gatekeeping Mechanisms in University Marketing (Associate supervisor) Due to complete Dec 2021

PhD candidates

Eleanor Quinlan: Thesis titleWage theft, entry-level workers, and the rise of unpaid workplace training in Australia (Associate supervisor) Due to complete end 2022

Adam Rajcan: Thesis title The Gendered Performance of Publication? A study of Australasian sociology PhD students publishing practices (2010-19) (Associate supervisor) Due to complete end 2024

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD, Macquarie University


Masters of Museum Studies, Macquarie University

Bachelor of Arts (Dip Ed), Macquarie University

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, TAFE


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