Kerrie Unsworth

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M261), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Kerrie Unsworth is a Professor at the UWA Business School. She is interested in studying motivation, creativity, pro-environmental behaviours and well-being. Underlying each of these is an interest in understanding how we juggle the different priorities we have at work and at home; and how we can make our working lives more fulfilling and productive.

Kerrie obtained an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Queensland in 1994 and a PhD from the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield in 2001. Her PhD was based on increasing the creativity and innovativeness of design engineers in Rolls Royce plc and BAE Systems.

She has won over $1.6 million in funding and has been cited over 1000 times in academic journals.

A training program that came out of an ARC Discovery grant (PositiveU) is now a successfully commercialised program being used by many private and public sector organisations. Please contact the Australian Institute of Management for more details on enrolling in or using this program. Modified versions have also been incorporated into the curricula at UWA and at QUT as well as at high schools such as Perth College.

Finally, Kerrie is Associate Editor of the international top-tier Journal of Organizational Behavior, Treasurer for the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of the Academy of Management, and sits on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Management Studies and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. She is the Associate Dean for International Relations and the Deputy Head of Discipline for Management & Organizations Discipline within the UWA Business School.

Funding overview

Unsworth, Lewandowsky, Morrison, Russell, Fielding & Lawrence, 2011: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Fund; $490,804; What about me? Climate change coping and adaptation in vulnerable populations

Griffin, Hodkiewicz, Cordery, Unsworth, & Morrison, 2011: National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority Research Funding; $55,890; Fitness to operate: Stage One

Unsworth, 2010: CRCMining Grant; $115,000; High reliability organising in the mining industry

Unsworth & Morrison, 2010: UWA Research Collaboration Award; $12,000; GROWing Your Organisation - Building Collaborations with an International WUN Network of Green Behaviour Scholars

Unsworth, 2010: BHP Billiton Research Funding; $41,850; Understanding tool-time motivation at Mt Whaleback and Port Hedland maintenance

Unsworth & Hodkiewicz, 2009: CRCMining Grant; $364,964; Motivation for Collecting High Quality Data

Kerrie Unsworth, Claire Mason & Olga Epitropaki, 2006, “Self-Leadership Towards Innovation and Well-Being”, Australian Research Council Discovery, Funds Approved: $126,000.

Kerrie Unsworth, Neal Ryan & Boris Kabanoff, 2004, “Organizational Innovation Adoption: The Effect of External, Technology Diffusion Agencies”, Australian Research Council Linkage, Funds Approved: $290,000.

Artemis Chang & Kerrie Unsworth, 2004, “Employee Census”, Queensland Department of Treasury, Funds Approved: $58,000.

Nick Turner & Kerrie Unsworth, 2004, “Constructing Safety”, Canadian Social Sciences Research Council, Funds Approved: CAD$100,000.

Kerrie Unsworth, “Gratitude at Work: The Relationship between Supervisors & Students”, QUT Faculty Research Initiative Grant, Funds Approved: $4,599.

Previous positions

Associate Editor for Journal of Organizational Behaviour (impact factor 1.98; ranked by the Australian Business Deans Council as A*)
Treasurer, Managerial & Organizational Cognition Division of the Academy of Management

Teaching overview

Organisational behaviour
Staffing organizations
Postgraduate organizational behaviour


Organizational behaviour
Goal hierarchy and motivation
Creativity & innovation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research expertise keywords

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Employee well-being
  • Positive organisational scholarship


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