Chris Fisher originally worked as a miner in Australia before moving to Britain to study at Warwick University in 1974. After completing his MA in Comparative British and American Labour History, Fisher gained a PhD in Social History in 1978 with his thesis, Free Miners and Colliers: Custom, the Crown and Trade Unionism in the Forest of Dean, 1788-1886, which became a book Custom, Work and Market Capitalism. The Forest of Dean Colliers, 1788-1888, (London: Croom Helm, 1981) and reprinted by Breviary Publications in 2016.
Fisher returned to Australia in 1978. In subsequent years he held teaching posts at the Universities of Wollongong, New South Wales and Canberra and research posts with the Australasian Coal and Shale Employees Federation, the Industrial Relations Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University and the Australian Public Service. He has published several books and articles about labour history and industrial relations. In the years between 1986 and 2018, Fisher worked as a grain and sheep farmer at Temora in New South Wales. He is now retired.