Professor of Work and Employment Relations
I joined CERIC and the Work and Employment Relations Division in October 2010, moving from the Working Lives Research Institute at London Metropolitan University where managed a number of research projects on work and employment, particularly looking at migrant workers. My research interests include trade unions and the development of organising and recruitment strategies, particularly as they relate to under-represented groups in the union movement; gender and industrial relations; the labour market position of migrants and black and minority ethnic groups; new geographies of labour and the politics of intersectionality (‘race’, class, gender, etc).
After seven years of working in the university sector in publications and multi-media I completed a part-time MA in Labour and Trade Union Studies at the University of North London (now merged into London Metropolitan University) and then went on to complete my doctoral research which was funded by the ESRC and the Trades Union Congress on ‘Organising black and minority ethnic workers; trade union strategies for recruitment and inclusion’ at Queen Mary, University of London. Following this I was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Queen Mary, University of London.
I have also held a number of positions in the trade union movement – as a branch secretary, regional council delegate and secretary of Hackney Trades Union Council. I have worked closely on research projects with a number of unions including the GMB, TGWU, CWU, Bectu, Usdaw and the Trades Union Congress. I was awarded an ESRC grant for a research project starting in 2011 entitled Broad-based community alliances: a comparative study of London and Sydney’.
- PhD supervision
My research interests include trade unions and the development of organising and recruitment strategies, particularly as they relate to under-represented groups in the union movement. I also have an interest in, equalities gender and industrial relations; the labour market position of migrants and black and minority ethnic groups; new geographies of labour and the politics of intersectionality (‘race’, class, gender, etc). Recently I have been conducting an international comparative study of union involvement in broad based community organising. The aim it to develop a greater understanding of how and why unions choose to get involved in community coalitions (and why not) and what they perceived the benefits or threats from this type of organising.
I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of these areas. If you have a research idea in any of these areas and would like to discuss please get in contact: email@example.com
I am currently supervising the following students:
- Recent publications
Holgate, J. (2015) 'The Sydney Alliance:A broad-based community organising potential for trade union transformation?'. /Economic and Industrial Democracy./ Online first: DOI: 10.1177/0143831X15618451.
Holgate, J. (2015) 'An international study of trade union involvement in community organising: same model, different outcomes'. /British Journal of Industrial Relations./ 52 (2): 460–483.
Holgate, J. Pollert, A. Keles, J. and Kumarappan, L. (2014) Response to protecting research participants: in defence of Citizens Advice/. Work, Employment and Society. 28(6):1026-1031/.
McBride, A, Hebson, G, Holgate, J. (2014) Intersectionality – are we taking enough notice? /Work, Employment and Society/.**29(2):331-341.
Alberti, G, Holgate, J, Tapia, M (2013) Organising migrants as workers or as migrant workers? Intersectionality, trade unions and precarious work. /International Journal of Human Resource Management/. 24 (22): 4132-4148.
Holgate, J. (2013) Community organising in the UK: a ‘new’ approach for trade unions? /Economic and Industrial Democracy/. Published online before print Dece.
- Contact and CV
Location: Leeds University Business School – Room 2.05 Lyddon Terrace