Dr Ning Xiang is an experienced researcher with multi-disciplinary training background. She is a research assistant in the Employment and Education program group at ISSR and is currently working  on the national evaluation of the Australian Government’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme and the follow-up ARC Linkage project, Millennium Mums Survey.

Prior to joining ISSR in 2010, Ning completed her PhD in social psychology at the UQ. Through the lens of the social identity approach and an organisational justice perspective, her doctoral program of research investigated how anti-norm leaders can mitigate negative responses from their group members when they wish to lead their group towards the prescriptive norms of an outgroup. To this end, she designed and conducted 6 pilot tests and 6 experimental studies to explore two plausible moderators and two potential mediators underlying the effects.  

Research Interests:

  • Social Identity Approach
  • Anti-norm Leaders
  • Middle Management
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Publications

    Tomaszewski, W., Perales, F., & Xiang, N. (2017). Career guidance, school experiences and the University participation of young people from low socio-economic backgrounds. International Journal of Educational Research, 85C, 11-23.

    Xiang, N., Zadoroznyj, M., Tomaszewski, W., & Martin, B. (2016). Timing of Return to Work and Breastfeeding in Australia. Pediatrics, 137(6), e20153883.

    Martin, B., & Xiang, N. (2015). The Australian retirement income system: Structure, effects and future. Work, Aging and Retirement, 1(2), 133-143.

    Martin, B., Baird, M., Brady, M., Broadway, B., Hewitt, B., Kalb, G., . . . Xiang, N. (2014). PPL Evaluation: Final Report. Retrieved from Brisbane: https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/programmes-services/paid-parental-leave-scheme/paid-parental-leave-evaluation

    ‘Paid Parental Leave evaluation: Phase 1’, Occasional Paper Series 44, 2012, Australian Government Department of Social Services, Canberra.

    ‘Developing an Effective Homelessness Workforce’ (2012). Research report for the then Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


    Conference presentation:

    ‘Paid Parental Leave in Australia: Baby Bonus versus PPL’ (2013) presented on Community Work and Family Conference, Sydney, July 2013.


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Research Assistant

  • PhD in Psychology (UQ)
  • MSc In International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management (LSE)
  • MEd in Applied Psychology (PKU)
  • BEc (BPU)