Alison Preston

Alison Preston

Professor, BA (Hons) Strath., MBA Curtin, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Professor Alison Preston is a labour economist and a leading authority on gender equality in Australia. From over two decades of research on the economics of gender Alison has published more than 100 works with a particular focus on wage determination, pay equity, workforce sex segregation, superannuation and financial literacy. She teaches in the area of micro-economics and the economics of public policy.

Prior to joining academia Alison held senior roles in the Commonwealth Public Service in Canberra and was Senior Economist with the Trades and Labor Council (now UnionsWA). She’s held visiting appointments at the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde in Scotland as well as with the ILO in Geneva. She has advised State and Federal Governments and has been involved in a number of commissioned projects for industry and policy organisations including, the Minerals Council of Australia, FairWork Australia, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Western Australian Health Department. 

Alison joined UWA in 2013 as Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean of the then Faculty of Business (2013-2017). She was also Director of Accreditations (EQUIS and AACSB). Prior to joining UWA she was Professor of Economics and Director of the Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB) as well as founding member and co-Director of the Women in Social & Economic Research (WiSER) cluster which was established in 1999 at Curtin University.  She remains affiliated to WiSER and is a member of the Australian Work+Famil Policy Roundtable research network.


Wage setting

Gender pay gap

Segmentation and labour market structures

Economic security

Financial literacy

Research expertise keywords

  • Wage determination
  • women and the labour market
  • financial literacy
  • employment structures


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