Dr Benjamin Hopkins

Associate Professor in Work and Employment

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1972
  • Email: Benjamin.Hopkins@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 121, Level One, Fielding Johnson Building
  • Office hours: By appointment only (please email)

Personal details


I am a member of the Work and Employment division in the School of Business at the University of Leicester. Having read Economics and Management at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, I worked for Cadbury-Schweppes and BBC Television News before completing an MA in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management at the University of Warwick. My PhD was also awarded by the University of Warwick, with some research being conducted while at the University of California. Following my PhD I worked at Aberystwyth University, then moved to the University of Leicester in 2015, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017.


I teach on a variety of courses within the School of Business at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.


My research interests are centered on experiences of the workplace, and in particular the impacts of the intersection of migration and non-standard forms of work. I have also researched transitions into work by young people, voluntary work, wage inequality, and working conditions and pay bargaining in the public sector as part of the BARSOP project.

My research has been funded by the ESRC, ASSEC, UnionLearn, Critical Management Studies, Aberystwyth University, the University of Leicester, and the European Commission. I have been consulted or appeared on television programmes for BBC One, S4C and Channel 4, and have also written for The Conversation. My research has been reported in over 350 media outlets, including The Telegraph, The Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Independent, The Western Mail, International Business Times, People Management, Russia Today, The Daily Star, and The Watford Observer.


I currently supervise five doctoral students, and would be interested in discussing PhD proposals related to my research interests.


Hopkins, B. (2017) “Analysing the ‘Migrant Work Ethic’ – Comparing Managers’ Perceptions of Local Workers and Central and Eastern European Migrants in the United Kingdom” European Urban and Regional Studies OnlineFirst

Dawson, C., Veliziotis, M. and Hopkins, B. (2017) 'Understanding the Perception of the ‘Migrant Work Ethic’ Work, Employment and Society OnlineFirst

Hopkins, B. and Dawson, C. (2016) “Migrant Workers and Involuntary Non-Permanent Jobs: Agencies as New IR Actors?” Industrial Relations Journal 47 (2).

Simms, M., Gamwell, S. and Hopkins, B. (2016) “Youth Employment Policies: Addressing a Structural Challenge?” in Scott, P. (ed) Work and Employment Relations under UK Coalition Government London: Routledge

Hopkins, B., Dawson, C. and Veliziotis, M. (2015) “Absence Management of Migrant Agency Workers in the Food Manufacturing Sector” International Journal of Human Resource Management OnlineFirst

Hopkins, B. (2015) “Occupational Health and Safety of Temporary and Agency Workers” Economic and Industrial Democracy OnlineFirst.

Simms, M. and Hopkins, B. (2015) Wage Inequality in the United Kingdom European Commission

Dawson, C., Veliziotis, M. and Hopkins, B. (2014) “Temporary Employment, Job Satisfaction and Subjective Well-being” Economic and Industrial Democracy OnlineFirst.

Hopkins, B. (2014) “Explaining Variations in Absence Rates; Temporary and Agency Workers in the Food Manufacturing Sector” Human Resource Management Journal 24 (2)

Simms, M., Hopkins, B. and Gamwell, S. (2013) “Skills for Sustainable Employment: Strategies to Tackle Youth Unemployment” London: UnionLearn.

Hopkins, B. (2012) “Inclusion of a Diverse Workforce in the UK: The Case of the EU Expansion” Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 31 (4).

Dowell, D. J., Fuller-Love, N., Dawson C. and Hopkins, B. (2012) “Entrepreneurial Groups in Ireland and Wales: A Preliminary Typology of Entrepreneurs Using a Marketing Segmentation Approach” Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship 14 (2).

Hopkins, B. (2011) “Informal Hierarchies among Workers in Low-Skill Food Manufacturing Jobs” Industrial Relations Journal 42 (5).

Hopkins, B. (2009) “Inequality Street?  Working Life in a British Chocolate Factory” in Bolton, S. C. and Houlihan, M. (eds) Work Matters: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Work Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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