Trish Todd

Associate Professor, BA MEc Syd., PhD Newcastle(NSW)

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Professor Todd is Professor of Employment Relations and Head of the Management and Organisations Discipline group. Her recent research has focused on employer responses to changes in the Australian IR regulatory system; the gender pay gap; the implementation of work/life balance policies and practices. Trish teaches in the area of employment relations.

Funding overview

Lambert, R., Rainnie, A., Todd, P., Ellem, B., Herod, A. and Thompson, G. “Engineering site work, global production networks and employment relations in Australian mining”. $254,844

Hutchinson, J.; Todd, P. and Walker, B. 2012, ‘Retention and Career Progression in the Department of Commerce, WA’, $14,526.

Plowman, D; Todd, P.; Fells, R.; Lambert, R.; Gillan, M.; Caspersz, D.; and Hutchinson, J. University of Western Australia, Business School Futures Fund, 2010, “Embedding Sustainable Employment and Employment Relations in the Mining and Resources Sector” $50,000.

University of Western Australia, Business School, 2009, “Employers’ preferred bargaining arrangements in the workplace: individual vs collective bargaining, their responses to the Fair Work Act $7782.

Dr Patricia Todd, Ms Jacqueline Hutchinson, Dr Jennifer Binns 2007, “Work Life Balance Public Sector Pilot Program”, Department of Consumer & Employment Protection, Funds Approved: $68,821.00. RFCD:

Dr Patricia Todd, Associate Professor Joan Eveline 2006, “Analysis of the Implementation of Work/Life Policies in the Department of Industry and Resources, Western Australia, Utilising a 'Whole-of-Workplace' Framework”, Department of Consumer & Employment Protection, Funds Approved: $17,000.00. RFCD:

Professor Leonie Still, Associate Professor Joan Eveline, Dr Patricia Todd 2000, “Developing occupations for women in the new economy: The case of call centres”, UWA Research Grants Scheme, Funds Approved: $8,489.00. RFCD:

Associate Professor Delys Bird, Dr Patricia Todd 1996, “A study of the outcomes by gender in promotions at The University of Western Australia: theory, history and experience”, ARC Small Grants, Funds Approved: $5,114.00. RFCD:

Dr Patricia Todd, Prof A Nesdale 1995, “Implementation of a model to promote intercultural understanding and acceptance between ethnic groups in a social community”, UWA Special Grant for New Researchers, Funds Approved: $6,500.00. RFCD:

Previous positions

2007-2011, Director, UNdergraduate Programs, Business School. 2005-2006, Deputy Head of School, School of Economics and Commerce
1993-2000, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Dept of Organisational & Labour Studies, UWA
1986-1992, Employed in the following administrative positions at UWA: Personnel Assistant; Relief Faculty Officer; Assistant Admissions Officer; Head, Overseas Students Office
1985-1986, Lecturer-in-charge, History department, College of Preparatory Studies, Mara Institute of Technology, Malaysia
1981-1983, Tutor/Research Assistant, Dept of Industrial Relations, University of Sydney
1979-1981, Administrator, Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney

Current projects

Industrial Relevance
Analysis of the factors influeing career success of academic women in engineering. Analysis of factors influencing retention and career progression of women in the public sector. Analysis of the growth of collective agreements in the Australian hospitality sector. The sustainability of employment relations strategies and practices within the WA mining sector.

Collaborations with Other Institutions
Member of the Work and Family Policy Roundtable – a group of academic researchers specialising in work and family life issues
Member of the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Industrial Relations (published by Sage) and the Australian Bulletin of Labour.

Teaching overview

Employment Relations


My research has focused on employer responses to changes in the Australian IR regulatory system; the gender pay gap; the implementation of work/life balance policies and practices; Malaysian IR.

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Research expertise keywords

  • Gender pay inequity
  • Implementation of work/life balance at the workplace
  • Malaysian industrial relations
  • Western Australian industrial relations


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