Dr Charles Umney - BA (Hons) Leeds College of Music; MA Leeds; PhD

Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations

I joined CERIC as a senior member of staff in January 2015, after having spent three years as a lecturer at the University of Greenwich. Prior to this, I also studied for my PhD at Leeds University Business School (LUBS) between 2008-2011. 

My doctoral research was an ESRC-funded studentship which looked at international trade union mobilisation, supervised by Dr Ian Greer and Professor Mark Stuart (both at LUBS) as well as Dr Christine Harlen (department for Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds). My work from this project has been published in journals such as European Journal of Industrial Relations and Industrial Relations Journal. 

Since completing my PhD I have broadened my research interests. My most recent published research has examined the labour market for live music performance in the UK and France, focusing in particular on the question of musicians’ pay. This research has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed, and has been published in journals including Work, Employment and Society, Human Relations and Work and Occupations. My 2014 article in the first-mentioned was nominated for the SAGE prize for innovation and excellence in research. 

Currently my research focus is shifting towards a more social policy focus with a particular interest in France. In particular, my main interest currently is the marketisation of public services as a co-investigator on the ERC Starter Grant-funded project The Effects of Marketization on Societies (PI Ian Greer). I lecture on diverse subjects but concentrate mainly on international and comparative employment relations, which I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

PhD supervision

I would be keen to supervise PhD students looking to undertake qualitative research in the following areas: work and employment in the arts and ‘creative industries’; trade union mobilisation; marketisation and social policy; welfare-to-work systems. 

Key publications
  • Umney, C (2015) ‘The labour market for jazz musicians in London and Paris: Formal regulation and informal norms’ Human Relations currently available in Online First format
  • Umney, C and Kretsos, L (2015) ‘”That’s the Experience”: Passion, Work Precarity and Life Transitions among  London Jazz Musicians’ Work and Occupations 42(3): 313-334
  • Umney, C and Kretsos, L (2014) ‘Creative Autonomy and Collective Interaction: The Working Lives of Young Jazz Musicians in London’ Work, Employment and Society 28:4 571-588
  • Umney, C (2012) ‘Managerial and Mobilizing Internationalism in the British Docks and Seafaring Sector’ European Journal of Industrial Relations 18(1): 71-89
  • Umney, C (2011) ‘The International Labour Movement and China’ Industrial Relations Journal 42(4): 322-338
Contact and CV

Email: c.r.umney@leeds.ac.uk

Curriculum Vitae