Dr Miriam Yates

Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 67475


I am a Research Fellow in the Institute of Social Science Research at The University of Queensland.

My research interests coalesce around issues of social justice within organisations. I am particularly curious about how the way we perceive others informs our treatment of one and other in the workplace. I spend a lot of my time exploring this idea in the context of leadership. For example, collaborators and I have been working with industry professionals in Australia and North America to understand what organisational structures inhibit minority leaders' (e.g., women, racially diverse) progression and retention. We've also been investigating possible disrupters that may serve to improve minority leaders' chances of success in leadership roles.

I also spend a lot of time on applied research problems through partnering with industry to examine the effectiveness of practical initiatives or policy shifts. Recently, we've been working on understanding the supportive mechanisms that enhance boat safety in Northern Australia, while another partnership has focused on understanding how novel bail support programs can be enhanced to support young people to meet their youth justice orders.

I received my BPsycSc and MPsyOrg from UQ Psychology before completing a PhD in Leadership / Organisational Behaviour at UQ Business School. In 2019 I moved to The University of Illinois for a postdoctoral fellowship before joining the Institute of Social Science Research in 2021.

I work with collaborators in Australia and North America, and I have the good fortune of supporting several RHD candidates at present.

Research Impacts

My research has been featured in a range of media including: The Australian Financial Review, Boss Magazine, Women's Agenda, Business News Australia, The Pacific Standard, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC News Breakfast, and Marie Claire alongisde other international outlets in North America, South Africa and the United Kingdom.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Yates, Miriam S., Jordan, Ree and Fitzsimmons, Terrance W. (2023). Reimagining leadership: breaking the box of leadership theorizing and methods. The future of scholarship on diversity and inclusion in organizations. (pp. 271-280) edited by Eden B. King, Quinetta M. Roberson and Mikki R. Hebl. Charlotte, NC, United States: Information Age Publishing.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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