Iain has a background in the sociology of work, employment relations and economic geography. His doctoral research at the University of Melbourne was on the topic of casual employment in Australia, and he has subsequently conducted detailed case-study research in occupations and industries such as retail, cleaning services, legal services and nursing. He is experienced in the use of official labour force statistics, both in Australia and cross-nationally. He can speak German and French and has an extensive knowledge of contemporary European debates and policy initiatives in the general areas of employment and social welfare.
Iain has published numerous academic articles on work and employment. He is a co-author of the book Fragmented Futures: New Challenges in Working Life (2003) and co-editor of Gender and the Contour of Precarious Employment (2009). He has contributed expert evidence in several major industrial cases.