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Chris F. Wright

Chris F. Wright

BA (Hons Class I and University Medal) Sydney; PhD Cambridge
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Rm N302
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9114 1951
Fax +61 2 9351 4729
chris.f.wright@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Chris F. Wright joined Work and Organisational Studies in 2014 after receiving a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, one of only 10 awarded across the university. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he received a full scholarship from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class I and University Medal) from the University of Sydney. Chris has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, Goldsmiths College London and Macquarie University, has worked as a researcher for the International Labour Organisation and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has received research grants from the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Commonwealth Department of Industry.

Chris's research covers various aspects of labour market regulation and the responses of governments, employers and trade unions to structural change and economic globalisation. His particular interests focus on skilled immigration, supply chains and production networks and employment relations and he has worked on several projects on these topics covering Australia, the United Kingdom, the European Union and China. Chris has published across these areas in leading employment relations, management, political science and economics journals. During his research fellowship Chris is investigating the impact of skilled immigration on business and the labour market in Australia.

Publications

2015

4
Journal Article/s

Wright CF 2015 'Why Do States Adopt Liberal Immigration Policies? The Policymaking Dynamics of Skilled Visa Reform in Australia', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol.41:2, pp. 306-28 Link

2014

2
Book Section/s

Cooper R, Ellem B and Wright CF 2014 Forthcoming 'Policy and the Labour Movement' in Public Policy in Australia, ed. Crowley K & Head B, Policy Press, Bristol University, Bristol, United Kingdom

4
Journal Article/s

Wright CF 2014 'How Do States Implement Liberal Immigration Policies? Control Signals and Skilled Immigration Reform in Australia', Governance, vol.27:3, pp. 397–421

Wright CF 2014 'The Prices and Incomes Accord: Its significance, impact and legacy', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.56:2, pp. 264-72 Link

Wright CF and Brown W 2014 'From centre stage to bit player: Trade unions and the British economy', Singapore Economic Review, vol.59:4, pp. 1-20 Link

Wright CF and Lansbury R 2014 'Trade unions and economic reform in Australia, 1983-2013', Singapore Economic Review, vol.59:4, pp. 1-22 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Cooper R, Ellem B and Wright CF 2014 'Trade Unions and Public Policy', 28th Annual AIRAANZ Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 7th February 2014 Link

10
Report/s

Markey R, McIvor J and Wright CF 2014 'Climate Change and the Australian Workplace', Report prepared for the Australian Department of Industry

2013

2
Book Section/s

Wright CF and Brown W 2013 'The emergence of socially sustainable sourcing: A mechanism for protecting labour standards in the context of collective bargaining decline' in Resocialising Europe in a Time of Crisis, ed. M. Freedland and N. Countouris, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 426-46

4
Journal Article/s

Wright CF 2013 'Book review: After the Great Complacence: Financial Crisis and the Politics of Reform by E. Engelen, I. Erturk, J. Froud, S. Johal, A. Leaver, M. Moran, A. Nillson and K. Williams', Work Employment and Society, vol.27:6, pp. 1039-40

Wright CF 2013 'Book review: Unions and Globalisation: Governments, Management and the State at Work by P. Fairbrother, J. O’Brien, M. O’Donnell, A. Junor, G. Williams', Work Employment and Society, vol.27:2, pp. 368-9

Kaine S and Wright CF 2013 'Conceptualising CSR in the context of the shifting contours of Australian employment regulation', Labour and Industry, vol.23:1, pp. 54-68

Lansbury R and Wright CF 2013 'Emeritus Professor Joseph Ezra Isaac: Pioneer Scholar and Practitioner in Industrial Relations', Labour History, vol.104:May, pp. 211-20 Link

Wright CF and Brown W 2013 'The effectiveness of socially sustainable sourcing mechanisms: Assessing the prospects of a new form of joint regulation', Industrial Relations Journal, vol.44:1, pp. 20-37

Wright CF 2013 'The response of unions to the rise of precarious work in Britain', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol.24:3, pp. 279-96

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright CF, Brown W and Lansbury RD 2013 'The importance of institutions in explaining the changing role of trade unions in national political economies', 10th European Conference of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association ILERA, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 22nd June 2013

Sarina T and Wright CF 2013 'The globalisation of a national carrier: The role of regulation in shaping employment relations strategies in Qantas Airways', Labour Law Research Network Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 15th June 2013

van den Broek D, Wright CF and Groutsis D 2013 'Employer-Sponsored Migration: Mechanism of Labour Market Efficiency or Worker Vulnerability?', 2013 Global Interdisciplinary Conference - “How Global Migration Changes the Workforce Diversity Equation”, Los Angeles, United States, 1st June 2013

Caspersz D and Wright CF 2013 'The work and settlement of temporary labour migrants in Australia', 8th Asian Regional Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association ILERA, Melbourne, Australia, 12th April 2013

Wright CF and Brown W 2013 'Trade unions and the British economy', 8th Asian Regional Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association ILERA, Melbourne, Australia, 12th April 2013

Markey R, McIvor J and Wright CF 2013 'Bargaining for sustainability: Environmental clauses in Australian collective agreements', 27th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2013, Freemantle, Australia, 8th February 2013

Wright CF 2013 'The role of employers in skilled immigration reform: The importance of policy legacies', 27th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2013, Freemantle, Australia, 8th February 2013

10
Report/s

Markey R, Ferris S, Kyng T, Lavermicocca C, Muhidin S, O’Neill S, Parr N, Thornthwaite L and Wright CF 2013 'The Case for a National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme in Australia', Report prepared for the McKell Institute

2012

4
Journal Article/s

Wright CF 2012 'Immigration policy and market institutions in liberal market economies', Industrial Relations Journal, vol.43:2, pp. 110-36

Wright CF 2012 'Policy legacies, visa reform and the resilience of immigration politics', West European Politics, vol.35:4, pp. 726-55

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright CF and Kaine S 2012 'Socially sustainable sourcing in liberal market economies', 2nd Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network ABEN 2012 Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 14th December 2012

Davis EM and Wright CF 2012 'The ACTU-ALP Prices and Incomes Accord: A good thing?', 4th Annual Conference of the Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools AAHANZBS 2012, Macquarie University, Australia, 11th December 2012

Wright CF 2012 'The role of labour market actors and institutions in the reform of skilled immigration selection policy', Skilled Migration and Careers Workshop, University of Sydney, Australia, 22nd November 2012

Wright CF and Kaine S 2012 'Supply chain regulation as a mechanism for addressing insecure work', Department of Sociology Researching Precarious Work Societies Workshop, Macquarie University, Australia, 14th September 2012

Wright CF 2012 'The politics of skilled immigration policy: Challenges for business and government', Skilling Australia and Workforce Participation Summit, Sydney, Australia, 27th August 2012

Wright CF and Brown W 2012 'The emergence of socially sustainable sourcing: A new form of labour regulation in the context of collective bargaining decline?', 16th World Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association ILERA 2012, Philadelphia, United States, 5th July 2012

Wright CF 2012 'The paradox of liberal immigration reform: Distortion techniques and the relaxing of skilled visa controls in Australia', 24th Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics SASE 2012, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, 30th June 2012

Wright CF 2012 'Organising across organisational boundaries: The use of reputational risk as a union strategy for gaining leverage', 26th Annual Conference of the Australian Industrial Relations Association and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2012, Gold Coast, Australia, 10th February 2012

2011

4
Journal Article/s

Wright CF, Clibborn S and Lansbury RD 2011 'Becoming an endangered species? The future viability of Australian automotive manufacturing', International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, vol.11:2, pp. 172-88

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright CF and Brown W 2011 'The coordination of supply chains for the regulation of labour standards: The effectiveness of framework agreements with fragmented production', 50th Anniversary Conference of British Journal of Industrial Relations BJIR, London, United Kingdom, 12th December 2011

Wright CF 2011 'Supply chain organising and bargaining strategies', International Labour Process Conference, Leeds University Business School, United Kingdom, 7th April 2011

10
Report/s

Wright CF 2011 'Beyond the Employment Relationship: Collective Bargaining and Supply Chain Coordination', Report prepared for the Trades Union Congress

Wright CF 2011 'What Role for Trade Unions in Future Workplace Relations?', Acas Future of Workplace Relations discussion paper series

11
Seminar Paper/s

Wright CF 2011 'Using the supply chain to regulate labour standards, Union Strategy Research Group presentation, University of Sydney, Australia, 17 August 2011

Wright CF 2011 'Triangular bargaining agreements as a mechanism for regulating work within supply chains, Manchester Business School European Work and Employment Research Centre Seminar Series, Manchester, United Kingdom, 16 June 2011

2010

10
Report/s

Wright CF 2010 'Swords of Justice and Civic Pillars: The Case for Greater Engagement between British Trade Unions and Community Organisations', Report prepared for the Trades Union Congress

11
Seminar Paper/s

Wright CF 2010 'Policy legacies and labour immigration policy oscillations in the UK, 1997-2010, Transatlantic Dialogues: Immigration, Citizenship, and Modernity Seminar Series, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada, 17 December 2010

2009

2
Book Section/s

Wright CF 2009 'The regulation of European labour mobility: National policy responses to the free movement of labour transitional arrangements of recent EU enlargements' in Europe in Motion: Society, Labour Market and Sustainability in the Age of Migration, ed. J. Kovalčik, M. Muránsky and A. Rochovská, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Bratislava, Slovakia, pp. 289-310

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright CF 2009 'State predominance and business indifference: UK labour immigration politics in a period of expansion', General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Potsdam, Germany, 12th September 2009

Wright CF 2009 'Labour shortages and immigration policy in liberal market economies', Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Paris, France, 16th July 2009

Wright CF 2009 'Business associations and labour immigration policy change: An analysis of recent developments in Australia and the United Kingdom', British Universities Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 4th July 2009

2008

2
Book Section/s

Lansbury RD, Saulwick J and Wright CF 2008 'Globalization and Employment Relations in the Australian Automotive Industry' in Globalization and Employment Relations in the Auto Assembly Industry: A Study of Seven Countries, ed. Roger Blanpain, Kluwer Law International, Alphen aan den Rijin, Netherlands, pp. 13-34

Zhao S, Zhang J, Zhao W, Huang W, Wright CF and Lansbury RD 2008 'The Changing Nature of Employment Relations in the Chinese Automotive Industry' in Globalization and Employment Relations in the Auto Assembly Industry: A Study of Seven Countries, ed. R. Blanpain, Kluwer Law International , Alphen aan den Rijin, Netherlands, pp. 35-48

4
Journal Article/s

Wright CF 2008 'An assessment of the House of Lords report on the economic impact of immigration to the United Kingdom', People and Place, vol.16:3, pp. 35-46

2006

2
Book Section/s

Wright CF 2006 'Stuck in neutral? The impact of global production on local strategy in the Australian automotive industry' in Cases in Strategy and Management, ed. L. Cutcher and N. Wailes, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, Australia, pp. 70-85

4
Journal Article/s

Lansbury RD, Wright CF and Baird M 2006 'Decentralized Bargaining in a Globalizing Industry: The Automotive Assembly Industry in Australia', Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, vol.61:1, pp. 70-92

Wright CF 2006 'The social dimension of the integration of Australian automotive manufacturing into global supply chains', Employment Relations Record, vol.6:2, pp. 47-59

5
Conference Paper/s

Lansbury RD, Wailes N, Kitay J and Wright CF 2006 'Globalization, varieties of capitalism and employment relations', Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Boston, United States, 8th January 2006

Bamber GJ, Lansbury RD, Wright CF and Baird M 2006 'Work systems and employment relations in the Australian automotive manufacturing industry', Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Boston, United States, 8th January 2006

2005

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright CF, Wailes N and Hall R 2005 'Global integration and local fragmentation: The integration of Australian automotive manufacturing into the global supply chain', Knowledge Development Workshop: Promoting Decent Work in Global Production Systems in Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organisation, Bangkok, Thailand, 30th November 2005

Zhao S, Zhang J, Lansbury RD and Wright CF 2005 'Globalisation and its Impact on Employment Relations in the Chinese Automotive Industry', Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 11th November 2005

Wright CF 2005 'Industry Policy and Industrial Relations in the Australian Automotive Sector: Explaining the Present through the Past', National Labour History Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2nd July 2005

Lansbury RD, Wright CF and Baird M 2005 'Continuity or Change? Employment Relations in the Australian Automotive Assembly Sector', 5th Symposium on Multinational Business Management: Human Resource Management and Development in a Transitional Economy, Nanjing, China, 27th May 2005

Baird M, Ellem B and Wright CF 2005 'Re-Working Policy: Industrial Relations in the Australian States', Annual Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, Australia, 11th February 2005

Wright CF 2005 'The State, Industry Policy and Industrial Relations in the Australian Automotive Industry, 1983 to 2002', Annual Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, Australia, 11th February 2005

Selected grants

2017

  • The business and labour market impact of skilled immigration in Australia; Wright C, Baird M; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

Research Expertise

  • Skilled immigration
  • Australian and comparative employment relations
  • Labour markets and public policy
  • Managing work across organisational boundaries