Annie Delaney joined RMIT University in February 2016 as a senior lecturer in the School of Management.
She has published widely in her research areas of gender and informal work, labour rights in supply chains and corporate social responsibility. Annie regularly collaborates with NGOs, Unions, Government & Industry policy makers around these issues.
Annie’s research interests include:
- Informal employment: homework, gender and work and labour organisation
- Business & human rights: corporate accountability & corporate social responsibility (CSR),
- Labour & industry: global production networks/chains regulation and the global garment industry
Annie is a participant of key RMIT research platforms: Social Change, Global Business Innovation, and the College of Business Centre for People Organisation and Work (CPOW).
Current Research Projects
Annie is a chief investigator in the ARC linkage project, ‘Evaluating redress mechanisms governing the human rights practices of transnational business: lessons for institutional design and operation’ with CIs: Kate Macdonald, Fiona Haines (Melbourne Uni), Shelley Marshall (Monash Uni) Tim Connor (Newcastle Uni) and Sam Balaton-Chrimes (Deakin Uni)). Her contribution has focused on the areas of forced and bonded labour in textile and garments and footwear homework in India, footwear and garments in Indonesia and non-judicial mechanisms such as the freedom of association protocol in Indonesia and the ethical trading initiative.
Annie is also engaged in a research project that explores corporate accountability and the denial of human rights in relation to the Bangladesh and Indian garment industry.
Access Annie’s papers:
- PhD La Trobe University, Melbourne – Employment Relations: Thesis Title: ‘Organising homeworkers: women’s collective strategies to improve participation and social change’
- Gradate Certificate Communication – Victoria University, Melbourne
- Gradate Diploma Education – University of Melbourne
- Mandarin – (Taipei University, Nanjing & Shanghai East China Normal University)
- Bachelor – Arts La Trobe University
Annie brings to her academic role extensive industry experience from trade union and community organisations, social movement campaigns, organising activities with homeworkers in the garment industry and work in women services. Her significant partnerships and networks from academia, government, business, union and nongovernment organisations within Australia and internationally complements her academic capabilities and support for collaborations. Annie's academic contribution aims to have 'societal impact', her research is focused toward social significance and seeks to have real world consequences.
Panels and Commissions
- In 2015 Annie was a member of the Federal Attorney General national roundtable on human trafficking and slavery – supply chains working group.
- Annie has consulted for the International Labour Organisation preparing briefing documents and reports on homework.
- Delaney, Annie and Tate, Jane 2015, ‘Organising homeworkers in Chile: a local and global initiative’
- Delaney, Annie, Tate, Jane and Burchielli, Rosaria 2008, ‘Global State of Homework’
- Academic Industrial Relations Association Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ
- Australasian Business Ethics Network ABEN
- Homeworkers Research Network
- Delaney, A.,Tate, J.,Burchielli, R. (2016). Homeworkers organizing for recognition and rights: Can international standards assist them? In: The ILO from Geneva to the Pacific Rim, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
- Burchielli, R.,Delaney, A. (2016). The invisibilization and denial of work in Argentinian garment homework In: Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, 73, 468 - 493
- Delaney, A.,Burchielli, R. (2016). Corporate CSR responses to homework and child labour in the Indian and Pakistan leather sector In: Gender Equality and Responsible Business, Greenleaf, Leeds, United Kingdom
- Delaney, A.,Burchielli, R.,Connor, T. (2015). Positioning women homeworkers in a global footwear production network: How can homeworkers improve agency, influence and claim rights? In: Journal of Industrial Relations, 57, 641 - 659
- Delaney, A.,Tate, J. (2015). Forced labour and ethical trade in the Indian garment industry In: Vulnerability, Exploitation and Migrants: Insecure Work in a Globalised Economy, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, United States
- Burchielli, R.,Delaney, A.,Goren, N. (2014). Garment homework in Argentina: drawing together the threads of invisible and precarious work In: Economic and Labour Relations Review, 25, 63 - 80
- Burchielli, R.,Delaney, A.,Coventry, K. (2014). Campaign strategies to develop regulatory mechanisms: Protecting Australian garment homeworkers In: Journal of Industrial Relations, 56, 81 - 102
- Delaney, A.,Montesano, M.,Burchielli, R. (2013). Regulatory challenges in the Australian Garment Industry: Human Rights in a post Ruggie environment In: Labour and Industry, 23, 59 - 88