Dr Daniel Bishop

Lecturer in Employment StudiesDaniel Bishop

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  • Tel: +44 (0)116 229 7363
  • Email: d.bishop@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 0.02, Mallard House, Brookfield
  • Office hours: By appointment only (please email)

Personal details

BA hons (Cambridge), MA (Warwick), PGCE, PhD (Cardiff)

I re-joined the University of Leicester in April 2018, having previously worked at the University between 2007 and 2015. I have also been a lecturer at Bath Spa University, a researcher at Cardiff University, and spent some time as a teacher in further education.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


My academic interests lie mainly in the area of workplace learning, vocational training and lifelong learning, and I have conducted and published the findings of funded research in these areas. In particular, I am interested in how the conditions, processes and relationships of working life shape the ways in which individuals learn (and what they learn) at and through work. My research to date has focused on these issues primarily – though not exclusively – in relation to small organisations. More broadly, I am interested in the sociology of education, economic sociology and the sociology of markets.


I have supervised numerous Doctoral candidates to completion, and am interested in supervising theses in the following areas:

  • Workplace learning and employee development
  • Informal learning at work
  • Training and workplace learning in small organisations
  • Initial and continuing development in the professions
  • Staff development in schools, colleges and universities


Bishop, D (2017) 'Affordance, agency and apprenticeship learning: a comparative study of small and large engineering firms.' Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 22 (1). pp. 68-86.

Bishop, D (2017) 'Context, agency and professional workplace learning: trainee accountants in large and small practices.' Education and Training, 59 (5). pp. 516-533.

Bishop, D and Hordern, J (2017) Degree apprenticeships: higher technical or technical higher (education)? Gatsby Charitable Foundation. http://www.gatsby.org.uk/uploads/education/reports/pdf/degree-apprenticeships-report.pdf

Bishop, D (2015) 'Small firms and the failure of national skills policies: adopting an institutional perspective.' International Journal of Training and Development, 19 (1). pp. 69-80.

Bishop, D (2012) 'Firm size and skill formation processes: an emerging debate.' Journal of Education and Work, 25 (5). pp. 507-521.

Bishop, D (2011) 'The importance of being an insider: how networks influence the small firm's engagement with formal training.' Journal of European Industrial Training, 35 (4). pp. 326-344.

Felstead, A, Bishop, D, Fuller, A, Jewson, N, Unwin, L and Kakavelakis, K (2010) 'Working as belonging: the management of personal and collective identities.' In: Ecclestone, K, Biesta, G and Hughes, M, eds. Transitions and learning through the life course. Routledge, London, pp. 147-161.

Bishop, D, Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Jewson, N, Unwin, L and Kakavelakis, K (2009) 'Constructing learning: adversarial and collaborative working in the British construction industry.' Journal of Education and Work, 22 (4). pp. 243-260.

Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Jewson, N, Unwin, L, Bishop, D and Kakavelakis, K (2009) 'Mind the gap: personal and collective identities at work.' Studies in the Education of Adults, 41 (1). pp. 6-20.

Bishop, D (2009) Small firms and universities: how training markets are socially constructed. VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken.

Unwin, L, Fuller, A, Bishop, D, Felstead, A, Jewson, N and Kakavelakis, K (2008) 'Exploring the dangers and benefits of the UK’s permissive competence-based approach: the use of vocational qualifications as learning artefacts and tools for measurement in the automotive sector.' Learning as Work Research Papers (15).

Bishop, D (2008) 'The small enterprise in the training market.' Education and Training, 50 (8/9). pp. 661-673.

Unwin, L, Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Bishop, D, Lee, T, Jewson, N and Butler, P (2007) 'Looking inside the Russian doll: the interconnections between context, learning and pedagogy in the workplace.' Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 15 (3). pp. 333-348.

Felstead, A, Bishop, D, Fuller, A, Jewson, N, Unwin, L and Kakavelakis, K (2007) 'Performing identities at work: evidence from contrasting sectors.' Learning as Work Research Papers (9).

Lee, T, Jewson, N, Bishop, D, Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Kakavelakis, K and Unwin, L (2007) '‘There’s a lot more to it than just cutting hair, you know’: managerial controls, work practices and identity narratives among hair stylists.' Learning as Work Research Papers (8).

Bishop, D (2006) 'The small firm in the training market: illustrating the social construction of market behaviour.' SKOPE Research Papers (67).

Fuller, A, Unwin, L, Bishop, D, Felstead, A, Jewson, N, Kakavelakis, K and Lee, T (2006) 'Continuity, change and conflict: the role of learning and knowing in different productive systems.' Learning as Work Research Papers (7).

Bishop, D, Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Jewson, N, Lee, T and Unwin, L (2006) 'Connecting culture and learning in organisations: a review of current themes.' Learning as Work Research Papers (5).

Felstead, A, Bishop, D, Fuller, A, Jewson, N, Lee, T and Unwin, L (2006) 'Moving to the music: learning processes, training and productive systems – the case of exercise to music instruction.' Learning as Work Research Papers (6).

Unwin, L, Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Ashton, D, Bishop, D and Lee, T (2006) 'The value and pitfalls of informal learning.' In: Porter, S and Campbell, M, eds. Skills and economic performance. Caspian, London, pp. 115-131.

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