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Professor Denise Jackson


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2794
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.243  

Professor Denise Jackson is the Director of Work-Integrated Learning in the School of Business and Law.

Key Research Areas

  • Graduate employment and underemployment
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Graduate employability, career development learning and professional identity development
  • Graduate workplace performance


As the Director of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in the ECU School of Business and Law, I am focused on enhancing students’ employability and career prospects through embedding meaningful work-based learning and industry and community engagement into the curriculum, as well as providing access to a range of employability-related activities. 

My work has been recognised by a number of research and teaching and learning awards, most recently a national Award for Teaching Excellence and the James W. Wilson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Cooperative Education.

I sit on the National Board for the Australian Collaborative Education Network, the professional association for WIL in Australia, and maintain close links with industry through research projects, the WIL program and networking. I am also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As well as facilitating in the UK and Australian tertiary sectors, I have worked in Human Resource Management in financial and manufacturing sectors in the UK and in the tourism industry in the Middle East, Asia and Southern Africa.

Theme Two: Society and Culture; Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces. As well as; Individual, economic, organisational, political and social transformation

Denise is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2020 - James W. Wilson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Cooperative Education

2019 - Award for Teaching Excellence, Australian Award for University Teaching

2019 - ECU Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning – Work-Integrated Learning Team, School of Business and Law

2018 - ANZAM Best conference paper award (Management Education & Development)

2018 - Publons Top 1% Peer Review Award and Top Reviewer in Global Peer Review Award

2017 - School of Business and Law Excellence in Research

2017 - Australian Award for National Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

2016 - Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Engagement in Learning and Teaching

2014 - Early Career Award, West Australian Institute for Education Research

2014 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Early Career Researcher

2014 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Engagement

2014 - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research by Early Career Researchers

2013 - Highly Commended Award Winner (for paper in Education + Training), Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

2011 - Cameron Prize in Education, University of Western Australia. Best piece of research submitted for a PhD

2011 - Emerald/EFMD Highly Commended Award Winner of the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Management and Governance category.

2011 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Achieving a PhD

2011 - Highly Commended Doctoral Dissertation Award, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)

2010 - Best Paper Award, Volume 8, International Journal of Management: Jackson, D. (2010) An international profile of industry relevant competencies and skill gaps in modern graduates.

2010 - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Sessional)

  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia Inc. (HERDSA)
  • Accounting and Finance Association of Australian and New Zealand (AFAANZ)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service (NAGCAS)
  • Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2011.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, United Kingdom, 2003.
  • BA (Hons) First Class in Business Studies, United Kingdom, 1994.


Recent Research Grants

  • Sustainable Graduate Accounting and Finance Career Pathways: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach,  CPA Australia,  Global Research Perspectives Program,  2020 - 2021,  $30,829.
  • Equity Implications of Non-ATAR Pathways: Access, Academic Outcomes and Work-Readiness,  Curtin University,  NCSEHE - National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education - Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $12,000.
  • Enabling the development of enterprise skills among higher education students through work integrated learning (WIL) in co-working spaces.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Engagement Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $121,453.
  • Enhancing graduate employability through the development of a capabilities/skills framework and supervisor assessment tools to standardise industry feedback and inform work-integrated learning curriculum design.,  Australian Business Deans Council,  Grant,  2018 - 2020,  $9,994.
  • The impact of technology on the desired skill-sets and recruitment of early career accountants,  CPA Australia,  Global Research Perspectives Program,  2020,  $9,088.
  • Enabling students to make sense of their fit in the new economy,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme – 2017 Round 2,  2018 - 2019,  $3,200.
  • Developing Social Network Capabilities for Graduate Employability ,  Graduate Careers Australia,  Graduate Research Program,  2017 - 2019,  $10,860.
  • Augmenting career development learning and professional identify development through post-practicum interventions,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Innovation and Development Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $4,350.
  • Enhancing graduate capabilities in innovation and entrepreneurial mindset in the contemporary working environment,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $3,570.
  • Gauging and developing innovative capabilities in Accounting and Finance graduates,  Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand,  AFAANZ - Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $3,500.
  • Enhancing Work-Integrated Learning outcomes among international students in Australia,  Australian Collaborative Education Network,  Grant,  2014 - 2016,  $10,000.
  • Working together to achieve better Work Integrated Learning outcomes: Improving productivity through better employer involvement,  Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry,  PET Industry Initiatives Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $25,000.
  • From university to the workplace: A pilot study investigating the transfer of non-technical skills in business graduates to the organisation.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2013,  $21,274.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Pham, T., Jackson, D., (2020), The need to develop employability for a globalized world. Developing and utilizing employability capitals – graduates’ strategies across labour markets, 21-40, Abingdon, England, Routledge.
  • Jackson, D., Trede, F., (2020), The Role of Reflection After Placement Experiences to Develop Self-Authorship Among Higher Education Students. Enriching Higher Education Students' Learning through Post-work Placement Interventions, 189-208, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-48062-2_11.
  • Pham, T., Jackson, D., (2020), Employability and determinants of employment outcomes. Developing and utilizing employability capitals – graduates’ strategies across labour markets, 237-255, Abingdon, England, Routledge.
  • Jackson, D., Orrell, J., (2020), Institutional Arrangements and Student Engagement Supporting Post-practicum Interventions. Enriching Higher Education Students' Learning through Post-work Placement Interventions, 25-44, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-48062-2_2.
  • Jackson, D., Orrell, J., Valencia-Forrester, F., Billett, S., (2020), The Educational Worth of Post-practicum Processes and Contributions and in Prospect. Enriching Higher Education Students' Learning through Post-work Placement Interventions, 293-311, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-48062-2_16.
  • Bridgstock, R., Grant-Iramu, M., Bilsland, C., Tofa, M., Lloyd, K., Jackson, D., (2019), Going beyond "getting a job": Graduates’ narratives and lived experiences of employability and their career development. Education for Employability (Volume 2): Learning for Future Possibilities, 89-104, Leiden, Netherlands, Brill.
  • Bridgstock, R., Jackson, D., Lloyd, K., Tofa, M., (2019), Social connectedness and graduate employability: Exploring the professional networks of graduates from business and creative industries. Higher Education and the Future of Graduate Employability: A Connectedness Learning Approach, 70-90, Cheltenham, England, Edward Elgar Publishing, DOI: 10.4337/9781788972611.00012.
  • Wilkins, H., Jackson, D., (2016), Strategies for Graduate Success. Business Management for the Curious, 112-124, Franklin, ACT, The Curious Academic Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Jackson, D., (2020), The changing nature of graduate roles and the value of the degree. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 2020(Article in press), 1-16, DOI:
  • Jackson, D., Bridgstock, R., (2020), What actually works to enhance graduate employability? The relative value of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular learning and paid work. Higher Education, 2020(Article in press), 1-17, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-020-00570-x.
  • Jackson, D., Tomlinson, M., (2020), Investigating the relationship between career planning, proactivity and employability perceptions among higher education students in uncertain labour market conditions. Higher Education, 80(3), 435-455, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-019-00490-5.
  • Jackson, D., Meek, S., (2020), Embedding work-integrated learning into accounting education: the state of play and pathways to future implementation. Accounting Education: An International Journal, 2020(Article in press), 23p., United Kingdom, DOI:
  • Jackson, D., (2020), Applying academic selection criterion to work-integrated learning programs: Risk management or perpetuating inequality?. Teaching in Higher Education, 25(1), 98-115, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2018.1541884.
  • Jackson, D., (2020), Gauging the development of innovative capabilities in Accounting and Finance students: Can they drive the national innovation agenda?. Accounting and Finance, 60(3), 2689-2715, DOI: 10.1111/acfi.12371.
  • Jackson, D., (2020), Accounting and Finance Graduate Employment Outcomes: Underemployment, Self‐employment and Managing Diversity. Australian Accounting Review, 30(3), 193-205, DOI: 10.1111/auar.12256.
  • Jackson, D., Fleming, J., Rowe, A., (2019), Enabling the transfer of skills and knowledge across classroom and work contexts. Vocations and Learning, 12(3), 459-478, DOI:
  • Trede, F., Jackson, D., (2019), Educating the deliberate professional and enhancing professional agency through post-WIL peer reflection. Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019(Article in press), 1-17, DOI: 10.1177/1469787419869125.
  • Jackson, D., Edgar, S., (2019), Encouraging students to draw on work experiences when articulating achievements and capabilities to enhance employability. Australian Journal of Career Development, 28(1), 39-50, DOI: 10.1177/1038416218790571.
  • Jackson, D., (2019), Students’ and their Supervisors’ Evaluations on Professional Identity in Work Placements. Vocations and Learning, 12(2), 245-266, DOI: 10.1007/s12186-018-9207-1.
  • Bridgstock, R., Jackson, D., (2019), Strategic institutional approaches to graduate employability: Navigating meanings, measurements, and what really matters. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 41(5), 478-484, DOI:
  • Jackson, D., Tomlinson, M., (2019), Career values and proactive career behaviour among contemporary higher education students. Journal of Education and Work, 32(5), 449-464, DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2019.1679730.
  • Jackson, D., Bridgstock, R., (2019), Evidencing student success and career outcomes among Business and Creative Industries graduates. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 41(5), 451-467, DOI:
  • Tomlinson, M., Jackson, D., (2019), Professional identity formation in contemporary higher education students. Studies in Higher Education, 2019(Article in press), 1-17, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2019.1659763.
  • Jackson, D., (2019), Student Perceptions of the Development of Work Readiness in Australian Undergraduate Programs. Journal of College Student Development, 60(2), 219-239, DOI: 10.1353/csd.2019.0020.
  • Jackson, D., (2018), Challenges and strategies for assessing student workplace performance during work-integrated learning. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 43(4), 555-570, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2017.1378618.
  • Jackson, D., (2018), Developing graduate career-readiness in Australia: Shifting from extra-curricular internships to work-integrated learning. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 19(1), 23-35.
  • Jackson, D., Collings, D., (2018), The influence of Work-Integrated Learning and paid work during studies on graduate employment and underemployment. Higher Education, 76(3), 403-425, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-017-0216-z.
  • Jackson, D., Bridgstock, R., (2018), Evidencing student success and graduate employability in the contemporary world-of-work: renewing our thinking. Higher Education Research and Development, 37(5), 984-998, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2018.1469603.
  • Jackson, D., Wilton, N., (2017), Perceived employability among undergraduates and the importance of career self-management, work experience and individual characteristics. Higher Education Research and Development, 36(4), 747-762, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1229270.
  • Jackson, D., (2017), Exploring the challenges experienced by international students during work-integrated learning in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 37(3), 344-359, DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2017.1298515.
  • Jackson, D., Wilton, N., (2017), Career choice status among undergraduates and the influence of career management competencies and perceived employability. Journal of Education and Work, 30(5), 552-569, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2016.1255314.
  • Jackson, D., Ferns, S., Rowbottom, D., McLaren, D., (2017), Improving the work-integrated learning experience through a third-party advisory service. International Journal of Training Research, 15(2), 160-178, Melbourne, Victoria, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14480220.2016.1259005.
  • Jackson, D., Rowbottom, D., Ferns, S., McLaren, D., (2017), Employer understanding of Work-Integrated Learning and the challenges of engaging in work placement opportunities. Studies in Continuing Education, 39(1), 35-51, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2016.1228624.
  • Jackson, D., (2017), Using work-integrated learning to enhance career planning among business undergraduates. Australian Journal of Career Development, 26(3), 153-164, DOI: 10.1177/1038416217727124.
  • Jackson, D., (2017), Developing pre-professional identity in undergraduates through work-integrated learning. Higher Education, 74(5 ), 833-853, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-016-0080-2.
  • Jackson, D., (2016), Re-conceptualising graduate employability: the importance of pre-professional identity. Higher Education Research and Development, 35(5), 925-939, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1139551.
  • Jackson, D., (2016), Deepening industry engagement with international students through Work-Integrated Learning. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 42(1), 38-62.
  • Standing, C., Jackson, D., Larsen, A., Suseno, Y., Fulford, R., Gengatharen, D., (2016), Enhancing individual innovation in organisations: a review of the literature. International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 19(1), 44-62, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2016.073288.
  • Jackson, D., (2016), Skill mastery and the formation of graduate identity in Bachelor graduates: evidence from Australia. Studies in Higher Education, 41(7), 1313-1332, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2014.981515.
  • Jackson, D., Michelson, G., (2016), PhD-educated employees and skill development: Evidence from PhD graduates. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 42(1), 110-138.
  • Jackson, D., Wilton, N., (2016), Career management attitudes among business undergraduates. Australian Journal of Career Development, 25(1), 7-22, DOI: 10.1177/1038416215604002.
  • Jackson, D., Wilton, N., (2016), The development of career management competencies among undergraduates and the role of Work-Integrated Learning. Teaching in Higher Education, 21(3), 266-286, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2015.1136281.
  • Jackson, D., (2016), Modelling graduate skill transfer from university to the workplace. Journal of Education and Work, 29(2), 199-231, DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2014.907486.

Conference Publications

  • Jackson, D., Fleming, J., Rowe, A., (2018), Student transfer of skills and knowledge across university and work contexts. Refereed Proceedings of the 3rd International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Stuttgart, Germany, 65-73, Hamilton, New Zealand, World Association for Cooperative Education.
  • Jackson, D., (2017), The impact of work-integrated learning on career planning among business students. New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education 2017 Conference Proceedings, 23-26.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Mental health and help-seeking among fly-in fly-out employees in the Western Australian mining industry
  • Master of Business by Research,  The influence of human capital factors, individual factors and study characteristics on graduates' full-time employment and perceived overqualification
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