Dr Natalie Galea

PhD, UNSW Sydney

Bachelor of Building Construction Management. (Hons). 1998-2004. UNSW Sydney

Bachelor of Arts (Government & Bahasa Indonesian). 1992-1994. University of Sydney

Diploma in Bahasa Indonesian. 1992. University of Satya Wancana, Indonesia

Natalie Galea is a leading interdisciplinary researcher in gender justice, business and human rights. Her primary research interests are in 1) gender equality in male dominated sectors and 2) gender violence in sport. 

Natalie's research is focused on the structural and institutional barriers to gender justice. Her PhD research focused on the mechanisms that maintain and reinforce male dominance in the Australian construction sector. 

Natalie cut her teeth on an Australian Industry Linkage research project that examined why gender diversity policies in the Australian Construction sector were failing to attract, retain and progress women construction professionals. 

Natalie is committed to accessible knowledge transfer beyond academia. She works extensively with industry exchanging knowledge, capacity building and influencing policy development in the area of gender justice. She is a leading voice in the Australian Construction sector and has been invited to speak about my research and conduct workshops for industry groups and advisory committees, government policy bodies, schools and to individual companies. Natalie has used her research to contribute to the public debate on gender equality in the workplace and human rights in sport. Natalie has had her opinion pieces published in The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC and The Australian. She has commentated in a range of international and Australian media and social media outlets. 

Prior to her PhD, Natalie worked for almost two decades in the construction sector for construction contractors. She managed construction sites and delivered building and infrastructure projects in Australia and the Middle East and North Africa.

Natalie is an Australian Olympian competing in the 1996 Olympic Games in the sport of Judo. She was the Australian judo team section manager in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Natalie currently sits on the International Judo Federation Athletes Commission. She is a long standing member of the UNSW Judo Club. 

Book Chapters

Galea NR; Chappell L, 2017, 'Excavating informal institutional enforcement through ‘rapid’ ethnography: Lessons from the Australian construction industry', in waylen G (ed.), Gender and Informal Institutions

Galea NR; Rogan A; Blaxland M; Powell A; Chappell L; Dainty A; Loosemore M, 2017, 'A new approach to studying gender in construction', in Emuze F; Smallwood J (ed.), Valuing People in Construction, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 113 - 129, https://www.routledge.com/Valuing-People-in-Construction/Emuze-Smallwood/p/book/9781138208216

Conference Papers

Powell A; Galea N; Salignac F; Loosemore M; Chappell L, 2018, 'Masculinity and workplace wellbeing in the Australian construction industry', in Proceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2018, pp. 321 - 330

Galea NR; Chappell L, 2015, 'The Power of Masculine Privilege: Comparing Male Overrepresentation in the Australian Political and Construction sectors', ECPR Joint Sessions Workshop, Warsaw, presented at ECPR Joint Sessions Workshop, Warsaw, 29 March - 02 April 2015, http://ecpr.eu/Filestore/PaperProposal/db27f4fd-6ea4-47bc-ab7c-47e851750d69.pdf

Galea NR; chappell L, 2015, 'Masculine Privilege: the tie that binds', American Political Science Association, presented at American Political Science Association, 03 - 06 September 2015

Galea NR; Chappell L, 2015, 'Challenges and opportunities in informal institution research', Gender and Informal Institutions Workshop, Manchester, presented at Gender and Informal Institutions Workshop, Manchester, 10 - 11 September 2015

Loosemore M; Powell A; Blaxland M; Galea N; Dainty A; Chappell L, 2015, 'Rapid ethnography in construction gender research', in Proceedings of the 31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015, pp. 1271 - 1280

Galea N; Loosemore M; Powell A; Chappell L, 2014, 'Gender equity in construction professions: A new institutionalist perspective', in Proceedings 30th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2014, pp. 1111 - 1119

Galea N; Powell A; Chappell L; Loosemore M, 2014, 'A New Institutional perspective on gender equity in a large construction company', in West B (ed.), The Australian Sociological Association Conference 2014, The Australian Sociological Association, Adelaide, Australia, presented at TASA Conference 2014, Adelaide, Australia, 24 - 27 November 2014, https://www.tasa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Galea_Powell_Chappell_Loosemore.pdf

Galea N; Loosemore M, 2006, 'Men and conflict in the construction industry', in Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2006 - Procs 22nd Annual ARCOM Conference, pp. 843 - 850

Conference Presentations

Galea NR; Powell A, 2017, 'Short-term and informal: Flexible work practices in the construction sector', presented at AIRAANZ, 08 - 10 February 2017

Galea NR; Powell A; Dainty A; Chappell L; Loosemore M, 2016, 'Are institutional mechanisms responsible for gender equality inertia in the construction industry', presented at 30th AIRAANZ, Sydney, 10 - 12 February 2016

Chappell L; Galea NR, 2016, 'Male overrepresentation compared: a view from the Australian political and construction sectors', presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2016, UNSW, Sydney, 26 - 28 September 2016

Powell A; Chappell L; Galea N; Loosemore M, 2014, 'Understanding gender regimes in the construction industry from a new institutionalist perspective.', presented at SWE14 (The Annual Conference for Women Engineers) + ICWES16 (International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists),, , Los Angeles, United States., 23 - 25 October 2014

Journal articles

Salignac F; Galea N; Powell A, 2018, 'Institutional entrepreneurs driving change: The case of gender equality in the Australian construction industry', Australian Journal of Management, vol. 43, pp. 152 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0312896217705179

Galea N; Gaweda B, 2018, '(De)constructing the masculine blueprint: The institutional and discursive consequences of male political dominance', Politics and Gender, vol. 14, pp. 276 - 282, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1743923X18000168

Galea N; Powell A; Loosemore M; Chappell L, 2015, 'Designing robust and revisable policies for gender equality: lessons from the Australian construction industry', Construction Management and Economics, vol. 33, pp. 375 - 389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2015.1042887

Galea N; Powell A; Loosemore M; Chappell L, 2015, 'Designing robust and revisable policies for gender equality: lessons from the Australian construction industry', Construction Management and Economics, vol. 33, pp. 375 - 389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2015.1042887

Galea N; Powell A; Loosemore M; Chappell L, 2015, 'Designing robust and revisable policies for gender equality: lessons from the Australian construction industry', Construction Management and Economics, vol. 33, pp. 375 - 389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2015.1042887

Galea N; Powell A; Loosemore M; Chappell L, 2015, 'Designing robust and revisable policies for gender equality: lessons from the Australian construction industry', Construction Management and Economics, vol. 33, pp. 375 - 389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2015.1042887

Loosemore M; Galea N, 2008, 'Genderlect and conflict in the Australian construction industry', Construction Management and Economics, vol. 26, pp. 125 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446190701798810

Recorded / Rendered Creative Works

Galea N, 2019, Hakeem needs an Olympic effort, The Australian, Published: 11 February 2019, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works

Galea N; Powell A, 2018, Women in construction: government can do more to shake up the ‘boys club’, ABC Australia, Published: 17 October 2018, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-17/women-in-construction-goverment-can-do-more/10382932

Galea N; Chappell L, 2016, Construction is the last frontier for women at work, The Sydney Morning Herald, Published: 07 December 2016, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.smh.com.au/comment/construction-is-the-last-frontier-for-women-at-work-20161205-gt4par.html

Galea N; Chappell L, 2016, Women in Construction, ABC Sydney, Published: 07 December 2016, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, http://www.abc.net.au/%E2%80%A6/after%E2%80%A6/women-in-construction/8100736

Reports

Galea N; Powell A; Loosemore M; Chappell L, 2018, Demolishing Gender Structures, https://www.humanrights.unsw.edu.au/news/demolishing-gender-structures

Galea NR, 2017, Rigid, Narrow and Informal: Shifting the gender imbalance in construction, NAWIC, https://www.nawic.com.au/NAWIC/National_IWD_Scholarship/NAWIC/Pages/National_IWD_Scholarship.aspx

Galea N; Rogan ; Powell A; Loosemore M; Chappell L, 2016, Demolishing gender structures, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/59a637bf84c20

Theses / Dissertations

Galea NR, 2018, Built for Men: Institutional Privilege in the Australian Construction Industry

2016    Staff Excellence Award, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW (Level A)

2014    Association of Researchers in Construction Management Best International Paper Award

2005    Chartered Institute of Building Australasia Certificate of Excellence

$A25,000 International Women’s Day NAWIC Scholarship. 2016

$A3,000 NAWIC NSW Student Award. 2016

Gender equality in male dominated sectors: effectiveness of industry and government policy and practice responses. Women and men's experiences of working in male dominated sectors. Human resourcing in construction. Masculinities in male dominated environments.