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.