Professor of Work and Employment Relations

Email:
J.Holgate@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)113 343 6815
Categories:
Academic, Work and Employment Relations, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC)
Location:
2.05, 31 Lyddon Terrace
Profile

Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE (Distinction) London Metropolitan University
PhD Queen Mary, University of London
MA (Distinction) Labour and Trade Union Studies, University of North London
BA Geography, University of Manchester.

Research

Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change PROFILE

My research interests include trade unions and the development of organising and recruitment strategies, particularly as they relate to under-represented groups in the union movement; gender and industrial relations; the labour market position of migrants and black and minority ethnic groups; new geographies of labour and the politics of intersectionality (‘race’, class, gender, etc).
 
My research is fundamentally concerned with issues of inequality and vulnerability at work. I have developed three strands of research in relations to this. The first strand has considered the position of black and minority ethnic workers and migrant workers in the labour market and particularly the challenges of organised labour in organising, recruiting and including these workers within their organisations. This was the focus of my ESRC case studentship PhD and led to a number of further research projects including Nuffield funded study into the TUC’s Organising Academy.  A second strand of my research is around equalities and what affect this has upon different groups of workers in the labour market. In a 2-year EU funded project on black and minority ethnic workers in London’s audio-visual industries I looked at issues of equality in this sector and the ways in which minority ethnic graduates faced difficulties in gaining access to work in these industries. This was followed by a ESRC grant to look at how different minority ethnic groups dealt with problems at work. This 3 year project entitled ‘Influences of identity, community and social networks on ethnic minority representation at work’ and looked at 3 minority ethnic groups in London (Kurds in Hackney, Black Caribbeans in Lambeth and south Asian workers in Ealing). A third area of research work has been around the concept of intersectionality and the way that different forms on inequality are interimbricated.


Funded research:

A 2-year EU funded project on black and minority ethnic workers in London’s audio-visual industries.

A year project on union learning in the Communications Workers Union funded by the CWU  (£17,000)

2006 Nuffield: small grant for £11,000 titled ‘Evaluating recent developments in training trade union organisers’ (with Dr Melanie Simms, Warwick University).

In 2007 as Principal Investigator I was granted £327,322 from the ESRC for a 3-year project on ‘Influences of identity, community and social networks on ethnic minority representation at work’.  This research was concerned with understanding more about how individuals went about dealing with the issues they faced when they had problems at work

In January 2010 I was commissioned as a consultant by the GMB to work on their Union Modernisation Fund project entitled ‘Engaging communities and building social capital’. £10,000. This project was completed on time and a report submitted to the funders.

In 2010, as Principal Investigator, I was awarded an ESRC small grant application: ‘Broad-based community alliances: a comparative study of London and Sydney’. £97,446

A report on this research 'Trade union involvement in broad-based community organising a comparative study of London, Sydney and Seattle', can be found here.

Community organising in the UK: a ‘new’ approach for trade unions? More information here.

Research Supervision:

My research interests include trade unions and the development of organising and recruitment strategies, particularly as they relate to under-represented groups in the union movement. I also have an interest in, equalities gender and industrial relations; the labour market position of migrants and black and minority ethnic groups; new geographies of labour and the politics of intersectionality (‘race’, class, gender, etc).  Recently I have been conducting an international comparative study of union involvement in broad based community organising. The aim it to develop a greater understanding of how and why unions choose to get involved in community coalitions (and why not) and what they perceived the benefits or threats from this type of organising.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of these areas. If you have a research idea in any of these areas and would like to discuss please get in contact: j.holgate@leeds.ac.uk

I am currently supervising the following students:

•    Reece Garcia who is studying ‘Red-doing gender? The effect of a forced change in the employment status of partners with dual-earner couples and who had a successful transfer in September 2012.
•    Anne Jones, is a part time student and university lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and her thesis is on ‘The Political Economy of Workplace Health and Safety’. Anne is in her second year.
•    Chris Mclachlan, is an ESRC 3+1 student and aims to analyse the extent to which EU companies support employees affected by redundancy and aid their preparation for life post-redundancy.
•    Frederike Scholz is a first year ESRC CASE student working with the Clear Company to research disability discrimination and the recruitment process: responding to legal and technological developments.

I have also seen one student, Jane Copley through to completion. Jane was an ESRC-funded  CASE  Studentship: ‘Employee status and its impact on the collectivisation of white-collar managerial grade and professional workers’  And the collaborative partner was the Transport and Salaried Staff Association (with Prospect and Nautilus UK)

Teaching

BA HRM and Industrial Relations
MA Industrial Relations
BA/MA Diversity Management
BA/MA Gender and Equality at Work
MA/BA Labour and Trade Union Studies

Publications

International refereed journals

Alberti, G, Holgate, J, Tapia, M (2013) Organising migrants as workers or as migrant workers? Intersectionality, trade unions and precarious work. International Journal of Human Resource Management. Forthcoming.

Holgate, J. (2013) Community organising in the UK: a ‘new’ approach for trade unions? Economic and Industrial Democracy. Available here.

Holgate, J. (2013) Faith in unions: from safe spaces to organised labour? Capital and Class. 37 (2): 239-262. Available here.

Holgate, J. Pollert, A. Keles, J. and Kumarappan, L. (2012) ‘De-collectivisation and employment problems: the experiences of minority ethnic workers seeking help through Citizens Advice’. Work, Employment and Society. 26: 5. 772-788.

Holgate, J. Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. (2012) Visualising ‘community’: an experiment in participatory photography among Kurdish diasporic workers in London. Sociological Review. 60:2, 312-332.

Holgate, J. Abbott, S. Kamenou, N. Kinge, J. Parker, J.  Sinclair, J. Sayce, S. Williams, L (2012) ‘Equality and diversity in employment relations: do we practise what we preach?’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.Vol. 31: 4.

Holgate, J. Pollert, A and Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. (2012) Union decline and voice among minority ethnic workers; do community support networks help fill the gap? Urban Studies. 49:3, 491-508.

Holgate, J. (2011) ‘Temporary Migrant Workers and Labor Organization.’ WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society. Vol. 14, 191-199.

Holgate, J. Pollert, A and Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. (2011) Geographies of isolation: how workers (don’t) access support for problems at work. Antipode. 43: 4. 1056-1077.

Simms, M. and Holgate, J. (2010) ‘TUC Organising Academy 10 years on: what has been the impact?’ International Journal of Human Resource Management. 21: 3, 355–370

Simms, M. and Holgate, J. (2010) Organising for what? An empirical critique of UK union organising approaches. Work Employment and Society. 24:1.

Holgate, J. Pollert, A and Keles, J (2009) Union decline, minority ethnic workers and employment advice in local communities. Industrial Law Journal 38:3. 412-416.

Holgate, J and McKay, S (2009) Equal opportunities policies: how effective are they in increasing diversity in the audio-visual industries’ freelance labour market? Media, Culture and Society 31: 1. 151-163.

Holgate, J. A. McBride and G. Hebson. (2006) ‘Why gender and difference matters: a critical appraisal of industrial relations research.’ Industrial Relations Journal. Vol.37 (4). 310-328.

Holgate, J. (2005) ‘Organising migrant workers: a case study of working conditions and unionisation at a sandwich factory in London.’ in Work Employment and Society. Vol.19 (3). 463–480.


Books

Simms, M, Holgate, J and Heery, E (2012) Union Voices. Developing Organizing in the UK. Ithaca: ILR Press.


Book chapters

Fine, J. and Holgate, J. (2013) 'The countermovement needs a movement (and a counter strategy)' in Adler, L., Tapia, M. and Turner, L. (eds.) Mobilizing against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism. Ithaca: ILR Press. Forthcoming

Alberti, Gabriella, Jane Holgate, and Lowell Turner. (2013) "Unions and immigrant workers, opportunity and choice: A cross-national, multi-case comparative analysis" in, L. Adler, M. Tapia, and L. Turner Mobilizing against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism. Ithaca: ILR Press. Forthcoming

Holgate, J. (2013) ‘Temporary migrant workers and labor organization’ in Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration Wiley-Blackwell.

Holgate (2009) ‘Contested terrain: London’s living wage campaign and the tension between community and union organising.’ in McBride J. and Greenwood, I. The Complexity of Community Unionism: a Comparative Analysis of Concepts and Contexts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Stewart, P. McBride, J. Greenwood I. Stirling J. Holgate, J. Tattersall, A. Stephenson, C. Wray, D. (2009) ‘Understanding community Unionism.’ in McBride J. and Greenwood, I. The Complexity of Community Unionism: a Comparative Analysis of Concepts and Contexts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Holgate, J. and Wills, J. (2007) ‘Organising labour in London’. Turner, L. and Cornfield, D. (eds.) in Seeking Solidarity Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds. Cornell: Cornell University Press.

Holgate, J. (2007) ‘Producing: changing patters of work’ in I. Douglas, R. Huggett and C. Perkins (eds) Companion Encyclopaedia of Geography. London: Routledge.

Holgate, J. (2005) ‘Trade union recognition in Asian workplaces: a springboard to further union organising/recognition campaigns’ in Gall, G. Union Recognition: Organising and Bargaining Outcomes. London: Routledge.


Book reviews

Holgate, J. (2011) Book review: Power in Coalition. Strategies for union power and social change by Amanda Tattersall. Cornell: ILR Press in Work Employment and Society.

Holgate, J, (2009) Book review. ‘New Geographies of Race and Racism’ edited by Claire Dwyer and Caroline Bassey. The Geography Journal.

Holgate, J, (2008) Book review. ‘The Dirty World of Neoliberalism. Cleaners in the Global Economy.’ by Luis Aguiar and Andrew Herod. London: Blackwell. Work and Occupations.

Holgate, J. (2006) Book review: ‘Working Feminism’ by Geraldine Pratt.Philadelphia: Temple University Press,in Geografiska Annaler 88:2.

Holgate. J. (2005) Book review: ‘Unmaking Goliath. Community Control in the Face of Global Capital’ by James DeFilippis New York: Routledge. Urban Studies. 42: 4.

Holgate, J. (2005). Book review: ‘The Future of Worker Representation’ by Geraldine Healy, Edmund Heery, Philip Taylor and William Brown (eds). London: Palgrave, in Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 58:4.

Holgate, J. (2004) Book review: ‘Towards a Politics of the Rainbow: Self-organization in the trade union movement.’ By Humphrey, J.C.  Aldershot: Ashgate. Social Movement Studies. Vol.3. No.1 2004.

Holgate, J. (2004) Book review ‘The Future of the American Labor Movement. Cambridge University Press. by Wheeler, Hoyt N. (2002) in British Universities Industrial Relations Newsletter 2004.


Other publications

Holgate, J, Keles, J, Kumarappan, L, Pollert, A (2010) Diaspora, Work, Employment and Community. A report on Kurdish workers in London. London: Working Lives Research Institute.

Holgate, J, Keles, J, Kumarappan, L, Pollert, A (2010) Help and Representation for Problems at Work: what has happened to support networks and advice centres? London: Working Lives Research Institute.

Holgate, J (2009) Unionising the low paid in London: the Justice for Cleaners campaign. Labor Unions and Civic Integration of Immigrant Workers research project. 

Holgate, J (2009) The role of UK unions in the civic integration of immigrant workers. Literature review for the Labor Unions and Civic Integration of Immigrant Workers research project.

Holgate, J. and Simms, M. (2008) Ten years on: the impact of the Organising Academy on the UK union movement. London: Trades Union Congress

Holgate, J. Moore, S, Davis, M. (2007) Union learning in the CWU: An examination of the educational needs and learning aspirations of CWU members and proposals for future provision. London: Working Lives Research Institute.

Hamilton, P and Holgate, J. (2007) Researching companies. A trade union manual to aid organising and collective bargaining. London: Trades Union Congress.

Holgate, J and Mckay, S. (2007) Institutional barriers to recruitment and employment in the audio visual industries. The effect on black and minority ethnic workers. London: Working Lives Research Institute. 

Holgate, J. (2006) Making the transition from college to work: experiences of media, film and television students, and recent graduates in London’s audio-visual industries. London: Working Lives Research Institute. 

Holgate, J. (2004) Black and minority ethnic workers and trade unions. Strategies for organisation, recruitment and inclusion.  London: Trades Union Congress. 2004.

Holgate, J. (2003) ‘Organising black and minority ethnic workers in trade unions: a case study of retail workers in central London.’ in Regulation, Deregulation and Re-Regulation: the scope of employment relations in the 21st Century. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association, University of Greenwich.

Holgate, J.  (2003) ‘On the sandwich chain gang.’ Red Pepper. September. pp.22–23.
Wills, J, Gaskell, C. Holgate, J, Jamoul, L (2002) Report on the state of civil society in Plaistow and Canning Town East London. Produced for the East London Communities Organisation.


Conference papers

Holgate, J (2011) ‘Communities and unions: barriers and bridges to co-operative working’. 63rd Labor and Employment Relations Association conference. January 7-9 Denver, Colorado, USA.

Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. Holgate, J. Pollert, A. ‘Visual methods for exploring work, identities and belonging: The case of Kurdish workers in London’. Work Employment and Society Conference, Brighton, September 2010.

Holgate, J. (2010) ‘Religion and radicalism: union organizing in migrant.’ Paper presented at the British Universities Industrial Relations Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, July 1-3, 2010.

Holgate, J. (2010) ‘Faith in unions, from safe spaces to organized labour? Paper presented at the 7th Annual CIRA Conference / International CRIMT Conference. Université Laval, Québec, Canada 16–18 June 2010.

Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. Holgate, J. Pollert, A. (2010) Visualising ‘community’: an experiment in participatory photography among Kurdish diaspora in the UK. Paper presented at BSA Annual Conference, 7–9 April 2010 Glasgow University.

Holgate, J (2009) Adapt or decline: a trade union future for black workers? Paper presented at Critical Labour Studies Symposium. School of African and Oriental Studies. 21-22 November 2009.

Holgate, J, Pollert, P, Keles, J. (2009) Union decline and the lack of employment advice for minority ethnic workers in the UK: can community support organisations help to fill the gap? Paper presented at the International Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference, Sydney, 24-27 August 2009.

McBride, A. Hebson, G. and Holgate, J. (2009) Whose interests?  Voice and representation in trade unions: the use of intersectional analysis. Paper presented at the International Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference, Sydney, 24-27 August 2009.

Organising Lives: the personal challenges of promoting trade union renewal. Paper presented to the British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference, Cardiff 2-4 July 2009.

London’s living wage campaign: an issue of territory and a struggle over place. Paper presented at Developing Theoretical Approaches in Labour Geography conference, University of Liverpool 11-12th June 2009

Invited speaker at Transatlantic Dialogue conference Cornell University, Ithaca, May 7–9 2009.

Keles, J. Holgate, J, Pollert, P. (2009) To whom do I turn when I am invisible? The experiences of Kurdish workers who have problems at work. Paper presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, 15-17 April 2009.

Holgate, J, Pollert, P, Keles, J. (2009) The influence of identity, ‘community’ and social networks on how workers access support for work-based problems. Paper presented at the International Labour Process Conference, Edinburgh, 6-8 April 2009

Is there an organising model? An empirical critique. Paper presented to the British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference, Bristol, June 2008.

The TUC Organising Academy: what has been the impact? (second version of paper). Paper presented to International Labour Process Conference, Dublin March 2008.

TUC Organising Academy 10 years on: what has been the impact? Paper presented Work Employment and Society Conference, Aberdeen, September 2007.

Equal opportunities policies: how effective are they in increasing diversity in a freelance labour market? Paper presented International Industrial Relations Association conference, Manchester, September 2007.

Moral dilemmas in organising migrant workers: a strategy for growth or a sign of weak bargaining position?. Paper presented to ‘Transatlantic Dialogue conference’ organised by Cornell University in Brussels, March 2–3 2007. (Invited speaker).

Contextualising community unionism. Paper presented at Contextualising Community Unionism workshop 21 and 22 September 2006, School of Management, University of Bradford.

‘I don’t regret my degree but…’: employment opportunities for new entrants into the audio-visual industries – the influence of ‘race’, class and gender. Presented to the British Universities Industrial Relations Association 56th Annual Conference. University of Galway, Ireland 28–30 June 2006.

Organising migrant workers in London: working with communities. Paper presented to ‘Transatlantic Dialogue conference’ at Cornell University, May 4–6 2006. (Invited speaker).

Trade union responses to organising migrant workers: the relevance of identity, ‘community’ and social networks. Paper presented to 24th International Labour Process Conference, Birkbeck University 10–12 April 2006.

Do global unions make sense? Paper presented to ‘Global companies, global unions, global research, global campaigns conference’ organised by Cornell University, New York, February 9–11, 2006.

The influence of ‘race’, identity and community on the organisation of migrant workers. Paper presented to Critical Labour Studies conference, Leeds University. December 14-15 2005.

Invited to present plenary session at the 55th British Universities Industrial Relations Annual Conference. University of Northumbria, July 2005, on ‘Why “difference” matters: a critical appraisal of industrial relations research’.

Placing Labour in London: trade union strategy and practice. Paper presented to ‘Strategies for urban labour revitalization conference’ at Cornell University, October 1–3 2004. (Invited speaker).

Organising migrant workers: a case study of working conditions and unionisation at a sandwich factory in London. Paper presented to the Work Employment and Society Conference, University of Manchester 1–3 September 2004.

The influence of ‘race’, identity and community in union organising in west London. 54th British Universities Industrial Relations Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, 1–3 July 2004.

Organising black and minority ethnic workers in trade unions: a case study of retail workers in central London. International Employment Relations Association 11th Annual Conference, University of Greenwich, London, 8–11 July 2003.

Trade unions: a place to unify struggles for economic and social justice?’ Paper presented to the Association of American Geographers 99th Annual Conference, 4–8 March 2003.


Dissemination of research/seminars

Communities and unions: working together to build coalitions. Presentation at TUC National Young Members Conference 2 April 2011.

Communities and unions: barriers and bridges to co-operative working. Presentation at TUC Organising Academy training session for senior lay reps. 25 March 2011.

Help and representation for problems at work. What has happened to support networks and advice centres? A report on ethnic minority workers in London launched at the TUC 13 September 2010 with a range of practitioner speakers at an afternoon workshop.

Work, identity and community in Ealing: a photographic exhibition. Held at Ealing Library in Southall for 4 weeks in July 2010.

We have to put long hours so we can make a bit of money to survive. Long hours and low pay: Kurdish workers’ stories in Hackney. Photo exhibition/presentation to Hackney Unites community coalition, Stoke Newington School, London, 5 June 2010.

Minority ethnic groups: work and representation. Presentation TUC Black workers Committee, TUC, June 2010.

‘Workers Advice Centre session and photographic exhibition’ in collaboration with Hackney Unites held all day Saturday 13 February 2010 at Dey-Mer Kurdish/Turkish Community Centre, Hackney.

South Asian women trade unionists: learning from the past to organise the future. At South Asian women workers in the Grunwick and Gate Gourmet disputes: similarities, differences and lessons. The women’s Library November 28 2009

TUC Organising Academy 10 Years on: organising as a specialist or generalist function? Leading Organising Round Table, Trades Union Congress 2 June 2009.

Organising Academy: successes and challenges presented at the Building Stronger Unions: organising the future conference. Trades Union Congress 14 October 2008.

London’s Living Wage Campaign: a missed opportunity for unionising black and minority ethnic workers? Invited speaker at ESRC seminar series 'Trade Unions and BME groups: dimension of employment and network relations' Manchester Business School – April 17th 2008

Research methodology and practice: issues of power, politics and ethnics when listening to marginalised voices. Seminar at Ruskin College, 9 November 2007.

Equal opportunities policies: how effective are they in increasing diversity in a freelance labour market? Seminar at Leeds University Business School, 24 October 2007.

‘I don’t regret my degree but…’: employment opportunities for new entrants into the audio-visual industries – the influence of ‘race’, class and gender. Presented to the University of Hertfordshire Business School research seminar 21 February 2007.

‘Good practice in organising migrant workers.’ Presentation to Wales TUC Organising Conference. Cardiff 6 February 2007.

‘Black and minority ethnic workers in low-paid employment: the effects of poverty on living standards’ Presentation to Oxfam, Oxford 4 October 2006.

'Issues facing migrant workers: what effect on union organising.’ Presentation to TGWU Candidate Development Programme, Eastbourne, 16 September 2006.

Seminar held at the TUC: Making the transition from college to work: experiences of media, film and television students, and recent graduates in London’s audio-visual industries.’ 26 April 2006.

Invited speaker at Northern TUC Race Relations Committee, September 2005.

Invited speaker at Unison equalities conference in Newcastle, September 2005.

Invited speaker at TUC Seminar in London on ‘Organising and recruiting black workers’, September 2005.

Invited speaker at TGWU training day for full-time union officers, on ‘Migrant workers and union organising’, Eastbourne, 29 April 2005.

Invited speaker to the Northern Region TUC Annual Meeting on ‘Issues of racism and organising black and minority ethnic workers’, 16 April 2005.

Invited speaker at departmental seminar, Department of Sociology, University of Northumbria on ‘The influence of ‘race’, identity and community in union organising in west London’, 15 April 2005.

Invited speaker to address the TGWU Race Relations Committee on 14 March 2005.

TUC Organising Academy, ‘BME workers in trade unions and the labour market’, June 2004.

Trades Union Congress ‘Black and minority ethnic workers and trade unions’, TUC 19 May 2004.

TGWU Race Equality Committee, ‘Black workers and trade unions in London and the South East: focus on effectiveness of organising and recruitment strategies’, June 2003.

Presentation to the Trades Union Congress on ‘Black workers and trade unions in London and the South East: focus on effectiveness of organising and recruitment strategies’, Research report, March 2003.

Seminar at Ruskin College on ‘Ethnic minority women in trade unions’, May 2002.

British Trade Unionism Today Seminar. International Centre for Labour Studies, University of Manchester. ‘Organising Black Workers: Trade Union Strategies for Recruitment and Inclusion’, December 2002.

Conferences organised

Critical Labour Studies – 6th Symposium. SOAS, 21-22nd November 2008 (with Miguel Martinez Lucio and Demet Dimler).

Organise 2008! A one-day conference attended by 150 people at London Metropolitan University 8 November 2008.

Building stronger unions – organising in the context of global capital 17 May 2007: London Metropolitan University. A one-day conference of 120 people.

Black and minority ethnic workers in London’s audio-visual industries, 23 November 2006: Greater London Authority, London. One-day conference of 120 chaired by Director of Equalities GLA.

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