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.

Anis Chowdhury

Pat Forward

Elizabeth Humphrys

Al Rainnie

Anis ChowdhuryAnis Chowdhury

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].

AEU_2018_Fed_Conf_010_for_Web.jpgPat Forward

Pat Forward was the Deputy Federal Secretary of the Australian Education Union for more than six years, until her recent resignation from that position. 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.

Elizabeth HumphrysElizabeth Humphrys

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.

Al RainnieAl Rainnie

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].


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