Michael Quinlan is emeritus professor in the School of Management and Governance and Director of the Industrial Relations Research Centre. His major expertise is the field of occupational health and safety (OHS) and risk, particularly aspects related to work organisation, management and regulation. In addition to publishing widely on OHS he has undertaken inquiries, investigations and audits for governments in Australia and New Zealand on safety in the trucking industry, mining and OHS regulatory regimes. He has also served as an expert on a number of government advisory bodies in Australia and New Zealand as well as helping to prepare reports on OHS for the World Health Organisation, European Commission, European Agency on Safety and Health at Work and International Labour Organisation. He currently serves on the editorial board of six academic journals based in Australia and the UK.
Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, since 2015
1979 Callus, R. Quinlan, M. & Rimmer, M. Ethnic Affairs Commission, New South Wales research grant to investigate working lives of migrants in public sector instrumentalities
1983 Quinlan, M. Professor T. Hanami/Ford Foundation travel grant to visit Japan to take part in preparation of book on Comparative Industrial Relations.
1985 Quinlan, M. Littler, C. Gardner, M. & Palmer, G. Federal Department of Employment and Industrial Relations grant for research into Management Attitudes to Industrial Democracy
1986 Quinlan, M. & Gardner, M. Griffith University Research Grant
1987-89 Gardner, M. & Quinlan, M. ARGS/ARC research grant on trade union growth, structure and strategy
1988-89 Quinlan, M. Member Queensland academic design group. Australian Workplace Industrial Relations Study (entailing research grants from the federal government)
1991 Quinlan, M. Awarded ACIRRT grant to convene conference on Research and Education in Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Sydney (and to edit book based on conference proceedings). Worksafe Australia made a matching grant for both the conference and the publication.
1994 Bohle, P. & Quinlan, M. National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) grant to develop postgraduate teaching module on occupational health and safety for management students.
1994 Mayhew, C. Quinlan, M. & Bennett, L. NOHSC grant to research OHS implications of subcontracting.
1996 Mayhew, C. & Quinlan, M. NOHSC grant to research OHS implications of clothing outwork.
2000 Quinlan, M. Grant from the Motor Accidents Authority of New South Wales to undertake inquiry into safety in the long haul trucking industry $35,000
2001-3 Bohle, P. Quinlan, M. & Williamson, A. Large Australian Research Council Discovery grant to explore OHS effects of precarious employment, $141,381.
2001 Quinlan, M. & Mayhew C. Grant for commissioned research brief from WorkCover New South Wales on developing strategies to address OHS and workers’ compensation responsibilities arising from changing employment relationships. $25,000
2001-5 LaMontagne, A. Aroni, R. McNeil, J. Quinlan, M. Wolfe, R. Grant from National Heart Foundation for research project on occupational stress and health behaviours in low status workers
2003-6 Johnstone, R. & Quinlan, M. Large Australian Research Council Discovery grant on the Implementation of Process Regulation in Occupational Health and Safety: A Comparative Study of Policy and Practice. $163,000
2005-6 Quinlan, M. International Consultant to research grant on employment strain funded by Ontario Workers’ Compensation Board, Canada (Wayne Lewchuk, Alice deWolf, Andy King, Leah Vosko and Emile Tompa).
2007 Bohle, P. & Quinlan, M. UNSW Goldstar grant ($30,000) Aging, Flexibility and OHS
2008 Quinlan, M. & Bohle, P. UNSW Goldstar grant ($30,000) Aging, Flexibility and OHS
2010-15 Employment precarity and poverty in Southern Ontario, Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada CURA Award (multiple investigators), $CAN1,000,000.
2011-13 Quinlan, M. Junor, A. Hampson, I. Barrett, G. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant on the Skill and Safety Effects of Outsourcing Heavy Aircraft Maintenance, $226,000.
2011-13 Bohle P. Quinlan, M. Mavromaras, K. Rawlings-Way, O. Caring for the carers: Occupational health and safety in homecare Australian Research Linkage Grant, $680,205.
2012-14 Bohle P, Quinlan M, Precarious employment: New knowledge, new solutions, ARC Discovery Grant, $345,000.
2012-14 Bohle, P. Matthews, L. Quinlan, M. Traumatic work-related death: Assessing and improving institutional responses to the needs of surviving families, ARC Discovery Grant, $356,430.
2020-2022 ARC Linkage Grant Conviction Politics: The convict roots of Australian democracy, with Professor Tony Moore, Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, Emeritus Professor Michael Quinlan et al, $757,205.