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Russell Lansbury AM

Russell Lansbury

MA Melb. DipEd Melb. PhD Lond. Hon DLitt Macq., FASSA
Emeritus Professor

Rm N337
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 7242


Russell has worked with British Airways in the UK and has held a number of academic positions in universities within Australia and elsewhere. He was a Senior Lecturer at Monash University before becoming an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University. He was the foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training (an ARC Key Centre) at the University of Sydney. He was Professor of industrial relations at the University of Sydney from 1987-2009 and was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2009.

He was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship at Harvard University and the Sloan School of Management at MIT, has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Swedish Centre for Worklife Research in Stockholm and was a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute for Labour Studies at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. He has also been a Shaw Foundation Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has received fellowships from the French, German, Danish, Finnish and Swedish governments in recent decades. He was made a General Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009.

Russell was joint editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations from 1999-2009, and serves on the editorial boards of leading academic journals in North America, Europe and Asia. His major research contributions have been in the areas of international and comparative employment and industrial relations. His current research includes studies of the effects of management strategies of multinational enterprises on employment relations and labour practices. Recent publications include International and Comparative Employment Relations (Sage, 2010, with G.J. Bamber and N. Wailes), After Lean Production: Evolving Employment Relations in the World Auto Industry (Cornell University Press, 1997, with T.A. Kochan and J.P. MacDuffie), Changing Employment Relations in Australia (Oxford University Press, 1997), and The Global Korean Motor Industry: The Hyundai Motor Company's Global Strategy (Routledge, 2006, with C.S. Suh and S.H. Kwon).

He has served on numerous government, industry and professional bodies. He has been a consultant to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He was President of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) which is based at the ILO in Geneva, from 2006-2009.

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Research Expertise

  • Globalisation and employment relations
  • International and comparative industrial relations
  • Organisational and technological change
  • Work reform and industrial democracy
  • Airline and automotive industry studies