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Professor Richard Johnstone
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Melbourne)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Richard Johnstone’s research and teaching interests lie in labour law (particularly work health and safety), regulation, socio-legal research and legal education. The principal theme in his research is whether and how the health and safety of workers is protected by work health and safety regulation. His work largely critically evaluates the way in which regulation is designed and implemented, but he has also contributed to normative debates about the design and reform of work health and safety regulation, and effective enforcement approaches. He has researched state enforcement of work health and safety statutes; standard setting; worker participation in work health and safety; and the working conditions of precarious workers (for example, outworkers, labour hire workers, contractors and sub-contractors, and workers in franchise arrangements). Richard has been awarded six Australian Research Council grants, has completed seven major empirical studies on work health and safety regulation and one on learning, teaching and curriculum in Australian Law Schools, and has authored, co-authored or edited 17 books, including five leading books in work health and safety regulation. Richard is Director of Research in the QUT Law School. He is currently an Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law. He is also a Director of the National Research Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Regulation at the Australian National University.  He played a leading role in founding the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand in 2006, and was President of the Association from 2007-2009. He is a founding member of the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee. Since 2010 he has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

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