2015 Edition of the Luis Aparicio Prize

The second Edition of the Luis Aparicio Prize took place in 2015. A call for nominations was sent in January and nominations were received until the end of June. Thirteen very qualified nominations were received.

The 2015 nominees:

  • Ariel Avgar, University of Illinois, USA
  • Jonathan Booth, London School of Economics, UK
  • Rosemary Danesi, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Jimmy Donaghey, University of Warwick, UK
  • Hyunji Kwon, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Ryan Lamare, Penn State University, USA
  • Chikako Oka, Royal Holoway University, London, UK
  • Dionne Pohler, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Andrea Signoretti, University of Verona, Italy
  • Aaron Sojourner, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Keith Townsend, Griffith University, Australia
  • Johanna Weststar, Western University, Canada
  • Chris Wright, Sydney University, Australia

The selection process

The following people were part of the 2015 selection committee:

  • Evance Kalula, President, ILERA
  • Janice Bellace, Past-President, ILERA
  • Dong-One Kim, President-Elect, ILERA
  • Moussa Oumarou, Secretary-Treasurer, ILERA
  • Changwon Lee, Korea Labour Institute
  • Maarten Keune, Univ of Amsterdam
  • Tom Kochan, MIT, Past-President, ILERA
  • Tayo Fashoyin, Past-Secretary-Treasurer ILERA
  • Helio Zylberstajn, Univ of São Paulo

These Committee members received all the curriculum vitea and were asked to score each candidates on three criteria: quantity of publications, quality of publications and all other academic achievements. Each criterion was scored on a 10-point scale. These scores were added and normalized across raters to account for any rater bias towards relatively high or low scores.

The final tally showed three candidates from the top to be very close to each other. To arrive at a winner from this shortlist, the Committee was asked to rank the three candidates based on their full academic records including publications and other indicators of academic excellence such as editorships, grants, conferences, etc. which finally brought the following result:

The results:


Chris f. Wright

Chris F Wright is a University Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney Business School in Australia. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2011. Chris has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, Goldsmiths College London and Macquarie University, has received research grants from the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Australian Government and has written commissioned research reports for the International Labour Organization, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the UK Trades Union Congress and the UK Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

Chris’s research covers various issues relating to the intersection of employment, globalisation and public policy, with a particular interest in comparative employment relations, labour market regulation, immigration and supply chains. He has worked on several projects on these topics covering Australia, the United Kingdom, the European Union, China and Germany. Chris is co-editor of International and Comparative Employment Relations (6th edition, Sage/Allen & Unwin) and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations. He is the author of 35 journal articles and scholarly book chapters and his work has been published in Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Governance, West European Politics, Industrial Relations Journal and Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations.


Ariel Avgar

Ariel Avgar is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include organizational conflict management patterns and practices, alternative dispute resolution, conflict accuracy, and social networks and conflict in teams. In addition, his research examines employment relations in the healthcare setting with a focus on innovative work practices and their implications for multiple stakeholder outcomes.

Ariel's research has been published in a number of journals including: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, International Journal of Conflict Management, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Health Services Research and Medical Care, and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Management. He received the 2008 Best Dissertation Award and the 2013 John T. Dunlop Scholar Award both from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the ILR School at Cornell University and a B.A. in Sociology and an LL.B in Law from Hebrew University. Prior to being admitted into the Israeli Bar, he served as Law Clerk for the President of the Israeli National Labor Court.


Keith Townsend 

Keith Townsend completed his PhD in 2005 in the Department of Industrial Relations at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He worked for more than two years at the Queensland University of Technology before returning to Griffith University where he is now employed as an associate professor. His thesis used Labour Process Theory to understand managerial control and employee resistance in two Australian organisations. Throughout his scholarly career he has edited 6 books, published 60 articles in international journals, along with many book chapters and conference papers and presentations.

While completing many of the ten years as a contracted employee, Townsend's research areas covered a wide spectrum, including employee misbehaviour, working time, work-life balance, HR systems, enterprise bargaining, partnerships, and employee voice. He now focuses his research attention on line managers (particularly frontline managers) and endeavours to keep 'working people' at the forefront of his analysis

The winner received a recognition plaque and a cheque for USD 1000. The runners-up were awarded a two-year membership in ILERA and a certificate of recognition. In addition, all the remaining candidates were awarded a one-year membership to ILERA.

At the gala dinner in Cape Town during the 17th World Congress, the winner received his award from Roger Blanpain, Belgium, Past-President of ILERA.