BA, DipEd, MA (Melbourne), PhD (London), Hon DLitt (Macquarie) Hon DTech (Lulea)
Human resources and industrial relations

Professor Russell Lansbury was Professor of Industrial Relations (1987-2009) and Associate Dean for Research in the Business School (2000-07) at the University of Sydney. He was the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Teaching (an ARC Key Centre) at the University of Sydney. He was appointed Emeritus Professor at the Unversity of Sydney in 2009. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and an Honorary Professor at the Open University of Hong Kong.

He gained an Master of Arts in Political Science and a Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from the London School of Economics in the UK. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by Macquarie University and an Honorary Doctor of Technology (DTech) by Lulea Technical University in Sweden. He undertook graduate studies in Sociology at the University of Lund in Sweden and was awarded a Danish government research fellowship at the University of Copenhagen.

His major research contributions have been in the areas of international and comparative employment and industrial relations. His current research includes studies of the effects of management strategies of multinational enterprises on employment relations and labour practices. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and the Sloan School of Management at MIT in Boston, USA. He has been a Shaw Foundation Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and received fellowships from the French, German, Danish, Finnish and Swedish goverments.. He has held visiting positions at the National Institute for Worklife Research in Sweden, the International Institute for Business Administration (INSEAD) in France and the Industrial Relations Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA.

Joint editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations from 1999-2009, he has served on the boards of leading academic journals in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has been an adviser to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). From 2006-2009 he was President of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), which is based at the ILO in Geneva, Switzerland..

His research expertise includes:

  • Globalisation and employment relations
  • International and comparative industrial relations
  • Organisational and technological change
  • Work reform and industrial democracy
  • Consultant to the ILO on the World Labour Report
  • Consultant to the Finnish Ministry of Labour on Workplace Reform
  • Member of an international team reviewing work organisation research for the Swedish Research Council
  • Member of the advisory board for the European Union research project on 'The Intelligent Mine of the Future'.
  • Past President, International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)
  • Past President, Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA)
  • Past President, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)
  • Former Chair, Executive Performance Management Advisory Committee, NSW Premier's Department

Honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) awarded by Macquarie University, Australia

Honorary Doctor of Technology (D.Tech) awarded by Lulea Technical University, Sweden

Fellow of the Labour and Employment Relations Association (LERA) in the USA

Honorary Life Member of the Labour and Employment Relations Association (LERA) in the USA

Honorary Life Member of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA)

Honorary Life Member of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

  • Bamber GJ, Lansbury RD, Wailes N and Wright CF (eds) (2015) International and Comparative Employment Relations, 6th Edition. London: Sage ; Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Cutcher L, Kirsch A and Lansbury RD (2012) The 'Lucky' LME: The Mediation of Globalizing Effects on Employment Relations in the Australian Auto Assembly and Banking Industries. International Journal of Human Resource Management. 23 (10) : 1999-2015
  • Auer P, Clibborn S and Lansbury RD (2012) Beyond Our Control? Labour Adjustment in Response to the Global Recession by Multinational Auto Companies in Australia. Australian Bulletin of Labour 38 (2): 142-57
  • Wailes, N and Lansbury RD (2010) International and Comparative Perspectives on Employee Participation in A. Wilkinson The Oxford Handbook on Participation in Organisations. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 570-89
  • Lansbury RD (2009) Work and Industrial Relations: Towards a New Agenda, Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations 64 (2): 326-39
  • Lansbury RD (2009) Workplace Democracy and the Global Financial Crisis. Journal of Industrial Relations 51 (5): 599-616
  • Zou M and Lansbury RD (2009) Multinational Corporations and Employment Relations in the Peoples Republic of China: The Case of Beijing Hyundai Motor Company. International Journal of Human Resource Management 20 (11): 2349-69
  • Lansbury RD, Wailes N, Kitay J and Kirsch A (eds) (2008) Globalisation and Employment Relations in the International Auto Industry: a Study of Seven Countries, Amsterdam: Kluwer International
  • Lansbury RD and Wailes N. (2008) Employee Involvement and Direct Participation in Blyton (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations. London: Sage. 434-46
  • Lansbury RD, Suh CS and Kwon SH (2007) The Global Korean Motor Industry: the Hyundai Motor Company's Global Strategy. London: Routledge. (reprinted 2014)
  • Isaac JE and Lansbury RD (eds) (2005) Labour Market Deregulation: Rewriting the Rules. Sydney: Federation Press.