Elizabeth Humphrys

I work as a political economist at the University of Technology Sydney, and my research focuses on the relationship between the economy and society. 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 2017. My book How Labour Built Neoliberalism is released this year (2018) with Brill’s Studies in Critical Social Sciences series.

I am an Associate of the Centre for Future Work at The Australia Institute, and I am currently on the Editorial Collective of the Journal of Working Class Studies. I am co-convenor of The Australian Sociological Association’s ‘Work, Employment and Social Movements’ thematic group (2017-present), and was previously co-convenor of the ‘Sociology of Economic Life’ thematic group (2014-2016). I was a founding co-editor of Interface: A Journal for and about social movements (2009-2017).

I held an Australian Postgraduate Award at the University of Sydney, and, in 2013, the WZB/Sydney Fellowship at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin. My PhD (Sydney) examined neoliberalism in Australia, and focussed on the social contract between the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Council of Trade Unions. In 2011 I completed a MA (Research) (UTS), which examined the impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Global Justice Movement in Australia.

Prior to completing 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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