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Dr Donna Bridges

Dr Donna Bridges

Profile

Dr Donna Bridges is a lecturer in sociology based on Bathurst campus where she teaches a range of sociology subjects. Donna is a gender and work theorist and a feminist, qualitative researcher. Her work focuses on gender norms in society, gender constructions, workplace inequality, discrimination and harassment. She has completed a PhD about women’s roles in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) – specifically in the areas of the combat arms and United Nations peacekeeping. During the PhD she undertook extensive interview research with women across the ADF. Her military research concentrates on the traditional roles of both genders within organisational cultures exploring organisational change as well as barriers to change. Her research interests span disciplines relating to gender and work; organisations; peace and conflict studies; hegemonic masculinities; feminisms; the power of discrimination and exclusion, and social justice. She is currently working on two projects “The Gendered Spaces of Social Work” that analyses the gendered nature of the social work profession that focuses on gendered power and gendered dynamics in a female dominated profession. “Women in Regional Trades and resilience” exploring the experience of women who work in the manual trade industries in Australia, specifically factors that contribute to women’s resilience and success in the manual trades. Donna also has research interests in the areas of qualitative research, teaching and learning in higher education and professional development.

Donna is a CSU Ally

And an active member of the Athena Swan - Gender Equity working party

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Teaching

Donna is a lecturer in sociology based on Bathurst campus.  She has experience teaching across a broad range of social science subjects. The majority of her teaching experience is in subjects that concern understanding society and human behaviour and in the improvement of human interaction interpersonally and with wider social environments. Significant areas of experience are in social inequality, gender and society, health sociology, introductory sociology, social research methods, global studies and peace and conflict studies.

Donna currently teaches:

  • Social Inequality (SOC102)
  • Advanced Social Inequality (SOC401)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC101)

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Research

Dr Donna Bridges is a gender and work theorist and a feminist, qualitative researcher. Her work focuses on gender norms in society, gender constructions, workplace inequality, discrimination and harassment. She has completed a PhD about women’s roles in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) – specifically in the areas of the combat arms and United Nations peacekeeping. During the PhD she undertook extensive interview research with women across the ADF. Her military research concentrates on the traditional roles of both genders within organisational cultures exploring organisational change as well as barriers to change. Her research interests span disciplines relating to gender and work; organisations; peace and conflict studies; hegemonic masculinities; feminisms; the power of discrimination and exclusion, and social justice. She is currently working on two projects “The Gendered Spaces of Social Work” that analyses the gendered nature of the social work profession that focuses on gendered power and gendered dynamics in a female dominated profession. “Women in Regional Trades and resilience” exploring the experience of women who work in the manual trade industries in Australia, specifically factors that contribute to women’s resilience and success in the manual trades. Donna also has research interests in the areas of qualitative research, teaching and learning in higher education and professional development.

Research Interests

  • Gender and work – non-traditional work occupations for women
  • Military sociology – women’s integration into defence forces and gender relations in the ADF
  • Gender – peace and security
  • Gender and social work
  • Qualitative research
  • Higher education and professional development

Current Research Projects

  • Dr Donna Bridges; Associate Professor Branka Krivokapic-skoko Larissa Bamberry (CSU) and Dr Stacey Jenkins (CSU). “Women in regional trades: understanding resilience”.
  • Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Compact Project Pilot Funding (15,000);
  • Institute of Land, Society and Water (10,000);
  • Faculty of Arts and Education (14,000).
  • Associate Professor Susan Mlcek (CSU); Dr John Healy and Dr Donna Bridges (CSU) “Gendered narratives in Social Work and Social Welfare practice and education contexts.
    • Faculty of Arts and Education Research Income and Initiatives Funding (15,000)
  • Dr Donna Bridges (CSU); Associate Professor Ben Wadham; Dr Anu Munkur (ACMC) “Women in the Australian Defence Force: perspectives of diversity and gender equality”
    • Faculty of Arts and Education Research Income and Initiatives Funding (15,000)
    • Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, Flinders University (8,000)

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Books

    Bridges, D., Neal-Smith, J.  &Mills, A.  (Eds,). (2014). Absent Aviators: Gender issues in aviation. London: Ashgate.

  • Higgs, J., Titchen, A., Horsfall, D., & Bridges, D. (Eds,). (2011). Creative spaces for qualitative researching: Living research. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Journal Articles

  • Bridges, D., and Wadham, B. (accepted for publication/in press). Gender under fire: portrayals of military women in the Australian print media. Feminist Media Studies.
  • Jenkins, S., Bamberry, L., Bridges, D. & Krivokapic-skoko, B. (accepted for publication/in press). Skills for women tradies in regional Australia: A global future. International Journal of Training Research.
  • Jones, M., Healy, J., Bridges, D., & Mlcek, S. (2018). Gender Dynamics in Social Work Practice and Education: A Critical Literature Review. Australian Social Work, 72(1), 62-74.
  • Mlcek, S., Healy, J. & Bridges, D. (2018). What Does It Mean to Be Part of the Gendered Space/s of Social Work? The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies. 16 (1): 1-12. doi:10.18848/2327-0047/CGP/v16i01/1-12.
  • Wadham, B., Bridges, D., Mundkur, A. & Connor, J. (2016). War-Fighting and left-wing feminist agendas: gender and change in the Australian Defence Force. Critical Military Studies, 4(3), http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23337486.2016.1268371.
  • Bridges, D. Drake, G., North, R., Houlbrook, M. & and Mears, J. (2015). The "write" conditions: How to overcome writing for publication barriers through academic development. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 17(2), 23-38.
  • Lazarsfeld-Jensen, A., Bridges,D., & Carver, H. (2014). Graduates welcome on-road: A culture shift in ambulance preceptorship made clear through retrospective analysis. Focus on Health Professional Education, 16(1), 20-30.
  • Lazarsfeld-Jensen, A., & Bridges, D. (2014). Gaining a new respect for the other guys: scripted scenarios for inter professional education in paediatric emergencies. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 11(2). Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/jephc/vol11/iss2/4.
  • Trede, F., Bowles, W & Bridges, D. (2013). Developing intercultural competence and global citizenship through international experiences: academics’ perceptions. Intercultural Education, 24(5), 442-455.
  • Trede, F., Macklin, R & Bridges, D. (2012). Professional identity development: a review of the higher education literature. Studies in Higher Education, 37(3), 365-384.
  • Bridges, D & Horsfall, D. (2009). Increasing operational effectiveness in UN peacekeeping: towards a gender balanced force. Armed Forces and Society, 36, 120-130.
  • Horsfall, D., Bridges, D., Camden Pratt, C & Sammon, L. (2004). A performance of difference. Reflective Practice, 5(1), 109-127.

Book chapters

  • Bridges, D. (2014).  Grounded? Women pilots, gender identity and integration into the Australian Defence Force. In D, Bridges., A, Mills & J, Neal-Smith. (Eds,). Absent Aviators: Gender issues in aviation (pp. 147-164). London: Ashgate.
  • Bridges, D., & Horsfall, D. (2011). The gendered battlefield: Creating feminist spaces in military places. In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Eds,). Creative spaces for qualitative researching: Living research (pp. 135-144). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.
  • Bridges, D., & McGee, S. (2011). Collaborative inquiry: Reciprocity and authenticity. In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Eds,). Creative spaces for qualitative researching: Living research (pp. 213-222). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.
  • Tasker, D., McLeod-Boyle, A., & Bridges, D. (2011). From Practice to Research and Back Again: Living Transformations. In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Eds.), Creative spaces for qualitative researching: Living research (pp. 291-300). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.
  • Bridges, D., & McGee, S. (2010). Collaborative inquiry: Process, theory and ethics. In J. Higgs, N. Cherry, R. Macklin & R. Ajjawi (Eds.), Researching practice: A discourse on qualitative methodologies (pp. 257-268). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.
  • Bridges, D., & Higgs, J. (2010). Writing practices. In J. Higgs, D. Horsfall & S. Grace (Eds.), Writing qualitative research on practice (pp. 51-60). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Jenkins, S., Bamberry, L., Bridges, D. & Krivokapic-skoko, B. (2018 August). Skills for women tradies in regional Australia: A global future. Paper presented at the 27th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’, Skills for global future: working and learning together. 15-17 August, Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney. Adelaide, SA: The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Conference Presentations

  • Jenkins, S., Bamberry, L., Bridges, D. & Krivokapic-skoko, B. (2018 August). Skills for women tradies in regional Australia: A global future.  Paper presented at the 27th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’, Skills for  global future: working and learning together. 15-17 August, Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney.
  • Mlcek, S., Healy, J. & Bridges, D. (2018 July). Addressing Gender in Social Work Curriculum Development. Workshop presented at Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference, 4-7th July, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin.
  • Bridges, D., Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Bamberry, L., Jenkins, S. (2018 June). Women in masculine jobs: understanding resilience and social and cultural capital. Paper presented at Gender, Work and Organisation 10th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, 13-16 June, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Bridges, D., Mundkur, A. & Wadham, B. (2016 June-July).  The roles of women in UN peacekeeping: moving on from gendered norms to problematizing masculinity. Paper presented at Gender, Work and Organisation 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary conference, 29th June-1st July, 2016. Keele University, UK.
  • Bridges, D., Wadham, B., Mundkur, A. & Connor, J. (2016 January).  Women's Integration into the Australian Defence Force - The Lifting of the Combat Exclusion and The Social and Cultural Legitimacy of the Feminine. Paper presented at ISME Conference 2016: Women Serving in the Armed Forces: Shaping Modern Values and Beyond. Annapolis, Marylands.
  • Bridges, D. (2009 November) The complexity of Practice-based education at Charles Sturt University. Paper presented at CSU ED 2009: Leading and Learning in University Education, Albury.
  • Bridges, D., Trede, F., Bowles, W., & Loftus, S. (2010 February). Enhancing the educational benefits of international placements through orientation. Paper presented at WACE International Conference on Work Integrated Learning: University-Industry Collaboration for Real Life Education, Hong Kong.
  • Trede, F. & Bridges, D. (2010 April). Developing professional research identities: Challenges and opportunities for supervising and training the mid career PhD student.Paper presented at 9th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Stamford Grand, Adelaide.
  • Trede, F. Grace, S. Bridges, D. & Macklin, R. (2010 February). Developing a professional identity: Implications for interprofessional education. Paper presented at International Interprofessional Conference All together Better Health 5, Seeing things differently, Sydney: Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific.
  • Bridges, D. Trede, F. & Bowles, W. (2010 November). International placements and short-term programs: issues and possibilities. Paper presented at CSU ED 2010: Educating for 2020 and Beyond, Bathurst.
  • Loftus, S. & Bridges, D. (2010 November). Practice-based education and learning theories. Workshop delivered at CSU ED 2010: Educating for 2020 and Beyond, Bathurst.

Research Reports

Report Reference
  • Lazarsfeld-Jensen, A & Bridges, D. (2012) Simulation as a vehicle for interprofessional education. A report on a collaborative research project involving Charles Sturt University’s Paramedic academics and Beyond Medical Education (BME). School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University: Australia.
  • Lazarsfeld-Jensen, A., Bridges, D & Loftus, S. (2012). TRANSITIONS: Command culture and autonomous paramedic practice. School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University: Australia
  • Bridges, D. (2011). The Teaching Professional Project: Facilitating professional development’. The Education for Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University: Australia.
  • Bridges, D. (2010). Preparing students for international placements and short-term programs: developing cultural competence, ethical, practice and global citizenship. The Education for Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University: Australia.
  • (Consultancy) Coalition of Advocates for Sexual Assault Survivors & Bridges, D. (2004). Nepean Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault Project2000-2001. Richmond Community Health.
  • (Consultancy) Bridges, D. (2001). Report to Management: Marketing and Operations. Disability Australia.

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The conversation

Invited interviews and Articles

  • Sarah, Jones. 'ATTRACTING AND RETAINING WOMEN TRADIES IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA' 'The Australian TAFE Teacher Magazine'. The Australian Education Union.  Spring Edition 2018. Article feature on the research project “Women in regional trades: Understanding resilience” (Bridges, Krivokapic-skoko; Bamberry & Jenkins).
  • Bridges, Donna.Invited guest speaker. Cassie McCullagh (Presenter). (4 June 2018). “Female Tradies.” ABC Radio Sydney 702, Australian Broadcasting Company. http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/focus/focus/9809744
  • Bridges, Donna. Invited guest speaker. Tom Mann (Presenter). (4 June 2018). “The female tradie shortage.” Radio Adelaide Breakfast Show. http://radioadelaide.org.au/podcasts/
  • Bridges, Donna. Invited guest speaker. Gillian O'Shaughnessy (Presenter). (1 June 2018). “Why hasn't the number of women tradies increased?” WA Afternoons. ABC Radio Western Australia, Australian Broadcasting Company. http://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/wa-afternoons/wa-afternoons/9802226
  • Bridges, Donna. Invited guest speaker. (14 May 2018). Fiona Wyllie (Presenter). “Women in Regional Trades: Understanding Resilience”.  ABC NSW Statewide Drive , Australian Broadcasting Company.
  • Bridges, Donna., Bamberry, Larissa., Jenkins, Stacey & Krivokapic-skoko, Branka. (18 May 2018). Kate Fotheringham (Prooducer). "Girls can do it. Girls can do anything." Office of Government & Community Relations, Charles Sturt University. https://www.facebook.com/charlessturtuni/videos/10157563935123916/
  • Bridges, Donna. Invited guest speaker. (10 May 2018). Kristy Reading (Presenter). Women in the trades in regional NSW. ABC Central West NSW Breakfast. Australian Broadcasting Company
  • Bridges, Donna., Krivokapic-Skoko, Branka., Bamberry, Larissa., & Jenkins, Stacey cited in Ward, Wes. (4 May 2018).  Some do, some don't: women succeeding in 'macho' trades." Charles Sturt University News. http://news.csu.edu.au/latest-news/society/some-do,-some-dont-women-succeeding-in-macho-trades?P8E4CFZFbtRyZiRz.99
  • Bridges, Donna – Invited guest speaker. Wyllie, Fiona (Presenter). (20 September 2017). “LGBTI experience of rural living”: Statewide Drive: Radio Programme. ABC Central West, Australian Broadcasting Company.
  • Bridges, Donna – Invited guest speaker. Blue Mountains, Katoomba and Springwood Neighbourhood Centres (March 8th 2015) ‘International Women’s Day Address’, Springwood NSW.

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