Dr Maisie Roberts

Dr Maisie Roberts


I am a sociologist of the workplace and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) at Leeds University Business School. I recently submitted my PhD in Work and Employment Relations at CERIC, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), after graduating with distinction from my MA in Human Resource Management. 

During my PhD I completed a 3-month ESRC-funded Institutional Visit to Professor Marius Busemeyer’s Policy Analysis and Political Theory group at the University of Konstanz, Germany. At CERIC I have worked as a research assistant on a TUC-funded project assessing the impact of the union learning fund and more recently on a project examining the impact of Brexit on employment relations and migration policy. I am also a member of and regular contributor to the Edge Foundation's Emerging Researchers Network. 

Research interests

My research investigates the employment relationship through a socio-cultural-political lens. 

My PhD research explored how national apprenticeship systems respond differently to institutional and policy-led change and the impact of these changes on the organisation of apprenticeships at the workplace level in England and Germany. In particular, it examined how these changes impacted the politics of skill formation within the workplace, apprentices’ identities and agency in their transition into work as well as the apprentices’ learning experiences within their learning environments. Departing from previous technocratic perspectives, the study provided an inclusive and empirical multi-level account of how policy is implemented in practice by foregrounding the perspectives of all relevant actors in the respective apprenticeship systems. Centred on two in-depth case studies in the chemical sector, it drew on over 100 interviews apprentices, managers, union representatives, training providers, policymakers and training experts.

My current research focuses on the future of work as well as the likely impact of Brexit on training and skills.


  • BA (Hons) Cultural Studies, First Class Honours, University of Leeds
  • MA Human Resource Management, Distinction, University of Leeds
  • PhD in Work and Employment Relations, University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (Associate level)
  • British Sociological Association (BSA)

Student education

I currently supervise Masters level dissertations and teach on the Training and Development module, both for the MA Human Resource Management programme.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change