Dr Paul Harpur's research and teaching expertise are in the areas of disability rights, anti-discrimination laws, work health and safety laws and corporate social responsibility.
Dr Harpur's PhD concerned labour rights and human rights. Building on this research base, Dr Harpur has published widely in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States on employment, anti-discrimination and human rights laws.
Dr Harpur has a mixture of practice and research experience, having formerly practiced as a lawyer and continuing to work as an industrial relations special advisor in a private practice. In the past Dr Harpur has held a range of research posts, including, research fellowships at The University of Queensland, Griffith Law School and on an Australian Research Council grant with Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, the United Nations University, New York University and the Centre for International Governance (Canada).
Dr Harpur has led a range of projects, including an International Labour Organization project assessing labour rights in the South Pacific, including a particular focus on the rights of persons with disabilities.
In addition, Dr Harpur has participated in a number of prestigious research fellowships, including as a International Visiting Fellow, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Institute for Lifecourse & Society, National University of Ireland, Galway and as a Distinguished International Visiting Fellow, Burton Blatt Institute, College of Law, Syracuse University, New York.
Prior to academia Dr Harpur was a lawyer in private practice and a professional athlete with a disability, competing in the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Paralympics, the 2002 Manchester and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and a range of other international competitions.