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Professor of Employment Relations, University of Sydney

Bradon Ellem is a Professor in the Work and Organisational Studies group at the University of Sydney Business School. He teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the fields of employment relations, industrial relations policy and comparative studies.

Bradon’s research has explored industrial relations in the resources sector, government industrial relations policy and union strategy. His history of industrial relations in iron ore, The Pilbara: From the Deserts Profits Come, which is the result of more than a decade’s research, was published in July 2017 by UWA Publishing.

His work has been published in leading international and local academic journals as well as in commissioned reports, trade journals and submissions. He is now completing an ARC-funded project with colleagues at the University of Western Australia examining engineering service work in Australian mining and commencing a study of production networks and industrial relations in the offshore gas industry across SE Asia.

Bradon holds a number of leading positions in the field. Since 2006, he has been a Co-Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations. He is a long-standing member of the Committee of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales. He is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Western Australia Business School.


  • 2013–present
    Professor of Employment Relations, University of Sydney Business School


    University of Wollongong , PhD