Project researchers

Lead CI: James Goodman, UTS

Associate Professor James Goodman is lecturer in the Social and Political Sciences Program of the UTS School of Communication, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, where he has worked since 1999. He researches drivers for social and political change in Australia and internationally using conceptual tools derived from political sociology and political economy. Goodman has solid experience in managing large projects as lead CI for two large ARC Discovery projects: ‘The Coal Rush and Beyond’, $540,000, with five Cls and 2 PIs; and ‘Chaos, Technology, Global Administration and Daily Life’, $622,000, with three Cls. He has also been co-CI on a further ARCDP, ‘Mapping Justice Globalism’ and participated in other funded projects. He has a strong record in delivering planned research outputs. Three recently-published co­ authored books all arise from collaborative funded research, namely: Justice Globalism: Ideology, Crises, Policy (2013, Sage); Climate Upsurge: An Ethnography of Climate Movement Politics (2014, Routledge); Disorder and the Disinformation Society (2015, Routledge).

Goodman has published 28 refereed journal articles, 19 book chapters and 13 books (seven edited, three co-authored, two single-authored). His research has directly engaged with the changing world of work, and the role of various stakeholders in influencing that change. His book on the ‘Disinformation Society’ engaged with the impacts of technological change on forms of work, reflecting on the concept of ‘immaterial labour’ by knowledge workers such as academics. His research into ‘Justice Globalism’ directly addressed questions of workplace rights and justice in a cross-national context. Other publications have, for instance, have reported on research into relationships between transnational corporations and global trade unions, and the question of responsibility for supply chains in a globalizing production systems.

From 2004 Goodman worked with Keiko Yasukawa and Tony Brown, co-investigators in this project, to design and carry out survey research and interview-based research into the work and life experiences of academic casuals. Findings were published in a feature article by Campus Review, in a Report for the NTEU National Council, and also by Academy of the Social Sciences in 2008 in its journal Dialogue (Brown, Goodman, Yasukawa 2008). In 2009 the Federal Government’s Bradley Review relied on the Dialogue article in its assessment of the impact of teaching casualisation in the sector. A more detailed account of the findings was published in the A-rated Journal Industrial Relations (Brown, Goodman, Yasukawa 2010). The research had an important influence in the national policy of the university’s trade union, the NTEU, towards the creation of career pathways for long-term casual academics. As noted, this has borne fruit, sector-wide, with most universities in Australia now creating a large number of new teaching-intensive continuing STF positions specifically for casually­ employed staff.


Keiko Yasukawa, UTS

Dr Keiko Yasukawa is a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. Throughout her academic career, she has worked in the nexus of education policy, research and practice. In her early years at UTS, as an Educational Developer, she coordinated the redesign and restructure of the flagship undergraduate engineering course in response to a national review of engineering education. She also introduced major pedagogical innovations in engineering to reflect the ‘culture change’ in engineering education sought by industry and community stakeholders. In more recent years, her work has focused on teacher education, research and policy advocacy through professional engagement in the adult and vocational education and training sector.

She has been leading the teacher education of adult literacy and numeracy teachers, and has undertaken national projects funded by the DEEWR (with Dr Steve Black) and the NCVER (with Dr Tony Brown & Dr Steve Black) on literacy and numeracy pedagogies in VET and workplaces – a policy priority at the time of these research projects (2009-2012). She is a member of the Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group, and through this group contributed to policy advocacy and debates on the quality issues facing the VET sector. She is a CI in a current ARC Linkage project being led by Erica Smith from Federation University examining the effects of VET teachers’ qualification levels and VET system quality. She has been co-investigator and co-author with Goodman and Brown researching casualisation in the university sector (Brown, Goodman, Yasukawa 2008, 2010). Her publications in the last 5 years include 7 academic book chapters, and 22 peer reviewed journal articles.


Tony Brown, University of Canberra

Dr Tony Brown is an Associate Professor in Adult, Community and Higher Education at the University of Canberra, and previously at the School of Education, UTS. He has a very strong track record in the field of adult education, and in 2012 was granted an Australian Award for University Teaching, with a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. The citation was for ‘continued innovative curriculum and teaching contribution to critical learning in postgraduate studies in adult education’. He is author of twenty-four refereed journal articles, three book chapters and two books. He has played an instrumental role in building successful research collaborations, including research into casual academic employment with co-Cis James Goodman and Keiko Yasukawa. Other relevant collaborations include an investigation into adaptive practices of Adult & Community Education (ACE) organisations in NSW with Geof Hawke and Keiko Yasukawa; a further study with Keiko Yasukawa and Stephen Black followed in 2011 under the nationally­ competitive NCVER grant program ‘Investigating the crisis: Production workers’ literacy and numeracy practices’, where collaborative partnerships were developed with Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) and three manufacturing companies where field work was conducted. A series of peer reviewed Journal articles were published arising from the research as well as presentations (including Brown, Yasukawa and Black 2014; Yasukawa, Brown and Black 2014). .


Anne Junor, UNSW

Associate Professor Anne Junor is Deputy Director of the UNSW Industrial Relations Research Centre in the Australian School of Business, UNSW, and Editor in Chief of the international journal The Economic and Labour Relations Review. She brings twenty years of experience as a human resource management academic responsible for leading and managing large research projects with key industry partners. Her ARC projects are directly relevant to the proposed project, most notably an ARC Strategic Partnership in which she was co-CI with Iain Campbell, ‘Casual Professionals? New Work Time and Contractual Arrangements in the Education Industry’ (2001-04). More recent ARC grants explore directly relevant themes, such as a Discovery investigating the ‘new public management’ in Australia and the UK (2003-06), an ARC Linkage focused on skills recognition (2011-14) and another ARC Linkage on aviation and aerospace industry skills (2011-14). She regularly undertakes contract research to assist organisations in identifying and building under-recognised workforce skills. Through research funded by the NZ Department of Labour in 2006-2008, she developed job analysis and tacit skill recognition tools, which she then applied in projects for the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency in2011, the 2010-201 2 social and community service workers’ equal pay case, a university Division of Finance and Operations in 2011-2014 (‘Building Professional Skills’) and a large NGO in 2015 (‘Tacit skills, position descriptions and career paths’).

Her work is widely published: she has authored three books, six scholarly book chapters and nineteen refereed journal articles. Her current article for Sociology Compass, ‘Stages of the social construction of skill: revisiting debates over service skill recognition’, is directly relevant to this project, as is her 2004 article, ‘Casual university work: Choice, risk, inequity and the case for regulation’, for Economic and Labour Relations Review, which conducted a sector-wide survey and set the agenda for research on casualisation in the Higher Education sector in Australia.


Kaye Broadbent, Griffith University

Dr Kaye Broadbent is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Employment Relations & Human Resources at the Griffith Business School, Griffith University (from 2003). She researches gender and work in the Asia-Pacific and has developed a strong focus on gender and insecure work in the Australian university sector. In 2008 she was part of a team (including with Glenda Strachan) awarded an ARC Linkage grant on ‘Gender and Employment Equity: Strategies for Australian Universities’ (2009-11) which in 2012 produced a report, co­ authored with Glenda Strachan on Work and Careers in Australian Universities. The Repmi draws on a sector-wide survey with findings later published in Labour & Industry (Broadbent et al 2013a, 2013b). She has recently co-authored a further study of pay and gender in Australian universities to appear in the Journal CJ/ Industrial Relations (Bailey et al, 2016). She has published I 4 refereed journal articles, seven book chapters and three books.


Glenda Strachan, Griffith University

Glenda Strachan is Professor, Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources in the Griffith Business School, Griffith University. Her research focuses on women and work, especially gender equity within organisations. Throughout her career Glenda Strachan has developed a body of research on contemporary and historical workplace change, with a special emphasis on gender and equity. An ARC Discovery Grant ‘Equal Employment Opportunity in Australia and Britain: Policy Approaches and Progress’ with Burgess from 2002 examined equal employment initiatives at the national and organisational level in a selection of firms. Strachan led the recent ARC Linkage Grant (2009-11), the team which included Dr Broadbent, and examined gender equity in universities. A unique aspect of some of this work is the linkage of policies and programs on EEO with other developments in the workforce and labour market, especially the increase in the temporary workforce and the specific impact of these changes on women workers. Her research has placed her at the forefront of research into EEO, diversity and women’s employment, nationally and internationally. Strachan has published thirty-five refereed journal articles, thirty book chapters and two books. She has conducted research in the field of research for this project, including recent articles, for instance on casualisaton and workforce renewal in Australian universities (May, Strachan and Peetz 2013) and on gender equity for university professional staff (Strachan et al 2013).