Dip Law LPAB; MLLR Syd; PhD Syd
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
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Dr Stephen Clibborn is an Associate Lecturer in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies in the University of Sydney Business School. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations and an experienced employment lawyer.
After completing his PhD entitled, 'Managing from Afar: International Transfer of Employment Relations Policies and Practices in US Multinational Corporations', Stephen's research program has focused on the workplace rights and experiences of low-waged migrant workers, both with and without work authorisation. He also continues his research on 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 made influential submissions to Senate and Productivity Commission inquiries and is a regular commentator in the media on migrant work rights, experiences and regulation.
Stephen has extensive industry experience including in Australia as a senior associate in a national commercial law firm, and in the United States as both a legal manager in the headquarters of a multinational corporation in the fast moving consumer goods sector and 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. In semester 1 2016 he is teaching WORK6116, Employment and the Law and in semesters 1 and 2 of 2016 he is teaching WORK1003, Foundations of Work and Employment.
Stephen is the Work and Organisational Studies Honours Coordinator and is currently enjoying working with 10 keen and impressive honours candidates. You are welcome to contact Stephen for further information about studying honours in future.
Dr Stephen Clibborn was quoted by the Guardian about his research on international students in Sydney earning less than the minimum wage, after the Coalition announced a policy to prevent wage theft.
Dr Stephen Clibborn's research on underpaid workers was quoted by ABC Radio National in a question to the Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash.
Stephen Clibborn on ABC Illawarra 27 Apr 2016
ABC Illawarra spoke to Dr Stephen Clibborn about his research on the exploitation of international students in some Australian workplaces.
Dr Stephen Clibborn was quoted by news.com.au about international students being underpaid in Australia.
80 per cent of international students in restaurants paid below minimum wage, survey finds 21 Apr 2016
Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times
Dr Stephen Clibborn was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald and the Canberra Times about a Business School survey that found 80% of international students are being underpaid.
Clibborn S 2016 'Undocumented immigrant worker' in Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, ed. A Wilkinson & S Johnstone, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Clibborn S 2016 'Degrees of exploitation: Why international students in Australia are underpaid', 30th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference: Building Sustainable Workforce Futures, Sydney, Australia, 12th February 2016
Wright CF and Clibborn S 2016 'The opening of ‘side doors’ and ‘back doors’ to a de-facto low skilled labour immigration policy in Australia', 30th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference: Building Sustainable Workforce Futures, Sydney, Australia, 12th February 2016
Clibborn S 2016 'Submission: Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Australian Workers) Bill 2016', Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment Inquiry
Clibborn S 2016 'Ties that bind: The role of social networks in perpetuating exploitation of international student workers, Work and Migration: National and International Perspectives, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 5 April 2016
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 2015 'Degrees of exploitation: Why international students in Australia are underpaid, The Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Network Seminar on “Labour and Skills Mobility in the Asia Pacific” - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia 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
2014: S1, S2,
WORK1003 Foundations of Work and Employment
2014: S1, S2,
WORK2227 Regulation at Work
WORK6116 Employment and the Law
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.