Rafael Gomez

Professor; Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • The wage and pay structure impacts of unions on CEO and executive pay
  • Union and non-union voice at work
  • Demographic issues related to the workplace and cross country growth
  • Local employment and economic development.

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Rafael Gomez is professor of employment relations at the University of Toronto. He has served as the Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources from 2015-2020, and reappointed as Director July 1, 2021. He received a BA in economics and political science from Glendon College (York University) and an MA in economics and a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Toronto. His previous appointments include the London School of Economics as a senior lecturer in management and industrial relations. He has been invited to conduct research and lecture at universities around the world, including Madrid, Moscow, Munich, Beijing and Zurich. In 2005 he was awarded the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award for exceptional contributions to international and comparative labour and employment research. In 2013-14 his book The Little Black Book for Managers was a UK business book business bestseller and in 2015 his book Small Business and the City was published by U of T/Rotman press. His current research examines the role of unions and other labour market institutions in the provision of employee voice and what this means for workers and broader democratic engagement.

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BA, York University
MA, University of Toronto
MIR, University of Toronto
PhD, University of Toronto