Meet the Team

Alison Pennington

Alison Pennington is Senior Economist with the Centre for Future Work. Her research focus is on work in Australia today, and in the future. She received a Master of Political Economy from the University of Sydney. Her research focus was on the Australian finance system, housing and inequality.

Alison has written for the Centre for Future Work on the evolution of collective bargaining, future skills, and labour market policies, and has a background in public finance, and public sector unions. She is an Associate Editor with the Journal of Industrial Relations. Alison has a particular interest in industrial relations, women and young workers, and passions for music and the AFL. Twitter: @ak_pennington



Dan Nahum

Dan Nahum is Economist with the Centre for Future Work. His research interests include industrial transformation, labour markets in low-carbon economies, government finances, and inequity and inequality.

Dan Nahum

Previous to joining the Centre for Future Work, he held roles in the Australian government in various social and economic policy fields, including Indigenous Affairs and the Office for Women, and was also a union delegate with the Community and Public Sector Union.

He holds a Masters of Political Economy from the University of Sydney, where he focused on the moral dimensions of climate change, and an Honours degree from Macquarie University. Dan is also an active musician. Twitter: @Dan_Nahum

Mark Dean

Mark is Laurie Carmichael Distinguished Research Fellow at the Carmichael Centre, within the Centre for Future Work.

Mark Dean

Before joining the Carmichael Centre and Centre for Future Work, Mark worked in academic roles at The University of Adelaide and at Flinders University, and as a researcher in vocational education and training (VET).

Mark was awarded a PhD in Social Sciences in 2018 and over the course of his career, Mark has contributed publications to academic journals on topics including the future of work, Australian politics, economic theory, women's leadership in trade unions, and manufacturing industry policy. Mark has also published in literary magazines and news media.

Together with Director Jim Stanford, the Centre for Future Work team are having an outsized impact on the Australian public debate over the future of work, wages, and industrial relations!


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