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Ian Hampson (PhD, University of Wollongong) joined the Centre for Workplace Futures as Honorary Professor in 2018. Ian was recently Associate Professor at the UNSW Business School, and an Associate of the UNSW Industrial Relations Research Centre, until he took early retirement.  He began his 25 year career at UNSW at the then School of Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour.  He has taught widely across comparative industrial relations, human resource management, training, work organization and performance management.  His research interests and publications include Australian politics, social and political theory, work organisation, skill recognition, job quality, training policy, aircraft maintenance safety regulation, training and licensing. 


Ian has been a recipient of a number of Australian Research Council Grants.  In 2011 he was a CI on a project called The future of aircraft maintenance in Australia: Workforce capability, aviation safety and industry development (LP110100335),and subsequently led the writing of the final report of that project.  Since the publication of that Report Ian has led two well-attended Industry Seminars into issues raised by that research, in particular the alignment of Australian training and licensing with international standards.  Various policy actors in the industry have taken up ideas from the Report.  


Also in 2011, Ian was a CI on another ARC funded project called Recognising the Skill in Jobs Traditionally Considered Unskilled (LP110200888), while he jointly lead an internal UNSW Industry Research Project called the Building Professional Skills Project, funded by the UNSW Division of the Executive Director Finance and Operations.  In 2006 he was part of a team that received a grant from the New Zealand Department of Labour, 2005-07 New Zealand Department of Labour 2006-2008 (CI) Development of a methodology for better recognition of the skills in service work.  This skill recognition work (with Anne Junor as expert witness) played a role in the landmark Equal Remuneration test case in 2012, as well as informing the development of skill recognition work on training packages in the National Training System.

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Research Outputs

The Swedish contribution to job quality

Hampson, I. & Sandberg, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Oxford handbook of job quality. Warhurst, C. & Mateau, C. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Licencing and training reform in the Australian aircraft maintenance industry

Hampson, I. & Fraser, D., 2016, In : Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 68, 3, p. 342-358 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Professionalism or inter-union solidarity? organising licensed aircraft maintenance engineers, 1955-75

    Gregson, S., Quinlan, M. & Hampson, I., May 2016, In : Labour History. 110, p. 35-56 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The uncertain oversight of offshore aircraft maintenance: the case of Australia

    Hampson, I., Fraser, D., Quinlan, M. & Junor, A., 2016, In : Journal of Air Law and Commerce. 81, 2, p. 225-250 26 p., 3.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Stages of the social construction of skill: revisiting debates over service skill recognition

    Hampson, I. & Junor, A., Jun 2015, In : Sociology Compass. 9, 6, p. 450-463 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Oral presentation