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, human resources, technological change, labour economics and labour law research at Monash University, that began in the University’s early years in the 1960s, led by the late Hon. Emeritus Professor Joe Isaac, AO.

This tradition includes a legacy from the 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 Emeritus Professor Malcolm Rimmer, FASSA. The subsequent directors were successively Emeritus Professor Gerry Griffin and Professor Julian Teicher.

After the ARC Key Centre funding had ended, the university approved the establishment of the Australian Centre for Research on Employment and Work (ACREW).

As a research centre, it was based primarily in the Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, though people from other departments also participated in it. ACREW’s directors were successively: Professor Helen De Cieri, Professor Fang Lee Cooke and Professor Amrik Sohal.

After Professor Greg Bamber became Director, he re-launched ACREW as the International Consortium for Research on Employment and Work (iCREW). It continues to promote research and scholarship in the broad fields of employment/industrial/workplace relations, human resources, labour, work, and technological change. Its key aim is the promotion of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in such areas, drawing on a range of disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, history, law, management, marketing, politics, psychology and sociology.

It encourages projects in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors, especially with a view to producing high-quality publications that have engagement and impact. Its projects typically are in collaboration with governments, employers, unions and wider communities. It strives to contribute to enhanced organisational performance, improved wellbeing for working people, managers and other organisational stakeholders, and the improvement of public policy.

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

Its specific aims include to:

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

iCREW members work collaboratively on research projects in a range of interdisciplinary streams. It may provide seed funding to selected projects to foster research collaboration involving iCREW members and affiliates. It welcomes visitors, research students, and other forms of engagement.

iCREW acknowledges and pays respects to the Elders and Traditional Owners of the Australian land.

It is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.


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.