Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work, based at the Australia Institute. The Australia Institute is Australia’s most influential progressive think tank. The Centre for Future Work focuses on issues of work, labour markets, income, economic development, technology, inequality, skills, and more. The Centre was founded in May 2016, and Jim is its inaugural Director.

Jim relocated to Sydney, Australia, from Toronto, where he is one of Canada’s best-known economic commentators. He served for over 20 years as Economist and Director of Policy with Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector trade union (formerly the Canadian Auto Workers). Jim is also the Harold Innis Industry Professor in Economics at McMaster University and an Honorary Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney.

Jim is the author of Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism (second edition published by Pluto Books in 2015), which has been published in six languages. He has written, edited, or co-edited six other books and dozens of articles and reports in both peer-reviewed and popular outlets.

Jim holds an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York.