International Consortium for Research on Employment and Work (iCREW)

The International Consortium for Research on Employment and Work (iCREW) builds on a long tradition of excellence in the fields of industrial/employment relations, work and human resources research at Monash University that began in the University’s early years in the 1960s led by the late the Hon. Emeritus Professor Joe Isaac, AO, FASSA. This tradition includes a legacy from the former Australian Consortium for Research in Employment and Work as well as from the former National Key Centre in Industrial Relations, which the Australian Research Council (ARC) had established at Monash in the late 1980s. The Key Centre was led initially by Professor Allan Fels AO, FASSA, then by Professor Malcolm Rimmer, FASSA. iCREW builds on this fine legacy.

iCREW promotes research and scholarship in the broad area of work, employment relations and human resources. Our key aim is the promotion of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in a range of fields including industrial and workplace relations, drawing on such disciplines as accounting, economics, history, law, management, politics, psychology and sociology.

We encourage projects in the private, not-for-profit and government sectors, especially with a view to producing high-quality publications that have impact. Our projects typically are in collaboration with governments, employers, unions and communities. We strive to contribute to enhanced organisational performance, improved wellbeing for working people and other organisational stakeholders, and the improvement of public policy.

We aim to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the International Labour Organization’s Decent Work and Sustainable Development agenda. Our research and engagement are in accord with Monash University’s strategy of addressing the challenges of the age for the betterment of our communities, both locally and globally, and are in accord with Monash Business School’s purpose and vision.

Our specific aims include to:

  • Collaborate with private, not-for-profit and public organisations in addressing challenges and opportunities in our field.
  • Facilitate high-quality research, involving impact, engagement and publications.
  • Contribute to research-focused and public-policy debates in our field through seminars, symposia, webinars and other events
  • Foster links between Monash and other researchers, as well as with practitioners, locally and internationally.

Our members work collaboratively on research projects in a range of interdisciplinary streams. We may provide seed funding to selected projects to foster research collaboration involving our members. We welcome visitors, research students, and other forms of engagement.


The future of work

Monash Business School welcomed Greg Vines, Deputy Director General of the International Labor Organization. Professor Greg Bamber, from our International Consortium for Research in Employment and Work (iCREW) sat down with Mr Vines to discuss the ILO, the Global Commission on the Future of Work, and more.

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