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Sasha Holley

  • Title: Dr.
  • Position: Senior Research Assistant - Department of Marketing and Management
  • Qualifications: PhD USyd, MPhil Curtin, BEc UTas

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Areas of Expertise

  • Labour standards
  • Precarious workers
  • Labour law and regulation of minimum standards
  • Government contracts and public policy
  • Work health and safety
  • Workers' compensation

Profile

Dr Sasha Holley joined Macquarie University in February 2013 as a Senior Research Assistant in the Centre for Workforce Futures. Sasha came to academia with experience as a social policy researcher in development economics, having worked for the World Bank and various bilateral aid organisations and NGOs. She also has experience in managing businesses in a variety of sectors, including finance, fitness and consulting.

Sasha's current research focuses on labour standards for precarious workers. Her niche area of expertise is government contracts for services, the incentive structures that are built into the contracts and the resulting impacts on workers who are involved with the contracts. This incorporates labour standards and working conditions for workers who carry out contracted services, as well as incentives in government contracts that can impact workers in other ways, such as workers' compensation. Prior to her appointment to CWF in 2013, Sasha held tutoring positions at the University of Sydney and Curtin University in Perth.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Public Policy: (University of Sydney)
  • Master of Philosophy: Development Economics: (Curtin University)
  • Bachelor of Economics: (University of Tasmania)

Current projects

'Accounting for Work Health and Safety Governance', with S. O'Neill (IGAP),N. Martinov-Bennie (IGAP) and K. Wolfe (SIA). Role: Senior research assistant.This collaborative project between IGAP, CPA Australia, Safe Work Australia andthe Safety Institute of Australia examines the role of accounting in theexecution of WHS due diligence.

'Impact of NSW Workers Compensation Legislation 2012', with S. O'Neill(IGAP), L. Thornthwaite, and R. Markey (CWF). Role: Senior research assistant.This is an ongoing collaborative project between Unions NSW and CWF MacquarieUniversity.

'Investigating the impact of precariousemployment and contracting chains on aviation safety, security and occupationalhealth and safety' with L Taksa and A Barnes. Role: Senior research assistant.This is a collaborative project between the Transport Workers' Union andMacquarie University.

Publications

journal toggle icon open Refereed Journal Articles

  • Holley S, Thornthwaite L, Markey R, and O'Neill S 'NSW Workers' Compensation Reform: A Parody of Evidence-based Policy Making' Australian Journal of Public Administration. Published online 30 January 2015.
  • Holley, S., Maconachie, G. & Goodwin, M., 'Government Procurement Contracts and Minimum Labour Standards Enforcement: Rhetoric, Duplication and Distraction?' The Economic and Labour Relations Review. Published online 11 August 2014.
  • Holley, S. 'The Monitoring and Enforcement of Labour Standards when Services are Contracted-out', Journal of Industrial Relations. Published online 6 March 2014.
  • Holley, S. & Rainnie, A., 'Who Cleans Up? The Declining Earnings Position of Cleaners in Australia', The Economic and Labour Relations Review February 2012.
  • Fink, S. 'The Sustainability of Toilets in Hanoi, Vietnam', International Journal of Economic Development, November 2001.Volume 3, Number 3.

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  • O'Neill, S., Holley, S., Thornthwaite, L. & Markey, R., (2014) 'Workers' Comp Needs Real Reform not Red Tape Fiddling', The Conversation, 24 March 2014.
  • Markey, R, Holley, S., O'Neill, S., & Thornthwaite, L. (2013) The Impact on Injured Workers of Changes to NSW Workers' Compensation: June 2012 Legislative Amendments Report no. 1 for Unions NSW, Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University
  • "Building Institutional Capacity in Asia", McCarty and Fink, Ministry of Finance Japan and the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, September 2000.
  • "Financial Sector Aid in Vietnam: Summary and Suggestions for the Future", McCarty and Fink, AusAID Vietnam, May 1998.
  • "Report and Statistical Abstract of UNIDO/DSI Industrial Competitiveness Field Survey", McCarty and Fink, UNIDO publication, April 1998. Ref 
  • "Report on Curriculum Reform at the National Economics University", McCarty and Fink, policy advice from the National Economics University, Hanoi, March 1998. Ref

conference toggle icon open Conferences and Presentations

  • Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Melbourne, February 2014 - 2 x Paper Presentations "'All that is Solid Melts into Air': Impact of Labour Hire on Permanent Work in Aviation', and 'Complexity and Failure to meet Objectives: The NSW Workers' Compensation Scheme'.
  • Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Perth, February 2013
    Paper Presentation 'The Monitoring and Enforcement of Labour Standards when Services are Contracted-out'.
  • Society of Heterodox Economists Conference, University of New South Wales, Australia, December 2012
    Paper Presentation 'Public Procurement and the Regulation of Labour: A Case Study of NSW School Cleaners'
  • Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Surfers Paradise, February 2012
    Paper Presentation ''Government Contracting-Out of Services and the Regulation of Labour'.
  • Critical Management Studies Conference, Naples University, July 2011
    Paper Presentation 'Government Contracting-Out of Services and the Regulation of Labour.'
  • Society of Heterodox Economists Conference, University of New South Wales, Australia, December 2010
    Paper Presentation 'The Precariousness of Neoliberalism: Who cleans up?'
  • Social Policy Association Conference, Lincoln University, UK, July 2010
    Poster Presentation 'Buying Social Justice through Public Procurement?'

Affiliations / activities

  • Member, Global Aviation Research Network, Macquarie University
  • Cleaning Industry Reference Group, United Voice
  • Invited Reviewer for the Following Journals:
    • Economic and Labour Relations Review
    • Ephemera Theory and Politics in Organization (UK)

Teaching Awards

  • Dean's Citation for Excellence in Tutoring - University of Sydney 2012