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Diane Phillips

Diane Phillips
Senior Lecturer
+61 2 6206 3815


My research is driven by a central theme of power in organisations. Specifically how modern forms of power impact on practice and people, and change their ways of being and knowing, The aspects of power I am currently exploring are neo-liberalism, the future of work – change management, automation and robotics, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, I undertake education research, problematization, thinking - creatively and critically. My research work has a focus on practice and people, and materiality, liminality, and collegiality. Research theorists and methodologies I favour are founded by Michel Foucault, Mitchell Dean, Dorothy Smith, Simon Springer and Michelle Brady. I have retained my quantitative research background, though I have a preference for qualitative methodologies such as critical institutional ethnography. However, I believe methodologies are all about the problem. I am passionate about exploring the world through practice which has resulted in a practice based ontology and my research informs my teaching. The lenses I apply to research are both practice and a critical theory.