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Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University

Tom Barnes is an economic sociologist whose research primarily focuses on insecure, precarious and informal work. He is currently researching global warehouse logistics and automotive manufacturing. His recent Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA project (2017-2019) focused on the demise of Australian automotive manufacturing and the impact on workers and communities in closure-affected regions in Victoria. He completed his PhD in political economy at the University of Sydney and has expertise on work and economic development in India. He has written two books in this area: Informal Labour in Urban India: Three Cities, Three Journeys (Routledge, 2015) and Making Cars in the New India: Industry, Precarity and Informality (Cambridge University Press, 2018). His articles have appeared in several journals, including the Journal of Sociology, Urban Studies and Critical Sociology. His new project focuses on the intersection of new technology, redundancy, worker agency and rights in warehouse logistics.


  • 2014–present
    Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University
  • 2010–2014
    Lecturer, Political Economy, University of Sydney


  • 2011 
    PhD, Political Economy