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Shirley Jackson

Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Shirley Jackson is political economist and Research Fellow in Employment Law and Data Science at the Melbourne School of Government within the University of Melbourne, where he is investigating wage theft amongst young workers through the use of data science. His is also a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, where he is looking at young workers within the just transition, exploring skilled pathways into energy jobs.

A frequent media commentator, his publication history includes ABC News, The Guardian, The Age, Crikey, Overland Journal, and The Conversation.

His areas of interest and expertise are young workers, wage theft, skills formation, industry policy, the future of work and the just transition.


  • 2023–present
    PhD Candidate, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS
  • 2023–present
    Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2022–2023
    Director, The Centre for New Industry
  • 2021–2022
    Senior Research Fellow, Per Capita
  • 2020–2021
    Senior Economist, Per Capita
  • 2018–2020
    Sessional Academic, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • 2018–2020
    Research Economist, Per Capita
  • 2017–2019
    National Research & Project Officer, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
  • 2014–2018
    Sessional Academic, University of Melbourne
  • 2016–2017
    Research Officer, Victorian Trades Hall Council


    Institute for Sustainable Future at UTS, PhD (Political Economy)
  • 2013 
    University of Melbourne, Master of International Relations (International Political Economy)
  • 2011 
    La Trobe University, Bachelor of Arts (History/Economics)

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian International Political Economy Network
  • The Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
  • The Economic Society of Australia