Lucy Taksa


1988 …2022
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Lucy Taksa (PhD, University of NSW) is Professor of Management in Macquarie University’s the Faculty of Business and Economics. She joined Macquarie University in August 2009 as Head of the Department of Business, renamed the Department of Marketing and Management in 2011, a position she held until December 2014.

In 2011 she established the Centre for Workforce Futures in the Faculty and led its Diversity, Employment and Organisations pillar, and its Gender, Diversity and Inclusion key research theme, while also convening the Cultural Diversity Research Network. Between 2015 and 2018 she was the Faculty’s Associate Dean (Research) and she has been co-Director of the Centre for Workforce Futures since July 2018.

Her research interests and publications are broadly in management and employment in organisations with a specific focus on the international diffusion of management ideas and strategies, gender and cultural diversity, migrant employment, identity negotiations, Equal Employment Opportunities, cross-cultural and diversity management. She has published extensively on these subjects and also on management, business and higher education, gendered cultures in nursing, transport and finance and women leaders, history of occupational health and safety, the socio-economic impacts of lymphedema, and the management and interpretation of industrial heritage.

She has been the recipient of numerous Australian Research Council Grants for research projects entitled: (i) ‘Work, technology, gender and citizenship at the Eveleigh Railway Workshops precinct: A historical interpretation of landscape, identity and mobilisation’ (A00103327, 1998-2000); (ii) ‘A Model for Change at the Eveleigh Railway Workshops Precinct: Using Social and Industrial Heritage as Tools for Urban and Community Renewal’ (C59917627, 1999-2001); (iii) ‘Work, family, community and place at the Eveleigh Railway Workshops, 1887-1989: an investigation of mobility and cultural diversity’ (A00103327, 2001-04); (iv) ‘Affinities in Multicultural Australia’ (DP140100424, 2014-17 with Ellie Vasta and Fei Guo); (v) ‘Demographic and social dimensions of migrant ageing and wellbeing in Australia’ (DP190102778 2019-21, with Fei Guo, Zhiming Cheng, Massimiliano Tani and Partner Investigators: Lihua Liu, University of Southern California, and Klaus Zimmermann, Bonn University. She is also the formal named Mentor for Dr Catherine Bishop’s Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award ‘Gendered Enterprise: A History of Australian Businesswomen since 1880’ (DE190100423) commencing in 2019 in the Centre for Workforce Futures.

Between 2009 and 2016 she was an Executive Member of the Australian Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools. In 2013 she was appointed a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts (2014-16) and has been a member of a number of Selection Advisory Committees for different grant schemes since then. She has been an Associate of the Chaire Diversite et Management, Paris-Dauphine University in France since 2013 and in 2017 she became a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Centre on Global Migration (CGM) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and a Fellow of The Global Labor Organization (GLO), an independent international network for researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the general public interested in research, policy and societal implications on global labor markets, demographic challenges and human resources.

She has presented invited and keynote addresses at Paris-Dauphine University, at the J.J. Heldrich Centre for Workforce Development at Rutgers University in New Jersey USA, the Adam Smith School of Business at Glasgow University in Scotland and Toulouse Business School in France, as well as before a range of external organisations in Australia including the Ethnic Communities Council NSW, a number of Migrant Resource Centres, and the recruitment firm, Hudson, among others.

She has supervised PhD students on a range of subjects including migrant labour market integration; internal labour markets in financial organisations, race discrimination and gender inequalities in Australian history, cross cultural management, the management of religious diversity, leadership capacity development for social inclusion and change management in the not-for-profit health sector. She is currently supervising a student investigating sensemaking and the cultural dimensions of expatriate adjustment and another investigating WASTA as social capital in Saudi higher education.

Prior to her appointment at Macquarie University in 2009 Professor Taksa was employed by the University of New South Wales, where she was Director of the Industrial Relations Research Centre (2000-Aug. 2009), Head of the School of Organisation and Management (2003-2005), and Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Commerce and Economics.

She was a part-time non-judicial member of the Equal Opportunity Division of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal between 1996 and 2007, and of the Legal Services Division between 2003 and 2007. From February 2007 until December 2012, she was Chair of the Board of State Records NSW. Since 2015 she has been a Non-Executive Board Member of Settlement Services International (SSI), a leading not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services in the areas of settlement, employment, accommodation, asylum seeker assistance, foster care and disability support in NSW. She has been a member and assessor of its Refugee Student Scholarship scheme since its inception in 2015, now funded by Allianz.

Professor Taksa has been an Assessor for Australian Research Council Grants since 1998, the "Hertha Firnberg-Program" of the Austrian Science Fund, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Program, the National Science Centre in Poland and the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development.

Professor Taksa was an Associate Editor of: Labour History (1994-2003) and European Management Review (2013-17). She was appointed Gender Area Editor for Economic and Labour Relations Review in 2009 and in 2016 an Editorial Board member of Springer Book Series: Work, Organization, and Employment Seriesedited by Tony Dundon and Adrian Wilkinson. She is on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Management History, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal (EDI), Labour History and Economic and Labour Relations Review.

During her tenure as Associate Dean (Research), Professor Taksa led the Faculty’s Excellence in Research Australia submission in 2015 and 2018. She was an appointed member of the Australian Business Dean’s Council BARDSNET (Associate Deans Research Network) Executive between 2015 and 2018 inclusive. She has been a member of numerous Department and Research Centre Reviews at University of NSW, Macquarie and Western Sydney University and was an elected member of the Macquarie University Senate for two terms from 2015-2018. At UNSW she was the Presiding Member of the Vice Chancellor’s Childcare Assistance Fund for Women Researchers (2003-Aug 2009) and has been a member of the Primary Carer Conference Support Scheme Assessment Committee since it was established at Macquarie in 2017. In 2018 she became a member of the University’s Research Enrichment Program Executive.

External positions

2015, Settlement Services International


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Projects 2011 2022

Research Outputs 1988 2020

‘Hidden in plain sight’: Uncovering the gendered heritage of an industrial landscape

Taksa, L., 2020, The Routledge handbook of memory and place. De Nardi, S., Orange, H., High, S. & Koskinen-Koivisto, E. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, p. 203-213 11 p.

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


Diversity and human resource management: Australian survey results

Taksa, L. & Dados, N., Nov 2019, Melbourne: Australian HR Institute. 38 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearchpeer-review

human resources management
labor force
labor force participation
unpaid work

Remembering and incorporating migrant workers in Australian industrial heritage

Taksa, L., Mar 2019, In : Labor: Studies in Working-Class History. 16, 1, p. 81-105 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

migrant worker

The Role of reflection in planned organizational change

Rosenbaum, D., Taksa, L. & More, E., 2019, In : Change Management. 18, 3-4, p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Organizational change
Nonprofit organization
Organization change
Grounded theory


industry research
German Federal Railways
Western Australia

The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence

Lucy Taksa (Recipient), 22 Oct 2019

Prize: Honorary award

Business and society

Activities 1985 2019

Matloob Piracha

Lucy Taksa (Host)
23 Apr 20196 May 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Chinmay Tumbe

Lucy Taksa (Host)
9 Jul 201910 Jul 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Erica Salvaj Carrera

Lucy Taksa (Host)
29 Dec 201915 Mar 2020

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Women in Corporate Networks

Lucy Taksa (Invited speaker)
15 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Business History (Journal)

Lucy Taksa (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Press / Media

CEDA Addressing Age Bias in the Workplace

Lucy Taksa


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Ageism harming workplaces, not just individuals

Lucy Taksa


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

The role and impact of nicknaming at work

Lucy Taksa


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment

What's in a nickname?

Lucy Taksa


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment