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Dr Natalie Skinner 

Position: Senior Research Fellow Dr Natalie Skinner
Division/Portfolio: University of South Australia Business School
School/Unit: School of Management
Group: Centre for Workplace Excellence
Campus: City West Campus
Office: EM4-20
Telephone: +61 8 830 24250
Fax: +61 8 830 24258
Email: Natalie_dot_Skinner_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Natalie.Skinner

Natalie Skinner is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Centre for Workplace Excellence, School of Management. She is interested in health and wellbeing in the workplace, with a particular emphasis on psychological health (eg stress, burnout, job satisfaction), job quality (work intensity, flexibility, work hours) and work-life interaction.

Links to other sites

Centre for Workplace Excellence

Teaching interests

  • Natalie supervises honours (4th year), Masters and PhD students


Ph.D (Psychology)

Research interests

  • Health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Work-life interaction
  • The influence of paid work on pro-environment behaviours (energy & water use, transport, waste etc)
  • Stress and burnout
  • Yoga, meditation and mindfulness (in the workplace)

Research publications

Fein, E.C., Skinner, N. & Machin, T. (Accepted 2015) Work intensification, work life interference and well-being in Australian workers. (accepted, 11/08/15). International Studies of Management & Organization.

Chapman, J & Skinner, N. (Accepted 2015) Encouraging pro-environmental behaviours in the Australian workforce: The case for an integrated work-life approach. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability: Annual Review.

Skinner, N., Cathcart, A & Pocock, B. (Accepted 2015) To ask or not to ask? Investigating workers’ flexibility requests and the phenomenon of discontented non-requesters. Labour and Industry.

Skinner, N. & Dorrian, J. (2015). A work-life perspective on sleep and fatigue – looking beyond shift workers. Industrial Health, 53(5), 417-426.

Crettenden, A., Wright, A. & Skinner, N. (In Press 2015) Dads care too! Participation in paid employment and experiences of workplace flexibility for fathers caring for children and young adults with disabilities. Community, Work & Family.

Fein, E.C. & Skinner, N. (2015) Clarifying the effect of work hours on health through work–life conflict. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 53(4), 448-470.

Skinner, N. & Fein, E.C. (In press 2015). Family friendly policies. In A Wilkinson & S Johnstone (Eds) Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management.

Skinner, N. & Ichii, R. (2015). Community and work characteristics as predictors of work-family gains and strains. Community, Work and Family, 18(1), 79-99.

Crettenden, A., Wright, A. & Skinner, N. (2014) Mothers caring for children and young people with disabilities: Intent to work, patterns of participation in paid employment and the experience of workplace flexibility. Community Work & Family, 17(3), 244-267.

Chapman, J., Skinner, N. & Pocock, P. (2014) Work-life conflict in the 21st century Australian workforce: 5 years of the Australian Work + Life Index (AWALI). Labour and Industry, 24(2), 87-102.

Pocock, B., Chapman, J & Skinner, N (2014). ‘Putting together work and care in Australia: time for a new settlement?’ in L Orchard and C Miller (eds) Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neo-Liberal Ascendency. Policy Press: Bristol.

Skinner, N. & Chapman, J. (2013). Work-life balance and family friendly policies. Evidence Base, 4, 1 - 25.

Chapman, J., Skinner, N. & Searle, S. (2013). ‘Working towards sustainability: Exploring the workplace as a site for pro-environmental behavioural change’ in R. Crocker & S Lehmann (eds) Behaviour change, consumption and sustainable design. Oxford: Earthscan.

Skinner, N., Elton, J., Auer, J & Pocock B. (2013). Understanding and managing work-life interaction across the life course. A qualitative study. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 52(1), 93-109.

Skinner, N. Pocock, B. (2013). Paid annual leave in Australia: Who gets it, who takes it and implications for work-life interference. Journal of Industrial Relations, 55(5), 681-698.

Dorrian, J. & Skinner, N. (2012). Alcohol consumption in shift workers compared to day workers. Chronobiology International, 29(5), 610-618.

Pocock, B., Skinner, N. & Williams, P. (2012). Time bomb. Work, Rest and Play in Australia Today. Sydney: New South Press (University of New South Wales).

Pocock, B., Williams, P. & Skinner, N. (2012). Conceptualizing Work, Family and Community: A Socio-Ecological Systems Model, Taking Account of Power, Time, Space and Life Stage. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 50, 391-411.

Pocock, B. & Skinner, N. (2012). Adding insult to injury? Training in low paid jobs. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 38(1), 48-67.

Pocock, B & Skinner, N. (2012) ‘Good jobs, bad jobs and the Australian experience’ in C. Warhurst, P. Findlay, C. Tilly & F. Carre (eds) Are bad jobs inevitable? Trends, determinants and responses to job quality in the twenty-first century (pp. 61 – 77). Palgrave MacMillan.

Skinner, N., Williams, P., Pocock B. & Edwards, J. (2012). 21st century life – how our work, home and community lives affect our capacity to live sustainably. In S. Lehmann & R. Crocker (eds) Zero Waste, material consumption and sustainable design (pp. 35-52). Oxford: Earthscan.

Skinner, N., Van Dijk, P., Elton, J. & Auer, J. (2011). An in-depth study of Australian nurses’ and midwives’ work–life interaction. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 49, 213 – 232.

Skinner, N. & Pocock, B. (2011). Flexibility and work-life interference in Australia. Journal of Industrial Relations, 53, 5-11.

Skinner, N. & Pocock, B. (2010). Work, life, flexibility and workplace culture: Results of the 2008 Australian Work and Life Index (AWALI survey). Australian Bulletin of Labour, 36¸133-153.

Skinner, N., Roche, A.M., Freeman, T. & McKinnon, A. (2009). Health professionals' attitudes towards AOD-related work: Moving the traditional focus from education and training to organizational culture. Drugs: education, prevention and policy, 16, 232 – 249.

Pocock, B., Williams, P. & Skinner, N. (2008). Work-life outcomes in Australia: concepts, outcomes and policy. In C. Warhurst, D. Eikhof & A. Haunschild (Eds.) ‘Work Less Live More? (pp. 22-43). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pocock, B Skinner N and Williams P (2008) 'Measuring work-life interaction: The Australian Work and Life index (AWALI) 2007' Labour & Industry, Vol 18, no 3 pp 19-44.

Skinner, N. & Pocock, B. (2008). Work-life conflict: is work time or work overload more important? Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 46, 303-315.

Williams, P., Pocock, B., Skinner, N. (2008). Clawing back time” Expansive working time and implications for work-life outcomes in Australian workers. Work, Employment and Society, 22(4), p. 719-730.

Dollard, M.F., Skinner, N., Tuckey, M., & Bailey, T. (2007). An international overview of national surveillance systems for occupational psychosocial risks. Work & Stress, 21(1), 1-29.

Skinner, N., Feather, N.T., Freeman, T., & Roche, A.M. (2007). Stigma and discrimination in health care provision to drug users: the role of values, affect and deservingness judgments. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, 163–186.

Roche, A.M., Freeman, T., & Skinner, N. (2006). From data to evidence, to action: findings from a systematic review of hospital screening studies for high risk alcohol consumption. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 83, 1-14.

Hotham, E., Roche, A.M., Skinner, N., & Dollman, B. (2005). The GP pharmacotherapy prescribing workforce: examining sustainability from a systems perspective. Drug and Alcohol Review, 24, 393-400.

Skinner, N., Roche, A.M., Freeman, T. & Addy, D. (2005). Responding to alcohol and other drug issues: The effect of role adequacy and role legitimacy on motivation and satisfaction. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 12, 449-463.

Skinner, N., & Brewer, N. (2004). Adaptive approaches to competition: challenge and positive emotion. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 26, 283-305.

Brewer, N., & Skinner, N. (2003). Work motivation. In M. O’Driscoll, P. Taylor, & T. Kalliath (Eds.), Organisational Psychology in Australia and New Zealand. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Skinner, N., & Brewer, N. (2002). The dynamics of threat and challenge appraisals prior to a stressful achievement event. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83, 678-692.

Skinner, N., & Brewer, N. (1999). Temporal characteristics of evaluation anxiety. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 13, 293-314.

Research Degree Supervisor

My broad research interests relate to health and wellbeing in the workplace. In my work at the Centre for Work + Life I'm interested in how work arrangements and experiences impact on life outside of work (personal, family, social & community health and wellbeing).

Recently my research interests have extended to the impact of paid work on people's capacity to be good environmental citizens (ie willingess and capacity to live a sustainable lifestyle with reduced environmental impact).

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