Susan Hart

Susan Hart

BA (Hons.), M.Sc., PhD

  • Professor
  • Labour Relations
Contact Information
Ph: 709.864.2431
Office: BN-2019
Curriculum vitae (CV)
Personal Profile

Dr. Susan Hart has a number of years’ work experience in the public sector, in government administration and teaching, and in the private sector including working in the labour relations field and in a not-for-profit group promoting non-traditional work for women. Her research has largely focused on the links between industrial relations and the effectiveness of workplace policies on safety and gender equality. These interests are reflected in publications on health and safety (comparative regulatory studies, Norway, the United Kingdom and Canada), worker participation (Canada and Norway), safety management systems, helicopter safety (mainly in the context of offshore oil and gas and mining), and on gender equality (pay and employment equity, women’s health (nurses in the public sector) and co-worker sexual harassment arbitration studies in the public and private sector).



  • Dean’s Strategic Research Grant


  • Dean’s Research Award


  • Dean’s Research Award


  • CIHR/SSHRC ($100,968) – Consensus-based development of an evaluation tool for occupational health and safety management systems in open pit mining
  • CIHR/SSHRC ($110,548) – Offshore work schedules: implications for the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities


  • Memorial University Endowment Fund ($25,000) – International comparison of health and safety frameworks in the offshore oil industry

Dr. Hart’s current research consists of a case study of an offshore helicopter crash in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) in 2009, being a continuation of a research stream on offshore oil safety pursued over the last twelve years, beginning with an analysis in 2000 of safety and industrial relations in the NL offshore oil industry since the 1982 Ocean Ranger disaster. The helicopter case study is based on in-depth archival analysis of industry, labour, government and expert testimony given during the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Safety Board’s Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry, plus analysis of the 2010 and 2011 NL Inquiry reports, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s investigatory report, and relevant regulatory documentation in Canada, Great Britain and the United States. The three research strands arising so far from this case study focus on corporate social responsibility, the regulatory regime, and risk perception of the industry/employers compared with the union/employees.

  • Hart, S. and Warren, A. (2013).Understanding nurses’ work: Exploring the links between changing work, labour relations, workload, stress, retention and recruitment. Economic and Industrial Democracy. 0(0) 1-25 (DOI: 10.11177/0143831X13505119).
  • Hart, S. (2012). The crash of Cougar Flight 491: A case study of offshore safety and corporate social responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics. (DOI 10.1007/s10551-012-1320-8) Printed in March 2013, 113 (3), 319-541.
  • Hart, S. ( 2012). Labour arbitration of co-worker sexual harassment cases in Canada. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 29, 268-279 (DOI 10.1002/CJAS.1222).
  • Hart, S. (2011). Labor Arbitrations and Co-worker Sexual Harassment: Looking at the Assessment of Mitigating Factors through a Feminist Lens. Journal of Workplace Rights, 15 (1), 83-110.
  • Bornstein, S. & Hart, S. (2010). Evaluating occupational health and safety management systems: a collaborative approach. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 08 (1), 61-76.
  • Hart, S. M. (2009). Self-regulation, corporate social responsibility, and the business case: Do they work in achieving workplace equality and safety? Journal of Business Ethics, 92 (4), 585-600 (DOI 10.1007/s10551009-0174-1).


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