Kathleen Riach


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Professor Kathleen Riach's expertise is in the area of ageing at work and the experience of growing up and older in and around the labour market.  Her research explores understanding aspects of working life that are rarely discussed formally but nonetheless have a significant impact of how people feel, think and behave, including sexuality, the body and emotions.

Her recent work has focused on the intersections between ageing, gender and career trajectories. This strand of research includes working with renowned Melbourne based artist Ross Coulter on a portrait-led research project exploring the economic lives of women over 40 in rural and regional Victoria, and a longitudinal study of ageing in the financial services (2010-2020). 

Professor Riach's visiting positions across the world have included invitations to Sweden, Germany and the UK. She has held editorial board in Associate Editor positions for prestigious journals in her field including Human Relations and Organization, and received the Monash Business School Dean's Award for Research Excellence in 2016. Her work has also been featured in the media in Australia and Europe, including ABC National, The Conversation and the BBC. 

Alongside colleagues from Monash and Melbourne University, Kathleen has recently launched MIPO (Menopause Information Pack for Organizations), a free, open access suite of resources to help manager's introduce and embed best practice menopause support in the workplace:  www.menopauseatwork.org


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.

Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2015 2016

Well-being at the Women's

Jack, G. & Riach, K.


Project: Research

Research Output 2006 2020

Halloween, organization, and the ethics of uncanny celebration

Kelly, S. & Riach, K., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Business Ethics. 161, 1, p. 103-114 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Close Encounters: Intimate service interactions in lap dancing work as a nexus of ‘self-others-things’

Hales, S., Riach, K. & Tyler, M., Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Organization Studies. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Consumer motivation for product disposal and its role in acquiring products for reuse

Simpson, D., Power, D., Riach, K. & Tsarenko, Y., Oct 2019, In : Journal of Operations Management. 65, 7, p. 612-635 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

Davies, O. & Riach, K., Apr 2019, In : Gender, Work and Organization. 26, 3, p. 246-266 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)

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

Press / Media

Launch of Menopause Information Pack Online

Kathleen Riach


2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

The Quest for Eternal Youth - ABC National

Kathleen Riach


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

What's Wrong with Looking my Age Anyway?

Kathleen Riach


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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