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Dr Justine Ferrer



Director of Teaching


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2013
Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria Univ. of Technology, 2010
Master of Business, Victoria Univ. of Technology, 2006



Dr Justine Ferrer is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) in the Department of Management in Deakin Business School. Justine teaches across the spectrum of HR units. She has developed specific strategies to engage the student cohorts, and this drive for greater engagement is influenced by her research on student engagement and employee engagement in the workplace.

Justine is interested in the career development of minority groups, particularly indigenous groups in the workplace. This research has allowed an exploration of the connections between human resource management with diversity and inclusion specifically around career development. The current project focus is in the Australian Football League exploring the career development of players within and post-playing careers.

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Research interests

  • Employee Engagement
  • Talent management and strategic human resource management
  • Career Development for Minority Groups


  • Associate, Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).
  • Associate, Employee Responsibility and Rights Journal.

Teaching interests

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Development

Units taught

  • MMH232 - Human Resource Development 
  • MMH703 - Human Resource Development 

Knowledge areas

  • Employee Engagement (Or any of its derivatives) at work, and in the context of HRM. How is it driven, enhanced and developed? What are the impeding factors for an engaged workforce.
  • Human Resource Management - the value add and strategic contribution of the human resource to organisational competitiveness.
  • Human Resource Development - the development of the core talent, individual, team, and/or organisation for greater performance. Why develop? How to develop? and how to ascertain the contribution of the development.


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Students' motivation and engagement in higher education: the importance of attitude to online learning

J Ferrer, A Ringer, K Saville, M A Parris, K Kashi

(2022), Vol. 83, pp. 317-338, Higher Education, C1

journal article

A Wider Lens: Australian Camera Workforce Development and Diversity

Amanda Coles, Justine Ferrer, Vejune Zemaityte, Marcus Banks

(2022), North Sydney, N.S.W., A6

research report/technical paper

Bureaucratic readiness in managing local level participatory governance: a developing country context

W Waheduzzaman, B Van Gramberg, J Ferrer

(2018), Vol. 77, pp. 309-330, Australian journal of public administration, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Indigenous player inclusion in the Australian Football League

J Ferrer, P Turner

(2017), Vol. 36, pp. 519-532, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, C1

journal article

Engaging Élitism: the Mediating Effect of Work Engagement on Affective Commitment and Quit Intentions in Two Australian University Groups

J Ferrer, L Morris

(2013), Vol. 67, pp. 340-357, Higher Education Quarterly, London, UK, C1

journal article

Pilot delivery of the course in service coordination (22191VIC) : training evaluation report

J Ferrer, M Parris, K Saville

(2013), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

The Fair Work Act 2009 : a case of unrealised expectations

J Ferrer, L Morris, B Hearn-MacKinnon, K Saville

(2012), pp. 33-47, The Fair Work Act : revision or restitution, Heidelberg, Vic., B1

book chapter

Incremental institutional change and Australian universities

G Comodromos, J Ferrer

(2011), Vol. 7, pp. 330-339, International review of business research papers, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

'Lets get engaged!' The antecedents of academic work engagement in Australian universities

J Ferrer

(2011), ANZAM 2011 : 25th Annual Australian And New Zealand Academy of Management conference : the future of work and organisations, Wellington, N. Z., E1


University academics in the 21st century : continued issues of organisational attachment

J Ferrer, B Van Gramberg

(2008), pp. 87-100, The new 21st century workplace, Heidelberg, Vic., B1-1

book chapter

The ongoing battle for organisational attachment : the affective commitment of Australian business academics

J Ferrer, B Van Gramberg

(2008), pp. 1-1, ANZAM 2008 : Managing in the Pacific century, Auckland, N.Z., E1-1


Engaging : the dominant frameworks

J Ferrer, B Van Gramberg

(2007), ANZAM 2007 : Managing our intellectual and social capital : Proceedings of the 21st ANZAM Conference, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Training in Service Coordination: An examination of Factors that Influemce Transfer of Learning to the Workplace

Dr Melissa Parris, Dr Kerrie Saville, Dr Justine Ferrer

DEWHA - National Centre of Excellence in Desalination - Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

  • 2013: $10,000


Principal Supervisor

Sarah Kimberley Steen

Thesis entitled: Greening The Bank' s Environment: An Examination of Employees' Recycling Behaviours

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Management