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Stephen Clibborn

Stephen Clibborn

Dip Law LPAB; MLLR Syd; PhD Syd
Associate Lecturer

Rm 4154
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 6007
stephen.clibborn@sydney.edu.au

Bio

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.

Newsroom articles

  • Australia is at risk of losing migrants who are vital to the health of our economy 26 Oct 2016

    Yahoo Finance

    An article originally published in The Conversation by Dr Stephen Clibborn and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Chris F Wright was republished on Yahoo Finance. It discussed concerns that public confidence in Australia’s immigration system is at risk given the power imbalance between migrant workers and employers.

  • Temporary workers must be protected from exploitation – report 24 Oct 2016

    EGlobal Travel Media

    EGlobal Travel Media published an article about research from Dr Chris F Wright and Dr Stephen Clibborn about the exploitation of workers on temporary visas.

  • Australia is at risk of losing migrants who are vital to the health of our economy 21 Oct 2016

    The Conversation

    The Conversation published an article by Dr Stephen Clibborn and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Chris F Wright about concerns that public confidence in Australia’s immigration system is at risk given the power imbalance between migrant workers and employers.

  • Foreign worker exploitation 20 Oct 2016

    XinHua (China)

    Xinhua (China) mentioned new research co-led by the University of Sydney Business School, UNSW and University of Technology Sydney examining how migrant and foreign workers are being widely exploited.

  • Foreign workers surveyed on exploitation 12 Oct 2016

    Yahoo! (New Zealand)

    Yahoo! (New Zealand) reported on a nationwide survey into exploitation of temporary workers being conducted jointly by the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and University of Technology Sydney. Dr Stephen Clibborn from the Business School was quoted.

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Publications

2016

2
Book Section/s

Clibborn S 2016 'Undocumented immigrant worker' in Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, ed. A Wilkinson & S Johnstone, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 457

Clibborn S, Lansbury R and Wright CF 2016 Forthcoming 'Who Killed the Australian Automotive Industry: The Employers, Government or Trade Unions?' in The new frontiers of the world automobile industry: Markets, technologies and employment systems in transition, Palgrave Macmillan

4
Journal Article/s

Clibborn S, Lansbury R and Wright CF 2016 'Who Killed the Australian Automotive Industry: The Employers, Government or Trade Unions?', Economic Papers, vol.35:1, pp. 2-15 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Wright CF, Clibborn S, Piper N and Cini N 2016 'Economic Migration and Australia in the 21st Century', Lowy-DIBP Workshop on Economic Migration and Australia, Sydney, Australia, 11th October 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', The Australian Political Studies Association Conference - The Politics of Justice and Rights: Challenges and future directions, Sydney, Australia, 28th September 2016

Clibborn S 2016 'Multiple frames of reference: Why international students in Australia are underpaid', Comparative and International Perspectives on Australian Labour Migration Workshop, University of Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia, 22nd July 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', Comparative and International Perspectives on Australian Labour Migration Workshop, University of Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia, 22nd July 2016

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

10
Report/s

Clibborn S 2016 'Submission: Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Australian Workers) Bill 2016', Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment Inquiry

Wright CF, Clibborn S, Piper N and Cini N 2016 'Economic Migration and Australia in the 21st Century', Lowy Institute for International Policy Link

11
Seminar Paper/s

Clibborn S 2016 'Underpayment of international students at work, Department of Employment, Canberra, Australia, 10 June 2016

Clibborn S 2016 'Keynote speech: ‘Overseas workers: Degrees of vulnerability’, 2016 Australian Government Lawyers Conference - "Navigating the future: recent and emerging issues for practitioners in labour and employment law", Sydney, Australia, 8 June 2016

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

2015

4
Journal Article/s

Clibborn S 2015 'Why undocumented immigrant workers should have workplace rights', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol.26:3, pp. 465-73 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

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

10
Report/s

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 'Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework - March 2015', Link

11
Seminar Paper/s

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

2014

5
Conference Paper/s

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

2012

4
Journal Article/s

Clibborn S 2012 'Local Responses to a Global Downturn: Labour Adjustment in Two Multinational Companies', The Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.54:1, pp. 41-56 Link

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 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

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

2011

4
Journal Article/s

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

6
Conference Proceeding/s

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

2010

6
Conference Proceeding/s

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

2009

5
Conference Paper/s

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

Research Expertise

  • Australian and comparative employment relations
  • Labour and employment law
  • Low-waged, documented and undocumented, migrant work
  • Multinational corporation headquarters-subsidiary relations

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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.

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