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Tom Barnes is an economic sociologist at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University (ACU), in Sydney. His research primarily focuses on the social dimensions of insecure, precarious and informal work. He is currently researching global warehouse logistics and automotive manufacturing. He completed his PhD in political economy at the University of Sydney and has expertise on work and economic development in India. He has written two books in this area: Informal Labour in Urban India: Three Cities, Three Journeys (Routledge, 2015) and Making Cars in the New India: Industry, Precarity and Informality (Cambridge University Press, 2018). His articles have appeared in several journals, including Journal of Contemporary Asia, Critical Sociology, Journal of Development Studies and Urban Studies.
I am currently working on projects about changing working conditions and employment relations in warehouse logistics and automotive manufacturing. I am especially interested in these areas but also open to collaboration in others areas within the sociology of work and cognizant disciplines.