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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

Education/Academic qualification

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

2015

Award Date: 01 Jan 2015

Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), University of Western Sydney

20002005

Award Date: 01 Jan 2006

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

19981999

Award Date: 01 Jan 1999

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

19941998

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

20082011

Lecturer/Researcher, University of Western Sydney

Mar 2000Mar 2007

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Research Output

  • Gender under fire: Portrayals of military women in the Australian print media

    Bridges, D. & Wadham, B., 2020, In : Feminist Media Studies. 20, 2, p. 219-237 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 5 Public event

    Women in Trades - Ministerial Visit - International Women's Day event

    Donna Bridges (Organiser), Elizabeth Wulff (Organiser) & Branka Krivokapic-Skoko (Organiser)

    03 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic eventGovernment

    Women in Trades: Report Launch

    Donna Bridges (Organiser), Branka Krivokapic-Skoko (Member), Larissa Bamberry (Member), Elizabeth Wulff (Organiser) & Stacey Jenkins (Member)

    10 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic eventIndustry

    ‘Women in Regional Trades: Understanding Resilience’

    Donna Bridges (Organiser), Branka Krivokapic-Skoko (Organiser), Stacey Jenkins (Organiser), Larissa Bamberry (Organiser) & Elizabeth Wulff (Organiser)

    11 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic eventIndustry

    ‘Women in Regional Trades: Understanding Resilience’

    Donna Bridges (Organiser), Branka Krivokapic-Skoko (Organiser), Elizabeth Wulff (Organiser), Larissa Bamberry (Organiser) & Stacey Jenkins (Organiser)

    10 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic eventIndustry

    ‘Women in Regional Trades: Understanding Resilience’

    Donna Bridges (Organiser), Larissa Bamberry (Organiser), Elizabeth Wulff (Organiser), Branka Krivokapic-Skoko (Organiser) & Stacey Jenkins (Organiser)

    12 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic eventIndustry

    Press / Media

    Barriers for women in peacekeeping

    Donna Bridges

    10/03/20

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    NSW Minister to visit Charles Sturt in Bathurst

    Donna Bridges

    02/03/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Gender in the workplace – women working in male dominated workplaces

    Donna Bridges

    02/03/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media