Dr Peter Holtum

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52839


Dr Peter (PJ) Holtum is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Queensland. He is an expert in the sociology of work, where his particular interests converge on the topic of precarious and insecure work. His research covers a range of issues including those of regulation, flexibility, organisational misbehaviour, deviance, unionisation, and digital labour platforms. PJ’s most recent research with Professor Greg Marston examines the manner in which digital labour platforms shape the autonomy, security, and wellbeing of workers driving on the Uber platform. His work has been published across a variety of academic and public mediums, and he has been active in recent parliamentary inquiries into the future of work, digital labour, and on-demand workers.

Research Interests

  • Insecure & Precarious Work
    My central academic interest is with the rise of precarity in the 21st century. I am particularly interested with insecure labour; both in areas of skilled and unskilled work. Key questions that drive my research pertain to (i) how social precarity is created, and (ii) how workers challenge, or struggle to secure themselves.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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