Dr Sarah Bankins

Dr Sarah Bankins

Conjoint Lecturer

Newcastle Business School

Career Summary


Dr Sarah Bankins joined the Newcastle Business School as a Lecturer in 2012, after completing her PhD at the Queensland University of Technology. Sarah previously held roles in both human resources and workforce capability areas in the Queensland public sector. She has also held research assistant posts at QUT and Macquarie University. Sarah's research work focuses on psychological contracting in organisations and she currently coordinates and teaches courses in the management discipline.

Research Expertise
My research involves three areas that I research both separately and jointly - all connected by a focus on people at work. The first research area explores psychological contracting in the workplace and understanding how the employee-employer exchange unfolds over time. The second area focuses on exploring the people dimensions of innovation, including how and why individuals engage in innovative behaviours in the workplace and how individuals influence the innovation process, with a particular focus on the role of innovation champions and promotors. The third area explores employee well-being in the workplace and understanding how employees derive and create meaning from their work, with a focus on concepts stemming from positive organisational scholarship. 


  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business (Management), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, University of Newcastle


  • Employee well-being
  • Psychological contracts
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation champions and promotors
  • Organisational Structures and Design

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150307 Innovation and Technology Management 50
150311 Organisational Behaviour 50



Year Award
2013 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
University of Newcastle


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Kriz A, Bankins S, Molloy C, 'Readying a region: temporally exploring the development of an Australian regional quadruple helix', R&D Management, 48 25-43 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/radm.12294
2017 Bankins S, Molloy C, Kriz A, Denness B, 'Innovation Agents in the Public Sector: Applying Champion and Promotor Theory to Explore Innovation in the Australian Public Service', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 76 122-137 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1467-8500.12198
2015 Bankins SM, 'A process perspective on psychological contract change: Making sense of, and repairing, psychological contract breach and violation through employee coping actions', Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36 1071-1095 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/job.2007
2014 Bankins S, 'Delving into promises: Conceptually exploring the beliefs constituting the contemporary psychological contract', Journal of Management & Organization, 20 544-566 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/jmo.2014.42
2011 Bankins S, 'Tracking employees' twists and turns: Describing a mixed methods approach to assessing change in the psychological contract', International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 5 351-366 (2011) [C1]

The psychological contract is a key analytical device utilised by both academics and practitioners to conceptualise and explore the dynamics of the employment relationship. Howeve... [more]

The psychological contract is a key analytical device utilised by both academics and practitioners to conceptualise and explore the dynamics of the employment relationship. However, despite the recognised import of the construct, some authors suggest that its empirical investigation has fallen into a 'methodological rut' and is neglecting to assess key tenets of the concept, such as its temporal and dynamic nature. This paper describes the research design of a longitudinal, mixed methods study which draws upon the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry in order to explore the development of, and changes in, the psychological contract. Underpinned by a critical realist philosophy, the paper seeks to offer a research design suitable for exploring the process of change not only within the psychological contract domain, but also for similar constructs in the human resource management and broader organisational behaviour fields. © 2008-2012 eContent Management.

DOI 10.5172/mra.2011.5.3.351
Citations Scopus - 1
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Bankins SM, 'Employee as time traveller: Temporally extending the notion of sensemaking', London, UK (2016)
2013 Molloy C, Bankins SM, Kriz A, 'Understanding innovation champions in social enterprises: Towards a conceptual framework', The Proceedings of the 6th ISPIM Innovation Symposium, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [E1]
2012 Bankins SM, 'When employment relationships turn sour: Employees' strategies to remediate the effects of psychological contract breach and violation', Compilation of Abstracts. The Second Psychological Contact Group Meeting 2012, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
2012 Bankins SM, Waterhouse JM, 'Organisational identity, image, branding and reputation: Examining the relevance to human resource management in public sector organisations', International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) XVI Conference, Rome, Italy (2012) [E2]
Co-authors Jennifer Waterhouse
2010 Bankins SM, 'Expectations, obligations or promises? A conceptual review and revision of the beliefs comprising the psychological contract', Proceedings of the 24th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Managing for Unknowable Futures, Adelaide (2010) [E1]
2010 Bankins SM, 'Tracking employees' twists and turns: a mixed methods approach to assessing change in the psychological contract', Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Madrid (2010) [E1]
2008 Bankins SM, Waterhouse J, Puchala N, 'Closing the gap: the next steps for the interaction of corporate reputation and psychological contract development', Proceedings of the 22nd Annual British Academy of Management Conference, Harrogate (2008) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 3
Total funding $30,000

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20161 grants / $10,000

Regional Innovation Management - Understanding and developing the innovation capabilities of key agents$10,000

Funding body: Northern Tasmania Development

Funding body Northern Tasmania Development
Project Team Dr ANTON Kriz, Doctor Sarah Bankins
Scheme Research Consultancy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601175
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL

20132 grants / $20,000

Re-design of the current annual ‘Tenants’ Survey’$15,000

Funding body: Pacific Link Housing

Funding body Pacific Link Housing
Project Team Dr ANTON Kriz, Doctor Sarah Bankins
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300591
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG

Exploring the Development of the Psychological Contract$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sarah Bankins
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300664
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Investigating Innovation Champions in the Nonprofit Sector PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Sarah Bankins


Conjoint Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email sarah.bankins@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4132
Fax (02) 4348 4101


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Location Ourimbah campus
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Ourimbah, NSW 2258