School of Business and Law
Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Professor Julian Teicher, Dr Linda Colley
Masters by Research
Karla Steen

Research Details

Thesis Name

Pathways and experiences of women on Government Boards — A Regional Queensland perspective.

Thesis Abstract

Boards play a crucial role in the governance and strategic direction of the company, non-profit or government body it serves. Narrowing the gender gap on boards has received significant attention in recent years, yet women continue to be under-represented. The purpose of this research is to examine current government initiatives aimed at increasing the number of women in board roles in the state of Queensland. The study will explore gender targets introduced by the Queensland Government in 2015, with a specific focus on the experiences of women living in regional areas.

Why my research is important/Impacts

This project will contribute to research aimed at addressing the under-representation of women on boards. The study's uniqueness is the analysis of regional areas, particularly within Australia. Research outcomes also aim to serve as learnings and encouragement for women considering a future board role. This project also provides an opportunity for women to narrate their lived experience of being a board member including perceptions of the appointment process, pathways and challenges within their board roles.