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Dr Donna Bridges is a gender and work theorist and a feminist, qualitative researcher. Her work focuses on gender norms in society, gender constructions, workplace inequality, discrimination and harassment. She has completed a PhD about women’s roles in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) – specifically in the areas of the combat arms and United Nations peacekeeping. During the PhD she undertook extensive interview research with women across the ADF. Her military research concentrates on the traditional roles of both genders within organisational cultures exploring organisational change as well as barriers to change. Her research interests span disciplines relating to gender and work; organisations; peace and conflict studies; hegemonic masculinities; feminisms; the power of discrimination and exclusion, and social justice. She is currently working on two projects “The Gendered Spaces of Social Work” that analyses the gendered nature of the social work profession that focuses on gendered power and gendered dynamics in a female dominated profession. “Women in Regional Trades and resilience” exploring the experience of women who work in the manual trade industries in Australia, specifically factors that contribute to women’s resilience and success in the manual trades. Donna also has research interests in the areas of qualitative research, teaching and learning in higher education and professional development.

Research Interests

  • Gender and work – non-traditional work occupations for women
  • Military sociology – women’s integration into defence forces and gender relations in the ADF
  • Gender – peace and security
  • Gender and social work
  • Qualitative research
  • Higher education and professional development

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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Charles Sturt University


Award Date: 01 Jan 2015

Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), University of Western Sydney


Award Date: 01 Jan 2006

Bachelor of Applied Science (Social Ecology) (Honours) , Community Development and Organisational Change, University of Western Sydney


Award Date: 01 Jan 1999

Bachelor of Applied Science (Social Ecology), University of Western Sydney


Award Date: 01 Jan 1998

External positions

Research Coordinator- The Transformational Practices Research Initiative & Caring Journeys, University of Western Sydney

Mar 2012Apr 2013

Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator, The Education for Practice Institute


Lecturer/Researcher, University of Western Sydney

Mar 2000Mar 2007


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