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Johanna Weststar

Associate Professor of Labour and Employment Relations, DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies, Western University

Johanna joined the faculty at Western in 2012. In addition to her position in the DAN Department of Management and Organizational Studies, Johanna is an Adjunct Professor in I/O Psychology and an Affiliate to the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Johanna specializes in labour and employment relations. Her primary area of research is the video game industry where she is interested in issues of workplace citizenship, representation and unionization, working conditions and the labour process, project management and occupational identity. She has also published research on workplace learning among computer programmers, labour representation on pension boards, pregnancy leave policies, underemployment, and industrial relations climate and the role of labour relations officers. Johanna is a Past President of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association ( CIRA), a member of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association ( ILERA) Executive Committee and Acting President of the Editorial Committee of the Canadian employment relations journal Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations. Johanna is also a member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work ( CRIMT). A selection of academic papers are open access at Scholarship@Western and numerous public reports about quality of work life in the digital game industry can be found at


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Labour and Employment Relations, Western University


  • 2007 
    University of Toronto, PhD