Lucy Taksa


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Lucy Taksa (PhD, University of NSW) is Professor of Management and Director of the Centre for Workforce Futures in Macquarie University’s Business School.

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. From January 2015 until December 2018 she was the Faculty’s Associate Dean (Research).

Her research interests and publications are broadly on the history and future of work, working people and work organisation; management ideas, strategies and employment practises in the past and the present; gender, cultural and age diversity, identity negotiations, , migrant employment and entrepreneurship, Equal Employment Opportunities, diversity and cross-cultural management and workplace health and the ageing workforce.

She has published extensively on these subjects and also on management, business and higher education, gendered cultures in nursing, transport and finance, representations of women leaders, history of occupational health and safety, the socio-economic and workplace impacts of lymphedema, migrant and refugee human and social capital 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 at UNSW); (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 at UNSW); (iii) ‘Work, family, community and place at the Eveleigh Railway Workshops, 1887-1989: an investigation of mobility and cultural diversity’ (A00103327, 2001-04 at UNSW); (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, Lucy Taksa, Fei Guo, Zhiming Cheng, Massimiliano Tani and Partner Investigators: Lihua Liu, University of Southern California, and Klaus Zimmermann, Bonn University; (vi) ‘History, heritage and environmental change in a deindustrialised landscape’ (Linkage LP190100900 2020-2022): CIs: Tanya Evans, Lucy Taksa, Shawn Ross, S. Lupack; PIs: S. High (Concordia University Canada), F. Leslie (MTS HERITAGE), R. Parkes (Lantern Heritage Pty Ltd), Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute Ltd, National Parks & Wildlife Service; (vii) ‘Continuity and change in the Australian industrial landscape’ (UOW) CIs Chris Gibson, Lucy Taksa, Chantel Carr, Andrew Warren (UOW); PI: Stephen High (Concordia University Canada). 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) being conducted in the Centre for Workforce Futures.

Lucy has also conducted numerous industry funded research projects with a wide range of government, private sector and non-government organisations including NSW Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, the Transport Workers Union, the Transport and Logistics Centre, RESIMAC Ltd, Healthcare Division Smith & Nephew Pty Ltd, Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and Breast Cancer Network Australia, Catholic Education Commission, AHRI, the Sax Institute and NSW Ministry of Health, and SkillsIQ. She is also involved in a number of international research projects in Quebec.

In 2013, Lucy was appointed a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts (2014-16) and was subsequently a member of a number of Selection Advisory Committees for different grant schemes. 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, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development and KU Leuven Research Council (Leuven University, Belgium).

She was an Associate of the Chaire Diversite et Management, Paris-Dauphine University in France from 2013 until 2019 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.

In 2020 she was appointed as an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, based at UNSW.

She has been a CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) Trustee and CEDA Copeland Professional Development Leadership Program Mentor since 2018 and in 2021 was selected as a member of the CEDA Migration Member Advisory Committee (2-year appointment).

Lucy has presented invited and keynote addresses at Paris-Dauphine University in France, 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, Toulouse Business School in France, and Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD), Santiago, Chile, as well as before a range of external organisations in Australia including the Ethnic Communities Council NSW, a number of Migrant Resource Centres, the recruitment firm Hudson, TAFE, 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, change management in the not-for-profit health sector, cultural change in the public sector, the cultural dimensions of expatriate adjustment, WASTA as social capital in Saudi higher education and now also on NSW public sector organisational culture and on maritime ports and their privatisation.

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 Associate Editor of two labour and management focused journals and on the Editorial Boards of numerous journals. She reviews for scholarly journals across a number of disciplines including, history, heritage, education, gender studies, business, labour, management and organisational studies.

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 the University of NSW, Macquarie, Western Sydney University and Deakin. She 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 2019 she was seclected as one of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence.

External positions

CEDA (Committee on Economic Development for Australia) Migration Advisory Committee


CEDA Trustee and Copeland Mentor


Independent Director of Settlement Services International Ltd, Lucy Taksa



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