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Dr Jacqueline Mackaway is an outstanding teacher in the field of work-integrated learning. She is convenor and teacher in an applied social research unit in the School of Social Science (Discipline of Sociology) (2015 to now). In recognition of her contribution to teaching, she was the 2022 recipient of Macquarie University's Judyth Sachs PACE Staff Award.

Jacqueline completed her PhD in 2019 at Macquarie University which focused on the sociology of education and work.  Her research is interdiscipinary and cuts across the fields of paid/unpaid work, work-integrated learning (WIL), diversity and inclusion. This scholarship on education and work responds to urgent calls from government, industry/employers and the higher education sector to better understand the changing nature of work, and how to prepare graduates, workers and employers for work now and into the future.

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
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Higher education, employability and the future of work
  • Inclusive practice in education
  • Diversity and inclusion in organisations/institutions


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

Research student supervision

Masters candidates

Shabnam Mohammadjani: Reflections of Iranian Women's Equality Movement (2022) in Western Media. (Principal supervisor) Due November 2023

Susan Barnes: Thesis title When Planning Meets Reality: Examining the Implementation of a Gender Equity Measure (Principal supervisor) Complete Dec 2021

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

Adam Rajcan: Thesis title The Gendered Performance of Publication? A study of Australasian sociology PhD students publishing practices (2010-19) (Associate supervisor) Completed 2020

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

Susan Barnes: Thesis title Using Science and technology Studies to explore gendered interactions in Australian STEM organisations (Principal supervisor) Due to complete in 2025

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD, Access and equity in work-integrated learning (WIL), 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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