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Thematic Group Conveners

TASA's Executive introduced Thematic Groups (TGs) in 2005. The groups are designed to facilitate communication and collaboration between TASA members working in similar areas. They are also intended to provide a vehicle for the organisation of the annual TASA conference. Currently, there are 26 TGs that reflect the diverse interests of the TASA membership.

Thematic Groups are the nucleus of the association and the conveners work hard to support their group members by overseeing their group's social media platforms, web pages, forum, blog, newsletter, conference submissions/program as well as organising events and an annual meeting. The thematic groups are represented on the Executive by a portfolio leader. 

Convener/s are determined by the membership of the TGs, either through meetings at the TASA Annual Conference or through email communication with all TG members. Previous to 2019, all conveners changed over every three years. From November 2019, the convener term has been two years. 

If you are interested in being a thematic group convener for the November 2023 – November 2024 term, please let your current conveners know.



Thematic Groups Portfolio Leader: Tom Barnes

Contact: thematicgroups@tasa.org.au

Tom Barnes is an economic sociologist and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University (ACU), in Sydney. His research primarily focuses on insecure, precarious and informal work. He is currently researching global warehouse logistics and automotive manufacturing. His recent Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA project (2017-2019) focused on the demise of Australian automotive manufacturing and the impact on workers and communities in closure-affected regions in Victoria. He completed his PhD in political economy at the University of Sydney in 2011 and has expertise on work and economic development in India. He has written two books in this area: Informal Labour in Urban India: Three Cities, Three Journeys (Routledge, 2015) and Making Cars in the New India: Industry, Precarity and Informality (Cambridge University Press, 2018). His articles have appeared in several journals, including Journal of Sociology, Journal of Development Studies and Critical Sociology. His new project focuses on the intersection of surveillance technology, worker agency and rights in warehouse logistics. 

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