About Professor Michele Ford

Professor Michele Ford’s research interests include: labour and other social movements in Southeast Asia; labour migration; and border studies (with a focus on Southeast Asian borderlands.

Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, Michele Ford, draws on methods associated with sociology, anthropology, history and political science in her cross-disciplinary research on social movements, labour migration, grassroots politics and Southeast Asian borderlands. Michele is currently working on an ARC Discovery project on the re-emergence of political labour in Indonesia (with Teri Caraway). She has completed other major projects on relationships across the Singapore-Indonesia border (with Lenore Lyons) and trade union responses to migrant labour in the major destination countries of East and Southeast Asia. Michele has supervised PhD and Research Masters projects on labour movements, labour migration, human trafficking, NGOs and local politics.

Selected publications

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Ten most relevant research outputs:

Ford, M. 2009. Workers and Intellectuals: NGOs, Trade Unions and the Indonesian Labour Movement. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press/Hawaii University Press/KITLV.

Ford, M. and M. Gillan. 2015. The Global Union Federations in International Industrial Relations: A Critical Review. Journal of Industrial Relations. 57 (3): 456-475.

Ford, M. and T. Pepinsky (eds). 2014. Beyond Oligarchy: Wealth, Power, and Contemporary Indonesian Politics. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program.

Caraway, T. and M. Ford. 2014. Labor and Politics under Oligarchy. In Ford, M. and Pepinsky, T. (eds). Beyond Oligarchy: Wealth, Power, and Contemporary Indonesian Politics. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program, pp.139-156.

Ford, M., Gillan, M., Thien, H. (2016). From Cronyism to Oligarchy? Privatisation and Business Elites in Myanmar. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 46(1), 18-41.

Ford, M. and M. Gillan (eds). 2016. Employment Relations and the State in Southeast Asia. Journal of Industrial Relations 58 (2). (special edition)

Ford, M. 2014. Learning by Doing: Trade Unions and Electoral Politics in Batam, 2004-2009. South-East Asia Research 22 (3): 341-357.

Ford, M. 2013. The Global Union Federations and Temporary Labour Migration in Malaysia. Journal of Industrial Relations 55 (2): 260-275.

Ford, M. and T. Dibley. 2012. Experiments in Cross-Scalar Labour Organizing: Reflections on Trade Union-Building Work in Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami. Antipode 44 (2): 303-320.

Ford, M. 1999. Testing the Limits of Corporatism: Reflections on Industrial Relations Institutions and Practices in Suharto’s Indonesia. Journal of Industrial Relations, 41 (3):372-92.