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Greg Patmore

Greg Patmore

BEc(Hons); PhD
Professor of Business and Labour History

Rm 121
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 0040
Fax +61 2 9351 4567


Greg Patmore is Professor of Business and Labour History and Director of the Business and Labour History Group and the Co-operative Research Group (CRG) in the School of Business, The University of Sydney. He also chairs the School's Ethics Committee. His main research interests are labour history, comparative labour history, Rochdale consumer co-operatives, employee representation and the impact of industrialisation and deindustrialisation on regional economies.

He is currently writing a book for the University of Liverpool Press on the history of non-union employee representation in Australia, Canada, Germany, the US and the UK in the interwar period focusing on employee representation plans, works councils, union management co-operative committees and works committees. With Nikola Balnave from Macquarie University, he is also researching the history of Rochdale consumer co-operatives in Australia. He is also researching a history of the Berkeley Co-operative in California, which was the largest consumer co-operative in North America. Under the auspices of the CRG, he is undertaking a project with colleagues at the University of Trento in Italy comparing the Australian and Italian co-operative movements and working on developing a survey of Australian co-operatives and mutuals. Greg is also editing a book with Mary Hilson from the University College of London and Silke Neunsinger from the Labour Movement Archives and Library is editing book on the Global History of consumer co-operatives. He is also co-ordinating the Australia-US Comparative Labour History Project with Professor Shelton Stromquist from the University of Iowa.

Greg was President of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) from 1986 to 1998 was editor of its journal, Labour History, from 1999-2010. He is currently President of the Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools and serves on the editorial boards of Labour History and International Labor and Working Class History. He serves on the Steering Committee of the New Global 300 Initiative of the International Co-operative Alliance in Geneva, which is mapping the impact of co-operatives internationally. He has held visiting positions at the University of California (Berkeley), Cardiff Business School and Georgetown University. He is also a former chair of Work and Organisational Studies in the School of Business and Pro Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Research Grants


Non-union employee representation in the workplace: debates and practice in Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States 1914-1939

This project uses comparative historical data to provide a clear direction for public policy in the development of frontier technology for employment relations infrastructure at the workplace level. This infrastructure would maximise workplace productivity, increase job satisfaction and provide a greater voice for employees in the workplace.

ARC Discovery Project

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Research Expertise

  • Co-operatives
  • Impact of industrialisation and deindustrialisation
  • Labour history
  • Locality and community
  • Steel industry in the early decades of the 20th Century
  • Trade union growth

Recent Units Taught


2012 is the UN Year of the Co-operative. Professor Greg Patmore discusses the importance of co-ops in the developing world.

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