Emeritus Professor Paul Boreham is a former Deputy Director and Director of Research of ISSR (retired July 2012) and was Co-director of the UQ Social Research Centre - a precursor of ISSR. He was also Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies. He has held visiting appointments at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Organisation & Employment Studies Group at the University of Manchester; the Department of Sociology at Carleton University, Ottawa; the Department of Politics at the University of York and the Centre for European Employment Research at the University of Strathclyde. His research on employment and labour market analysis and social and economic change has been supported by 20 Australian Research Council and 25 other national competitive grants worth in excess of $8million.

He has been published in eleven books and more than 120 journal articles, chapters and research reports. The research findings have contributed to the work of several Royal Commissions, public policy development and organisational change in the public and private sectors. Emeritus Professor Boreham was a Member of the Executive and Treasurer of the Australian Sociological Association and was Co-editor of the Journal of Sociology and Foundation Editor of Labour & Industry. He is a member of the editorial boards of a number of international journals in the area of policy studies, politics and organisation studies.

  • Research Interests
    • Work organisation and technological innovation.
    • Employment and labour market conditions in Australia
    • Knowledge workers and the knowledge economy
  • Publications


    Boreham, P., Parker, R., Thompson, P. and Hall, R. New Technology @ Work. London and New York, Routledge, 2008.

    Boreham, P., Stokes, G. and Hall, R. (eds). The Politics of Australian Society 2nd Edition. Sydney, Longman, 2004.

    Boreham, P., Dow, G. and Leet, M., Room to Manoeuvre: Political Aspects of Full Employment. Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 1999.

    Clegg, S., Boreham, P.R. and Dow, G., Class, Politics and the Economy, London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1986. (International Library of Sociology)

    Boreham, P.R., and Dow, G. (eds). Work and Inequality, Vols. 1 and 2. Melbourne, Macmillan, 1980, 246 pp.

    Chapters in books

    Boreham, P. and Hall, R. “Theorising the State and Economic Democracy” in Thompson, P., Hyman, J. and Harley, B. (eds) Participation and Democracy at Work, London, Palgrave (Critical perspectives on work and organization series), 2005.

    Boreham, P. “Industrial Relations” in Galligan, B. and Roberts, W. (eds). The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics. Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2007.

    Boreham, P. “The Australian Labour Market: Social Consequences of Political Change” in Boreham, P., Stokes, G. and Hall, R. (eds). The Politics of Australian Society 2nd Edition. Sydney, Longman, 2004.

    Boreham, P. “Governance of the Labour Market: The Declining Role of the State” in Bell, S., (ed) Economic Governance and Institutional Dynamics. Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2002

    Boreham, P. Employment and Unemployment: Politics and the Future of Work in Australia, in Boreham, P., Stokes, G. and Hall, R., (eds) The Politics of Australian Society: Political Issues for the New Century. Sydney, Longman, 2000.

    Journal Articles

    Whitehouse, G., Boreham, P. and Lafferty, G., From Casual to Permanent Part-Time? Non-Standard Employment in Retail and Hospitality, Labour & Industry, 8, 2, 1997, pp. 33-48.

    Boreham, P., Lafferty, G., Roan, A. and Whitehouse, G., Training, Careers and Numerical Flexibility: Equity Implications in Hospitality and Retailing, The Journal of Industrial Relations, 38, 1, 1996, pp. 3-21.

    Boreham, P., Hall, R., Harley, B. and Whitehouse, G., Labour Flexibility and Gender in the Service Sector: A Study of Employment Practices in Law and Accounting Firms, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology, 32, 2, 1996, pp. 20-37.

    Boreham, P., Hall, R., Harley, B. and Whitehouse, G., What Does Enterprise Bargaining Mean for Gender Equity? Some Empirical Evidence, Labour and Industry, 7, 1, 1996, pp. 51-68.

    Boreham, P., Hall, R. and Harley, B., Two Paths to Prosperity? Work Organization and Industrial Relations Decentralisation in Australia, Work, Employment and Society, 10, 3, 1996, pp. 449-68.

    Boreham, P.R., Indetermination: Professional Knowledge, Organization and Control, Sociological 

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Emeritus Professor

  • B.Econ (Hons)
  • PhD (Qld)