• PhD, University of Queensland, 2018
  • Honours Class 1, Philosophy: University of Queensland, 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts, extended major in philosophy, and minor in history: University of Queensland, 2007-2010. 


  • Guest Lecturer, SOCY1050 (Sociology of Work and Employment): University of Queensland, 2016 & 2017
  • Sessional Academic, EDP416 & LCN650: Queensland University of Technology, 2016 & 2017
  • Tutor/Marker for: SOCY1050, SWSP1044, SWSP2001, SOCY2345, SOCY3200: University of Queensland, 2014-2018
  • Student Representative, Post-graduate Studies Committee: University of Queensland, 2016. 
  • Contributor to the Brisbane Free University, 2013 & 2016. 
  • Graduate Consultant: University Of Queensland Careers and Graduate department, 2011-201
  • Peer Mentor: University Of Queensland, 2011-2012.  

Research Interests

  • Sociology of work, political philosophy, and contemporary philosophy
  • The future of work, precarious employment, deviance and workplace resistance, identity and subjectivity
  • Anarchism and Postanarchism, specifically the analysis and deconstruction of of contemporary social hierarchies, authority and domination. 


Holtum, PJ (2018, May 14) Using Anarchist Methods in the Social and Political Sciences. Dialogue Journal.

Holtum, PJ (2016, Oct 20) Being ‘smart’ at Work: What Are We Resisting? Dialogue Journal.

Holtum, PJ (2016, Nov 25) Workers fight back with deviant behaviour in a precarious workplace: study. The Conversation.

Researcher biography

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.

Areas of research