Elizabeth Humphrys

I work as a political economist at the University of Technology Sydney, and I am the UTS Student Ombud (2019-2021).

My latest research projects are on: labour, neoliberalism and anti-politics; climate related heat stress events and work; and, the deaths of 35 workers when the West Gate Bridge collapsed in 1970. My book How Labour Built Neoliberalism was released this year (2019) with Brill’s Studies in Critical Social Sciences series.

I am the 2019 and inaugural Dr A M Hertzberg fellow at the NSW State Library, and an Associate of the Centre for Future Work at The Australia Institute. I am on the Editorial Collective of the Journal of Working Class Studies and co-convene The Australian Sociological Association’s ‘Work, Employment and Social Movements’ thematic group (2017-present). In 2013 I held a WZB/Sydney Fellowship at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin.

Prior to my PhD, I worked as an investigator for the NSW Ombudsman, in research and policy for a number of universities and non-government organisations, and as an advisor to a member of the NSW Parliament.


An Integral State acknowledges the traditional owners of the land it is written in, especially the Gadigal of the Eora Nation. An Integral State acknowledges Elders past, present and future and and their continuing struggles for self-determination and justice.

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