Dr Lucie Newsome

Lecturer - UNE Business School

Lucie Newsome

Phone: +61 02 6773 1786

Email: lnewsom3@une.edu.au

Twitter: @LucieCN


Dr Lucie Newsome is a lecturer in political economy and employment relations. Her research activities focus on the influence of gender in politics, policy and business, particularly agribusiness. She has published in Australian and international journals such as the Australian Journal of Political Science, Social Politics and Rural Studies.
Formerly, Dr Newsome has held senior policy and project roles in the New South Wales and Queensland Governments.


PhD (University of Queensland)

Master of Governance and Public Policy (University of Queensland)

Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences (University of Sydney)


Dean's Commendation for High Achievement (University of Queensland)

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate Level

  • Australian Employment Relations (ECON 351)
  • The International Economy (ECON 144 & 244)
  • Australian Economic Institutions and Performance (ECON 143 & 243)
  • Managing Across Cultures (MM491)
  • Managing People and Organisations (MM200)

Primary Research Area/s

Gender, politics and policy; Agribusiness

Research Interests

Gender; politics; policy; employment; SMEs; agribusiness; agriculture; regional economies; and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Research Grants

Workplace Gender Equality Agency pay equity research grant.

Recent and ongoing research includes:

Dr Newsome represents Australia in the Gender Equality Policy in Practice Project, an international research network that examines the gendered impacts of public policy. As part of this network Dr Newsome (in authorship with Professor Alison Sheridan) will contribute to an edited book on Australia’s policy of self-regulation to improve the numbers of women on ASX boards and the implementation of pay equity policy in Australia. Dr Newsome continues to write on the gendered impacts of paid parental leave policy and on gender equality policy in the Australian context.

In collaboration with Professor Alison Sheridan, Dr Newsome is currently undertaking research that examines the constraints and opportunities faced by female leaders of agribusiness firms.

Dr Newsome also works with Professor Alison Sheridan to examine the professional agribusiness services sector, the role of women in leading these firms and the gendered impacts of farm succession planning.

Research Supervision Experience

Professional agriculture service sector, succession planning, flexible work in the local government context, access to superannuation in the arts sector.


Journal Articles

Newsome, L. (2020). "Beyond ‘get big or get out’: Female farmers' responses to the cost-price squeeze of Australian agriculture", Journal of Rural Studies, 79: 57-64.

Newsome, L. (2019). "Gender and citizenship in Australia: Government approaches to paid parental leave policy 1996-2017", Social Politics.

Newsome, L and Sheridan, A. (2018). “Taking stock: Identifying the growing agricultural service sector in Australia”,Australasian Agribusiness Review, 26(1).

Newsome, L. (2017).“Female leadership and welfare state reform: the development of Australia’s first national paid parental leave scheme”, Australian Journal of Political Science, 52(4): 537-549.

Newsome, L. (2017).“The rise and fall of paid maternity leave policy in the years of the Keating Government”, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 63(20): 223-237.

Consultancy Reports

Elliott, S., McCrea, N., Newsome, L. & Gaul, J. (2014 unpublished). Project Investigating early childhood education and care services environmental education programs: Final Report. Sydney: NSW OEH ET & NSW ECEEN.

Elliott, S., McCrea, N., Newsome, L. & Gaul, J. (2014 unpublished). Project Investigating early childhood education and care services environmental education programs: Portfolio of activities. Sydney: NSW OEH ET & NSW ECEEN

Conference Papers

Newsome, L. (2019). The implementation of pay equity in Australia: Slippage to gender accommodation. European Conference on Politics and Gender, Amsterdam.

Newsome, L., Sheridan, A. and Smith-Ruig, T. (2019). Producers of food and creators of social value: Women and alternative agriculture. Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Annual Conference, Melbourne.Newsome, L. (2018). Strategic alliances with women ‘on the inside’: The Development of Paid Parental Leave in Australia. Nordic Work + Life Conference, Oslo.

Newsome, L. and Sheridan, A.  (2018). Gender segregation in agribusiness services: Mapping the terrain. Gender Work and Organisation Conference, Sydney.

Newsome, L. (2013). The development of the Maternity Allowance in 1995. Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Perth.

Newsome, L. (2013). Attempts to introduce a national paid maternity leave scheme in the years of the Howard Government. Community, Work and  Family Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney.

The Conversation and Broad Agenda

Newsome, L. (2018). "Women in rural workplaces struggle against the ‘boys club’ that leads to harassment", The Conversation, February 28, http://theconversation.com/women-in-rural-workplaces-struggle-against-the-boys-club-that-leads-to-harassment-92507

Newsome, L. (2020). "Parental Leave scheme marred by 1950s sentimentality", Broad Agenda, February 19, http://www.broadagenda.com.au/home/leave-scheme-marred-by-1950s-sentimentality/

Phd Thesis

Newsome, L. (2014). The Role of Elite-level Women in the Development of Paid Parental Leave Policy in Australia. University of Queensland, St Lucia, unpublished thesis.


Gender Equality Policy in Practice Project

Australian Women’s History Network

Consultancy Interests

Gender in the workplace; mentoring; paid parental leave; pay equity; regional businesses and growth; women in agribusiness.

External Profiles