Professor Mark Stuart - BA (Hons), MA, PhD, MCIPD

Director of CERIC
Montague Burton Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations 

I joined the Faculty in Leeds in 1992, completed my Doctorate in 1999 and was promoted to a personal Chair in 2005. I took up the Montague Burton Chair in September 2012. My research interests focus on the dynamics of organisational restructuring and skill formation, trade union strategy and change and the modernisation of employment relations. My work has been funded by the European Commission, European Parliament, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BERR/ DTI), the Economic and Social Research Council, International Labour Office, ACAS, Low Pay Commission, TUC and numerous trade unions. Since 2001, I have won and led some 40 external awards totalling more than 2 million pounds. This included the co-ordination of a prestigious EU Framework Five funded study investigating the implications for employment and skills of the restructuring of the European steel and metal sectors. The study involved research partners in seven European countries, during 2001-2005 (see Final Report). Papers from the project were published in a special issue of the European Journal of Industrial Relations (2007). I was also the lead evaluator of the UK government’s Union Modernisation Fund (UMF) and have conducted numerous evaluation of the Union Learning Fund (ULF).

I have published more than 65 journal articles and book chapters, some 60 reports, monographs and miscellaneous articles and presented papers at conferences and workshops in over 20 countries. I sat on the editorial board of Work, Employment and Society (2004-2007) and am currently an editorial board member of the International Journal of Training Research, Labour and Industry and the Human Resource Management Journal. I terms of wider academic service, I am an Associate Member of the ESRC Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE at Oxford University), was a member of the Executive of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) between 2010-2013 and am currently serving a third term on the ESRC Peer Review College. I was a member of the scientific panel for the 2015 review of the Association of Business Schools Journal Quality Guide.

I have spent periods as a visiting researcher in the USA (Cornell), Australia (Sydney, Monash and Griffith) and Sweden (NIWL). From 2008-2015, I was the Chair of the International Section of the American Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for European Research in Employment and Human Resources (CREER) at Toulouse Business School, Groupe ESC Toulouse.

I was the co Editor-in-Chief of Work, Employment and Society between 2011-2015 and am currently the President of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA).

PhD supervision

I have supervised 10 Doctoral students to successful completion and I am interested in supervising projects related to:

  • Trade-union led learning (union learning reps, learning partnerships)
  • Partnership-based approaches to employment relations
  • Trade union modernisation
  • Workforce development and corporate training strategies
  • Globalisation, restructuring and employment relations outcomes
  • Comparative studies of labour market restructuring and welfare reform
  • Workplace restructuring, redundancy and experiences of job loss
  • Unemployment and labour market activation
  • Skills, workplace change and organisational restructuring
  • The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund

I am also interested in working with interested international applicants for funding for post-Doctoral Fellowships (e.g. EU Marie Curie positions). Depending on experience, students will get an opportunity to contribute and work on some of current funded projects. 

Conference papers and invited presentations

Refereed Conference Papers

Forthcoming: American Sociological Association, Boston (August 2008); LERA, San Francisco (January 2009)

‘Assessing union organizing in the UK: between a rock and a hard place’, Paper presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association,  New Orleans, January 4-6, (with Martinez Lucio, M.). 2008

‘Community unionism in the UK: The case of “Community: The union for Life”’, 8thInternational Industrial Relations Association European Congress: The Dynamics of European Employment Relations. Manchester. 3-6th September. (with Greer, I. and Greenwood, I.) 2007

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund and the regulation of redundancy in Europe’, 8th International Industrial Relations Association European Congress: The Dynamics of European Employment Relations. Manchester. 3-6th September. (with Forde, C., MacKenzie, R. and Wallis, E.) 2007

‘Trade union modernisation in Britain: state policy and union projects’ (with M. Martinez Lucio, A. Charlwood and E. Wallis), presented at Industrial Relations in Europe Conference 2007. New-Europe, new-challenges: The Changing Contours of Industrial Relations, Athens University of Economics and Business. Athens, 26-28 July. 2007

Community unionism and the neoliberal state in British steel regions (with Greer, I. and Greenwood, I.) presented at Labor and Employment Relations Association 59th Annual Meeting, Chicago, 5-7 January. 2007

‘A Bridge over troubled water: the role of the British Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) in facilitating labour management consultation in public sector transformation’ (With M. Martinez Lucio) presented Labor and Employment Relations Association 59th Annual Meeting, Chicago, 5-7 January. 2007.

‘A Bridge over troubled water: the role of the British Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) in facilitating labour management consultation in public sector transformation’ (With M. Martinez Lucio) to be presented at the 14th International Industrial Relations Association World Congress, University of Lima, Lima, 11-14 September. 2006 PLENARY

‘Broadcasting discontent: Freelancers, trade unions and the internet’, (with Saundry, R. and Antcliff, A.) presented at Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC): The Future of Social Models, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, 31 August-2 September. 2006

‘Still mismanaging redundancy? Restructuring and corporate social responsibility in the Welsh Steel Industry’, (with MacKenzie, R., Forde, C., Greenwood, I., Perrett, R. and Gardner, J.), presented at British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) 56th Annual Conference.  University of Galway. 28th-30th June. 2006

Class, identity and the maintenance of occupational community amongst redundant Welsh steel workers’, (with MacKenzie, R., Forde, C., Greenwood, I., Perrett, R. and Gardner, J.), presented at the 24th Annual International Labour Process Conference, School of Management Royal Holloway and School of Management, Birkbeck College, University of London. 10-12 April. 2006

‘Workplace Learning and the Performance of Low-skilled Employees: Raising the demand for learning in UK local authorities’, (with E. Wallis) presented at Second International Conference on Training, Employability and Employment, University of Monash Centre, Prato (Italy), 22-23 September 2005

‘Perceptions of de-skilling and up-skilling in the restructuring of employment: the Welsh steel industry redundancies’, (with MacKenzie, R., Forde, C., Greenwood, I., Perrett, R. and Gardner, J.) paper presented at the Second International Conference of Training, Employability and Employment, Monash University Centre, Prato, 21-23rd September. 2005

"The New Collectivism? Worker Networks In The UK Audio-Visual Industries", British Academy of Management Conference, Saaid Business School, Oxford, September. (with Richard Saundry and Val Antcliff). September. 2005

Networks, Collectivism and the Representation of Workers Interests: the Case of the UK Television Industry, European Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Torun, September. (with Richard Saundry and Val Antcliff). September. 2005

‘All that is Solid? Class, identity and the maintenance of occupational community amongst redundant Welsh steel workers’, (with MacKenzie, R., Forde, C., Greenwood, I., Perrett, R. and Gardner, J.) presented at American Sociological Association 100th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, 13-16 August. 2005

‘Living with dinosaurs: Networks, trade unionism and ‘collective’ identity amongst freelance workers in the UK audio-visual sector’. Presented British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) 55th Annual Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon-Tyne. 7-9 July (with Richard Saundry and Val Antcliff). 2005

‘Individualisation, collectivism and the management of risk in a freelance labour market: The case of the UK television industry’, presented at the British Sociological Association Conference, University of York, York. 21-23 March. (with Antcliff, V. and Saundry, R.). 2005


‘Coping with unemployment: Individual strategies and support systems in the UK and Germany’, presented at ESREA Life History and Biography Network Conference: Biographical Research and practice as a setting for personal and social change, Universita di Milano Bicocca. 3-6 March (with Trappmann, V., Greenwood, I. and Kruse, W.). 2005

‘When partnership and teamworking collide: Cases from the UK financial services sector, presented at the 8th International Workshop on Teamworking (IWOT), organised by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management/ University of Trier, Trier, 16-17 September. 2004 (with Martinez Lucio, M.) 2004

‘Waves of change: the retreat from multi-skilling in teamworking’, to be presented at the 8th International Workshop on Teamworking, organised by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management/ University of Trier, Trier, 16-17 September. (with Greenwood, I.) 2004

‘The role of social partnership for coping with change’, presented at the 7th International Industrial Relations Association European Congress: The Future of Work in Europe, Estoril Congress Center, Lisbon, 7-11 September. (with Trappmann, V., Greenwood, I. and Kruse, W.) 2004

‘Re-regulation, voluntarism and the impact of social dialogue in the UK: cases from the financial services sector’, 7th International Industrial Relations Association European Congress: The Future of Work in Europe, Estoril Congress Center, Lisbon, 7-11 September. (with Martinez Lucio, M.) 2004

‘Testing times: remaking employment relations through ‘partnership’ in the UK, (with Martinez Lucio), paper presented at the Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC), Utrecht School of Governance, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, 26-28 August. 2004

‘Trade unions and training: Britain and Australia compared’, (with Cooney, R.) presented at the 12th Annual International Employment Relations Association Conference, University of Central Queensland, Capricorn Coast, Queensland, 5-8th July. 2004

‘Raising the demand for learning: initial findings from an action-research project in large public and private organisations’, (with Easom, M. and Wallis, E.) presented at Learning and Skills Development Agency – Regional Research Conference: Continuing Success, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, 18th June. 2004

‘Realising the potential of union learning representatives: an empirical assessment’, presented at the Fifth International Conference on HRD  Research and Practice Across Europe, University Forum of HRD, University of Limerick, Limerick, 27-28 May. (with Wallis, E. and Greenwood, I.). 2004

‘The political economy of working lives: biographies of steel and metal redundancy in Britain and Germany’, (with Greenwood, I., Kruse, W. and Trappmann, V.) paper presented at ESREA Conference, Life Narratives and Biographies, Roskilde University, Copenhagen. March 4-7. 2004

‘Risk, partnership and the new industrial relations: ‘shotgun weddings’ and ‘marriages of convenience’’, (with Martinez Lucio, M.) presented at International Industrial Relations Association 13th World Congress, Freie Universitat, Berlin, Sept 8-12. 2003

‘Union learning representatives: Legitimate (?) peripheral participation in power modulated communities of practice’, (with Greenwood, I. and Wallis, E.) presented at 3rd International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland. July 25-27. 2003

‘A European model for partnership-based approaches to Learning? Evidence from the steel and metal sector’, (with Wallis, E.) presented at 3rd International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland. July 25- 27. 2003

‘Partnerships for learning: socially responsive approaches to restructuring in the European Steel and Metal Sectors’, (with Wallis, E.) presented at the conference on Responsible Restructuring in Europe, organised by the Centre d’Etudes de L’Emploi/ European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin, June19-20. (Invited papers only). 2003

‘Partnership-based approaches to learning within the steel and metal sector: towards a European model’, (with Wallis, E.) presented at the 9th International Conference on Public and Private Partnerships, The Karol Admiecki University of Economics, Katowice, 28-31 May. Winner of the best conference paper award (case study category). 2003

‘A trade union-led partnership for lifelong learning in the UK steel industry: meaningful collaboration or complicity’, (with Wallis, E. and Murray, A.) presented at the Fourth International Conference on HRD Research and Practice Across Europe, University Forum for HRD, Groupe ESC Toulouse, Toulouse, 23-24 May. 2003

‘We are all neo-liberals now – or are we?’ (with Greenwood, I.) Presented at International Trade Unionism in a Network Society: What’s New about the “New Labour Internationalism”, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, May 2-3. 2003

‘Regulating risk’ - the politics, risks and the dynamics of social partnership’: ‘shotgun weddings and marriages of convenience’, (with Martinez Lucio, M.) presented at the 21st International Labour Process Conference, University of West of England, 14-16 April. 2003

‘Lifelong learning, social partnership and the European Employment Strategy: challenges and contradictions’, (with Greenwood, I.) presented at The First International Conference on Training, Employability and Employment, Monash University Centre, Kings College, London, July 11th and 12th.

‘The European Employment Strategy: Work, Employability or Lifelong Flexibility’, (with Greenwood, I) presented at ESREA Research Network Conference: Adult Education and the Labour Market VII. Roskilde University, Denmark, May30th – June 1st. 2002

‘Constructing partnership: the ideology and politics of union strategy’, (with Martinez Lucio, M.) presented at Employment Research Unit 16 Annual Conference: ‘Politics, Public Policy and the Employment Relationship’, Cardiff Business School, University of Cardiff, 10-11 September. 2001

‘Social partnership and the Mutual Gains Organisation: remaking involvement and trust at the British workplace’, (with Martinez Lucio, M.) presented at 6th European Congress of International Industrial Relations Association, Oslo, 25-29 June. 2001

‘Assessing the principles of partnership: trade union representatives’ attitudes and experiences’, (with Martinez Lucio, M.) presented at Assessing Partnership: the Prospects for and Challenges of Modernisation, University of Leeds, Leeds, 24-25 May. 2001

‘Out of the cold: trade unions and social partnership in the UK’, (with Martinez Lucio, M.) presented to the International Conference on Union Growth, University of Toronto, Toronto, April 30- May 1. 2001

‘Swimming against the tide: social partnership, mutual gains and the renewal of ‘tired’ HRM’, (with Martinez Lucio, M.) presented at Work Futures: Employment Research Unit Annual Conference, University of Cardiff, 6-7 September. 2000

‘Partnership at work? Evaluating the demise of a national training agreement’, presented at the Third International Conference Researching Vocational Education and Training, Manchester 14-16 July. 1999

‘Changing Contours of Collectivism: TV, trade unions and the atomised worker’, (with Saundry, R.) presented at the 17th Annual International Labour Process Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London. 29-31 March. 1999

‘In Search of Skill Formation’, (with Heyes, J.) pesented at the British Universities Industrial Relations Association annual conference, Bradford July 5-8. 1996

‘Training Experiences at Work: What do workers really think?’ (with Heyes, J.) Presented at the "Fourth Conference on Learning and research in Working Life", Steyr, Austria, July 1-4 . 1996

‘Between the Cabbage Patch and Rose Garden: Flexibility, segmentation and skill within a printing labour process. Presented at the ‘First International Conference: HRM The Inside Story’, held at the Open University Business School on 1/2 April . 1996

Invited Plenaries/Presentations and workshops 2000 -

‘Do unions care about skills?’, Unions 21 Annual Conference, ‘Who cares about skills?’, Hamilton House, London, 7th March. 2008

‘Collective learning fund: progress and evaluation’, unionlearn Supporting Union Learners – Partnerships for Diversity Conference, Mermaid Conference Centre, London. 4th December (presented to two sessions). 2007

‘Encouraging workplace dialogue on training and skills: what the evidence tells us’, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Workshop for Key Stakeholders, BERR Conference Centre, London. 29th November. 2007

‘The union-led learning agenda: developments and prospects’, Institute of Employment Studies, Brighton, 2 October. 2007

Panel discussant on ‘Is the UK up to the job? A Review of the UKs Skill Shortage Problem’, Cass Business School, 20 June. 2007

‘Social dialogue and good employment relations: essential elements of effective recruiting and training strategies in the oil and gas industry’, plenary presentation at the Marcus Evans Effective Recruiting and Training Strategies in the Oil and Gas Industry Conference, Barcelona, June 11th-12th.  (with Forde, C. and MacKenzie, R.). 2007

‘Building collective learning cultures: unions and learning agreements’, presented at TUC unionlearn event ‘partnerships for learning’, Leeds University Business School, Leeds, 15 June. 2007

‘Trade unions: a positive force for training and learning’, unionlearn Board, TUC Congress House, 1 May. (with Robinson, A. and Wallis, E.). Also presented on the same day to unionlearn Advisory Group. 2007

‘Trade unions: a positive force for training and learning’, unionlearn Advisory Group TUC  Congress House, 1 May. (with Robinson, A. and Wallis, E.). 2007

‘The United Kingdom: the Sound of One Hand Clapping’, workshop on Trade Unions and Competence Development in Europe, ESC Toulouse, Toulouse, 10th November, 2006.

 ‘An impact study on relocation, restructuring and the viability of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: The impact on employment, working conditions and regional development’, Invited address to the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, European Parliament, 4th October. (with Forde, C., MacKenzie, R. and Wallis, E.) 2006

Getting training onto the workplace bargaining agenda: opportunities and constraints, Midlands Regional TUC, June (with Robinson, A.). 2006

‘Making Learning Work’, presented at Royal Mail Learning at Work Day, Royal Mail National Training Centre, Rugby. 26th May. 2005

Building labour-management cooperation in the UK insurance sector: varieties of partnership in an environment of uncertainty, British Academy of Management HRM Special Interest Group Conference, Nottingham University Business School, Nottingham, 31 March-1st April. (with M. Martinez Lucio). 2005

‘Raising the demand for the learning and the difference this makes: Key project findings’, presented at Making Learning Work Conference, City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester. 17 March. 2005

‘Learning in partnership: the idea and the project’; and, ‘On the way to an integrated HR policy: lessons learnt’, presented at workshop on Integrated Human Resources Policy, organised by the Works Council Stahlwerke Bremen (Arcelor Grouppe), Intercity Hotel, Bremen, January 28th. 2005

Workshop facilitator and overview for ‘Does learning relate to bargaining’ (with Bert Clough, TUC), Workplace Learning: Who Controls the Agenda?, Working Lives Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 27 November. 2004

‘“Learners of the workplace unite!” Some considerations of the Union Learning Representative initiative in Britain’, presented at Department of Management Seminar, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia, 21 October 2004.

‘Trade Union Learning Representatives in Britain: Policy Innovation in Vocational Education and Training’, presented at Centre for the Economics of Education and Education Annual Conference: ‘The policy Context of Education and Training’, Monash University, Ascot House, Ascot Vale, Melbourne, Australia, 29 October 2004.

‘Who benefits from workplace learning? The trade union role in (skills) competence development’, presented at The Association for the Academy of Flexible Learning in Working Life and APeL Seminar, The Trade Union Role as the Power for Developing Workplace Learning, Larcentrum Masugnen, Lindesberg, Sweden, 2 April. 2004

‘Work organisation, learning and partnership: developments in the UK steel industry’, presented at The National Institute for Working Life, Stockholm, 29 March. 2004

‘Lifelong Learning, a response to restructuring in the European steel and metal industry: examples of European projects’, presented at the EMF seminar on Lifelong Learning in the Steel Industry, European Metalworkers’ Federation Steel Select Working Party, Luxembourg, 17th February. 2003

‘Comment on “Concepts of work, worker and work organisations in findings of FRP 4 and 5 projects”, Catherine Casey, University of Auckland, New Zealand’, presented at FP5 Education and Training Cluster Workshop, University of Bremen, Germany, 27/28 February. 2003

‘Swimming against the tide: social partnership, mutual gains and the revival of ‘tired’ HRM’, presented at City University Business School (CASS), London, 20 March (with M. Martinez Lucio). 2003

‘National and European policies for lifelong learning: observations from the FP5 project ‘Learnpartner’ put into an EU context’, presented at EU Research FP5 Thematic Network, EURONE&T Towards the European Society Workshop, ‘Lifelong Learning, Employability and Organised Interests: The Role of the Social Partners in Shaping Lifelong Learning’, FAFO Institute for Labour and Social Research, Oslo, 19-20 June, (with I. Greenwood). 2003

‘Applying for Research Funding’, presented at Pre-conference session for doctoral students and new researchers, British Universities Industrial Relations Association 53rd Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 3-5 July (with I, Grugulis). 2003

‘The Economic and Social Impact of Redundancies at Corus and ASW: Initial Findings’, presented at Steel Partnership Training Ltd Workshop on the Economic and Social Impact of Redundancies, Cardiff, 11 July (with I. Greenwood, C. Forde and R. MacKenzie). 2003

‘Partnership: the means versus the ends?’, presented at ESRC Future of Work Workshop on Partnership at Work, Employment Studies Research Unit, University of the West of England, Bristol, 19 September (with M. Martinez Lucio). 2003

‘Building trade unionism: ‘leading by example’?, presented at AMICUS MSF Section Yorkshire and Humberside Region Weekend School, Building a New Union, Scarborough, 15/16 November (with M. Martinez Lucio – key note address). 2003

‘Corporate Dialogue and Corporate Social Responsibility: considering social partnership and the ‘Third Way’, presented at: La Responsabilidad Social de Las Empresas y Los Nuevos Desafios de la Gestion Empresarial, University of Valencia, Valencia, 12-13 December (with M. Martinez Lucio). 2003

‘Lifelong Learning: a response to restructuring in the European steel and metal industry’, presented at the European Metalworkers’ Federation Lifelong Learning Conference, Lifelong learning: a continuous challenges on the social dialogue agenda for the European metal industry, Madrid, 12/13 September (with E. Wallis) 2003

‘Learning in Partnership: Themes and Issues’, Fafo, Institute for Labour and Social Research, Oslo, Norway, March. 2001

‘Responding to the Restructuring of the European Steel and Metal Sector: Learning in Partnership’, LO, Stockholm, Sweden, 28 May. 2001

‘Learning in Partnership: Responding to the Restructuring of the European Steel and Metal Sector’, European Metalworkers’ Federation, Brussels, March. 2000

‘Contesting Partnership’, Centre for the Economics of Education and Training, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, May. 2000

‘Reflections on the Emerging Partnership Agenda: Forward to the Learning Age?’, Vocational Education and Training Network, Trades Hall, Melbourne, May. 2000

‘Learning in Partnership and Partnerships for Learning: Recent European Developments’, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide, Australia, June. 2000

‘Examining the preconditions of social partnership: survey evidence’, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), Leeds, September (with M. Martinez Lucio). 2000

‘What is happening on the scene of lifelong learning in the UK?’, Norwegian Lifelong Learning Delegation Workshop, Steel Partnership Training Ltd, Enfield, 30 October (with P. Hodkinson), repeated to two further delegations of Norwegian policy makers in 2001, both at Leeds. 2000

Contact and CV

Email: M.A.Stuart@lubs.leeds.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6851

Curriculum Vitae