Based at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, my PhD research is focused on collaboration between industry, research and government. I am particularly interested in speaking with individuals concurrently working across the three sectors.
Traditionally, organisations played a key role in the career development of their employees, who tended to remain with the one firm for a significant portion of their working life. However changing employment structures mean this is no longer the case, with individuals increasingly taking greater control over their own careers. There is also increasing government focus on boosting collaboration across industry and research. This research seeks to better understand individuals who have developed cross-sector careers, concurrently operating across industry, research and government (or frequently cycling between them such that they never fully disconnect from a sector for a period of greater than 3 years). Drawing on intelligent career theory, the focus will be on the “ways of knowing” (why/how/whom) these individuals express in relation to their careers.