• The University of Western Australia (M261), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


MICHAEL GILLAN is an Associate Professor at the UWA Business School. He has published in a wide range of national and international journals including Economic Geography, Asian Studies Review, South Asia, Australian Journal of Labour Law and the Journal of Industrial Relations. His current research interests include the role of Global Union Federations in employment relations in India and Indonesia (ARC Discovery project); employment relations in global production networks; labour movements in India; and employment relations in Myanmar. He is the former President of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia.

Funding overview

ARC Discovery Project (2018-2020) Global Production Networks and Worker Representation in Myanmar (CIs: M. Ford; M. Gillan; HH Thein) $305,116

International Labour Organisation. 2017. Scoping Exercise - Developing Diagnostic Tools and Key Indicators to Inform the Development of a New Regional Programme Focusing on Industrial Relations in the Garment Industry in Asia. International Labour Organisation ILO   $23,100

ARC Discovery Project: Scaling Global Labour: The Global Union Federations in Indonesia and India (CIs: Michele Ford, The University of Sydney; Michael Gillan, The University of Western Australia) $189,416 (2013-2015)

Institute of Advanced Studies, The University of Western Australia, Program Grant 2013 Geographies of Labour: Spatial analysis of work, labour movements and society (Associate Professor Michael Gillan, UWA Business School, Winthrop Professor Rob Lambert, UWA Business School, Professor Mathew Tonts School, School of Earth and Environment) $14,500

Funding Grant from the Australia India Institute (AIC) for the symposium "India in the Age of Crisis: The local politics of global economic and ecological fragility", (2011) $20,000

2005, “Central Trade Union Organisations and The Politics of Economic Liberalisation in India”, UWA Research Grants Scheme, Funds Approved: $12,400.00.

2004, “Evaluating the Role of Good Faith Bargaining in Bargaining Processes and Outcomes: The West Australian Case Study”. UWA Business School Research Grant Scheme $4,530

Teaching overview

International Employment Relations
Globalisation and Work


Employment relations
Global governance and labour regulation
Global Union Federations
Industrial relations and governance in Myanmar
Employment relations and labour movements India
Politics in India

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Collective bargaining and industrial relations
  • Globalisation and labour organisation
  • Politics and economic development in India


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