About us

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Our work contributes to contemporary, national and international debates surrounding the changing dynamic and the future of work, employment and labour markets.

It capitalises on the expertise of Centre members to fundamentally engage with societal issues that have explicit practitioner utility and policy relevance. 


The central objective of the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) is to contribute to contemporary, national and international debates surrounding the changing dynamic and the future of work, employment and labour markets, through high-quality research, teaching and knowledge transfer.

An ambitious research initiative, CERIC draws from the expertise of scholars at Leeds University Business School and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Centre aims to create a vibrant research environment incorporating established, doctoral and visiting researchers.

A distinctive element of the work of CERIC is the understanding of employment processes and outcomes within a broader regulatory and structural context. 

In empirical terms, CERIC's research is broadly concerned with examining the modernisation of employment relations, and how processes of organisational restructuring and innovation shape patterns of continuity and change in employment relations. It evaluates the consequences of such change for different stakeholders and is committed to developing new strategic and policy-relevant visions.

International connections

CERIC draws from the expertise located in the Business School's Work and Employment Relations Division (WERD). Centre researchers have backgrounds in employment relations, human resource management (HRM), economics, sociology and political science. Since 2000 our experts have attracted over £10m of research funding from leading funding bodies.

CERIC draws on established partnerships and international links with:

  • University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • University of Sydney (Australia)
  • University of Wollongong (Australia)
  • Athabasca University (Canada)
  • East China University of Political Science and Public Administration (China)
  • Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University (China)
  • University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
  • Aalborg University (Denmark)
  • University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
  • Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Finland)
  • University of Turku (Finland)
  • University of Tübingen (Germany)
  • Free University Berlin (Germany)
  • University of Milan (Italy)
  • University of Padua (Italy)
  • Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro (Italy)
  • Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)
  • Mejiro University (Japan)
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University (Nigeria)
  • Central European Labour Studies Institute (Slovakia)
  • University Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
  • University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Karlstad University (Sweden)
  • Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey)
  • Florida International University (USA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (USA)

Members of CERIC have extensive experience of working with organisational and representative bodies on applied research projects. This research regularly informs worldwide policy making in government circles, with researchers inputting into contemporary strategy and policy debates and publishing in leading international journals.


CERIC creates an environment that encourages and stimulates new research ideas and collaborations whilst fostering new research talent. Doctoral students are considered core members of the Centre.

As part of this commitment to continuous learning and dissemination, CERIC organises a regular programme of seminars, workshops and conferences as well as publishing a working paper series.

The Centre's current flagship teaching programmes include: 

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Find us 

Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC) 
Leeds University Business School
Maurice Keyworth Building
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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