CfP: Gender and Sexuality at Work Conference 2022

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Tuesday 14 September 2021

Gender and Sexuality at Work: A Multidisciplinary Research and Engagement Conference Tuesday, 15 February 2022 #GSWC2022

Gender and sexuality are two critical dimensions of human life and greatly influence the way people connect with various aspects of work.


This conference has been designed to bring together talent from academia and the broader public and private sectors (both for-profit and not-for-profit) to participate in respectful, professional and rigorous debate about gender and sexuality at work.

It aims to learn from each other, to find better ways to work together in building the knowledge base required to address gender and sexuality at work in healthy and productive ways.

In 2022, the theme of the conference is Accelerating Gender and Sexuality Inclusion at Work. Our knowledge of what works to enhance workplace inclusion is becoming increasingly sophisticated. This wants to continue to explore a wide range of research about gender and sexuality at work, while focusing on what the evidence tells us can be done to accelerate gender and sexuality inclusion at work and in organisations.

As presenters, you will have the excellent opportunity to:

• Showcase your research and receive feedback from peers with shared research interests

• Help shape the discussion on improving the quality of research in this area

• Connect with other academics and develop new research partnerships

• Pitch your research ideas to potential partner organisations

• Discuss the implications of your research with the broader community

• Support a professional, evidence-based, and respectful space to advance scientific knowledge on social equity at work.

Call for submissions

This conference is inviting academics and higher degree research students to submit short papers of their original research on gender and sexuality at work for oral presentations. Paper submission closes on 15 October 2021.

This conference welcomes research on work issues relevant to individuals with specific gender identities, sexual orientations or sexual characteristics, as well as comparisons across these and other intersecting life dimensions. The research can be local, from specific regions around the world or cross-national. In 2022, the conference wants submissions to be related to the conference theme: Accelerating Gender and Sexuality Inclusion at Work.

Your research may directly address the question of what works to accelerate gender and sexuality inclusion at work and in organisations, or it can inform how to develop strategies with this purpose.

In 2022, the conference will be hosted both face to face and online. This opens the possibility for international presenters and delegates to participate. The conference strongly encourages researchers from all over the world and in particular from the Asia Pacific region to submit their research and to join us online on the day of the conference.

The conference lists some of the areas that are relevant to work studies. This is not an exhaustive list; it is instead meant to provide an indication of the range of topics to be included in this conference. Research included in submissions should focus on how these topics intersect with gender identity, sexual characteristics, and sexual orientation.

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation

• Disruptive models of production/service delivery

• Employment segregation

• Entrepreneurship

• Health – personal, occupational and social wellbeing

• Homelessness

• Incivility, harassment and abuse

• Interpersonal conflict

• Leadership and leaders’ advocacy

• Migration, forced migration, and refugees

• Organisational culture and climate

• Sport and sport organisations

• Retirement models and impacts

• Sex work

• Small and medium enterprises

• Technology - opportunities and risks

• Transition from education into work

• Unemployment and re-employment

• Union movements

• Unpaid work

• Volunteer work

• Work-life interface, boundaries and balance

• Workers’ rights and discrimination

• Workplace design

Special Issue

Dr Victor Sojo, Dr Melissa Wheeler, and Professor Michelle Ryan are editing a Special Issue for the Australian Journal of Management (ABDC Journal Ranking: A; Impact Factor: 2.42) about “Accelerating Gender and Sexuality Inclusion in Organisations”.

Academics submitting their short papers for the conference will receive developmental feedback and will be invited to submit a full paper for the special issue to go out for blind peer review. You can also submit a full paper for consideration and blind peer review directly to the special issue.

If you want to develop a case study showcasing strategies to accelerate gender and sexuality inclusion at work, please reach out to us at to discuss how to curate it and submit it to the special issue for consideration and blind peer review.

Read more about the special issue here.

Additionally, The Melbourne Social Equity Institute is co-sponsoring two Best Paper Awards to recognise the best submissions from (1) one Early Career Researcher and (2) one Higher Degree Research student. These awards will be based on the assessments of expert reviewers of the papers and of the Academic Executive Committee.

For more information visit the Centre for Workplace Leadership, The University of Melbourne conference page.

Updated:  14 September 2021/Responsible Officer:  Institute Manager/Page Contact:  Institute Manager