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Professor Carolyn Sutherland is the Head of the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash Business School. She was previously Deputy Head of Department and Director of the Labour, Equality and Human Rights Research Group (LEAH) from 2016 to 2020. Before joining Monash Business School, Carolyn practised law with MinterEllison and Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper). 


Carolyn's research focuses on the influence of law on employers and workers. She has a particular interest in empirical legal and interdisciplinary methods. Carolyn has used quantitative methods to examine complexity in Australian enterprise agreements and to compare worker protection in countries in the Asia-Pacific region. She is the lead CI on an ARC Discovery project (2019-2022) which is investigating the formal and informal regulation of labour disputes in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Carolyn is a member of the Governance and Regulation Research Network (GarNet) in the Centre for Global Business.

Her research and supervision interests include labour law and equal opportunity law, with a particular focus on empirical legal and interdisciplinary research methods.


Carolyn received an Australian Award for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2011; and the Monash Business School Dean's Award for Research Excellence in 2016.

Carolyn lectures in employment law and in research methods for Masters and PhD students. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Enterprise Bargaining
  • Leximetrics
  • Labour Law
  • Gender equality
  • Empirical Legal Research
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Asia-pacific labour regulation

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