Dr Sarah Bankins

Dr Sarah Bankins


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
  • Innovation champions and promotors
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  • Organisational Structures and Design
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Psychological contracts

Fields of Research

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

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School



Year Award
2013 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
University of Newcastle

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 Doctor 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 Doctor 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


Total current UON EFTSL


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Examining the Antecedents and Consequences of Psychological Contract Fulfilment in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Uganda PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Hidden Champions in Germany and Australia: What can Australia Learn from Germany's Experience in Innovation Management? PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Investigating Innovation Champions in the Nonprofit Sector PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Sarah Bankins


Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

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


Building Business Offices
Location Ourimbah campus
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258