Christopher Sheil

Visiting Senior Fellow
Visiting Snr Research Fellow

Christopher Sheil, BA (Hons), PhD, is a social historian whose principal interest is in the history of labour. He is also an Adjunct Professor in social policy at Boston University (Sydney Academic Centre), and a former member of the Senior Executive Service in the NSW Cabinet Office. He has been a senior policy official under six governments (four Labor and two Liberal-National), has served on over 60 national and state government social and economic policy committees (including a dozen cabinet committees), and is the author or editor of well over 200 academic and government publications. A member of the Australian Society of Authors, he was a monthly columnist for the Australian Financial Review from 2001 to 2003 and his main books are: (ed.) Globalisation: Australian Impacts (UNSW Press: 2001); Water’s Fall: Running the Risks with Economic Rationalism (Pluto Press: 2000) (short-listed for the 2001 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Literary or Cultural Criticism); War on the Wharves: A Cartoon History (Pluto Press: 1998); and (ed.) Turning Point: The State of Australia (Allen & Unwin: 1997). He served for 17 years as an executive member of the Evatt Foundation (affiliated with the University of Sydney), including a record 13 years as President. His current research is focused on historical aspects of Australian politics and policy, maritime labour, and economic inequality.

 

Books
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Sheil C, 2001, Globalisation: Australian impacts, Sheil C, (ed.), Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney
2001
Sheil C, 2000, Water`s fall: running the risks with economic rationalism, Original, Pluto Press, Sydney
2000
Sheil C, 1998, War on the Wharves: A Cartoon History, Pluto Press, Annandale
1998
Sheil C, 1997, Turning Point: The State of Australia, Sheil C, (ed.), Allen & Unwin, St Leonards
1997
Book Chapters
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Sheil C, 2017, 'Childs, Bruce Kenneth (1934 -)', in Browne G; Walsh K; Bateman J; Gupta H (ed.), The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate, Volume 4, 1983-2002, Department of the Senate, Canberra, pp. 66 - 70
2017
Sheil C, 2008, 'Introduction in The State of Industrial Relations', in The State of Industrial Relations, edn. 5, Evatt Foundation, Sydney NSW, pp. 9 - 18
2008
Sheil C, 2003, 'Privatisation, politics and public-private partnerships', in Howard D; Ewer P (ed.), Visions for Victoria, edn. First, Vulgar Press, Carlton North, pp. 67 - 85
2003
Sheil C, 2001, 'Globalisation is ... globalisation: introduction', in Sheil C (ed.), Globalisation: Australian impacts, edn. Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 18
2001
Sheil C, 2001, 'Global vision: conclusion', in Christopher Sheil (ed.), Globalisation: Australian impacts, edn. Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, pp. 282 - 297
2001
Sheil C, 1997, 'Statehood or falsehood: the state of the Northern Territory', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point: The State of Australia, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 273 - 280
1997
Sheil C, 1997, 'The absent centre: the state of the Australian Capital Territory', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point: The State of Australia, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 267 - 272
1997
Sheil C, 1997, 'Endgame: the state of Tasmania', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point: The State of Australia, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 259 - 266
1997
Sheil C, 1997, 'The big pong: the state of South Australia', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point: The State of Australia, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 253 - 258
1997
Sheil C, 1997, 'One party one state: the state of Western Australia', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 243 - 252
1997
Sheil C, 1997, 'Professional retreat: the state of Queensland', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point: The State of Australia, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 229 - 242
1997
Sheil C, 1997, 'An Un-Australian episode: the state of Victoria', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point: The state of Australia, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 209 - 228
1997
Sheil C, 1997, 'First one back: the state of New South Wales', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point: The State of Australia, Allen& Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 183 - 208
1997
Sheil C, 1997, 'Smaller citizens: the state of Australia's public sector', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point: The State of Australia, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 97 - 118
1997
Sheil C, 1997, 'Introduction', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point: The State of Australia, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 1 - 11
1997
Sheil C, 1997, 'Conclusion', in Sheil C (ed.), Turning Point: The State of Australia, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, pp. 281 - 291
1997
Sheil C, 1988, 'A Trade Union', in Locating Australia's Past A Practical Guide to Writing Local History, International Specialized Book Service Incorporated, pp. 178 - 188
1988
Edited Books
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Sheil C, (ed.), 2009, The Tolpuddle Martyrs: Injustice within the law, by Herbert Vere Evatt with an introduction by Geoffrey Robertson, Sydney University Press, Sydney, NSW
2009
Sheil C, (ed.), 2009, The Tolpuddle Martyrs: Injustice within the law, by Herbert Vere Evatt with an introduction by Geoffrey Robertson, Sydney University Press, Sydney, NSW
2009
Sheil C, (ed.), 2008, Moving in the Open Daylight; Doc Evatt, an Australian at the United Nations, by Ashley Hogan with a foreword by Michael Kirby., Sydney University Press, Sydney, NSW
2008
Sheil C, (ed.), 2008, Moving in the Open Daylight; Doc Evatt, an Australian at the United Nations, by Ashley Hogan with a foreword by Michael Kirby., Sydney University Press, Sydney, NSW
2008
Journal articles
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Sheil C, 2020, 'Dead Labor: Toward a political economy of premature death', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, vol. 118, pp. 223 - 224, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=284078298428969;res=IELHSS
2020
Sheil C, 2018, 'Capital and labour: The Piketty split', Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol. 2018, pp. 193 - 202, https://search.informit.com.au/browsePublication;py=2018;res=IELAPA;issn=0156-5826;iss=81
2018
Sheil C, 2018, 'The boy from Baradine', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, vol. 114, pp. 211 - 213, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=605191664501798;res=IELBUS
2018
Sheil C, 2018, 'Behemoth: A history of the factory and the making of the modern world', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, vol. 115, pp. 184 - 186, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=065370167990352;res=IELBUS
2018
Sheil C, 2017, 'The Productivity Commission and the waterfront dispute: a cautionary tale', Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol. 79, pp. 39 - 64
2017
Sheil C, 2017, 'China vs. the United State: Developments in the study of inequality', Evatt Journal, vol. 16, http://evatt.org.au/news/china-vs-united-states.html
2017
Sheil C, 2015, 'Managerialism?', Australian Universities' Review, vol. 57, pp. 89 - 90
2015
Sheil C, 2015, 'Piketty's political economy: review article', Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol. 74, pp. 19 - 37
2015
Sheil C, 2014, 'Redressing inequality 125 years ago: the Great London Dock Strike', Evatt Journal, vol. 13, http://evatt.org.au/papers/redressing-inequality-%E2%80%94-125-years-ago.html
2014
Sheil C, 2014, 'Behind the chaste veil: inequality in Australia post-Piketty', Evatt Journal, vol. 13, http://evatt.org.au/papers/behind-chaste-veil.html
2014
Sheil C, 2008, 'Lockout and Bastard Boys', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, pp. 205 - 208
2008
Sheil C, 2008, 'The Doc, the UN and the UDHR: Reflections on the 60th Anniversary', Evatt Journal, vol. 8, http://evatt.org.au/papers/doc-un-udhr.html
2008
Sheil C, 2007, 'Trade unionism, individual contracts and the MUA's doppelgänger', Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol. 59, pp. 95 - 117
2007
Sheil C, 2006, 'Analysis and commentary', The State of the States 2006, pp. 15 - 45
2006
Sheil C, 2006, 'The ghost in the machine? Imagining Gramsci's Keynes', Evatt Journal, vol. 6, http://evatt.org.au/papers/ghost-machine.html
2006
Sheil C, 2005, 'Analysis and commentary', The State of the States 2005, pp. 17 - 33
2005
Sheil C, 2005, 'Introduction', The State of the States 2005, vol. 1, pp. 10 - 12
2005
Sheil C, 2004, 'Frank Tobias Higbie, Indispensable outcasts: Hobbo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, pp. 276 - 278
2004
Sheil C, 2004, '`An incomplete hypothesis`: deregulation of water and sewerage in Australia', Utilities Policy, vol. 12, pp. 153 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jup.2004.04.001
2004
Sheil C, 2003, 'Privatisation: A review of the Australian experience', Urban Policy and Research, pp. 302 - 304
2003
Sheil C, 2002, 'Changing Track: A new political economic direction for Australia', Urban Policy and Research, pp. 314 - 315
2002
Sheil C, 2001, 'What do we expect of government? Technocracy or democracy', Evatt Journal, vol. 1, http://evatt.org.au/papers/what-do-we-expect-government.html
2001
Sheil C, 2000, 'Running the risks: the rationalisation of Australia`s water', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 59, pp. 11 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.00163
2000
Sheil C, 2000, 'Problems and possibilities with third ways: some historical reflections', Southern Review: Essays in New Humanities, pp. 165 - 177
2000
Sheil C, 1999, 'Contesting the Australian way: States, markets and civil society', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, vol. 58, pp. 119 - 120, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000084453900017&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
1999
Sheil C, 1991, 'State of Siege: Renewal or privatisation for Australian State public services', Journal of Industrial Relations, pp. 164 - 168
1991
Sheil C, 1991, 'The origins of unions: Some miscellaneous Sydney workers in 1910', Journal of Industrial Relations, pp. 295 - 308
1991
Reports
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Sheil C; Stilwell F, 2016, The Wealth of the Nation: Current Data on the Distribution of Wealth in Australia, Evatt Foundation, Sydney, NSW
2016
Sheil C; Lawrence C; Quiggin J; Stilwell F, 2013, Q&A on Productivity, Evatt Foundation, Sydney, NSW
2013
Sheil C; Quiggin J; Stilwell F; Lawrence C, 2013, Q&A on Productivity, Evatt Foundation, Sydney, NSW
2013

Labour history (specialising in labourers and the stevedoring industry); political economy (specialising in globalisation and economic inequality); public policy (specialising in economic and social policy); Australian politics and political history.

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