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Dr Grace Gao

Assistant Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Grace is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and HR Management at Newcastle Business School, and the Social Media Editor for Wiley's journal Gender, Work and Organization. She is also co-editor for Special Issues Towards an Integrated Theory of Gender, Time and Organisations at the International Journal of Management Reviews (IJMR) and (Un)learning from the Margins in Management and Organization Research at Management Learning

Her area of expertise encompasses relational and interdisciplinary perspectives on equality, diversity, and inclusion at work. This involves incorporating feminist theories (e.g., intersectionality) and interrogating work on the gendered nature of non-traditional employment and the emergence of women in male-dominated sectors across borders. Grace graduated from the Management School of the University of Sheffield, UK. She has examined how the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, time, space, and lifestyle can construct and reconstruct younger agents' career trajectories in computing and IT as part of her Ph.D. thesis. She is currently doing projects on the topic of singlehood, cohabiting and mobility. 

Grace is part of the writing differently collective. She is active in engaging with different writing methods and creative forms of writing, informed by feminist epistemologies, to explore issues of gender, diversity, embodiment, ethics and affect, in organisations. Grace's research has appeared in international outlets such as Gender Work and Organization. She also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including Management Learning, Culture and Organization, Journal of Business Ethics, among others.


Grace Gao

Intersections between gender, race, identity work, agency and power relations in organisation studies;

Technofeminism, sex and changing subjectivites;

Leadership and feminist ethics;

Inclusion, diversity and equality in the workplace;

Writing differently and creative methodologies in research;

Postfeminist communities.

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  • Co-constructing new ways of working: Relationality and care in post-pandemic academia, Sai, L., Gao, G., Mandalaki, E., Zhang, L., Williams, J. 11 Mar 2024, In: Culture and Organization
  • Exploring caring collaborations in academia through feminist reflexive dialogs, Johansson, J., Gao, G., Sölvell, ., Wigren-Kristoferson, C. 22 Feb 2024, In: Gender, Work & Organization
  • Learning from Using Feminist Duoethnography in Organization Research: Exploring Women’s Experiences of Everyday Racism and Changing Racial Identities, Gao, G., Sai, L. 21 Feb 2024
  • Questing the Work-Life Challenges Faced by Solo-Living Women Academics: Can there be a “life” for us?, Gao, G., Sai, L., Xu, M. 12 Jan 2024, Work-Life Inclusion , Bingley, Emerald Publishing
  • Writing touch, writing (epistemic) vulnerability, Kaasila-Pakanen, A., Jääskeläinen, P., Gao, G., Mandalaki, E., Zhang, L., Einola, K., Johansson, J., Pullen, A. 1 Jan 2024, In: Gender, Work and Organization
  • Opposing the toxic apartheid: The painted veil of the COVID‐19 pandemic, race and racism, Gao, G., Sai, L. 1 Jan 2021, In: Gender, Work and Organization
  • Writing multi‐vocal intersectionality in times of crisis, Einola, K., Elkina, A., Gao, G., Hambleton, J., Kassila-Pakanen, A., Mandalaki, E., Zhang, L., Pullen, A. 1 Jul 2021, In: Gender, Work and Organization
  • Towards a ‘virtual’ world: Social isolation and struggles during the COVID‐19 pandemic as single women living alone, Gao, G., Sai, L. 1 Sep 2020, In: Gender, Work and Organization
  • Writing resistance together, Ahonen, P., Blomberg, A., Doerr, K., Einola, K., Elkina, A., Gao, G., Hambleton, J., Helin, J., Huopalainen, A., Johannsen, ., Johansson, J., Jääskeläinen, P., Kaasila-Pakanen, A., Kivinen, N., Mandalaki, E., Meriläinen, ., Pullen, A., Salmela, T., Tienari, J., Wickström, A., Zhang, L. 1 Jul 2020, In: Gender, Work and Organization

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