Associate Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
I joined the team at Leeds in 2001. Prior to that I worked in the food industry for many years, where I managed a quality control department and acted as a senior trade union representative. I have held many trade union and community positions. For example, I spent ten years as director of an organisation responsible for training and small business start-ups; headed up an inner city charity responsible for economic regeneration through arts and culture and the establishment of an arts festival and Credit Union; established a regional "Think Tank" for the development of regional industrial relations policy; and acted for eight years as director of a Corporate Trustee for a large private sector pension fund.
I have been engaged in a number of research projects connected to the steel and metals sector. These include: the evaluation of the role that lifelong learning strategies might play in response to the processes of restructuring in the European steel and metal sectors; the potential of partnership based approaches for furthering the learning agenda and employability; and, the socio-economic consequences of the contraction of the UK (Welsh) steel industry.
I am also researching the development of union learning representatives and their impact on workplace skill formation; team working; trade union activism and renewal including Community Unionism. Other research interests include the contemporary nature of collective bargaining and ‘welfare to work’.
- PhD supervision
I am interested in supervising research related to:
- teamworking - from the perspective of industrial/employment relations not organisational behaviour
- industrial/employment restructuring collective bargaining
- community/social movement unionism
- partnership at work
- Contact and CV
Telephone: +44 (0)113 343 4517
Location: Leeds University Business School - GM.19