Charles Mulvey is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He was appointed Foundation Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Western Australia in 1981 and was appointed Professor of Labour Economics in 1996. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 1998. He was Director of the Centre for Labour Market Research, at the University of Western Australia from 2001 until 2006. From 1998 until 2001 he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce at the University of WA. He was also Chair of the IT Policy Committee of the Faculties of Economics, Commerce, Education and Law and a Member of the State Administrative Tribunal. He has held teaching and research positions at Trinity College, Dublin, New York University, Princeton University, University of Glasgow, Stockholm University and University of California at Berkeley.
From 1974 until 1981 he was Joint Editor of the Scottish Journal of Political Economy and from 1988 until 2000 was co-editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics. He is author of numerous articles on economics and industrial relations in academic journals, including American Economic Review, Economica, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Economics of Education Review, Labour Economics, Economics Letters, Industrial Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Economic Record and his books include The Economics of Inflation, Oxford, Martin Robertson (with R. Jackman and J.A. Trevithick); The Economic Analysis of Trade Unions, Oxford, Martin Robertson; and The Economics of Wages and Labour, London, Macmillan (with L.C. Hunter).
His main activity as Managing Director of LabourNet is to research the earnings, employment availability and job characteristics of occupations in order to assist in the resolution of disputes over workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. He has also prepared expert opinions on labour market matters in relation to litigation in the District Court, in relation to review hearings in the Dispute Resolution Directorate at WorkCover and in relation to other matters such as the Family Court and Industrial Relation Commission hearings for over fifteen years. He has also prepared reports which have been submitted in evidence in courts in the ACT, Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia, South Africa and in Canada. He has undertaken many consulting assignments in both the public and private sectors in Australia, Ireland, the UK, Fiji, Malaysia and France.