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Professor Santina Bertone

Professor, Diversity Management


Santina has been researching in the area of immigration and work since the 1990s Prior to joining academia, she was a national trade union official for three prominent trade unions involved in national negotations around wages, health and safety and equal employment opportunity. She led the Workplace Studies Centre at Victoria University for over a decade, winning grants and publishing on immigrant women, industrial restructuring, immigrants and trade unions and managing diversity (currently 120 publications and 51 research grants, including two ARC grants, totalling $1.4 million). Santina was also a longstanding member of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria Executive Committee (seven years) including Chair of the ECCV Employment, Education and Policy  Committee for most of that period. She also had other community and board roles, such as Deputy Convenor of the Westgate Community Initiatives Group, serving jobseekers in Melbourne's west, member of an advisory committee to The Australia Council for the Arts, member of an Advisory Committee to the Victorian Arts Minister and many other not for profit, university and govenrment committees, including groups such as the Overseas Trained Doctors Associaton. For her contributions to academia, industrial relations and the ethnic communities, she was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2008, and participated in the Australia 2020 Summit.  In the university sector, Santina held various leadership positions: at Victoria University (Research Centre Director, Associate Dean Research) before joining Swinburne University of Technology as Associate Dean (Research)in 2010 and later serving as Chair of Department (2013-2016). She was also an active member and more recently, executive member, of BARDSNET (the Business Academic Research Directors Network of Australia and NZ).  During her time in university management roles, she was regularly appointed to acting executive roles such as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research). Dean of Faculty and Director of Graduate Studies. She regularly reviews for quality academic journals such as The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Studies in Higher Education, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources and Journal of Industrial Relations. In 2017 she was named Best Reviewer by ANZAM (Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management) in the Gender, Diversity and Indigentity stream, a role she has carried out for many years. She currently teaches HRM and research methodology from first year up to graduate certificate and masters level, including Qualitiative Research Methods, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development, Talent Management and recently, Managing Workplace Relations. She is principal supervisor and co-supervisor of eight HDR students, and has had four PhD completions in the past two years, seven PhD completions and three mastesr by research completions  in total. She also sueprvises final year Business/Engineering resarch projects, interships and placement students. Each year Santina chairs numerous HDR candidature and progress panels, such as mid-candiature and pre-submission panels. She is also an International Reader for the Australian Research Council and regularly provides seminars for HDR students and supervisors at the University. She has led external workshops on Women in Leadership e.g. for the City of Maroondah and in the past, was a regular commentator on radio, television and the print media around subjects related to her research. Her current research focusses on skilled migrant workers' career paths, temporary migrants, diversity managemet and diversity in postgraduate education. 

Research interests

Diversity Management

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Business And Management - 150300
  • Policy And Administration - 160500

Teaching areas

Human Resource Management


  • 2017, National, Best Reviewer - ANZAM conference - diversity, inclusion and indigeneity stream, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
  • 2003, National, Prime Minister's Centenary of Federation Medal, Australian Government
  • 2000, Other, Vice-Chancellor's Certificate of Research Achievement , Victoria University


Also published as: Bertone, Santina; Bertone, S.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2011: Developing a toolkit and framework to support new postgraduate research supervisors in emerging research areas *; Australian Learning and Teaching Council

* Chief Investigator