Elizabeth Oliver

Liz Oliver

Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations

+44(0)113 343 6815
Academic, Work and Employment Relations, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC)
GM.25, Maurice Keyworth Building
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Ph.D Sociology and Social Policy, and Law, University of Leeds
LL.B (Hons), Law, University of Leeds


Previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Liverpool (2010). I also have extensive experience as a researcher (University of Liverpool 2007-2010, University of Leeds 2003-2007).


My research explores aspects of EU and national employment law and policy relating in particular to gender equality, mobility, highly skilled and fixed-term employment. Through a series of empirical socio-legal research projects I have investigated law and policy in a number of settings. I have developed specific expertise in the area of human resource management within the Higher Education sector in the area of fixed-term employment.

My research approach is interdisciplinary and aims to bring together legal and policy analysis with qualitative social research. I have experience of working collaboratively on cross national research projects

I am keen to engage in knowledge transfer involving non-academic audiences. Throughout my PhD I worked with the Women and Equality Unit, the non-academic partner under my ESRC CASE award. I have also presented research findings to a range of policy actors at UK and EU level as well as working with non-academic partners through funded research projects.

I have managed a funded project as a principle investigator and have experience as a researcher on projects funded by the Research Councils, the European Commission and the ACCA.

I have recently completed the project ‘Researchers, fixed-term contracts and universities: understanding law in context’ funded by Vitae: Read more here


LUBS2810: Business and the Legal Environment
LUBS3915: Employment Law
LUBS5300: Research Methodology 1



Oliver, E.A. (paper accepted subject to corrections) 'Living Flexibly? How Europe's Science Researchers Manage Mobility, Fixed-Term Employment and Life Outside of Work' International Journal of Human Resource Management

Oliver, E.A (2009) ‘Promoting women? Lessons Learned from a Study of Mobility and Fixed-term Work in Early Career Researchers’, in Stalford, Velluti and Currie (Eds) ‘Gender and Migration in 21st Century Europe’, Aldershot: Ashgate

Oliver, E.A. (2009) 'From Portability to Acquisition and Preservation: The Challenge of Legislating in the area of Supplementary Pensions' Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 31 (2): 173–183

Ackers, H.L. and Oliver, E.A. (2007) ‘From Flexicurity to Flexsecquality? The Impact of the Fixed-term Contract Provisions on Employment in Science Research’ International Studies of Management and Organization, 37(1) Spring 2007: 53-79

Publications designed to support knowledge exchange

Oliver, E.A. (2009) 'Fixed-term Staff Policies Under the Microscope' University and College Union Membership Magazine, November 2009, 6Ackers, H.L. and Oliver, E.A. (2009) 'Internationalisation, mobility and pensions: the experiences of early career researchers' Internationalisation of European Higher Education Handbook, 2nd supplement, Berlin: Raabe Fachverlag für Wissenschaftsinformation available here

With Ackers, H.L. and Oliver, E.A. (2009) 'Permanently Packed Bags' and 'A Stable Foundation for Young Researchers' Mobility without Security?, Bonn: Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, 18-21 and 50-53, available here

With Ackers, H.L. (2009) 'Der Gepackte Kotter Als Dauerzustand' and 'Eine Stabile Basis Für Junge Forscher' Mobilität ohne Netz und doppelren Boden, Bonn: Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, 18-21 and 50-53, available here

Ackers, H.L., Gill, B., Groves, K. and Oliver, E.A (2006) ‘Assessing the Impact of the Roberts’ Review Enhanced Stipends and Salaries on Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Positions’, Swindon: RCUK, available here

Adams, J., Mount, D., Smith, D., Ackers, H. L., Gill, B., Oliver, E.A and Hazlehurst, S. (2005) ‘Researchers in Higher Education Institutions: A Scoping Study of Career Development and Human Resource Management’, Bristol: HEFCE

Conference Papers and Presentations

'Knowledge Remittances? Understanding the Contributions of Mobile Scientists to Developing Countries' Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, 28-31 October 2009, Washington DC, USA

'Fixed-term Employment and Highly Skilled Migration' Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change, 10th December 2008, Leeds University Business School (Invited speaker)

'Cross National Collaborative Research under EU Funding: Conducting Qualitative Interviews in Diverse Teams' ESRC Researcher Development Initiative workshop programme, Building Capacity in Empirical Socio Legal Research (ESLR), Workshop 2, 8-9 December 2008, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool (Invited speaker)

'Scientific Citizenship? EU Researchers in the UK.' UACES Workshop, EU Nationals in the UK Labour Force: Economic Migrants or Free-Moving Citizens of the EU?, 28 November 2008, University of Loughborough

'“Europe Needs More Scientists”: Migration, the Global War for Talent and the Individual Scientist'. 4S/EASST Annual Meeting, 20-23 August 2008, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

With Ackers H.L. 'Scientific Mobility and Pensions'. Penalized for Being Mobile? National Pension Schemes as an Obstacle to Mobility for Researchers in the EHEA, Official Bologna Seminar hosted by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), 12-13 June 2008, Ludwig Erhard Haus, Berlin (Invited speakers and rapporteurs)

'Navigating the “Gap of Insecurity” - Fixed-term Work and Geographic Mobility in Science Careers'. ESRC Seminar Series Patterns of flexibility, associated management practice, careers and family life Seminar Five: Flexible Working and Careers, 1st May 2008, Birmingham University Business School

'Individual Migration for Career Opportunity Growth and Development' ESRC Seminar Series Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Career and Migration, Reconceptualising career to accommodate multiple forms of migration: diversity, context and movement, 29th February 2008, The Business School, Loughborough University

‘Mobility and Fixed-term Employment: Findings from a Study of Academic Science Migration within the EU’ Human Geography Research Seminar Series, 14 November 2007, School of Geography, University of Liverpool

‘Living Flexibly? How Europe’s Science Researchers Manage Mobility, Fixed-Term Employment and Life Outside of Work’ Conference Paper, ‘Law and Society in the 21st Century’, 25-28 July 2007, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

‘Families and Fixed Term Contracts: Understanding the ‘Expectation of Mobility’ in Science’, ESFR 3rd International Congress on Family Relations , 28 September 2006, Darmstadt, Germany

‘Living with Insecurity: Employment Security as a Factor Shaping Retention and Progression’, ESRC Seminar Series 6: Mobility and Progression in Science Careers, 28th May 2005, Lisbon, Portugal

With Ackers, H.L. ‘Gender Mobility and Progression in Science Careers’ paper presented at ESRC DTI DFES Workshop on Diversity in Science Education and Training, 1-2 February 2005, Oxford

‘Reconciling Work and Family Life in Science Careers; Contracts and Career Progression, Work Life Balance Across the Lifecourse hosted by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, 30 June 2004, University of Edinburgh

With Ackers, H.L. ‘Capturing the Subject in Comparative Socio-Legal Research: a case study of family migration’, European Cross-National Research and Policy: Researching Family and Childhood from a European Welfare Perspective, 12 June 2004, Tallinn, Estonia

‘Mobility and Progression in Science Careers: Science Careers In the UK’ Workshop for Early Career Researchers, the Faculty of Science, 28 February 2004, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Presentations designed to support knowledge exchange

‘National Perspectives and Local Experiences’ UCU Annual Meeting of Staff on Casual Contracts, 26th Feb 2010, University and College Union, London (Invited Speaker)

'Researchers, Fixed-term Contracts and Universities', Good Practice in Employing Staff on Hourly Paid or Fixed-term Contracts, 7t December 2009, Universities and Colleges Employers Association, London (Invited Speaker)

Conference Chair, 1st Research Staff Conference, 24 March 2009, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

'The Impact of the Fixed-term Directive on Supporting the Careers of Research Staff' Vitae Researcher Development Conference, 8-9 September 2008, London (Invited speaker)

Participation in Expert Group Meeting Charter and Code Working Group – How to Make the European Researcher’s Market More Attractive and Competitive: Legal, Administrative and Financial Barriers, DG Research European Commission, Brussels, 5th May 2006

‘Searching for Synergy: Policies on Research Careers’, Presentation to Universities UK European Code and Charter for Researchers Working Group, Medical Research Council, London, 26th April 2006

With Ackers, H.L ‘From Flexicurity to Flexsecquality? The Impact of the Fixed-term Contract Provisions on Employment in Science Research’ Charter and Code Working Group: Legal Administrative and Financial Barriers, DG Research, European Commission, Brussels, 22nd March 2006

‘Contracts and Career Progression in Science’, Research Workshop on the Athena Surveys of Science, Engineering and Technology (ASSET), The Royal Society, London, 5th May 2005.

With Ackers, H.L ‘Excellence or Exploitation? The role of Fixed term Contracts in Junior Research Careers’ European Universities Association Conference on Doctoral Programmes In the European Knowledge Society, Saltsburg, 3rd February 2005


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