SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Joe Buckley

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Joe Buckley
Department of Development Studies

Fractional Representative 2018/19

Joe Buckley
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Thesis title:
The relationship between changing working conditions and forms of labour activism in southern Vietnam's garment and textile industry
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I am a labour and development scholar of Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam. In general, my research interests are labour, social movements, development, and society. I am especially interested in changes in work and employment in the current epoch, and how these affect, and are affected by, labour organising, activism, and agency. I also speak Vietnamese. I hold two master's degrees in Labour, Social Movements and Development, and Research for International Development, also from SOAS.

PhD Research

My doctoral research investigates the relationship between changing working conditions and forms of labour resistance in garment and textile production in southern Vietnam. It focuses on so-called 'formal labour' within the 'formal economy'. While the formal economy is technically expanding, in the sense that more people are finding work in formally registered firms, capital finds ways to make work inside those firms increasingly insecure and precarious. Workers, on the other hand, employ various strategies of resistance. My PhD analyses both the ways capital informalises work, and the ways labour resists.


Buckley, J., 2018. 'No Union, No Problem: Anatomy of a Vietnamese Wildcat', Notes from Below 3: The worker and the union.


  • 'The Political Composition of Strikes in Vietnam', Historical Materialism, SOAS, University of London, 8-11 November 2018

  • 'Microstrikes in Vietnamese Garment Production', ASEAS Conference, University of Leeds, 5-7 September 2018

  • 'Microstrikes in Vietnam', 13th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 23-27 July 2018


  • Association of Southeast Asian Studies UK (ASEASUK)
  • British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)


  • Comparative Studies on Development


  • Labour
  • Social Movements
  • Development
  • Southeast Asian Politics and Society
  • Vietnam