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Mark Gatto


Department: Newcastle Business School

I am a PhD researcher interested in the experiences of working parents as a context of gender inequity and social injustice in organisations. My research uses masculinities theory and unconventional writing (such as fictionalisation and autoethnography) to problematize the gender binaries which contribute to the ‘breadwinner’ and ‘motherhood penalty’ cultural constructions. I am interested in the application of dystopian fiction, as a uniquely speculative and critical genre, to inform and inspire my methodology as a process of blurring the lines between fiction and reality. Dystopian Fiction also inspires my research aspiration to ‘subvert’ of the norms of gender imbalance for working parents. I use Critical Discourse Analysis to review layers of discourse from Micro to Macro and look for examples of patriarchal ideology that influences individual and collective decisions surrounding parenting. My goal is to promote more equitable parental experiences in the workplace through shifting individual and organisational lenses of culture and policy. As a research associate, I am also interested in cultural research promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in higher education and working with students as partners to seek creative approaches to enhancing our shared culture.

Mark Gatto

Key Publications


  • Human Resource Management MA December 01 2017
  • Management Studies City andGuildsLevel 5 January 04 2016
  • Literature MA (Hons) November 30 2009
  • English BA (Hons) June 26 2008

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