Dr Jonathan Sale


Newcastle Business School

Career Summary


Jonathan is a Lecturer in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, as well as a Scholarly Academic per AACSB standards, at the Newcastle Business School teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

A firm belief in academia’s capacity to help in shaping better, more just and fairer futures and societies underpins Jonathan’s teaching philosophy.  He has taught at the undergraduate level IRHR2010 Introduction to Industrial Relations and IRHR1002 Dynamics of People and Work in Organisations, and at the postgraduate level GSBS6006 Employment Relations in Globalised Economies, GSBS6040 Human Resource Management and GSBS6100 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.

His published research covers a range of subjects including labour and comparative law, regulation and informal work, social security and migrant work, employment skills and strategies, labour relations policy, conflict management and resolution, decision making, employment and workplace relations, among others. He has disseminated research in national and international forums.  Jonathan has also carried out research for a Melbourne-based law firm specialising in employment law and industrial relations.   He is a member of the Australian Labour Law Association, Australian Historical Association, New Zealand Labour Law Society, and Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand.


  • Doctor of Public Administration, University of the Philippines


  • Employment Relations and Human Resource Management
  • Labour Law and Comparative Law
  • Management and Resolution of Labour Disputes
  • Policy and Governance
  • Regulation and Informal Work
  • Social Security and Migrant Work

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180118 Labour Law 50
150306 Industrial Relations 30
150305 Human Resources Management 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School



Year Award
2017 Runner-up Best Paper HDR Colloquium 2017
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle


Year Award
2019 AIRAANZ 2019 Postgraduate Scholarship
Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)
2018 2018 ALLA Research Degree Scholarship
Australian Labour Law Association (ALLA)
2016 2016 ALLA Research Degree Scholarship
Australian Labour Law Association (ALLA)


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Barr J, Sale J, Nigaus S, Employment and Skills Strategies in the Philippines, OECD Publishing, Paris, France, 72 (2017)
DOI 10.1787/9789264273436-en

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Sale J, 'The role of governance in according protection to informal workers in the Philippines: Potentials, limitations and gaps', The informal economy in the Philippines: Perspectives, challenges and strategies on transitions to formality, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Philippines 41-60 (2017)
2016 Sale J, 'Labor Dispute Management and Resolution', Labor and Industrial Relations in the Philippines: A Reader, University of the Philippines, Philippines 77-107 (2016)

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Sale J, 'Labour Law and the Labour Market: A Case Study of Malaysia', New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 43 55-74 (2018) [C1]
2016 Sale J, 'The Labor Implications of the Philippine Competition Act (2015)', Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, 38 (2016)
2016 SALE J, 'Collaborative Governance, Decent Work and Innovation: An Analytical Framework for Sustainable Workplaces Based on the Case of Philippine Science and Technology Parks', World Technopolis Review, 5 71-82 (2016)
DOI 10.7165/wtr2016.5.1.71

Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Mahy P, Do HH, Sale J, 'The Comparative Evolution of Worker Protection Regulation in Southeast Asia: A Quantitative Approach', Paper accepted for presentation at the Fourth Labour Law Research Network Conference Valparaíso 'A Global Conversation on Labour Law', Faculty of Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile (2019)
2019 Sale J, 'Harmonisation of Labour Laws and Employment Growth: Quo Vadis, ASEAN?', Paper presented at the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand 2019 Conference 'Global Work, Quality Work', RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2019)
2018 Sale J, 'Southeast Asian histories: Evolution of labour laws in post-colonial Philippines and Malaysia', Paper presented at the Australian Historical Association 2018 Annual Conference 'The Scale of History', The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2018)
2018 Sale J, 'Entangled legal histories and varieties of capitalism: Spanish-American legal transfers, Australian parallels and endogenous developments in Philippine labour law - some labour and work implications', Paper presented at the Australian Labour Law Association Ninth Biennial National Conference 'Labour Law: new frontiers, new challenges', Gold Coast, Queensland (2018)
2017 Sale J, 'Entangled Legal Histories: Spanish-American Legal Transfers and Philippine Labour Law', Paper presented at the Australian Historical Association 2017 Annual Conference 'Entangled Histories', The University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (2017)
2017 Sale J, 'Labour Law and the Labour Market: A Case Study of Malaysia', Paper presented at the Fourth Biennial Labour Law Conference of the New Zealand Labour Law Society 'Labour law in transition in a globalised world', The University of Canterbury, School of Law, Christchurch, New Zealand (2017)
2016 Sale J, 'International Labour Standards in the ASEAN Region', Paper presented at the Australian Labour Law Association Eighth Biennial National Conference 'Regulation of work and workplaces: reform and innovation?', Novotel, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia (2016)
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Dr Jonathan Sale


Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email jonathan.sale@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4913 8529


Room Level 7
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus