Hi, I’m Claire Wright.

Business historian.
DECRA Fellow.

Currently researching the first history of Australian women in corporate leadership.

I want to make the world a more equal and prosperous place through innovative research and evidence-based practice.

I’m interested in the way interpersonal connections affect knowledge, markets, and business strategy, focussing particularly on Australian corporate networks and diversity in leadership. I have contributed widely to national and international journals in history, economics, urban studies and management, and am the author of Australian 

Economic History: Transformations of an Interdisciplinary Field (ANU Press, 2022). I am currently an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow (2022-25) at the University of Technology Sydney, working on the first history of Australia’s corporate women across the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.









Australian Economic History: Transformations of an interdisciplinary field

In a time of pandemics, war and climate change, fostering knowledge that transcends disciplinary boundaries is more important than ever. Economic history is one of the world’s oldest interdisciplinary fields, with its prosperity dependent on connection and relevance to disciplinary behemoths economics and history.

Australian Economic History is the first history of an interdisciplinary field in Australia, and the first to set the field’s progress within the structures of Australian universities. It highlights the lived experience of doing interdisciplinary research, and how scholars have navigated the opportunities and challenges of this form of knowledge.

These lessons are vital for those seeking to develop robust interdisciplinary conversations now and in the future.

I love talking about ideas, data, pedagogy, and collaborations. My research and teaching focusses on leadership, diversity, networks, higher education policy, the professions, Australian history and intellectual history. I look forward to hearing from you!



ARC DECRA Fellow at UTS Business School


I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. In particular, I acknowledge that I live and work on the unceded lands of the Dharawal and Gadigal people. This always was, and always will be Aboriginal land. I pay my respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples today.

All thoughts and opinions posted on this website are my own, and not reflective of the institutions I may represent.

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