Christopher Sheil

President of the Evatt Foundation

Chris is a social historian whose principal interest is in the history of labour in society. He has an honours degree in history and a doctorate in history and politics, and is a Visiting Senior Fellow in history in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales, an Adjunct Professor in social policy at Boston University and a member of the Australian Society of Authors.

He is also a former member of the Senior Executive Service within the NSW Cabinet Office. Chris has been a senior policy official under six governments (four Labor and two Liberal-National), has served on over 60 national and state social and economic policy committees, including a dozen cabinet committees, and is the author or editor of well over 200 academic and government publications.

He was a monthly columnist for the Australian Financial Review from 2001 to 2003, and his main books are: (ed.) Globalisation: Australian Impacts (UNSW Press: 2001); Water's Fall: Running the Risks with Economic Rationalism (Pluto Press: 2000); War on the Wharves: A Cartoon History (Pluto Press: 1998): and (ed.) Turning Point: The State of Australia (Allen & Unwin: 1997). His current research is focused on Australian politics and policy, maritime labour, and economic inequality.

Chris was elected President of the Evatt Foundation in 2006.