Dr Glynne Williams

Glynne WilliamsAssociate Professor in Industrial Relations

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5984
  • Email: gw67@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 214, Level 2, Ken Edwards Building

Personal details

I have been at Leicester since 2006. In a previous life I ws a trade union branch secretary in the utilities sector, before leaving to work for my PhD at Cardiff University. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Academic Mentor of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Administrative responsibilities

Undergraduate Programme Leader (Distance Learning)


External Examiner at Bournemouth and Staffordshire universities.


Most recent publications

Williams, G. and Quinn, M. (2014), "Macmillan's children? Young workers and trade unions in the early 1960s", Industrial Relations Journal, 45(2): 137-152.

Williams, G., Davies, S. and Chinguo, C. (2013, online), "Subcontracting and labour standards: Reassessing the potential of International Framework Agreements", British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Fairbrother, P., O'Brien, J., O'Donnell, M., Junor, A., and Williams, G. (2011) Unions and Globalization: Governments, Management, and the State at Work. London. Routledge.

Williams, G., Davies, S. and Chinugo, C. (2011) "Translating words into action: International Framework agreements and subcontractors in the South African construction industry". Juridikum, nr 3, 2011.

Davies, S., Hammer, N., Williams, G., Raman, R., Ruppert, C. and Volynets, L. (2011) 'Labour Capacity in global commodity chains: evidence from a construction MNC', Industrial Relations Journal 42(2): 124-138.

Hammer, N., Davies, S. and Williams, G. (2010) 'Construction subcontracting and international trade union cooperation: what role for European industrial relations?', pp. 567-585 in F. Garibaldo and V. Telljohann (eds.) The Ambivalent Character of Participation: New Tendancies in Worker Participation in Europe. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Williams, G. (2008) 'Managing by Insecurity: Work and Managerial Control under Outsourcing', Competition and Change 12(3): 245-261.


My current research interests include:

  • Industrial relations in multinational companies and their contractors.
  • Trade union responses to outsourcing.
  • The employment relations consequences of extending working life.


Employment/industrial relations generally, but especially topics related to:

  • Employment relations in multinational companies and their contractors.
  • Public sector restructuring and outsourcing.
  • Trade union approaches to organising.

Current supervisees

Paul Conville - Rethinking Institutional Definition: Defining "Social Enterprise" in the UK (PhD)

Maria Miltiadou - New Public Management in Cyrpus (DSocSci)

Kewku Rockson - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies and practicies in mining sector organisations in Ghana (DSocSci).

Melissa Tranquille - The employee response to public sector reform in St Lucia (DSocSci)

Perihan Yavash - The changing academic labour process in England (DSocSci)

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