Sarah Gregson

Senior Lecturer

Sarah is a labour historian who has taught in the School of Management and Governance since 1995. Her research spans diverse subjects related to the world of work and safety – the social history of the Titanic sinking, aircraft maintenance engineering work, supply chain safety, and the memorialisation of labour. Her latest project is about the West Gate bridge disaster. This project examines the bridge’s collapse during construction, with a focus on the history of the disaster, its place in labour memory, philanthropic approaches to victims and families, and its lessons for ongoing action for better workplace health and safety. She practices what she teaches as president of the NTEU UNSW branch.

Research Grants
  • 2011-2013: The future of aircraft maintenance in Australia: workforce capability, aviation safety and industry development (with Michael Quinlan, Ian Hampson, Anne Junor, Ann Williamson, Garry Barrett and Erik van Voorthuysen). 2011 $75,000, 2012 $71,000, 2013 $80,000

Research Interests

  • Labour process and aircraft maintenance work
  • Diversity management and discrimination
  • Australian labour history-1890s - 1930s
  • Australian conservatism
  • Social history of the Titanic sinking

 

 

Books
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Sheldon P; Gregson S; Irving T; Belzer M; Thornquist A; Lippel K; Thebaud-Mony A; Nossar I; Walters D; Johnstone R; Quinlan M, 2020, The Regulation and Management of Workplace Health and Safety: Historical and Emerging Trends, Sheldon P; Gregson S; Lansbury R; Sanders K, (eds.), Routledge, London, https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429265679
2020
Journal articles
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Gregson S; Quinlan M, 2020, 'Subcontracting and low pay kill: Lessons from the health and safety consequences of sweated labour in the garment industry, 1880-1920', Labor History (US), vol. 61, pp. 534 - 550, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2020.1818712
2020
Gregson S; Quinlan M, 2020, 'Lessons from the Past in Occupational Health and Safety', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, vol. 119, pp. v - xiv, http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/jlh/2020.16
2020
Gregson S; Humphrys E, 2020, 'Philanthropy and the "Management" of Working-Class Women: The West Gate Bridge Disaster', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, vol. 119, pp. 143 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/jlh.2020.22
2020
Gregson S; Bongiorno F; Hampson I; Rhiannon L; Lyons T; Humphrys E, 2020, 'Roundtable. Assessing the Accord and Labor’s Role in Neoliberalism.', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, vol. 118, pp. 135 - 176, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=283277080664867;res=IELAPA;type=pdf
2020
Gregson SE; Quinlan M; Hampson I; Junor A; Carney T, 2016, 'Supply Chains and the Manufacture of Precarious Work: The Safety Implications of Outsourcing/ Offshoring Heavy Aircraft Maintenance', E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, vol. 5, pp. 3 - 36, http://adapt.it/EJCLS/index.php/ejcls_adapt/article/view/115
2016
Gregson SE; Quinlan M; Hampson I, 2016, 'Professionalism or Inter-Union Solidarity? Organising Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, 1955-1975', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, vol. 110, pp. 35 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.5263/labourhistory.110.0035
2016
Gregson S; Hampson I; Junor A; Fraser D; Quinlan M; Williamson A, 2015, 'Supply chains, maintenance and safety in the Australian airline industry', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 57, pp. 604 - 623, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185615582234
2015
Gregson SE; Quinlan M; Hampson I, 2014, 'Slow to learn: regulatory oversight of the safety of outsourced aircraft maintenance in the USA', Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, vol. 12, pp. 71 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14774003.2014.11667798
2014
Quinlan MG; Hampson I; Gregson SE, 2013, 'Outsourcing and offshoring aircraft maintenance in the US: Implications for safety', Safety Science, vol. 57, pp. 283 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2013.02.011
2013
Gregson SE, 2012, 'Women and children first? The administration of Titanic relief in Southampton, 1912-59', English Historical Review, vol. 127, pp. 83 - 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cer352
2012
Gregson SE, 2012, 'The Administration of Titanic Relief in Southampton, 1912-1959', English Historical Review
2012
North-Samardzic ; Gregson SE, 2011, 'Commitment or Even Compliance? An Australian University's Approach to Equal Employment Opportunity', Relations Industrielles - Industrial Relations, vol. 66, pp. 279 - 301, http://dx.doi.org/10.7202/1006147ar
2011
Hampson I; Junor A; Gregson SE, 2011, 'Missing in action: Aircraft maintenance and the recent 'HRM in the airlines' literature', International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 23, pp. 2561 - 2575, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2011.633278
2011
Gregson SE, 2009, 'Oral Historian and Activist, 'Studs' Terkel (1912-2008)', Labour History, vol. 96, pp. 233 - 234, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=798863730281436;res=IELHSS
2009
Gregson SE, 2008, 'Titanic `downunder`: ideology, myth and memorialization', Social History, vol. 33, pp. 268 - 283, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03071020802268348
2008
Gregson SE, 2007, 'War, Racism and Industrial Relations in an Australian Mining Town, 1916-1935', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 18, pp. 79 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/103530460701800105
2007
Gregson SE, 2004, 'Defending Internationalism in Interwar Broken Hill', Labour History, vol. 86, pp. 115 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/27515970
2004
Gregson SE, 2001, '`It all started on the Mines`? the 1934 Kalgoorlie Race Riots Revisited', Labour History, pp. 21 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/27516768
2001
Book Chapters
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Gregson S; Humphrys E, 2020, 'The West Gate Bridge collapse: how disaster happens', in Sheldon P; Gregson S; Lansbury R; Sanders K (ed.), The Regulation and Management of Workplace Health and Safety: Historical and Emerging Trends, Routledge, London, pp. 27 - 55, https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429265679
2020
Sheldon P; Gregson S, 2020, 'Michael Quinlan — Intellectual Journey of a Scholar, Teacher and Policy Expert', in Sheldon P; Gregson S; Lansbury R; Sanders K (ed.), The Regulation and Management of Workplace Health and Safety: Historical and Emerging Trends, Routledge, London, pp. 1 - 21, https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429265679
2020
Gregson SE, 2006, 'Who built the Opera House?', in Building a Masterpiece: the Sydney Opera House, edn. 1, Powerhouse Publishing/Lund Humphries, Sydney, pp. 122 - 135
2006
Conference Abstracts
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Gregson S; Humphrys E, 2020, 'Memorialising workers: the West Gate Bridge collapse', in AIRAANZ conference proceedings 2020, Queenstown New Zealand, pp. 1 - 209, presented at Doing things differently? IR practice and research beyond 2020, Queenstown New Zealand, 11 February 2020 - 14 February 2020, https://www.airaanz.org/uploads/2/1/6/3/2163987/airaanz_proceedings_v14.pdf
2020
Conference Papers
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Hampson I; Junor A; Gregson S, 2010, 'The political economy and skills of aircraft maintenance: Towards a research agenda.', in The political economy and skills of aircraft maintenance: Towards a research agenda., 28th International Labour Process Conference, Rutgers University, presented at 28th International Labour Process Conference, Rutgers University, 15 March 2010 - 17 March 2010
2010
Gregson SE, 2010, 'Memorialising Workers: 'reading' a material heritage', in Work in Progress: Crises, Choices and Continuity: Proceedings of the 24th AIRAANZ Conference, College of Business, UWS/AIRAANZ, Sydney, pp. R13_Gregson - Proceedings on USB, presented at 24TH AIRAANZ Conference, Sydney, Australia, 03 February 2010 - 05 February 2010, http://airaanzweb.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/6/3/2163987/airaanz_introduction_index.pdf
2010
Reports
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Gregson SE, 2009, Race, Identity and Belonging: A Soundings Collection, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
2009
Gregson SE, 2009, Trade Unionism in Australia: A History from Flood to Ebb Tide, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
2009
Other
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Gregson SE, 2008, The RSL: A rejoinder, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8497.2008.00489.x
2008

Diversity management; management strategy; labour history (1890-1930s); racism; Australian conservatism.