Associate Professor Jo Ingold

Associate Professor Jo Ingold


I came to Leeds in October 2011, as part of the Building Sustainable Societies project. I have previously worked in the third sector and also held a number of posts in central government, including as a researcher in the Department for Work and Pensions.

I have a long-standing interest in public employment policies and in particular in active labour market programmes. My PhD was an ESRC CASE studentship in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions and was a comparative analysis of policies to assist partnered women into work in the UK, Australia and Denmark. 

I was awarded an ESRC Future Leaders grant (2014-2017) to examine employer engagement in employability and skills programmes in the UK and Denmark, focusing on the role of inter-organisational relations. 

I am a member of the Associate Editorial Board of Work, Employment and Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and a Certified Member of AHRI.


2020 – Associate Professor of Human Resource Management, Deakin Business School

2018 – 2020 – Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Public Policy, Leeds University Business School
2013 - 2018 - Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Public Policy, Leeds University Business School
2011 – 2013 - Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Work, Care and Global Transitions, Leeds University Business School
2011 - Tutor, Sheffield International College, University of Sheffield
2006 - 2010 - Doctoral student
2004 - 2005 - Learning Consultant, Department for Education and Skills
2003 – 2004 - Policy Adviser, Department for Education and Skills
2001 - 2003 - Research Officer, Department for Work and Pensions
1999 – 2001 - Communications Officer, Brook


Research interests

Employment services 

Comparative labour market policy, active labour market programmes & public employment policies

Recruitment and selection, particularly in relation to disadvantaged labour market groups

Workplace inclusion, recruitment, gender, disability,

Public policy & public management



  • University of Leeds ULTRA Teaching and Research Award
  • PhD, University of Sheffield
  • MA Sociological Research, University of Sheffield
  • BSc (Hons) Social Policy and Planning (First Class), University of Bristol

Professional memberships

  • Certified Member, AHRI
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, British Sociological Association
  • Fellow, Institute of Employability Professionals
  • Member, Employment Related Services Association
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

Student education

Teaching at Leeds

Module Leader LUBS3311 HRM Dissertation

Head of Year Three UG BA HRM/BA Management & the Human Resource

Module Leader LUBS5539M International Employment Policy & Labour Mobility

PhD Supervisor to: Marina Boulos, Simon Wool, Clare Matysova, Gilliam Wright

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change