Dr Lisa Sezer

Lecturer in Work and EmploymentLisa Sezer


  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5632
  • Email: ls480@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 1.03, Mary Seacole Building, Brookfield
  • Office hours: By appointment (I am on maternity leave throughout the 2020/2021 academic year)

Personal details

I obtained a BSc (with honours) in Psychology from the University of Konstanz, Germany; and a MSc (Distinction) and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour in 2014. After my PhD, I worked as a research assistant at the LSE as part of two collaborative projects. Prior to joining the Work and Employment Division at the University of Leicester in April 2019, I had been a lecturer at DMU.


I have been module convenor or co-convenor on the following modules:

  • Employment Relations in the Global Economy (Industrial Relations in a Changing Economy until 2021) – MN3116
  • Employment Relations in a Global Context – MN7362
  • HRM&T Dissertation – MN7371

I also convene several modules on the distance learning programme.


My research interests lie in employer collective action and mobilisation. I am particularly interested in employer organisations’ (EOs) power resources, mobilisation strategies, social networks, and identity-work; and how these shape the politics and outcomes of collective bargaining, HRM policies as well employer influence in policy-making. My work is influenced by research in employment relations, HRM and organisation studies, as well as by political sociology, political science, and economic geography. My research on the social movement aspects of EOs in Turkey was recently published in the Human Resource Management Journal.

I continue working on my PhD-based work on pro-religious employer organisations in Turkey. I am also involved in a collaborative project on EOs in the telecommunications industry in Denmark and Sweden (with Christian Ibsen, and Virginia Doellgast). On the basis of my BSc in psychology, I am also working on a project (with David Marsden) on motivation and performance-related pay (PRP), investigating the introduction of PRP in British schools.


I’d be interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Employers’, business, and professional organisations
  • Ideology, identity-work, and institutional theory in organisations
  • Cross-national comparative employment relations
  • Social networks, and politically connected firms
  • Performance management and pay in the public sector


Refereed journal articles

Sezer, L.A. (2019). Employers’ Organisations as Social Movements: Political power, and identity-work. Human Resource Management Journal, 19(1): 67–81.

Wieber, F., Sezer, L. A., and Gollwitzer, P.M. (2014). Asking ‘Why’ Helps Action Control by Goals but not Plans. Motivation and Emotion, 38(1), 65-78.

Reports and book reviews

Doellgast, V. and Sezer, L. (2012) Making the Right Call: Redesigning Call Centres from the Bottom Up. UNI (Union Network International). Report commissioned for UNI’s annual Call Centre Action Month. http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Blogs/ccam.nsf/dx/30.09.2012125453AHOETF.htm

Sezer, L.A. The Janus-faced nature of US foreign policy: A review of “Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany” by Amy Austin Holmes, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

In preparation, under review or forthcoming

Sezer, L.A., and Özcan, G.B. (under review), The Geography of Political Connections, Firm Growth and Power Proximity: Evidence from Turkey.

Ibsen, C.L., Sezer, L.A., and Doellgast, V.L., Business Unity and Power Across Domains: Evidence from employers’ organisations in the telecommunications industry in Denmark and Sweden.

Sezer, L.A. (under review), Countervailing power and the role of state and political actors in employer organisation creation and development: the case of pro-religious EOs in Turkey, in Gooberman, L., and Hauptmeier, M. (eds.) Employer Organisations in the 21st Century, Routledge.

Marsden, D.M., and Sezer, L.A. (under review) The influence of management style and quality on the operation of incentive pay: School teachers’ performance pay in England and Wales 2014-2015.

Selected conference papers

Marsden, D.M., and Sezer, L.A. (2018). Effects of Management Style and Quality on the Operation of Incentive Pay: School Teachers' Performance Pay in England and Wales 2014-2015. Labour and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Meeting, Baltimore, US, June 2018.

Ibsen, C.L., Sezer, L.A., and Doellgast, V.L. (2018). Do Fragmented Employers

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