Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)
Professor Richard Johnstone’s research and teaching interests lie in labour law (particularly work health and safety), regulation, socio-legal research and legal education. He is particularly interested in whether and how the health and safety of workers is protected by work health and safety regulation. His work largely critically evaluates the way in which regulation is designed and implemented, but he has also contributed to normative debates about the design and reform of work health and safety regulation, and effective enforcement approaches. Richard has been awarded six Australian Research Council grants, and has authored, co-authored or edited 18 books, including five leading books in work health and safety regulation, and the widely cited The Quiet Revolution: Improving Student Learning in Law (1994, with Marlene Le Brun). Richard was one of the original members of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the Melbourne Law School, and the founding Director of the National Research Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Regulation at the Australian National University in 2001. From 2003 to 2010 he was the Director of the Socio-Legal Research Centre at Griffith University, and from 2014 to 2017 the Director of Research in the QUT Law School.