Charles Umney

Associate Professor in Work and Employment Relations

+44(0)113 343 2615
Academic, Work and Employment Relations, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC)
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Curriculum Vitae:
Charles Umney CV


2012: PhD, University of Leeds
2007: MA (International Studies) University of Leeds
2005: BA Hons (Jazz Studies) Leeds College of MusicAssociations and Professional Memberships:
British Universities Industrial Relations Association


2013-2014: Senior lecturer, University of Greenwich
2011-2013: Lecturer, University of Greenwich


I have a diverse range of ongoing research interests. My main areas of focus are:

1.    Artistic labour markets- with a specific focus on jazz musicians. I have looked at mapping the variegated labour processes encompassed in my participants’ careers, the conditions of work they encounter, the potential for organisation and self-organisation among them, and the formation of informal norms in the live performance market.
2.    ‘Marketisation’ in France, and particularly in the sectors of ports, health and social work. I am currently gathering data in Paris for a large comparative study of ‘marketisation’ in five European countries, with a particular interest in attempts to engineer competition via public markets, and the consequences for the service delivery and organisation.
3.    International trade unionism. My PhD research looked at the different ways in which trade unions may seek to cooperate across borders, through the lens of Marxist theory.

I currently supervise PhD students looking at the topics of welfare state marketisation, and the role of trade unions in the whistleblowing process. My research on the topics above has been published in journals such as Work, Employment and Society, Industrial Relations Journal and European Journal of Industrial Relations. My research on the labour market for jazz musicians has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thinking Allowed’ programme.


LUBS5337M: Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations
LUBS3095: Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations



Key publications are listed here. For a fuller list including working papers, book contributions and book reviews, see the following link:


Umney, C and Kretsos, L (2014) ‘Creative Autonomy and Collective Interaction: The Working Lives of Young Jazz Musicians in London’ Work, Employment and Society 28(4): 571-588

Umney, C (2012) ‘Managerial and Mobilizing Internationalism in the British Docks and Seafaring Sector’ European Journal of Industrial Relations 18(1): 71-89

Umney, C (2011) ‘The International Labour Movement and China’ Industrial Relations Journal 42(4): 322-338

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