The Seminar is led by Kevin Hewison (Carolina Asia Center) and Arne L. Kalleberg (Department of Sociology). Other people working on the Seminar on a regular basis are Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow Dennis Arnold and graduate student Joseph Bongiovi. In addition, we have 9 country partners (see below)

Dennis Arnold is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Sawyer Seminar. He completed his PhD in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. His research is motivated by a concern for labor rights in the global economy. Theoretical and empirical questions about governance networks and the interplay of state practices, labor regimes, migration, globalized production networks and multilateral agencies that are creating globally-linked local spaces for capital accumulation drive his research program. His work has appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Asia, Antipode, numerous book chapters, and a book published by the Human Rights in Asia Book Series (Mahidol University, Thailand). He has worked with labor NGOs and trade unions in Asia since the early 2000s.

Joe Bongiovi is a PhD student in Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill where he focuses on organizations and work.  He has a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.  His Bachelor of Arts is from the University of Notre Dame, with majors in Government & International Studies and Spanish, and a certificate in Latin American Area Studies. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Joe was in the United States Army, serving as an infantry officer and military historian.  In that latter capacity he focused on organizational research and officer professional development.  After leaving the Army and earning his masters he worked in Human Resources for several organizations with a focus on the Americas, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa and European regions. Joe is a member of the American Sociological Association, the Southern Sociological Society, the Academy of Management, the Association for Asian Studies, the Latin American Studies Association, the Society for Human Resources Management and a Fellow of the Inter- University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.

Kevin Hewison completed his Ph.D. in 1984 at Murdoch University, Australia. He has held academic posts at Murdoch , the Australian National University, the University of Papua New Guinea, Mahidol University (Thailand), the University of New England and the City University of Hong Kong. Hewison was Director of City University’s Southeast Asia Research Centre before joining UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005. He is the author of more than 160 publications on Southeast Asia, democratization and globalization. His current research interests include: globalization and social change in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand; democratization; and labor issues.

Arne L. Kalleberg is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  He joined the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986 and chaired the Department of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1990-2000 and was Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School from 2001-4 and Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and International Programs from 2004-7. Kalleberg has published more than 100 articles and chapters and 12 books on topics related to the sociology of work, organizations, occupations and industries, labor markets, and social stratification.  His most recent book is Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s-2000s (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011). Kalleberg is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as the Secretary of the American Sociological Association in 2001-4 and as President of the American Sociological Association in 2007-8.

Country Partners

Nisha Arunatilake (Sri Lanka) is Research Fellow and Head, Labour, Employment and Human Resources Unit, Institute of Policy Studies (Colombo). She has a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. She has 15 years research experience in conducting research on education, health, labor, employment and social protection. She has served on several national committees on labor, employment and human resource development. At present she serves on the National Advisory Committee on Manpower Planning, of the Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower Planning. She has numerous publications, with her papers having appeared in South Asia Economic Journal, International Journal of Educational Research, World Development, and Journal of Asian Economics.

Kwang-Yeong Shin (Republic of Korea) is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Chung-Ang University (Seoul). His Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a Member of the Committee for Research Ethics in Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and was previously a Commissioner at the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission and President of the Korean Critical Sociological Association. He is the author of numerous publications in Korean and English, most of which focus on the state and transformation of Korean labor. His English-language articles have appeared in the Korea Journal of Social Science, Korea Journal, Korean Journal of Political Economy, The Review of Korean Studies, Korea Focus, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and Sociological Theory.

Indrasari Tjandraningsih (Indonesia) is a Senior Researcher with AKATIGA-Center for Social Analysis a development NGO in Bandung and teaches Industrial Relations at Parahyangan University, Bandung. She has an M.A. in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands. She has worked on numerous research projects on labour issues for and with a number of agencies, including University of Philippines, OXFAM Australia, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, European Union, ILO, CIDA. Her publications appear in English-language and Indonesian venues, including Asian Studies Review. For the last 5 years she focuses her research on the impact of Labour Market Flexibility on workers in Indonesia and her recent research is on contract workers and labour outsourcing practices in Indonesia.

Michael Hsin-Huang Hsiao (Taiwan) is Director, Institute of Sociology and Research Fellow, Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies and Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National Taiwan University. His Ph.D. in Sociology is from SUNY Buffalo. He is one of Taiwan’s most distinguished sociologists, a member of several government and NGO advisory boards. He hashundreds of publications in English, Japanese and Chinese. His English-language books have been published by Routledge, Academia Sinica, Curzon and Transaction Publishers. His articles have appeared in the Japanese Journal of Political Science, Pacific Affairs, Korea Observer, Hong Kong Journal of Sociology, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Geographer, Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, Chinese Sociology and Anthropology, Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Acta Oeconomica, and the Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs.

Rene E. Ofreneo (Philippines) is Professor and former Dean of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. His Ph.D. is in Philippine Studies. He is the Philippines’ foremost labor studies specialist and served as an Undersecretary for Labor Relations in the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment in 1997-98. He has written extensively on the labor and industrial relations issues in the Asia-Pacific including in the Journal of Contemporary Asia. The ILO is publishing his East Asia: IR Challenges in Globalising Labour Markets, a survey of the changing industrial relations landscape in East Asia, with special focus on “labour flexibility” and labor law reforms. He is also an active voluntary arbitrator, and has been promoting voluntary modes of dispute settlement for several years.

Dibyendu Maiti (India) Assistant Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi. He has extensive research and consulting experience in the areas of industrial and institutional economics, labor relations, the informal sector and strategies for pro-poor growth. He has held fellowships from the University of Manchester, the Max Planck Institute of Economics, the City University of Hong Kong and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Dr. Maiti has a substantial publication record, with numerous book chapters and papers. His articles have appeared in Journal of South Asian Development, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, International Journal of South Asian Studies, The Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, The International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, and Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. He has received an IDRC India Social Science Award and a GDN award for research on development in 2009.

Machiko Osawa (Japan) is a Professor in the Faculty of Integrated Arts and Social Sciences at Japan Women’s University. Her Ph.D. is in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has served on numerous government committees including the Special Research Committee for Work and Life Balance (Cabinet Office), the Statistics Council, the Industrial Structure Committee (Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry), the Profession’s Stability Subcommittee (Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare), and the Board of Advisors for Economic and Financial Affairs (Cabinet Office). Her books in Japanese include Economic Change and Female Labor, Economics for the New Family, The Era of Business Community, Work-Life Balanced Society and 21st Century’s Women and Career. Her most recent English-language publication is Nonstandard Work in Developed Economies Causes and Consequences, edited with Susan Houseman and published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute.


Woradul Tularak (Thailand) is an independent researcher with a B.A. in Political Science from Thammasat University and an M.S. in Economics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  From 2005 to 2008 he was a Researcher at the Thailand Development Research Institute. His recent projects have been on Capital Mobility in Asia, Trade Union Role for Health and Safety Issues, Contract and Agency Labour in MNCs in Thailand, and an Industry Study on Building and Construction Workers in Thailand. He has worked on research projects for a number of organizations, including the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine,  Asia Monitor Resource Centre and General Workers’ Unions and Building Workers International.


Ying Zhou (China) is an Associate Project Director-Research at the Organizational Surveys and Insights unit of Towers Watson and Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford University. She received her D.Phil. in Economic Sociology from Oxford University in 2007. Her research focuses on employee skills, organizational participation, non-standard labour contracts, quality of work life and the Chinese labour markets. She previously worked for the UK ‘2006 Skills Survey of the Employed British Workforce’ at Nuffield College, Oxford. From 2004 to 2008 she also participated in the EU research project ‘Economic Change, Quality of Life and Social Cohesion’, working on the research team ‘The Changing Quality of Part-time Work: A Comparison of Britain and Sweden’. Dr. Zhou is the author of the book British Employees’ Organizational Participation: Trends, Determinants and Impact. She has also published papers in British Journal of Industrial Relations, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, National Institute Economic Review and the Human Resource Management Review.