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Ron Callus

Ron Callus

B.Ec uSyd, M.Ec uSyd
Adjunct Associate Professor
Co-Director
Artlib Pty Ltd


Ron Callus was Director and Associate Professor of ACIRRT (now the Workplace Research Centre) at the University of Sydney from 1991 to 2005. Following this, Ron has been involved in the construction and building industry and more recently co-Director of Artlib Pty Ltd, a start up company renting and selling contemporary art to organisations in Sydney.

Prior to becoming Director of ACIRRT, Ron served the University of Sydney in a range of academic roles for over two decades, in the Department of Industrial Relations (now WOS). During this time he held visiting positions as the Institute of Industrial Relations at the University of California, Berkeley and the Swedish Centre for Working Life.

In 1989 he was seconded to become Project Director of the Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations' first Australian Workplace Industrial Relations Survey (AWIRS).

Ron was appointed by the NSW Minister for Industrial Relations and a Member, of the Reference Panel on Public Employment, NSW Government. He was also a member of the Australian Bureau of Statistic's Labour Statistics Advisory Group was appointed to the NSW Drug and Alcohol Workforce Development Council. He has also been the Australian Representative on the ILO's Regional Labour Research Institutes Network.

Ron's expertise has been in work and industrial relations at the workplace level as well as public policy debates about the regulation of employment and working life and research methods. He has published in academic journals, chapters in books, monographs and research reports and in opinion pieces in magazines and newspapers. Ron has expertise as a research manager and mentoring less experienced academic staff and has extensive experience in sample survey design and qualitative techniques such as case studies and focus group methods. He has had extensive experience in securing grant applications, referring applications and reviewing and drafting reports and advising on research design and strategy.

Ron also has experience as an editor of academic journals. He was joint editor of The Journal of Industrial Relations (1999-2005) and has also served on the editorial boards of a number of Journals.