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Dr Amanda Coles



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 68766


Amanda Coles is a Senior Lecturer Employment Relations at Deakin University. Amanda’s research examines the political economy of labour markets and workforce development in the creative industries with a focus on public policy, collective representation and intersectional inequality. She is a Co-Researcher with the SSHRC funded Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalisation and Work in Canada, and a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations

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Career highlights

Research Impact

In July 2019, Women in Film and Television Vancouver presented me with the Please Adjust Your Set Award at their 20th anniversary gala. My body of research was recognised for providing “essential analysis and data that has assisted in launching new policies and programs designed to address structural impediments to gender equity and inclusion”  in the Canadian film and television industry.

The recommendations in the 2018 Gender Equality and the Arts Evidence Review for VicHealth, led by A/Professor Kate MacNeill at the University of Melbourne, have been adopted by VicHealth and form the architecture for the Gender Equality Through the Arts Project Grants. A summary of the research report is available as part of the supporting documentation for the $300,000 grant program which provides local government councils, in partnership with local and international arts organisations, with up to $85,000 for projects designed to“raise awareness of and promote gender equality” through the arts.

The 2017 Skipping a beat: assessing the state of gender inequality in the Australian music industry report, led by A/Professor Rae Cooper at the University of Sydney, received national attention in print, radio and television media, including widespread coverage by trade and industry organisations. The report was also a key reference document in the 2018 launch of the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards.

The 2016 CUES Report, What’s wrong with this picture? generated articles in the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood; local and national online and print media outlets across Canada; a feature live interview on national evening news; and coverage by leading industry advocacy bodies. The report is also referenced in the following policy and regulatory contexts:
• Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Women and Leadership in the Cultural Sector Hearings, 2018
• Canadian content in a digital world, Department of Canadian Heritage, 2016
• Telefilm Canada gender parity measures for feature film production, November 2016
• CBC Breaking Barriers Fund, November 2016

Publication of the 2013 CUES report Focus on Women resulted in an invitation from the Chair of the federal broadcasting regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to present my research to the Commission. Regrettably, I had to decline this opportunity as I was unable to travel internationally at the time.

Research interests

  • Creative industries
  • Workforce Development
  • Labour Market Regulation
  • Public Policy
  • Equity and Diversity


Teaching interests

  • Creative Industries
  • Work and Employment Relations
  • Equity and Diversity

Units taught

  • MMM 349 - Employment Relations
  • MMM 707 - Creative Industries
  • MMM 793 - Managing Cultural Projects and Events
  • MMM 312 - Event Management
  • MMM 905 - Philosophy of Research

Knowledge areas

  • Cultural Policy 
  • Creative Industries
  • Inclusion and Diversity 
  • Work and Employment Relations
  • Unions


Invited presentations, conferences & public engagement

Coles, A. (2019). Organising for equality? Unions and equity politics in the creative industries. Escaping the 'Noose': Freelancers and diversity work in the UK screen industries. Symposium hosted by the Institute for Screen Industries Research. September 4. University of Nottingham, UK.

----. (2019). Panelist - Policy for the new decade. With Alison Croggon (critic and novelist), Adrian Collette (Australia Council), Justin O’Connor (University of South Australia). Australian Cultural Policy: The Next Decade. April 8, Melbourne.

----. (2019). Gender and Inclusion: Seeking Solutions Through Redefining Risk. Keynote address. Vancouver Women’s International Film Festival, 2019. March 9, Vancouver.

----. (2018). Closing plenary: The Challenges of Organizational and Institutional Experimentation for World of Work Actors. CRIMT International Conference: What Kind of Work for the Future? Disruption, Experimentation and Re- Regulation. October, HEC Montréal, Montreal, Canada

----. (2018). Facilitator, Brainstorming the future of the DGC. All-elected National Delegates Meeting, Directors Guild of Canada. October, Toronto, Canada.

----. (2018). The Status of Women in the Canadian Arts and Cultural Industries. Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies National Speaker Series. October. McMaster University.

----. (2018). Gender at work: unions and equity politics in the media, entertainment and arts industries. Keynote address at the UNI-MEI Executive Board meeting, Toronto, Oct 2018.

----. (2017). Inequality is the symptom, not the problem. Keynote address and industry panel discussion, Directors Guild of Canada, Vancouver, November 2017.

----. (2017). Not business as usual; conceptualizing inequality in cultural industries. Radical Social Innovation Colloquium, Queen Mary University, London, May.

----. (2016). What’s wrong with this picture? Directors and gender inequality in the Canadian screen-based industries. Public lecture, School of Creative and Cultural Industries, Ryerson University, Toronto, October.

----. (2016). Women in Film and Television Victoria Annual General Meeting. Plenary discussion on gender inequality in the screen-based production industry. September, Melbourne, VIC.

----. (2015). Everything old is new again: 21st century content for 19th century labour markets. Plenary session – Public policy, labour market governance and economic innovation. CRIMT International Conference, May 2015, Montreal, PQ.

----. (2013) No More Mr. Nice Guy: Conservatives, ‘Canada’ and International Cultural Relations. Paper presented at the Twentieth Annual York Centre for International and Security Studies Conference, March, 2013

----. (2012) Panelist – Promoting Equality and Non-Discrimination in the Workplace. International Federation of Actors (FIA) Congress, September 2012, Toronto, ON

----. (2012) Panelist – Getting Our Dues: Women Work and Unions in the Screen-based industries. Women in Film and Television Atlantic Women Making Waves Conference, March 2012, Halifax, NS

----. (2008) Focus on Youth: Youth Arts and Policy in Canada and the UK. Paper presented at the Eighth Annual National Forum on Public Policy and the Third Sector, 2008, The School of Policy Studies, Queen's University, Kingston ON

----. (2008). Unintended Consequences: Analyzing the impact of labour tax credits and regional competition on labour markets in the Canadian English language film and television production sector. Paper presented at the International Forum on the Creative Economy, Co-sponsored by the Conference Board of Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, March, Gatineau, PQ

Media appearances

Guest expert, The Minefield, ABC Radio National. Is it time to end simulated sex on television? April 29, 2020.

Keynote interview. Status of Women in the Canadian Arts and Cultural Industries. MC Minds – Mass Culture Canada, 2019.

Research groups

Co-Investigator, Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT)


Recipient, Please Adjust Your Set Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research and Policy Impact. Women in Film and Television Vancouver, 2019.

Honorable mention, Best Dissertation, Labour and Employment Relations Association, 2013


No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Public Diplomacy Evaluation

Dr Amanda Coles, Prof Katya Johanson, Prof Hilary Glow, Dr Jordan Vincent

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade DFAT

  • 2017: $50,000

Industry and Other Funding

Women in View Program Assessment

Dr Amanda Coles

Women in View, Canada

  • 2017: $3,056

Status of Women in the Arts.

Dr Amanda Coles, Dr Jordan Vincent, Dr Kate MacNeill, A/Prof Phillippe Barre

The Province of Ontario Arts Council

  • 2018: $24,457

Workforce Development and Diversity in Australian Cinematography.

Dr Amanda Coles

Australian Cinematographers Society

  • 2021: $1,818
  • 2020: $7,272

Deciding On Diversity: Covid-19, Rick Management and Intersectional Inequality n the Canadian Film and Television Production Industry.

Dr Amanda Coles

Women in Film & Television - Toronto Inc

  • 2021: $25,890
  • 2020: $79,727

GEP Analysis: Assessing, understanding, and modelling the impact of gender policies (GEP) in the film industry.

Dr Amanda Coles

UK Economic and Social Research Council

  • 2023: $3,023

Stage 1 of "Value of Work" project

Dr Amanda Coles, Dr Justine Ferrer

Directors Guild of Canada

  • 2023: $43,396

Career pathways and talent development in the Australian Screen Industries.

Dr Amanda Coles, Dr Justine Ferrer

Australian Film, Television and Radio School

  • 2024: $2,727
  • 2023: $6,363


No completed student supervisions to report