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ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Donna Bridges

Dr Donna Bridges

Dr Donna Bridges is a gender and work theorist and a feminist, qualitative researcher. Her work focuses on gender equality, gender norms in society, gender constructions, workplace inequality, discrimination and harassment. 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. Donna leads the highly successful 'Women in Trades' project at CSU - a cross-faculty, multidisciplinary research study that has closely with industry and tradeswomen to understand why there are so few women in the trades (between 1-3% of the workforce are women) and develop interventions to improve the situation. You can read more about the project in the report “A Trade of One’s Own:  Regional NSW stakeholder findings”. The project has generated extensive interest in CSU communities and resulted in over 30 media engagements, including a recent appearance on the 7News, television show Sunrise in a segment titled “'Lady Tradies' Needed To Help Australia Rebuild After COVID-19 Pandemic”.

Donna’s military and aviation research concentrates on the traditional roles of both genders within organisational cultures exploring organisational change as well as barriers to change. 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

Bachelor of Applied Science (with major studies in Social Ecology), 1998, UWS.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) Social Ecology (Major: Community Development and Organisational Change) 1999, UWS.

Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2015, Charles Sturt University.

Doctor of Philosophy, 2006, School of Applied Social and Human Sciences, University of Western Sydney (UWS).


Full Publications List CRO Research Output

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed  Papers

Wulff, E., Bridges, D., Bamberry, L. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2021). Women who ‘talk the tools’ and ‘walk the work’: Using capital to do gender differently and re-gender the skilled trades. Journal of Sociology, pp.1-19, DOI: 10.1177/1440783321995878

Bridges, D., Wulff, E., Bamberry, L., Krivokapic-Skoko, B. & Jenkins, S. (2020) Negotiating gender in the male-dominated skilled trades: a systematic literature review, Construction Management and Economics, DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2020.1762906

Bridges, D. & Wadham, B. (2019) Gender under fire: portrayals of military women in the Australian print media. Feminist Media Studies. doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2019.1592208

Mlcek, S., Healy, J. & Bridges, D. (2018) What Does It Mean to Be Part of the Gendered Space/s of Social Work? The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies. 16: 1-12. doi:10.18848/2327-0047/CGP/v16i01/1-12.

Jones, M., Healy, J., Bridges, D., & Mlcek, S. (2018) Gender Dynamics in Social Work Practice and Education: A Critical Literature Review. Australian Social Work, 72: 62-74.

Bridges, D., & Wadham, B. (accepted for publication/in press). Gender under fire: portrayals of military women in the Australian print media. Feminist Media Studies.

Jenkins, S., Bamberry, L., Bridges, D. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (accepted for publication/in press). Skills for women tradies in regional Australia: A global future. International Journal of Training Research.

Jones, M., Healy, J., Bridges, D., & Mlcek, S. (2018) Gender Dynamics in Social Work Practice and Education: A Critical Literature Review. Australian Social Work, 72: 62-74.

Mlcek, S., Healy, J. & Bridges, D. (2018) What Does It Mean to Be Part of the Gendered Space/s of Social Work? The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies. 16: 1-12. doi:10.18848/2327-0047/CGP/v16i01/1-12.

Wadham, B., Bridges, D., Mundkur, A. & Connor, J. (2016) War-Fighting and Left-Wing Feminist Agendas: Gender and Change in the Australian Defence Force. Critical Military Studies, Published online http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23337486.2016.1268371.

Bridges, D. Drake, G., North, R., Houlbrook, M. &  Mears, J. (2015) The "write" conditions: How to overcome writing for publication barriers through academic development. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 17: 23-38.

Lazarsfeld-Jensen, A., Bridges, D., & Carver, H. (2014) Graduates welcome on-road: A culture shift in ambulance preceptorship made clear through retrospective analysis. Focus on Health Professional Education, 16: 20-30.

Books

Bridges, D., Neal-Smith, J.  & Mills, A.  (Eds) (2014) Absent Aviators: Gender issues in aviation. London: Ashgate.

Book Chapters

Bridges, D. (2014)  Grounded? Women Pilots, Gender Identity and Integration into the Australian Defence Force. In D, Bridges., A, Mills & J, Neal-Smith. (Eds) Absent Aviators: Gender issues in aviation. London: Ashgate pp. 147-164.

Bridges, D., & Horsfall, D. (2011) The gendered battlefield: Creating feminist spaces in military places. In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Eds,). Creative spaces for qualitative researching: Living research (pp. 135-144). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Bridges, D., & McGee, S. (2011) Collaborative inquiry: Reciprocity and authenticity. In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Eds,). Creative spaces for qualitative researching: Living research (pp. 213-222). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Tasker, D., McLeod-Boyle, A., & Bridges, D. (2011) From Practice to Research and Back Again: Living Transformations. In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Eds.), Creative spaces for qualitative researching: Living research (pp. 291-300). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Commentary

Bridges, D. (2020) “Barriers for women in peacekeeping”. In the Policy Forum, International Women’s Day Special Edition. Asia and the Pacific Policy Society.March 10 https://www.policyforum.net/barriers-for-women-in-peacekeeping/

Bridges, D., Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Wulff, E. & Bamberry, L. (2019) Risky business: how our ‘macho’ construction culture is killing tradies. The Conversation, October 24.

Bridges, D., Wadham, Media reporting on women in the military is preserving a male dominated culture. The Conversation April 23 2018 https://theconversation.com/media-reporting-on-women-in-the-military-is-preserving-a-male-dominated-culture-94499

Conference Papers and Proceedings

Bridges, D., Wulff, E., Bamberry, L., Jenkins, S. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2019) Preparing students for gender equity in the workplace of tomorrow. Paper presented at the 28th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’, The student journey: Skilling for Life. 10-12 July, TAFE SA, Adelaide.

Wulff, E., Bridges, D., Jenkins, S., Bamberry, L. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2019) Harnessing social and cultural capital for life skills – women who can ‘talk the tools’ and ‘walk the work’. Paper presented at the 28th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’, The student journey: Skilling for Life. TAFE SA, Adelaide, July 10-12.

Jenkins, S., Bridges, D., Bamberry, L.  & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2019) Attracting and retaining women into male dominated trades. Paper submitted to the Far West NSW Future Skills Conference, NSW Department of Education, June 25-26.

Jenkins, S., Bamberry, L., Bridges, D. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2018) Skills for women tradies in regional Australia: A global future. Paper presented at the 27th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’, Skills for global future: working and learning together. Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney. Adelaide, SA: The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), August 15-17.

Jenkins, S., Bamberry, L., Bridges, D. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2018) Skills for women tradies in regional Australia: A global future. Paper presented at the 27th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’, Skills for  global future: working and learning together. Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney. Adelaide, SA: The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), August 15-17.

Mlcek, S., Healy, J. & Bridges, D. (2018) Addressing Gender in Social Work Curriculum Development. Workshop presented at Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, July, 4-7.

Bridges, D., Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Bamberry, L., Jenkins, S. (2018) Women in masculine jobs: understanding resilience and social and cultural capital. Paper presented at Gender, Work and Organisation 10th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney. June 13-16.

Bridges, D., Mundkur, A. & Wadham, B. (2016)  The roles of women in UN peacekeeping: moving on from gendered norms to problematizing masculinity. Paper presented at Gender, Work and Organisation 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary conference, Keele University, UK, June 29 –July 1.

Bridges, D., Wadham, B., Mundkur, A. & Connor, J. (2016) Women's Integration into the Australian Defence Force - The Lifting of the Combat Exclusion and The Social and Cultural Legitimacy of the Feminine. Paper presented at ISME Conference 2016: Women Serving in the Armed Forces: Shaping Modern Values and Beyond. Annapolis, Marylands, January 29-30.


Completed Projects

Gendered narratives in Social Work and Social Welfare practice and education contexts, (2106) Mlcek, S., Healy, J., Bridges, D. Faculty of Arts and Education Research Income and Initiatives Funding $15,000

Cultural change in the  Australian Defence Force: perspectives of diversity and gender equality, (2016) Bridges, D., Wadham, B., Mundkur, A.  Faculty of Arts and Education Research Income and Initiatives Funding $15,000

Large Research Project grant funding (ARC Discovery round) (2015-2016)  Wadham, B., Bridges, D. This project seeks to build track record and early research for an ARC Discovery 2018.  Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, Flinders University $8,000

A dangerous experiment: an examination of responses from  feminism and military sociology in regards to women's military roles in Australia, (2014-2015) Bridges, D.  Faculty of Arts Research Compact Grant – CSU $15,000

Portrayals of military women in the Australian print media: a content analysis, (2013-2014) Bridges, D. Faculty of Arts Research Compact Grant – CSU $5,000