Our Research Advisory Committee

DCA’s Research Advisory Committee is a group that oversees DCA’s research.

Members include leading academics and researchers with knowledge of diversity and inclusion theory and practice.

The Committee meets approximately four times a year to provide strategic direction to DCA’s Research function.

DCA's Research Advisory Committee assists DCA to deliver on its research vision to work in partnership with members to generate groundbreaking diversity research that enables Australian organisations to leverage the benefits of diversity and inclusion fully.

Committee members provide expert guidance to DCA about our direction and collaborations with the industry.

More specifically, this involves:

  • Reviewing DCA research vision, research priorities and research projects
  • Identifying ‘ahead of the curve’ research topics and emerging issues for possible future research projects
  • Assisting in identifying appropriate research partnership and sponsorship opportunities


The DCA Research Advisory Committee is comprised of:

Abbie Wright

With a background in human capital, cultural change, executive coaching and leadership development, Abbie's approach to diversity and inclusion is to "bring others on the journey" by influencing a work environment where everyone can feel safe, valued and accepted regardless of difference.  Abbie is committed to bringing about change within the engineering consultancy industry.  Her vision is an industry where organisations celebrate the benefits of diverse, creative talent, and where clients benefit from ongoing innovative design solutions. 

Abbie joined Arup as a Diversity and Inclusion Leader in 2018.  Previously Abbie was the Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Aurecon, delivering a successful D&I strategy in partnership with the leadership team, culminating in a Most Inclusive Workplace AHRI award.

Abbie was the 2014 Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Diversity Champion and is a recipient of the South Australia National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) Crystal Vision Award in recognition of the work she champions towards gender equality.

Abbie is a member of the Male Champions of Change Consult Australia Implementation Leaders groups and a previous member of the STEM group.

In 2016 Abbie led a partnership with Diversity Council Australia to deliver the [email protected] project to raise awareness on the power of inclusive language. Abbie has a passion for inclusive leadership, including the integration of attributes that will enable leaders to lead inclusively. 


Dr Jacqui Abbott

Jacqui has worked across a broad range of industries in corporate roles, as a coach and consultant covering: professional services; energy; resources; aged care; transport; manufacturing; mining; health; technology; banking; retail and education. Jacqui has held corporate roles at: Allens; Arthur Andersen; Orica; Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, Newcrest Mining, NBN; Shell Australia and the Ford Motor Company and was a board member of Diversity Council Australia from 2013-2016. Passionate about mainstreaming of flexibility within organisations and pursuing more flexible career paths, flexibility in organisations was a major focus of Jacqui’s PhD.


Dr Raymond Trau 

Raymond Trau is senior lecturer at Macquarie Business School in Macquarie University. Raymond’s research focuses on diversity and inclusion.  The most notable contribution of his research is on theory and practice of LGBTIQ inclusion

Raymond's research has been published in a number of international journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management and British Journal of Management. His research has received research mentions and interviews by major international and domestic media outlets including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, CBS News, Globe and Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, ABC TV, ABC News, SBS News, ABC Radio, HRM AM, HRM Monthly and HR Daily. Raymond also has contributed opinion pieces to the Harvard Business Review, HRM AM, The Conversation and Work180.

Raymond’s work has a strong link with industry via research collaboration, consultation and co-authorship with profit, non-profit and government organisations including Diversity Council of Australia, Pride in Diversity, Deloitte, QBE, Department of Premier and Cabinet of Victoria, Queensland Health and BHP Billiton.  


Dr Dimitria Groutsis

Dr Dimitria Groutsis is the Program Director of the Dalyell Scholars Stream and Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School.

Dimitria is a leading scholar in the field of migration, labour mobility and cultural diversity in the business context. Her work has appeared in leading national and international peer review journals, book chapters and she has co-edited and co-authored several books. Her consulting role sees her working with the Diversity Council Australia, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, large corporate sector partners and key stakeholders in the government and non-government sectors. Dr Groutsis has received a number of competitive external research grants, with total funding in excess of 1.5 million dollars. Along with Professors Collins and Reid, she is the recipient of an ARC Linkage grant, examining Syrian-Conflict refugees: settlement, employment and education outcomes.

She currently serves as the Associate Editor of the European Journal of Management, and is an Advisory board member of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. She has served on the advisory board of the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA), consulting on their cultural diversity in leadership project and is on the DCA’s Research Committee. She has also been working closely with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on preserving a large migration archive.

Dimitria is the Convenor of the [email protected] Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School. Established in 2011, the Research Group provides an important platform for researchers and policy makers to present, discuss and debate research on migration and diversity management in the business context, bringing together a broad audience including: academics, the business community, and representatives from government.


Professor Peter Anderson

Professor Peter J. Anderson is from the Walpiri and Murinpatha First Nations in the Northern Territory.

His research theorizes the understanding of the organisational value of academic freedom in Australian universities and also more broadly in the polar south. He researches in the areas of:

  • organisational leadership;
  • Indigenous peoples’ education; and
  • teacher and academic professional development.

Professor Anderson was the inaugural Executive Director of the Carumba Institute. He was also the Director of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), an ARC Special Research Initiative. Under Professor Anderson’s leadership, the Carumba Institute aimed to transform both Indigenous research and Indigenous education. Central to these objectives are training and employment-enhancing initiatives as well as strategies to foster engagement and partnerships that matter to Indigenous people and communities.

In 2020, in partnership with QALT, he successfully achieved a global first accreditation for the Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Indigenous), which is a flagship education program for the Carumba Institute. This innovative professional development program is the first of its kind reflecting QUT’s leadership of the higher education sector’s ambitions to lift Indigenous participation, celebrate Indigenous excellence and recognise Indigenous contribution.

Sophia Fatouros

Over 400,000 educated Greeks left their country between 2008-2017, looking permanently for more advanced economies due to the Greek financial crisis; Sophia was one of them.

Her experience as a mature professional and a carer of a disabled child seeking better employment, better pay, and better social and economic prospects in a new country defined her professional identity. She is passionate about access to jobs, inclusive workplaces, job quality and businesses that care for local communities.

Sophia holds an MA in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester, a Bachelor of Communications and Mass Media from the University of Athens and undertook the MA of Social Impact by Research from the Swinburne University of Technology in 2016. She focuses on impact frameworks, impact measurement and ways of using media and communications to enable projects with a distinct social purpose.

She is currently the Communications, Marketing and Evaluation Manager at Jobsbank, a for-purpose, not-for-profit independent organisation helping businesses navigate social procurement, diversity and inclusion.