Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Public Policy

+44(0)113 343 2645
Academic, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC), Work and Employment Relations
G.46, Maurice Keyworth Building
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Curriculum Vitae:
Jo Ingold CV
Comparative labour market policy, active labour market programmes, public policy, public management, recruitment, gender, disability, employment services, welfare reform


University of Leeds ULTRA Teaching and Research Award
PhD, University of Sheffield
MA Sociological Research, University of Sheffield
BSc (Hons) Social Policy and Planning (First Class), University of Bristol


2018 - Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Public Policy
2013-2018 - Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Public Policy
2011-2013 - Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Work, Care and Global Transitions
2011 - Tutor, Sheffield International College, University of Sheffield
2006-2010 - Doctoral student
2004-2005 - Learning Consultant, Department for Education and Skills
2003-2004 - Policy Adviser, Department for Education and Skills
2001-2003 - Research Officer, Department for Work and Pensions
1999-2001 - Communications Officer, Brook


My main research interests broadly fall into the following areas:

•    The comparative study of public employment policies

•    Recruitment and selection, particularly in relation to disadvantaged labour market groups

•    The employment challenges for disabled people and parents/carers 

•    Business and public policy

•    Policy learning and evidence within the public policymaking process

I came to Leeds in October 2011, as part of the Building Sustainable Societies project. I have previously worked in the third sector and also held a number of posts in central government, including as a researcher in the Department for Work and Pensions.

I have a long-standing interest in public employment policies and in particular in active labour market programmes. My PhD was an ESRC CASE studentship in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions and was a comparative analysis of policies to assist partnered women into work in the UK, Australia and Denmark. 

I was awarded an ESRC Future Leaders grant (2014-2017) to examine employer engagement in employability and skills programmes in the UK and Denmark, focusing on the role of inter-organisational relations. 

I am a member of the Associate Editorial Board of Work, Employment and Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and an Academic Member of the CIPD.


Divisional Director for Research Degrees
LUBS5339M International Employment Policy and Labour Mobility
LUBS5375M MA HRM Dissertation
PhD supervision


Ingold, J. (2018) ‘Employer engagement in active labour market programmes: the role of boundary spanners’, Public Administration 96: 707-720.

Monaghan, M. and Ingold, J. (forthcoming) ‘Policy practitioners’ accounts of evidence-based policy making: The case of Universal Credit’, Journal of Social Policy 48(2): 351-368.

van Berkel, R. Ingold, J. McGurk, P., Bredgaard, T. and Boselie, P. (2017) ‘An introduction to employer engagement in the field of HRM. Blending social policy and HRM research in promoting vulnerable groups’ labour market participation’, Human Resource Management Journal Special Issue: Employer engagement, 27(4): 503-513.

Ingold, J. and Valizade, D. (2017) ‘Employers’ recruitment of disadvantaged groups: exploring the effect of active labour market programme agencies as labour market intermediaries’, Human Resource Management Journal 27(4): 530-547.

Ingold, J. and Monaghan, M. (2016) ‘Evidence translation: an exploration of policymakers’ use of evidence’, Policy and Politics 44(2): 171-190 – Winner of the Ken Young Best Paper Prize 2017 and one of the top-five most read articles in Policy and Politics in 2016

Ingold, J. and Stuart, M. (2015) ‘The demand-side of active labour market policies: a regional study of employer engagement in the Work Programme’, Journal of Social Policy 44(3): 443-462.

Ingold, J. and Etherington, D. (2013) ‘Work, welfare and gender inequalities: An analysis of activation strategies for partnered women in the UK, Australia and Denmark’, Work, Employment and Society 27(4), 621-638.


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