Kathleen Riach


Accepting PhD Students

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Professor Kathleen Riach's expertise is in the area of ageing at work and the experience of growing up and olds in and around the labour market.   Her research leads to exploring aspects of everyday working life that are rarely articulated or discussed formally within businesses - such as sexuality, the body and emotions -  but nonetheless have a significant impact of how people feel, think and behave in terms of their professional identities.

Her recent work has focused on how ageing is central to the way careers are improvisory, woven or patched up, rather than rational, linear, planned events. This includes working with reknowned Melbourne based artist Ross Coulter on a portrait-led research project explorineg the economic lives of women over 40 in rural and regional Victoria, and a longitudinal study of ageing in the financial services (2010-2020). 

Selected Forthcoming Articles

Jack, G., Riach, K. and Bariola, E. (2019) Temporality and gendered agency: Menopausal subjectivities in women's work. Human Relations
Hales, S., Riach, K. and Tyler, M. (forthcoming) Close encounters: Intimate service interactions in lap dancing work as a nexus of ‘self-others-things. Organization Studies.


  • Age and Employment Studies
  • Identity at Work
  • Discrimination
  • Organizaitonal Equality and Diversity
  • Ageing

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2015 2016

Well-being at the Women's

Jack, G. A. & Riach, K.


Project: Research

Research Output 2006 2019

Temporality and gendered agency: menopausal subjectivities in women’s work

Jack, G., Riach, K. & Bariola, E., Jan 2019, In : Human Relations. 72, 1, p. 122-143 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

From manstream measuring to multispecies sustainability? A gendered reading of bee-ing sustainable

Davies, O. & Riach, K., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Gender, Work and Organization. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Halloween, organization, and the ethics of uncanny celebration

Kelly, S. & Riach, K., 25 Jun 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Business Ethics. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Nosenography: how smell constitutes meaning, identity and temporal experience in spatial assemblages

Canniford, R., Riach, K. & Hill, T., 1 Jun 2018, In : Marketing Theory. 18, 2, p. 234-248 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Olfactory control, aroma power and organizational smellscapes

Warren, S. & Riach, K., 28 Feb 2018, Designing with Smell: Practices, Techniques and Challenges. Henshaw, V., McLean, K., Medway, D., Perkins, C. & Warnaby, G. (eds.). New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 148-155 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Press / Media

Halloween: turning to the supernatural to work through our anxieties

Kathleen Riach & Simon Kelly


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Menopausal and more productive than ever

Kathleen Riach


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Women and Retirement Poverty - The Stories behind the Stats

Kathleen Riach


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Snakes and Ladders: Why Women's Superannuation is Complex

Kathleen Riach


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


Kathleen Riach


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment