Documenting the experiences of LGBTQIA+ engineers in Australian workplaces

Closing Date

14th May 2021

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

Colleges Involved
  • College of Arts, Law and Education
  • College of Science and Engineering
The Research Project

This doctoral thesis seeks to document the experiences of LGBTQIA+ engineers in Australian workplaces. Like policing and defence, engineering is considered a highly masculine workplace environment and the very limited extant research suggests engineering workplaces can be hostile and unwelcoming for LGBTQIA+ employees. The proposed doctoral project is therefore motivated by research that has explored the issues for LGBTQIA+ workers in similarly masculine environments, like policing and defence, and found workplace experiences to be challenging and harmful for LGBTQIA+ people. The proposed thesis will conduct the first research in Australia to document in-depth the experiences of LGBTQIA+ engineers in their workplaces. It will do this in collaboration with Interengineer, a community of LGBTQIA+ engineers in Australia that advocates for LGBTQIA+ engineers in Australian engineering workplaces.

This Ph.D. research will focus on the following key aims:

  • To document the experiences of LGBTQIA+ engineers in Australian workplaces;
  • To critically examine existing global literature focused on LGBTQIA+ engineers to establish a gap in knowledge;
  • To investigate how notions of heteronormativity and cis-normativity shape LGBTQIA+ engineers in Australia;
  • To document the key issues impacting the workplace experiences of LGBTQIA+ engineers in Australia through interviews; and
  • To discuss the implications of this analysis in terms of the existing research literature and knowledge.
  • LGBTQIA+ engineers in Australian industries and LGBTQIA+ students are encouraged to apply to undertake this project

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Dr Angela Dwyer for further information.