Staff profile - Elsa Underhill

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Dr Elsa Underhill

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: BL Deakin Business School
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 45089 +61 3 924 45089
Email: elsa.underhill@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Affiliations

  • Association Of Industrial Relations Academics Of Australia & New Zealand (Former President)
  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria (Former Vice-President, Advocacy & Dispute Resolution)
  • International Industrial Relations Association
  • Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants
  • Associate, Business Outsourcing and Restructuring Regulatory Research Network


Academic

Teaching Interests

  • Human Resource Management
  • Workplace Counselling and Negotiation


Subjects and units currently teaching

MMH250 Workplace Counselling and Negotiation

MPM722 Human Resource Management

MPR722 Human Resource Management Residential


Knowledge areas

Precarious employment and workplace health and safety

Temporary migrant workers

Worker representation in the construction industry

Regulating labour hire employment (temporary employment agencies)


Awards

Awards and prizes

  • 2009 Faculty Exemplar of Teaching Excellence Award, for Unfair Dismissal Workshop conducted in MPR722.
  • 2005 Vice Chancellor's award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning (team award for residential teaching).
  • Recognised expert in OHS and labour hire employment, including expert opinions in court cases
  • Widely cited in Reports of State and National government enquiries involving OHS, and changing labour markets
  • Organised the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria/Australian Industrial Relations Commission Advocacy Training Programs (until 2008)
  • Organised the International Symposium on Regulating Precarious Employment in 2011, sponsored by Safe Work Australia
  • Recipient of two Deakin University Teaching Awards for residential program teaching


Research

Research projects

Worker Representation in OHS in the Australian Construction Industry, with Profs. Michael Quinlan (UNSW), David Walters (Cardiff) and Dr. Emma Wadsworth (Cardiff).  Research grant from the CFMEU

The Harvest Trail: Employment and OHS amongst international backpackers in the Australian harvesting sector, with Emer. Prof. Malcolm Rimmer (La Trobe).

Employment status and employee well-being, with Drs. Melissa Parris, Kerrie Saville & Justine Ferrer.

Licensing of temporary agency employers (labour hire employers): a review of international standards and their relevance to Australia.


Research interests

  • Occupational health and safety and temporary agency workers
  • Labour market change
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Relations Policy and Strategies
  • Strategies for improving the safe placement of agency workers
  • Interrelationships between human resource management policies and practices and OHS outcomes


Research grants

  • 2011 grant SafeWork Australia A$3,000
  • 2010 grant Department of Justice & Attorney General, Queensland Government A$45,630
  • 2010 grant CSaRO, FOBL (with A.Noblet) A$12,410


Research groups

Worker representation in OHS in the Construction Industry, with Profs. Michael Quinlan (UNSW), David Walters (Cardiff) and Dr. Emma Wadsworth (Cardiff)

The Harvest Trail: A study of employment and OHS amongst international backpackers in the Australian harvesting sector, with Emer. Prof. Malcolm Rimmer (La Trobe).


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/19378/Dr-Elsa-Underhill


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