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Biography

Tim Connor's research focuses on the relationship between voluntary and state-sanctioned governance of employment rights. From 1995 until 2010 he worked for Oxfam Australia, coordinating research and advocacy regarding workers' rights in corporate supply chains. This work involved frequent trips to various countries in Asia to conduct field research and to consult with workers and local civil society groups. In 2010 Tim was appointed as a lecturer at Newcastle Law School. He has taught Employment Law, Company Law, Marketing Law, Finance Law and the Law of Business Organisations. He is currently one of the chief investigators on an Australian Research Council linkage project investigating the effectiveness of the redress mechanisms available when transnational corporations are involved in human rights violations.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 02/07/2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney, 27/03/1991
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales, 14/10/1994

Research

Research keywords

  • Codes of Conduct
  • Corporate Accountability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Labour Law
  • Sweatshops

Research expertise

TIm's expertise is in labour rights and corporate social accountability. In 2008 he completed a PhD which investigated whether corporate codes of conduct and multi-stakeholder initiatives are enhancing respect for labour rights in the supply chains of major transnational corporations. This research focused on the global sportswear industry, and in particular on the two largest global sportswear companies: Nike and Adidas. Tim has written a number of public reports on working conditions in this industry. He has also helped to facilitate a number of dialogue processes between companies, trade unions and non-governmental organisation regarding strategies for improving respect for workers' rights.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
180118Labour Law40
150303Corporate Governance And Stakeholder Engagement30
150106Sustainability Accounting And Reporting30

Awards

Recognition.

2013National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Office for Learning and Teaching (Australia)
Recognition for excellence in teaching
2012Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Recognition for excellence in teaching
2012Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award for Law Teaching in 2011
Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle (Australia)
Recognition for excellence in teaching.
2002Award for an outstanding presentation (postgraduate)
Institute of Australian Geographers (Australia)
Recognition for quality conference paper at an Australian academic conference - Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) at the Australian National University in Canberra.
2001Best human rights paper at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers
Human Rights Committee of the Association of American Geographers (United States)
Recognition for paper delivered at international conference.
1992Phillips Fox Scholarship in Law
DLA Phillips Fox (Australia)
Academic merit in the study of law at the University of New South Wales.

Research Award.

1999Ronald Henderson Postgraduate Scholarship in Social Economics
Ronald Henderson Research Foundation (Australia)
Research Scholarship
1998Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship
ARC (Australia)
PhD Research Scholarship

Collaboration

Between 2011 and 2014 Tim will be one of five chief investigators working on an ARC Linkage Project. This project involves investigating the effectiveness of the redress mechanisms available to vulnerable workers and communities when their human rights are violated as a result of transnational business activity (see http://corporateaccountabilityresearch.net/our-projects/evaluating-redress-mechanisms-project/ ).

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Tim teaches Company Law and Employment Law to students undertaking the Bachelor of Laws and Law of Business Organisations and Marketing Law to students undertaking Bachelor degrees in Business and Commerce. The quality of his teaching was recognised in 2013 when he was awarded a National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning by the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Connor T, Haines F, 'Networked regulation as a solution to human rights abuse in global supply chains? The case of trade union rights violations by Indonesian sports shoe manufacturers', Theoretical Criminology, 17 197-214 (2013) [C1]

Publications

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Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Connor T, Dent K, Offside! Labour Rights and Sportswear Production in Asia, Oxfam International, Melbourne, Victoria/Australia, 108 (2006) [A2]
2001Connor TJ, Still waiting for Nike to do it : Nike's labor practices in the three years since CEO Phil Knight's speech to the National Press Club, Global Exchange, San Francisco, California, 115 (2001) [A2]

Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2002Connor TJ, 'Rerouting the race to the bottom? Transnational corporations, labour practice codes of conduct, and workers' right to organize - The case of Nike, Inc', Moral Imperialism: A Critical Anthology, New York University Press, New York 166-182 (2002) [B1]

Journal article (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Griffiths T, Connor T, Robertson B, Phelan L, 'Is Mayfield Pool saved yet? Community assets and their contingent, discursive foundations', Community Development Journal, 49 280-294 (2014) [C1]
2013McGee J, Guihot M, Connor T, 'Rediscovering Law Students as Citizens: Critical Thinking and the Public Value of Legal Education', Alternative Law Journal, 38 77-81 (2013) [C1]
2013Connor T, Phelan L, 'Antenarrative and Transnational Labour Rights Activism: Making Sense of Complexity and Ambiguity in the Interaction between Global Social Movements and Global Corporations', Globalizations, (2013) [C1]
2013Connor T, Haines F, 'Networked regulation as a solution to human rights abuse in global supply chains? The case of trade union rights violations by Indonesian sports shoe manufacturers', Theoretical Criminology, 17 197-214 (2013) [C1]
2004Connor TJ, 'Time to scale up cooperation? Trade unions, NGOs, and the International anti-sweatshop movement', Development in Practice, 14 61-70 (2004) [C1]
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1999Connor TJ, ''Not only what is required, but whenever possible, what is expected of a leader': The White House Apparel Industry Partnership workplace code of conduct and the Nike factory worker', Geodiversity : Readings in Australian Geography at the Close of the 20th Century, Fremantle, WA (1999) [E1]
1999O'Neill PM, O'Leary GA, Phillips MW, Sutherland WA, Connor TJ, 'Dialetics of governance', Geodiversity : Readings in Australian Geography at the Close of the 20th Century, Fremantle (1999) [E1]
1999Connor TJ, 'Where's the umpire? The code of labour practice for goods licensed to carry the logos of the Sydney olympics and paralympics', How You Play the Game: Conference Proceedings. The Contribution of Sport to the Protection of Human Rights, Sydney (1999) [E2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$55,386

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2013 (1 grants)

Evaluating redress mechanisms governing the human rights practices of transnational business: lessons for institutional design and operation$29,886
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Dr Kate Macdonald, Ms Shelley Marshall, Professor Fiona Haines, Doctor Tim Connor, Professor Sheldon Leader
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$29,88620132014
GNo:G1301224

2011 (1 grants)

Research Assistance for book preparation/ field research in India$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Tim Connor
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020112011
GNo:G1100393

2000 (1 grants)

An Empirical Study of the Use of Theatre as a Tool for Community Development Amongst Factory Workers in Indonesia.$5,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Watt, Ms Rebecca Conroy, Associate Professor Phillip O'Neill, Doctor Tim Connor, Conal McKenna
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,50020002000
GNo:G0178839

1999 (1 grants)

The impact of Globalisation on Labour Rights.$15,000
Funding Body: Ronald Henderson Research Foundation

Project Team
Associate Professor Phillip O'Neill, Doctor Tim Connor
SchemeRole
Postgraduate Research ScholarshipInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00019992001
GNo:G0178592
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.

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Dr Timothy (Tim) Connor

Work Phone(02) 4921 6363
Fax(02) 4921 6931
Email
PositionLecturer
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaLaw
Office
MC165,
McMullin,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/tim-connor