Tim Butcher

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Tim Butcher

Associate Professor of Organisation Studies

Room 245 , A

03 6324 3948 (phone)

I am Associate Professor of Organisation Studies at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.


Before joining the University of Tasmania, I held academic positions at The Open University (UK), Griffith University, RMIT University and the University of Hull.

Administrative expertise

I have previously had executive roles, leading research and industry engagement at institute and departmental levels, and teaching & learning at faculty level.


Organisation Studies; Critical Management; Entrepreneurship.

Teaching expertise

I teach how we adapt to precarious work & worklessness through entrepreneurial learning and community organising.

Research Invitations

I am a Visiting Fellow at The Open University. Previously, I was an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University.

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I research how we learn to adapt to evermore precarious work & worklessness.

I use longitudinal ethnographic methods to understand how people make sense of their social, historical and emotional experiences of unsalaried and zero-hours contract work and worklessness.

Research Themes

  • Precarious work
  • Worklessness
  • Community organising
  • Entrepreneurial learning
  • Inclusive growth


I currently collaborate with Arts organisations, including Counterpoints Arts and the Tate Galleries in the UK to research precarious work in the Arts.

Previous projects include: the ARC-funded ‘Wellbeing not Winning’ project, researching the value of sporting participation in remote Aboriginal communities; and Australian coworking/freelancer/startup communities.

Current projects

My current project, ‘Tales of Precarity’ seeks to understand the felt experiences of precarity in the Arts.

Fields of Research

  • Entrepreneurship (350704)
  • Workplace wellbeing and quality of working life (350507)
  • Workforce planning (350506)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture (450104)
  • Social change (441004)
  • Logistics (350903)
  • Sociological methodology and research methods (441006)
  • Human resources management (350503)
  • Occupational and workplace health and safety (350505)

Research Objectives

  • Workforce transition and employment (160206)
  • Social ethics (130304)
  • The creative arts (130103)
  • Workplace and organisational ethics (excl. business ethics) (130306)
  • Economic growth (150203)
  • Management (150302)
  • Mental health (200409)
  • Workplace safety (230506)


My research has been published in a range of academic journals including Management Learning, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, Australian Aboriginal Studies, Griffith Review, and Sport in Society. He has also contributed to edited volumes including The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations (Routledge, 2015) and Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research (Routledge, 2016).

Total publications


Journal Article

(5 outputs)
2021Butcher T, 'Book Review: Rachael A Woldoff and Robert C Litchfield, Digital Nomads: In Search of Meaningful Work in the New Economy', Work, Employment and Society pp. 1-2. ISSN 0950-0170 (2021) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2018Butcher T, 'Learning everyday entrepreneurial practices through coworking', Management Learning, 49, (3) pp. 327-345. ISSN 1350-5076 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1350507618757088 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 26


2017Tatham P, Wu Y, Kovacs G, Butcher T, 'Supply chain management skills to sense and seize opportunities', International Journal of Logistics Management, 28, (2) pp. 266-289. ISSN 0957-4093 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/IJLM-04-2014-0066 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 25


2016Butcher T, Judd B, 'The aboriginal football ethic: where the rules get flexible', Griffith Review, 53 pp. 167-176. ISSN 1839-2954 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2016Judd B, Butcher T, 'Beyond equality: The place of Aboriginal culture in the Australian game of football', Australian Aboriginal Studies, 1 pp. 68-84. ISSN 0729-4352 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
2016Butcher T, 'Co-working communities: Sustainability citizenship at work', Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and practice. Advances in Urban Sustainability, Routledge, R Horne, J Fien, BB Beau and A Nelson (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 93-103. ISBN 9781138933637 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781315678405 [eCite] [Details]


2015Butcher T, Hallinan C, Judd B, 'Traversing ontological dispositions: The intersection between remote Indigenous communities and elite urban-based men's football organisation', Ethnographies in sport and exercise research, Routledge, G Molnar and L Purdy (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 165-180. ISBN 9781315794457 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781315794457 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1



(1 outputs)
2016Waters-Lynch J, Potts J, Butcher T, Dodson J, Hurley J, 'Coworking: A Transdisciplinary Overview', SSRN Electronic Journal (2016) [Substantial Review]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2021Butcher TJ, 'Realising the meaning and value of online artist residencies during the pandemic', Everyday Society, British Sociological Association: Everyday Society, United Kingdom, 10 June 2021 (2021) [Magazine Article]

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2021Eccleston R, Hyslop S, Johnson L, Adams D, Bohle P, et al., 'COVID-19 and the future of work in Tasmania', Tasmanian Policy Exchange and the College of Business and Economics in collaboration with Tasmanian Leaders, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-74. (2021) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Eccleston R; Hyslop S; Johnson L; Adams D; Bohle P; Eslake S; Fairbrother P

Grants & Funding

I was co-Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council-funded Wellbeing not Winning

project, in collaboration with the people of Papunya (2015-2018).

I have a strong track record of building and delivering transdisciplinary pan-institutional research projects with practitioners, using internal and external funding.

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Wellbeing not Winning: remote Indigenous identity and organised sport (2015 - 2017)$529,000
Australian Research Council ($529,000)
ARC Indigenous Discovery Grant
Administered By
RMIT University (transferred to Charles Darwin University in 2017)
Research Team
Judd B; Butcher TJ
2015 - 2017

Research Supervision

I am approachable and keen to supervise HDR students interested in Critical Management and Organisation Studies, and more specifically the areas of entrepreneurial learning, precarious work and worklessness.

I have supervised six HDR scholars to completion. I currently supervise one HDR scholar at The Open University.




PhDUnderstanding the Place of Entrepreneurship in Tasmania after the COVID-19 Pandemic2020
PhDGendered Experiences of Contemporary Whistleblowers2021