Marion CarterPhD Candidate - Submitted PhD 2018



Centre for Change Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Business and management studies, the construction of care value in the political economy, the management of health and care in contemporary society, the socio-cultural impact of technology, immaterial and emotional labour, post-structural research and discourse analysis


"Aged Care Labour Value in the Political Economy: The Expropriation of Affective Labour"


Professor David Marsh, Associate Professor Paul Fawcett


Marion holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Master of Science in International Management both from the University of Roehampton, London. During the candidature of her PhD at the University of Canberra, she gained extensive teaching experience at the Faculty of Business, Government and Law in business studies and sociology. Before commencing her tertiary education, Marion trained and worked as an industrial clerk at Airbus, former European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, in Ulm, Germany.

Academic Qualifications

  • MSc International Management (2013), University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
  • BSc International Business (2012), University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
  • Industrial Clerk Traineeship (2007), graduated from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Ulm, Germany
PhD Project

Title: Aged Care Labour Value in the Political Economy: The Expropriation of Affective Labour

Supervisory Panel: Professor David Marsh, Associate Professor Paul Fawcett

Project Overview:

Marion recently submitted her thesis examining differing perceptions of the value of care labour with respect to the elderly in Australia. Given ageing populations, the value associated with caring for the elderly is an important question and subject to public and political debate. Thus, the project unpacks the way aged care labour is valued in Australia’s political economy, to show how neoliberalism, with its focus on efficiency, cost and measurable care tasks, dominates the value construct of care labour. It highlights the difference between the value aged care labour creates within society and the way the aged care sector values this labour in return. Her research is interdisciplinary and draws together different areas including business studies, politics and sociology. 

The analysis of interviews and documents evaluated different voices and discourses within the provision of elderly care and aged care policy to argue for the partial and so mis-value of aged care labour. This results in the exclusion of emotional labour and care in the political economy, where nursing and care work is determined by quantifiable and measurable care tasks, that inform aged care policy and funding. Thus, Marion’s thesis argues that neoliberal value fails to recognise affective, emotional labour that makes nursing and caring so valuable.  



  • Carter, D. and M. Tauschek (2013) “The End of Labour Law: Reflecting on Current Issues in the United Kingdom”. Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship, 6(2), pp. 37-91. 
  • Carter, D. & Tauschek, M., (2014), The (Other) Post-Structural Reality of Accounting: Necessary and Impossibility, in Azevedo, R. (eds.), The Professional Accountant: Career Development, Perceptions and their Role

Presentations and Conferences:

  • Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) ACT Annual Division Meeting (2017) PhD Research Presentation: Perceptions of the Value of Care Labour with Respect to the Elderly in Australia, Canberra, September 2017
  • Interpretive Policy Analysis [IPA] Conference (2017), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  • Australian Political Studies Association [APSA] Conference (2015), University of Canberra, The Purchase of ‘Social Life Itself’, Canberra, September 2015


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