Dr Ranald holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Sydney. Her Doctoral thesis in International Relations at the University of NSW was a comparative study of the World Trade Organisation and regional trade agreements, and won the UNSW Humanities Research Centre Award for best doctoral thesis of 2000.
She was formerly a Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and has also worked for community organisations and unions.
She has published widely on the social impacts of globalisation and trade agreements. Her publications range from books, refereed journal articles and book chapters to submissions to parliamentary inquiries and opinion pieces in newspapers and on websites.
Current research interests include the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and other bilateral and regional trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region, and Investor-State Dispute Settlement .
Dr Ranald is Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET), a network of community organizations, including church groups, human rights groups, public health, union and environmental organizations. AFTINET advocates for fair trade policies based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability. www.aftinet.org.au
Refereed Journal Articles and book chapters
“Trade agreements, globalised regulation and democracy: defending both labour rights and the democratic process,” in Caroline Kelly, Joo-Cheong Tham and Julian Sempill, (eds) Democracy, Labour Law and Trade Unions, Papers from the symposium on the centenary of the International Labour Organisation, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, Melbourne Law School, December 2019.
”The real costs of ‘free’ trade agreements and the need for alternative trade policies” in Cahill, D., and Toner P., Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired, La Trobe University Press and Black Inc Books, 2018, pp.311-327 .
“The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Reaching behind the border, challenging democracy,” The Economic and Labour Relations Review, Vol. 26, No. 2, April 2015, published online at http://elr.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/04/15/1035304615580721.full
“Expropriating public health policy: tobacco companies’ use of international tribunals to sue governments over public health regulation,” Journal of Australian Political Economy, No. 73, Winter, 2014, published online at
“The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Contradictions in Australia and the Asia Pacific region,” The Economic and Labour Relations Review, Vol. 22, No. 1, May 2011, pp. 81-98.
“The Politics of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement in Australia” in Jane Kelsey (ed) No Ordinary Deal: Unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2010, pp. 40-51.
“The Australia-US Free Trade Agreement” in Paul Bowles, Ray Broomhill, Teresina Gutiérrez-Haces and Stephen McBride (eds), Towards Reperipheralisation? International Trade and Neoliberal Globalism, Routledge series Studies in Governance and Change in the Global Era (General Editor: Daniel Drache), London, Routledge, 2008, pp. 72-83.
“The Australia- US Free Trade Agreement: a contest of interests” Journal of Australian Political Economy, No 57, June 2006, pp.30-56.
“Analysing the bonds of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement” Journal of Australian Political Economy, No 54, December 2004, pp. 148-156.
"Global Corporations and Human Rights: the Regulatory Debate in Australia" Corporate Environmental Strategy, Vol. 9, No.2, June 2002, pp. 1-9.
“Where are the Jobs in the Job Network? Competitive Tendering of Employment Services” in Fairbrother, P., Teicher, J. and Paddon P., (eds) Privatisation, Globalisation and Labour: Studies from Australia, Federation Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 158-182.
“Social movement unionism in East Asia? Regional and South Korean union movement responses to the crisis” in Beeston, M., (ed) Reconfiguring East Asia: Regional Institutions and Organisations after the Crisis, Routledge Curzon, London, 2002, pp.117-138.
"Korean unions: resisting the International Monetary Fund" in Goodman J., (ed) Protest and Globalisation, Pluto Press, Sydney, 2002, pp. 185-202.
“Unions and Globalisation” in Sheil C., (ed) Globalisation: Australian Impacts, University of New South Wales Press, 2001, pp. 127-144.
“Privatising Water in the Driest State,” Labour and Industry, Vol. 11, No.2, December, 2000, pp17-38 (with Bronwynn Black)
“From one Side of the Counter to the Other : the Impact of Competitive Tendering of Employment Services on Employees” refereed paper published in Conference Proceedings , Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, February, 2000.
“Disciplining Governments: The MAI Proposals” in Goodman J., and Ranald P., (eds) Stopping the Juggernaut: Public Interest versus the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI): Pluto Press, Sydney, 1999, pp. 15-32.
“Union responses to the Economic Crisis in South Korea and the Philippines” Journal of Industrial Relations, June 1999, pp. 295-325.
“Solidarity versus neoliberalism: union regional and interregional organisation in Europe and Asia” Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, vol. 4, No 1, February-March, 1999, pp. 123-145.
“GATT, APEC and the Australian Labour Movement”, in Broomhill, R., Free Trade? Implications for Australian Labour, Centre for Labour Studies Research Papers, No 7, University of Adelaide, 1997, pp. 33-74.
“Howard’s Way: the Public Sector” in Journal of Australian Political Economy, No. 37, June 1996, pp. 1-10.
“Redefinition of the Public Sector: Serving Citizens or Customers?” (1996) in Farrar, A., and Inglis J., (eds) Keeping it Together: the State and Civil Society in Australia, Pluto Press/ ACOSS, pp. 92-113.
"National Competition Policy" Journal of Australian Political Economy, No. 36, December, 1995, pp. 1-25.
“ACTU Submission to the Industry Commission Inquiry into Contracting and Competitive Tendering in the Public Sector” in Paddon, M. & Thanki, R. (eds) (1995) Australia's Contracting Public Services: Critical views of Contracting out by the Public Sector, Public Sector Research Centre, UNSW, pp. 83-202.
“The Employee Perspective” in Weller, P., Forster, J., and Davis, G., (eds) Reforming the Public Service, Lessons from Recent Experience, Centre for Australian Public Sector Management, (CAPSM) Macmillan, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 208-221 (with David Bunn).”
Books and Monographs
Trade Justice, Catholic Social Justice Monograph Series, No. 54 , Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Sydney, 2005, 33 pages, (with Suzette Clark).
Discrimination…Have you got all Day? Indigenous Women, discrimination and complaints processes in NSW, Public Interest advocacy Centre and Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre, Sydney, 2001, 84 pages (with Alexis Goodstone).
Stopping the Juggernaut: Public interest versus the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI): Pluto Press, Sydney 1999, 256 pages (edited with James Goodman)
Globalisation, Change and the Public Sector, Public Sector Research Centre Paper No. 55, University of New South Wales, 1999, (with Rai Small), 36 pages.
Disciplining Governments? What the Multilateral Agreement on Investment would mean for Australia Public Sector Research Centre and Evatt Foundation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 24 pages.
The Contracting Commonwealth: Serving Citizens or Customers? Public Accountability, Service quality and Equity Issues in Competitive Tendering of Government Services Public Sector Research Centre Paper No. 47, University of New South Wales, 1997, 47 pages.
Competitive Neutrality and Local Government Policies under National Competition Policy in Australia, Public Sector Research Centre Paper No. 46, University of New South Wales, 1997, 40 pages(with Richard Thorowgood).
The Budget and the Commission of Audit Strategy: Government as a Small Referee? Public Sector Research Centre Paper No. 41, University of New South Wales, 1996, 28 pages.
Outsourcing Information Technology in the Australian Public Service: A One Way Street? PSRC Monograph No. 3, Public Sector Research Centre, University of NSW, 1993, 63 pages.