The Centre for Future Work is pleased to work with a team of Associates: distinguished policy thinkers, who work voluntarily with us to advance our research agenda, contribute to projects, prepare commentary on economic and labour market developments, and related tasks.
Mike Beggs is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. His work focuses on the history of money and macroeconomic policy, and especially their connection with the labour market.
Anis Chowdhury was born in Chittagong (Bangladesh) in 1954. He migrated to Australia in 1987 and returned to his adopted home in January 2016 after completing an eight-year career in the United Nations Secretariat, which began and ended in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) in New York. In between he worked at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok as Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division (July 2012-Aug. 2014) and Director of Statistics Division (Sept. 2014-May 2015). Previously, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Western Sydney (2001-2012) and taught also at the Universities of Singapore (1983-87), New England (Australia, 1987-92) and Manitoba (Canada, 1978-83). He was the founding managing editor of the Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy (1995-2008), where he remains on its editorial board as a co-editor. He has published widely on East and Southeast Asia, and on macro-development, labour market, and income distribution issues. He holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba (1983) and honours and master’s degrees from Jahangirnagar University of Bangladesh (1976 and 1978).
He can be reached at [email protected].
Dr Frances Flanagan is a Sydney Fellow in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney. With an interdisciplinary background in history and law, her research considers the intersection of concepts of labour, climate change and technology. Her research has been published in a range of academic journals including the Journal of Industrial Relations and New Technology, Work and Employment, as well as in the Guardian, Arena, Inside Story and The Conversation. Prior to her appointment at the University of Sydney, she was a lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, a Marshall Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, and a Senior Scholar at Hertford College Oxford. She has also worked in two roles outside academia: as National Director of Research at United Voice, one of Australia’s largest unions, between 2015 and 2018, and as an Indigenous rights lawyer at the Yamatji Marlpa Land Council between 2000 and 2005.
Pat Forward was the Deputy Federal Secretary of the Australian Education Union for more than six years. She was Federal TAFE Secretary of the AEU from 2004, and previously held the position of Federal TAFE President for more than six years. She represented the Australian Education Union and the Australian Council of Trade Unions on a number of national and state government vocational education bodies. She has a strong commitment to public vocational education delivered through TAFE institutions, and considers the role of highly qualified teachers to be inextricably linked to high quality vocational education. She believes that the future of TAFE and vocational education will be dependent on a fundamental rethinking of its purpose, including its role in the future of work, a return of fairness to workplaces, and autonomy to young people.
Dr. Elizabeth Humphrys is a political economist at the University of Technology Sydney, and an early career researcher. She researches state and civil society responses to crisis and economic change, with a focus on trade unions and social movements. Elizabeth’s latest research projects are on: labour and neoliberalism; climate related heat stress events and work; and the phenomenon of 'anti-politics'. Her book How Labour Built Neoliberalism is forthcoming (2018) with Brill’s Studies in Critical Social Science’s series. Elizabeth has worked as an investigator for the NSW Ombudsman, in research and policy for a number of universities and non-government organisations, and as an advisor to a member of the NSW Parliament.
Professor Rainnie has held Chairs at Monash, Leicester and Curtin Universities. He has researched in the area of work and employment for about 40 years and has published over 100 books, book chapters, journal articles and research reports. Professor Rainnie was the founding Director of the Monash Institute for Regional Studies and Director of Research at both the Centre for Labour Market Studies at the University of Leicester and the Curtin Graduate School of Business in Perth, Western Australia. He has recently co-authored a report on skill and innovation commissioned by the Federal Chief Scientist for the Australian Council of Learned Academies.
He can be reached at [email protected].