Associate Professor Abigail Powell

Co-Director CSI UNSW Research

Abigail will be developing CSI’s research stream around organisational governance, leadership and workforce capacity in the social purpose sector.

Abigail currently holds an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) titled ‘Promoting work-life balance: do flexible work arrangements really work for employees in Australia?’ She is also co-CI on an ARC Linkage project with Professors Martin Loosemore (UNSW Built Environment) and Louise Chappell (UNSW Arts and Social Sciences) investigating gender equity in the Australian construction industry.

Abigail has over 10 years’ experience as an academic researcher, whose research is underpinned by her passion for social justice and equality. Abigail is an experienced project manager and mixed methods researcher with expertise in gender diversity, work-life balance, young people and social policy. Abigail has worked with industry, government and NGOs, including research and evaluations for NSW Health, NSW Commission for Children and Young People, beyondblue, headspace, Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Diversity Council Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Prior to joining CSI, Abigail worked at the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW and at Loughborough University in the UK. Abigail has a PhD in Social Sciences and an MA in Research Methods (Social Policy).

You can find out more about Abigail and her publications at
+61 2 8936 0916

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