Emeritus Professor Gillian Palmer

Professor Gill Palmer recently retired after 50 years working in the business management and labour relations fields. Her research publications are in labour relations, human resource management and organisation theory.

Educated at Birmingham University and at London School of Economics (LSE), she began her career at LSE as a researcher in both the industrial relations and sociology departments, studying European and Japanese industrial policy, before working for four years at a British government commission on industrial relations.

She lectured at what is now London’s Cass Business School from 1972 to 1984, when she migrated to Australia. She’s held roles at Queensland University of Technology, the University of Wollongong, Monash University and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She’s an emeritus professor at UOW, and an honorary professor at RMIT.

At Monash, she was responsible for the business faculty’s first international accreditation in 2005, and later at RMIT became a deputy vice-chancellor, and the interim vice-chancellor and president.

Active in professional associations, she was president of the Australian Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australian and New Zealand, and the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. She’s currently a member of the accreditation board that audits international business schools for the European Foundation for Management Education (EFMD).