Caleb's research focuses on two major dimensions of the future of work. One, creating green jobs and the interlinking of greening work, the broader economy and contemporary society. Two, the 'gig' economy and its implications for workers, organisations, public policy and society.
This research experience was gained via the completion of a PhD in 2013 at Curtin University. The research built a case study methodology to understand the ways in which the Australian political economic milieu affects workplace response and efforts to ‘green’ automotive manufacturing. Much of the analysis was drawn from in depth qualitative interviews with key political, industry and union leaders in Australia. The thesis also drew on international experiences to contextualise and contrast the Australian workplace response to pressing environmental issues such as climate change. This research was published in 2014 as a book 'Greening Auto Jobs: A Critical Analysis of the Green Job Solution' ISBN 978-0-7391-8980-1
In 2015, Caleb completed a one year Post-Doctorate at York University, Canada, and is currently a co-investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada research project entitled “Adapting Canadian Work and Workplace: Canada in International Perspective” and holds a research fellowship position at the University of Western Australia.
Caleb is the Chief Investigator of a University of Western Australia research project examining work and workers lived experiences in the ‘gig economy’.
Uber has been forced by the UK courts to treat its British drivers as workers. It will probably require legislative change for Uber's Australian drivers to be treated as employees.