Dr Gerard Looker


Gerry has worked for the largest trade unions in the UK as a Senior Negotiator and Organiser and is a member of the Employment Tribunal for Central East.

Gerry's research interests are in trade union bureaucracy and renewal.

Looker, G., 2019. Union Organising and Fullā€time Officers: Acquiescence and Resistance. Industrial Relations Journal50(5-6), pp.517-531.


  • Module Leader in Organisational Theory
  • Teaching Employment Relations and Contemporary HRM
  • Head of Year One BA in HRM

Research interests

My specific research interest is in trade union bureaucracy, union renewal and how this impacts and is impacted by employment and industrial relations. I am working on a paper considering the impact of public service reorganisation on public sector unionism.


  • 2015 PhD Industrial Relations, De Montfort University
  • 1999 MA Comparative Labour Studies, University of Warwick
  • 1995 BSc Hons Social Sciences, Open University

Professional memberships

  • British Universities Industrial Relations Association

Student education

My role at the University involves teaching on HRM and employment relations modules. I also support the Business School curriculum for the CIPD.