Dr Caleb Goods

Started at UWA: 2014

Leading researcher examining climate change and the ‘gig’ economy

The best thing about teaching students is their enthusiasm and the new perspectives they bring to my research and teaching.Dr Caleb Goods

Dr Caleb Goods is a prominent researcher and lecturer at UWA, based in the Management and Organisations department at the UWA Business School. He specialises in the future of work, the ‘gig’ economy, and ‘greening’ workplaces.

Dr Goods joined UWA in 2014 as a research fellow before completing a 12-month stint as a postdoctoral researcher in Toronto, Canada. He then returned to the University and took up a position as a lecturer in 2017. Dr Goods is currently researching the ‘gigification’ of work, defined as work organised via platforms or apps such as Uber, Airtasker and Deliveroo. His research examines how people are experiencing these changes and what these changes mean for people’s work and broader lives.

His other research focuses on transitioning the world of work from a high-carbon economy to a low-carbon world. Dr Goods’ research examines the shutdown of ‘old’ polluting industries, the development of new green industries and the adoption of green practices into existing workplaces.

External positions:

  • Co-investigator, Adapting Canadian work and workplaces to respond to climate change, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Executive Committee Member, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand

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Awarded a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Canada, 2015

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Greening Auto Jobs: a critical analysis of the green job solution, textbook published by Lexington Books, 2014

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Chancellor Commendation for Outstanding PhD Thesis, Curtin University, Australia, 2013



Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Government

  • Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change.


UWA Business School, BHP Billiton Research Award

  • Are Consumers Willing to Pay for Minimum Conditions for Workers in the Gig Economy?
    Chief Investigator with Dr Brett Smith (UWA) and Dr Tom Barratt (ECU)

Other projects

Dr Goods’ research has implications for a range of public policy areas, but also explores bigger questions around standard of living, the future of work and the sustainability of society. He is currently working on the following projects:

Are consumers willing to pay for minimum conditions for workers in the gig economy?

This research project surveys consumers’ attitudes towards food delivery apps to see if they both understand and care about the working conditions of delivery workers and drivers, also known as ‘gig’ workers.

Climate change, workplaces and organisations

This project will seeks to understand how management in organisations around Australia view climate change in the workplace.

Adapting Canadian work and workplaces to respond to climate change

This multidisciplinary and international research project examines how workplaces and industries are responding to the global challenge of climate change.

Engineering service work global production networks and employment relations in Australian mining

This is an employment relations research project that focuses on how mining and engineering firms responded to the resource downturn and what role labour plays in this response. This project has received funding from the Australian Research Council.


Contact Dr Caleb Goods

Dr Goods welcomes emails from prospective PhD students interested in research topics such as the future of work, the ‘gig’ economy and ‘greening’ workplaces.

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