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Bradon Ellem

Bradon Ellem

BA(Hons) S'ton; MA Warw.; PhD W'gong
Professor and Chair of Discipline

Rm N330
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6435
Fax +61 2 9351 4729
bradon.ellem@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Bradon Ellem is Chair of the Work and Organisational Studies Discipline in the University of Sydney Business School. Bradon teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the fields of employment relations, industrial relations policy and comparative studies.

His research draws upon his interest in history and geographies of work to explore several inter-related areas: the nature of trade union power and purpose; the impact of globalisation on work; government industrial relations policy. His particular areas of research at the moment are: union strategy; comparative studies of mining; employment relations in Australia's iron ore industry. He has supervised over two dozen research theses in these and related fields.

His most recent work has focused on union campaigns and on changes in national bargaining regimes. He has been conducting research in and about the Pilbara for over a decade, and has published on topics ranging from the Robe River dispute of 1986-87 to Rio Tinto's current plans for mine automation. He is now engaged in two major projects: a history of industrial relations in the Pilbara's iron ore industry and an ARC-funded project with colleagues at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University which examines engineering service work, global production networks and employment relations in Australian mining.

Bradon holds a number of leading positions in the field. Since 2006, he has been Co-Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations. He is also an Associate Editor of the journal Labour History. He is a Visiting Professor at the Curtin Graduate School of Business and is member of the Executive Committee of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales.

Bradon's research has been published locally and in major international journals such as: the British Journal of Industrial Relations; Work, Employment and Society; Labor History; Industrial Relations Journal; Economic and Industrial Democracy; Labor Studies Journal; the Journal of Organizational Change Management.

Newsroom articles

  • BHP strike 16 Feb 2012

    ABC Radio National

    Associate Professor Bradon Ellem from Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School comments on the BHP industrial dispute and how it will impact on the world supply of coking coal.

  • Rio Tinto loses appeal on worker agreements 11 Feb 2012

    ABC News

    Associate Professor Bradon Ellem from Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School comments on how Rio Tinto's case will affect the relationship between the big mining companies and their employees in the Pilbara.

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Research Grants

2013-2016

Engineering service work, global production networks and employment relations in Australian mining

Leading segments of Australian mining have embraced automated mining. This project will focus on the world's two leading engineering companies - Komatsu and Caterpillar - which are providing and maintaining this equipment. This restructuring is grounded in global production network theory and labour skill issues at the centre of this technological transition.

ARC Linkage Grant

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Research Expertise

  • Geographies of labour
  • Employment relations in the iron ore industry
  • Industrial relations policy
  • Union strategy

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