2023 Laurie Carmichael Lecture: Sharan Burrow AC


The Laurie Carmichael Lecture is an annual keynote lecture hosted by the Carmichael Centre, an initiative of the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work, and RMIT University. It is supported by the ACTU, the AMWU, the AEU, the Department of Education and Training Victoria, and the Australia Institute.

The lecture is named in honour of Laurie Carmichael, the legendary manufacturing trade union leader who passed away in 2018 at the age of 93. Last year, the inaugural Laurie Carmichael Lecture featured Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stieglitz.

This year, the Laurie Carmichael Lecture will be held at 6pm, Wednesday August 16, at RMIT University in Melbourne. It will feature Sharan Burrow, former General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (2010-2022) and President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (2000–2010). Sharan will speak on the topic ‘Global Worker Solidarity for a Peaceful, Sustainable World’. Sharan will then answer audience questions, facilitated by ACTU Assistant Secretary Joseph Mitchell.


Event details:

Date: Wednesday, 16 August 2023


  • 5.30pm Doors open (event registration)
  • 6.00pm Event starts
  • 7.15pm Event concludes

Venue: RMIT Building 80, Level 2, Lecture Theatre 7, 445 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC 3000



We look forward to welcoming you.

Best regards,

Carmichael Centre & RMIT University


Speaker information - Sharan Burrow AC

Sharan Burrow is a global advocate for human rights, climate action, and Just Transition. She is the former General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (2010-2022). Previously she was President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (2000–2010).

Sharan is well known for her international advocacy on employment, human rights, industrial relations, corporate responsibility, and climate action with just transition solutions.

She has represented workers and civil society groups in global policy discussions in United Nations bodies, on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation as well as at the tables of the G7, G20, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. She has twice been a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

Sharan is currently a Visiting Professor in Practice to the LSE-Grantham Institute, a board member of the European Climate foundation, a board member of the Green Hydrogen Association, Co-Chair of the IEA Labour Council, and Commissioner for the Global Commission on Climate Governance.

August 16, 2023 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
RMIT University - Building 80 435-457 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

Will you come?