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Troy Sarina

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  • Title: Doctor
  • Position: Lecturer - Department of Marketing and Management
  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences), Bachelor Of Laws (Hons ), PhD

Contact Details

Areas of Expertise

  • Employment relations
  • Employee participation and non-union voice
  • Workplace Law
  • Change management


Troy's research interests include strategic employment relations, alternative forms of employee representation and labour law. His thesis examined the connection between the regulation of non-union collective bargaining under Australian workplace laws and the use of alternative forms of employee voice. More broadly, Troy has a keen interest in working at the intersection of organizational change management and labour law reform.

Troy teaches at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is currently teaching in the areas of Research methods, Change management & sustainability, Applied Human resource Management and Labour Law.

Prior to working at the university, Troy has had a number of senior industrial relations and people management roles within the Australian retail and airline industries.

Research awards

  • Student Experience, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, 2013.


journal toggle icon open Refereed Journal Articles

  • Sarina T and Lansbury R (2013) Flying High and Low? Strategic Choice and Employment Relations at Qantas and Jetstar, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resource Management, 51, pp: 437-453.
  • Sarina T (2012) The Challenges of a Representation Gap: Australian Experiments in Promoting Industrial Citizenship', Berekely Industrial Relations, Vol 52, pp. 397-418
  • Sarina T (2009) 'Does bargaining in good faith make good sense?', Australian Institute of Employment Rights, vol.2:April, pp. 14-15
  • Sarina T and Riley J (2007) 'Industrial Legislation in 2006', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.49:3, pp. 345-61
  • Riley J and Sarina T (2006) ': Industrial legislation in 2005 (This was republished as a chapter in Hall, Richard (ed) Industrial Relations: A Current Review, Sage, UK, 2006)', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.48:3, pp. 341-55
  • Smith B, Riley J and Sarina T (2005) 'Industrial Legislation in 2004', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.47:2, pp. 171-85

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  • Sarina T (2013) 'Cooperative law in Australia' chapter 8 in International Handbook of Cooperative Law, edited by Cracogna D, Fici A and Henry H,  Springer Verlag, ISBN 978-3-642-30128-5
  • Riley J and Sarina T (2008) 'The New Conflict Managers: A Critical Assessment of ADR under Work Choices' in New employment actors: developments in Australia, ed. G Michelson, S Jamieson and J Burgess, Peter Lang, New York, United States
  • Kerr M and Sarina T (2006) 'The Road Less Travelled: Country Road's Venture in Global Markets' in Cases in Strategy and Management, ed. L Cutcher and N Wailes, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, Australia
  • Sarina T (2006) 'Introduction to Chapter 13: "Dispute Resolution"' in Work Choices: A Guide to the 2005 Changes, ed. J Riley and K Peterson, Thompson LBC, Sydney, Australia

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  • Sarina T and Fici A (2014), A Comparative analysis between Australian and Italian Cooperative Law, International Cooperative Law: themes and perspectives (Accepted book chapter due for publication 2014)

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  • Sarina, T (2013) Globalisation of a national carrier: The changing nature of regulation in shaping employment relations at Qantas Airways, presented at the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN) Inaugural Conference, Pompeu Fabra University, June 2013
  • Sarina T (2013), Challenging the role of the Corporation: A comparative analysis of the development of  Cooperative Law in Australia and Italy, presented at the International Co-operatives Conference, Sydney University, July 2013
  • Sarina T & Wright, C (2013), Legal contradiction, organisational fragmentation and the implications for employment relations in the global aviation market: A case study of Qantas Airways, presented at the Inaugural Aviation Symposium held by GARN, Applied Finance Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney, December 2013
  • Sarina T (2013), Strategies for success in hyper competitive environments, presented at the Partnering for Success: Macquarie University Key Partners Conference, Langkawi, Malaysia, December 2013
  • Sarina T and Lansbury R (2009) 'Strategic Choice and Employment Relations in Australian Airlines: A case of convergence?', Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA 2009 'The New World of Work, Organisations and Employment', Sydney, Australia, 27th August 2009
  • Sarina T (2008) 'Bargaining at its Best? Non-union collective bargaining in Australia', Annual general meeting of Australian Senior Human Resource Roundtable (ASHRR), Sydney, Australia, 13th August 2008
  • Riley J and Sarina T (2006) 'The new conflict managers: A critical assessment of alternative dispute resolution methods under Work Choices', The New Actors and Institutions in Australian and New Zealand Industrial Relations Conference, Sydney, Australia, 3rd November 2006
  • Sarina T (2006) 'Decentralisation of collective labour relations: The emergence of non-union collective bargaining within Australia', European Social Science History Conference 2006, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 25th March 2006
  • Sarina T (2005) 'The Call for reform: explanations for the introduction of non-union collective agreement making', Ninth National Labour History Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2nd July 2005

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  • 2011 Honours student, Sahrine Maidir; Thesis: Examining contributing factors to high commitment workplaces in the financial sector of Brunei.


Seminar Paper/s

  • Sarina T and Wailes N 2006 'Country Report: Australia, The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions seminar on the Internationalisation of Industrial Relations at the Global Company Level, International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) Conference, Lima, Peru, 14 September 2006

Contributions to the Profession

  • “The Final Frontier? Reflections on the decentralized approach to employment regulation in America”. Available at Worksite: Issues in workplace relations (2008).

Research interests

  • Statutory forms of non-union employee voice
  • Labour Negotiation theory and practice
  • Employment Relations
  • Organisational Strategy development Implementation


Troy is currently investigating the connection between employment relation strategies and negotiation practices in the Australian airline industry. He is also examining the impact that recent changes to collective agreement making provisions under the Fair Work Act (2009) have had on employer collective bargaining strategies across a number of key sectors in the Australian economy including banking & finance, manufacturing and Aviation.

Troy is also participating in research investigating the connection between employee voice and organizational performance.

Teaching Interests

  • Change Management and Sustainability
  • Applied Human Resource Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Labour Law
  • Negotiation theory and practice

Lecturing and Tutoring

  • Honours Supervisor
  • Change management and sustainability (HRM 317)
  • Applied Human Resource Management (HRM 328)

Professional Affiliations

  • Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)
  • European Academy of Management (EURAM)
  • Industrial Relations Society (IRS)
  • Australian Senior Human Resource Roundtable (ASHRR)
  • Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH)

Professional Activities

  • Department representative on the NSW Industrial Relations Advisory Board
  • Participant on the Australian Senior Human Resource Roundtable (ASHRR)
  • Contributor to professional bodies including the Australian Institute of Employment Rights

Overview of Academic Employment

Troy was a lecturer in employment relations and change management at the Business School, University of Sydney from 2009 to 2010. In this role he taught in the areas of International Human Resource Management, Business Strategy, Management and Labour Law. Troy joined Macquarie University in February 2011.