Imogen Sykes-Bridge

Imogen Sykes-Bridge

Meet Imogen, one of CBE’s HDR Student Representatives. She is a PhD candidate with the Research School of Management, studying organisational behaviour. Her areas of interest include older workers, work motivation and employee-organisational relationships.

Imogen would love to hear from fellow HDR candidates – get in touch to talk about your HDR experiences or suggestions for improvements.

30 MARCH 2022

What originally got you interested in your current field of research? 

Both my parents are long-term public servants and were managing people since before I can remember. Many conversations we’d have over the dinner table were about their work – managing teams, motivating people and fixing problems. I remember being fascinated with all the different facets of organisational working life. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology because of my interest in people and their behaviour. I was lucky enough to do my honours research project in organisational psychology, and that’s when things clicked! I realised I really wanted to pursue research in the area of organisational behaviour and management psychology, and here I am.

When you're not working, how do you like to spend your time?

I am an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, and I love music. I play the violin, often with orchestras here in Canberra, and sing in choirs when I can find the time. I also enjoy bush walking and exploring Canberra’s many parks and reserves.   

What's one thing about you that surprises people?

I speak another language. I learned French from a young age through an immersive program at school, and I’ve kept that knowledge to this day. I particularly enjoy French literature and poetry. Interestingly, I’ve found that the grammatical skills I acquired through learning another language have really improved my understanding and appreciation of English. It has also helped immensely when travelling.

Is there anything you would like to share with your fellow HDR candidates?

As a representative of HDR student interests at the University, I would love to hear from my fellow HDR candidates. Please contact me if you’d like to meet and talk about your HDR experiences or suggestions for improvements. Otherwise, my inbox is always open so feel free to get in touch.