B.Ec (Hons), PhD (University of Sydney)
Strategy, management and organisational behaviour

Michael Quinlan is Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations in the School of Management and an associate of the Industrial Relations Research Centre at the University of New South Wales and also holds a fractional professorial post at the Business School Middlesex University, London.

Professor Quinlan specialises in occupational health and safety and industrial relations history.

Key appointments in the last ten years: Beaconsfield mine fatality investigation; co-author with Hon Lance Wright of federal trucking pay safety review; member of the NZ government Post Pike River disaster Expert Reference Group & member of the New Zealand Extractive Industries Advisory Group.

Professor, School of Management University of NSW (since 1994)

Honorary Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney (since 2009)

Professor, Business School, Middlesex University, London.

Fellow, Safety Institute of Australia


Quinlan, M. (2014) Ten Pathways to Death and Disaster: Learning from Fatal Incidents in Mines and Other High Hazard Workplaces, Federation Press, Sydney

Quinlan, M. (2017) The Origins of Worker Mobilisation - Australia 1788-1850, Routledge

Quinlan, M. (2020) Contesting Inequality and Worker Mobilisation: Australia 1851-1880, Routledge, New York.

Journal Articles

Walters, D. Johnstone, R. Frick, K. Quinlan, M. Gringras, G. & Thebaud-Mony, A. (2011) Regulating Work Risks: A comparative study of Inspection Regimes in Times of Change, Edward Elgar Cheltenham, UK

Quinlan, M. Hampson, I. Gregson, S. (2013) Outsourcing and offshoring aircraft maintenance in the US: Implications for safety, Safety Science, 57:283-292.

Quinlan, M. (2013), Precarious and Hazardous work: The health and safety of merchant seamen 1815-1935, Social History 38(3):281-307

I Hampson, D Fraser, M Quinlan, A Junor, S Gregson (2015) The Future of Aircraft Maintenance in Australia: Workforce Capability, Aviation Safety and Industry Development

Quinlan, M., Fitzpatrick, S. J., Matthews, L. R., Ngo, M., & Bohle, P. (2015) Administering the cost of death: Organisational perspectives on workers’ compensation and common law claims following traumatic death at work in Australia. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 38:8-17.

Matthews, L. Quinlan, M. Fitzpatrick, S. Bohle, P. & Ngo, M. (2016) Bereaved Families and the Coronial Response to Traumatic Workplace Fatalities: Organizational Perspectives, Death Studies, 40(3):191-200.

Gregson, S. Quinlan, M. & Hampson, I. (2016) Professionalism or Inter-Union Solidarity? Organising Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, 1955–75, Labour History No.110:35-56.

Hampson, I. Junor, A. Fraser, D. & Quinlan, M. (2016) The uncertain oversight of offshore aircraft maintenance, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 81(2): 225-250.

Walters, D. Quinlan, M. Johnstone, R. & Wadsworth, E. (2016), Cooperation or resistance? Representing workers’ health and safety in a hazardous industry, Industrial Relations Journal 47:4, 379–395

Walters, D. Johnston, R. Quinlan, M. & Wadsworth, E. (2016) Safeguarding Workers: A Study of Health and Safety Representatives in the Queensland Coalmining Industry, 1990-2013, Relations Industrielles, 71-3, 418-441

Quinlan, M. Gregson, S. Hampson, I. Junor, A. & Carney, T. (2016), Supply Chains and the Manufacture of Precarious Work: The Safety Implications of Outsourcing/Offshoring Heavy Aircraft Maintenance E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 5(3)

Walters, D. Quinlan, M. Johnstone R. & Wadsworth, E. (2017) Representing miners in arrangements for health and safety in coalmines: A study of current practice, Economic and Industrial Democracy,

Bohle, P. Knox, A. Noone, J. Mc Namara, M. Rafalski, J. Quinlan, M. (2017) Work organisation, bullying and intention to leave in the hospitality industry, Employee Relations, Vol. 39 Issue: 4, pp.446-458, doi: 10.1108/ER-07-2016-0149

Ngo, M. Matthews, L. Quinlan, M., Bohle, P. (2018) Bereaved Family Members’ Views and Experiences of the Value of Coronial Inquests into Fatal Work Incidents, OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying. DOI: 10.1177/0030222818819344

Walters, D. Quinlan, M. Johnstone R. & Wadsworth, E. (2019) Representing miners in arrangements for health and safety in coalmines: A study of current practice, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 40(4): 976-996. DOI: 10.1177/0143831X16679891

Ngo, M. Matthews, L. Quinlan, M. & Bohle, P. (2019): Information needs of bereaved families following fatal work incidents, Death Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1586792

Matthews, L. Quinlan, M. Rawling-Way, O. and Bohle, P. (2019) Work Fatalities, Bereaved Families and the Enforcement of OHS Legislation, Journal of Industrial Relations, 61(5): 637-56.

Matthews LR, Quinlan MG and Bohle P (2019) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Prolonged Grief Disorder in Families Bereaved by a Traumatic Workplace Death: The Need for Satisfactory Information and Support. Frontiers of. Psychiatry 10:609. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00609

D. Walters and M. Quinlan, Representing workers on occupational safety and health: some lessons from a largely ignored history, Industrial Relations Journal, vol.50 no.4 (2019), 399-414.

D. Walters and M. Quinlan, Voice and resistance — Coal Miners’ struggles to represent their health and safety interests in Australia and New Zealand 1871-1925, Economic and Labour Relations Review vol.30 no.4 (2019), 513-31.

Quinlan, M. (2019), Letter to Charles Darwin, Social Alternatives, 38(3):64-66.

Walters D, & Quinlan M, (2020) An International History of Coalminers’ Actions to Voice Resistance to the Appropriation of their Safety and Health, 1870-1925, Relations Industrielles, 75(2): 376-399.

van Barneveld K, Quinlan M, Kriesler P, Junor A, Baum F, Chowdhury A, Junankar PN, Clibborn S, Flanagan F, Wright CF, Friel S, Halevi J, & Rainnie A, (2020) The COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons on building more equal and sustainable societies, Economic and Labour Relations Review, 31(2):133-157.

Quinlan M, (2020) Five Challenges to Humanity: Learning from pattern/repeat failures in past disasters, Economic and Labour Relations Review, online edition, doi/full/10.1177/1035304620944301

Book chapters

H. Maxwell-Stewart and M. Quinlan, (2019) ‘Voting with their Feet: Absconding and Labour Exploitation in Convict Australia in T. Chakraborty, M. van Rossum and M. Rediker eds, Runaways: Workers, Mobility, and Global Capitalism, 1650-1850, University of California Press, Oakland, 156-177.

Quinlan M, (2020) Postscript: Inequality, Deprivation/Resistance and Building a Sustainable Society in Peter Sheldon, Sarah Gregson, Russell D. Lansbury, and Karin Sanders eds. The Regulation and Management of Workplace Health and Safety: Historical and Emerging Trends, Routledge, New York, 161-174.