- Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Areas of expertise: Sociology of work; Socio-cultural perspectives on work; Training and skills; International and comparative employment relations; Future of work; Qualitative research methods and methodologies
- Email: M.F.Roberts@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 3387
- Location: 2.02 23 Lyddon Terrace
- Website: Twitter | LinkedIn | Researchgate
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.
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
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (Associate level)
- British Sociological Association (BSA)
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change