High quality research, teaching and knowledge dissemination

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High quality research, teaching and knowledge dissemination enables us to examine the modernisation of employment relations, casting light on the processes of organisational restructuring and innovation to understand shifting patterns of continuity and change. A focus on collaborative and interdisciplinary research together with an external-facing structure ensures informed and relevant dissemination to a broad network of stakeholders, academic experts and business practitioners, both at home and abroad.

Research areas

  • Employment relations
  • Human resource management
  • Organisational change

CERIC develops major new research projects funded by leading national and international research councils and capitalises on its embedded expertise to engage more fundamentally with major societal issues and to conduct work that has explicit practitioner and policy relevance and utility. 

Members have longstanding experience of working with organisational and representative bodies on applied research projects and evaluations and their work is well known in policy making and governmental circles in the UK and overseas.

Recent funders

  • The UK Department for Trade and Industry
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • The European Parliament
  • European Commission
  • South East Economic Development Agency
  • Barnsley Borough Council
  • Campaign for Learning
  • The Trades Union Congress

The Centre has also been involved in the National Inquiry established by the University of Leeds to debate the future of management and governance of the National Health Service.



The output of the Centre since 2001 has been extensive. Researchers in the Centre have published leading monographs, (eg. The New Managerialism and Public Service Professions, London: Palgrave), and well over 100 articles in quality refereed journals, such as:

  • British Journal of Industrial Relations
  • Economic and Industrial Democracy, Gender, Work and Organization
  • Human Resource Management Journal
  • Industrial Relations Journal
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Journal of Management Studies, New Technology, Work and Employment, Organization, Public Administration, Sociology, Sociological Review, Work, Employment and Society
Presentations and conferences

Colleagues have also presented at leading International Conferences, such as the Academy of Management Conference, the American Sociological Association and most recently a plenary paper at the triennial International Industrial Relations Association World Congress. In total, researchers have presented at forums in over 20 countries since 2001.

They have also been responsible for the organisation of Conferences that have led to the development of key debates, for example in the UK around social partnership and, in international terms, around the future of work. CERIC was involved in initiating the annual Critical Labour Studies Conference and hosted the first two events, and the centre also jointly hosts (with Monash) the periodic Conference on Training, Employment and Employability (CTEE: held at Kings 2002; Prato, 2005). CERIC was represented on the organisation committee for the International Industrial Relations Association European Congress, held in Manchester in September 2007.

International networks and policy formation

Researchers in the Centre are regularly invited to participate in leading international academic networks (such as the Globalisation and Transformation of Work network (GLOW)) and present to practitioner and policy bodies (for example, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament). The Centre’s work has contributed in a significant way to the policy formation process in the area of employment relations through, for example, a major report for the Women and Work Commission, an ongoing evaluation of the recently launched DTI Trade Union Modernisation Fund and the BERR/DIUS/CBI and TUC Joint Working Group on workplace dialogue on training and skills.