Dip Law LPAB; MLLR Syd; PhD Syd
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The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
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Stephen Clibborn is an Associate Lecturer in the University of Sydney Business School in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. He is also an experienced employment lawyer.
Stephen's core research interests are the workplace rights and experiences of low-waged migrant workers, both with and without work authorisation, and international management in multinational corporations, with a particular focus on the influence of politics and power on the international transfer of practices between different institutional and market settings.
He has extensive industry experience including in Australia as a senior associate in a national commercial law firm, and in the United States as a legal manager in the headquarters of a multinational corporation in the fast moving consumer goods sector, as well as in a not-for-profit organisation representing the interests of low-waged and unemployed workers.
Stephen teaches in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs of the Business School and is the Work and Organisational Studies Honours Coordinator.
Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times
Dr Stephen Clibborn co-authored an article which was published in the Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times, arguing that Australia needs to rethink its response to modern slavery, taking in the broader spectrum of labour exploitation.
Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Canberra Times
Dr Stephen Clibborn authored an article about granting amnesty to employees of 7-Eleven to report instances of wage theft despite possibly breaching their student visas, following an ABC Four Corners and Fairfax Media investigation.
Migrants stuck in legal limbo 01 Sep 2015
The Australian quoted Dr Stephen Clibborn about his submission to the Productivity Commission on the working arrangements between the ombudsman and immigration authorities.
Sydney Morning Herald
Dr Stephen Clibborn was quoted in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about migrants who work in breach of their visas, or work without a valid visa.
Stephen Clibborn on SYN FM Melbourne 12 Mar 2015
SYN FM Melbourne
Stephen Clibborn was interviewed on SYN FM Melbourne about his research which shows the need to improve working environments for immigrant workers.
Clibborn S 2016 'Undocumented immigrant worker' in Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, ed. A Wilkinson & S Johnstone, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Clibborn S, Lansbury R and Wright CF 2016 Forthcoming 'Who Killed the Australian Car Industry: The Employers, Government or Unions?', Economic Papers
Clibborn S 2015 'Working at the intersection of migration and employment laws: Undocumented immigrant workers in the United States and Australia', Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organisation Studies - APROS/EGOS Conference, Sydney, Australia, 11th December 2015
Clibborn S 2015 'The rights and realities of undocumented immigrant workers in the United States and Australia', 4th Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network, Geneva, Switzerland, 10th July 2015
Clibborn S 2015 'Regulation and decent work for undocumented immigrant workers in the United States and Australia', 27th Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics SASE, London, United Kingdom, 4th July 2015
Clibborn S 2015 'Regulating for undocumented immigrant workers in the United States and Australia', 29th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference, The University of Auckland, New Zealand, 5th February 2015
Clibborn S 2015 'Post-draft submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework - September 2015',
Clibborn S 2015 'Submission to the Senate Education and Employment References Committee Inquiry into the impact of Australia's temporary work visa programs on the Australian labour market and on the temporary work visa holders - May 2015',
Clibborn S 2014 'The Politics of Crisis: Pay Cuts and Redundancies in General Motors', 30th European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium - "Reimagining, Rethinking, Reshaping: Organizational Scholarship in Unsettled Times", Rotterdam, Netherlands, 5th July 2014
Williamson S, Clibborn S and Kaine S 2014 'A Case study of enterprise bargaining under the Fair Work Act 2009: Beyond the legislative limits?', 28th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2014 - "Work, Employment and Human Resources: The Redistribution of Economic and Social Power?", Melbourne, Australia, 7th February 2014
Auer P, Clibborn S and Lansbury R 2012 'Beyond Our Control: Labour Adjustment in Response to the Global Recession by Multinational Auto Companies in Australia (Invited Article)', Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol.38:2, pp. 142-57
Auer P, Clibborn S and Lansbury R 2012 'Beyond our control: Labour adjustment by multinational auto companies in Australia in response to the global recession', 16th World Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association ILERA 2012, Philadelphia, United States, 5th July 2012
Clibborn S, Lansbury R and Thompson L 2012 'Beyond our control: Labour adjustment by multinational auto companies in Australia in response to the global recession', 26th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2012, Gold Coast, Australia, 10th February 2012
Wright CF, Clibborn S and Lansbury R 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
Wright C, Lansbury R and Clibborn S 2011 'The Disappearing Car Worker in Australia: The Future Viability of the Automotive Industry', Proceedings of the 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, 4th February 2011
Clibborn S 2011 'Local responses to a global downturn: Labour adjustment during the automotive industry crises of 2008/9', Proceedings of the 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2011, Auckland, New Zealand, 4th February 2011
Clibborn S and Lansbury R 2010 'Headquarters control over subsidiary employment relations: The General Motors Company in Australia', Proceedings of the 24th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2010,, Sydney, Australia, 5th February 2010
Clibborn S 2009 'Headquarters control and subsidiary autonomy over employment relations: A comparative case study of Ford and General Motors in Australia', International Motor Vehicle Program Automotive Research Conference, Rochester, United States, 9th June 2009
- Australian and comparative employment relations
- Labour and employment law
- Low-waged, documented and undocumented, migrant work
- Multinational corporation headquarters-subsidiary relations
Recent Units Taught
Dr Stephen Clibborn, Associate Lecturer, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, discusses his research into undocumented immigrant workers, and closing the gap between our immigration and employment laws.