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Mark Thomas

Visiting Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. Sociology, (York), M.A. Sociology (Guelph), B.A.‐Honours Political Science & Sociology (Carleton)
Office:Dunton Tower, Floor 15
Website:Visit Prof. Mark Thomas's Summer 2018 Course Outline (PECO 5501)

Visiting Professor Institute of Political Economy, Summer 2018

Professor Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University and the Director of the Global Labour Research Centre at York. His research interests are situated in the fields of political economy, economic sociology, and sociology of work and labour, with a specialization in the political economy of work and labour markets.

He is currently a co-investigator in two SSHRC-funded projects: 1) Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards for Workers in Precarious Jobs – focuses on the enforcement of employment standards legislation in Canada. This project aims to understand the ways in which poor legislative enforcement exacerbates conditions of precarious work, and to develop strategies to improve enforcement for workers in precarious jobs. 2) Spaces of Labour in Moments of Urban Populism – explores intersections of populism, austerity, and labour in urban North America.

Professor Thomas is author of four books: Regulating Flexibility: The Political Economy of Employment Standards (McGill-Queens, 2009), Interrogating the New Economy: Restructuring Work in the 21st Century (co-edited with N. Pupo, University of Toronto Press, 2010), Work and Labour in Canada: Critical Issues, 3rd Edition (coauthored with A. Jackson, Canadian Scholars Press, 2017), and Power and Everyday Practices (co-edited with D. Brock and R. Raby, Nelson, 2012). His research has been published in scholarly journals including Antipode, Economic & Industrial Democracy, Economic & Labour Relations Review, Journal of Industrial Relations, Labor Studies Journal, Labour/Le Travail, and Studies in Political Economy.

Click here to view the Course Outline for PECO 5501 – Socio-Geographic and Intersectional Perspectives on Work and Labour Description Summer 2018