Dr Heather Connolly

Associate Professor of Employment Relations

Heather ConnollyContact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5940
  • Email: hmc33@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 1.07, First Floor, Mallard, Brookfield
  • Office hours: I am on study leave for 2017-18

Personal details

I am a British Academy Mid-career Fellow and Associate Professor of Employment Relations. Prior to coming to Leicester, I spent 5 years at De Montfort University and have held positions at the Universities of Manchester and Warwick. While working on my PhD (Warwick, 2003-2007) I was a Researcher for the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels and a visiting researcher at the IRES research institute in Paris. I maintain strong links with research institutes in France (CRESPPA-CSU, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris-Dauphine) and am part of the broader international CRIMT network. I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA, an Academic Member of the CIPD and on the Associate Editorial Board of Work, employment and Society (WES). I have experience of teaching on a wide variety of employment relations and HRM modules and research methodology for postgraduate and doctoral students.

Teaching

I am on study leave for 2017-18.

Administrative responsibilities

Media lead for the School of Business

Research

My research interests centre around the possibilities for trade union renewal, and how trade unions across Europe shape and are constrained by their institutional contexts. My in-depth qualitative research, in France, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, explores how trade union activists respond to contemporary challenges, particularly the possibilities for radical unionism and the innovative role that trade unions might play in the social inclusion of migrant workers. I have published a number of articles and books in these areas and am currently finalising a co-authored research book from a Leverhulme Trust funded project on comparative trade union responses to migrant workers. For the academic year 2017-18 I will be a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow and researching the possible futures of trade unions in Europe, with a focus on how trade unions in France and the UK seek to represent precarious workers.

Supervision

I have a PhD completion and currently supervise four doctoral students at various stages.

Publications

Connolly, H. and Sellers, B. ‘Trade unions and immigration in the UK: Innovative responses in a cold climate’ in Marino, S., Penninx, R. and Roosblad, J. Trade unions, immigration and immigrants in Europe in the 21st century: New approaches under changed conditions, Edward Elgar-ILO (forthcoming, 2017)

Refereed journal articles

Connolly, H. Marino, S. and Martinez Lucio, M. (2017) ‘Justice for Janitors goes Dutch: The possibilities and limitations of Organising in the Netherlands’ Work, Employment and Society. DOI: 10.1177/0950017016677943.

Martinez Lucio, M, Marino, S and Connolly, H (2017) ‘Organising as a strategy to reach precarious and marginalised workers. A review of the debates on the role of the political dimension and the dilemmas of representation and solidarity’, Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research. DOI: 10.1177/1024258916677880.

Connolly, H, Martinez Lucio, M and Marino, S. (2014) ‘'Trade Union Strategy and the Challenge of Solidarity: Comparing and Contrasting Trade Union Responses to Migration in the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom' European Journal of Industrial Relations, 20 (1), 5-20.

Marino, S., Connolly, H. and Martinez Lucio, M. (2013) 'L'adozione delle strategie di organzing in Olanda: tra tradizione e innovazione' Quaderni Rassegna Sindacale, 4: 2013.

Martinez Lucio, M., Marino, S. and Connolly, H. (2013) 'Broadening and re-imagining regulation: Trade unions, 'active servicing' and immigration in Spain since the early 1990s'. The Journal of Industrial Relations, 55 (2), pp. 190-211.

Connolly, H and Darlington, R. (2012) ‘Radical Political Unionism in France and Britain: A Comparative Study of SUD-Rail and the RMT’, European Journal of Industrial Relations, 18(3), 235-250.

Connolly, H. (2012) ‘Union renewal in France and Hyman’s Universal Dualism’, Special issue in honour of Richard Hyman, Capital and Class, 36 (1), 117-134.

Martinez Lucio, M. and Connolly, H. (2012) ‘Transformation and continuities in urban struggles: urban movements, the labour market and migration in Spain’, Urban Studies, 49 (3), 669-684.

Martinez Lucio, M. and Connolly, H. (2011) ‘Contextualizing Voice and Stakeholders: Researching Employment Relations, Immigration and Trade Unions’, Journal of Business Ethics, 97(1), 19-29.

Connolly, H. (2010) Renewal in the French trade union movement: A grassroots perspective, Oxford: Peter Lang.

Connolly, H. (2004) Une rupture historique entre syndicat et parti, le syndicat RMT exclu du Labour. Chronique Internationale de L’IRES; no. 88, pp 17-26.

Books

Connolly, H., Kretsos, L. and Phelan, C. (eds) (2014) Radical Unions in Europe and the Future of Collective Interest Representation, Oxford: Peter Lang.

Connolly, H. (2010) Renewal in the French trade union movement: A grassroots perspective, Oxford: Peter Lang.

Book chapters

Connolly, H. and Sellers, B. ‘Trade unions and immigration in the UK: Innovative responses in a cold climate’ in Marino, S., Penninx, R. and Roosblad, J. Trade unions, immigration and immigrants in Europe in the 21st century: New approaches under changed conditions, Edward Elgar-ILO (forthcoming, 2017)

Connolly, H., Martinez Lucio, M. And Marino, S. (2013) 'Trade unions and migration in the UK: equality and migrant worker engagement without collective rights' in Ryan, B. Labour migration in hard times, Liverpool: Institute of Employment Rights (IER) publication.

Connolly, H (2010) ‘Organizing and mobilizing precarious workers in France: the case of cleaners’ in Thornley, C., Jefferys, S. and Appay, B. Globalisation and Precarious Forms of Production and Employment: Challenges for Workers and Unions, London, Edward Elgar.

In preparation, under review or forthcoming

Connolly, H., Marino, S. and Martinez Lucio, M. The Politics of Social Inclusion and Labour Representation: Migrants and Trade Unions in the European Context, Cornell University Press (in final draft stage, forthcoming, 2018)

Connolly, H. and Contrepois, S. (under review) ‘Trade unions mobilising for migrant workers’ rights: the sans papiers movement in France’ in Fishwick, A. and Connolly, H. (eds) From Protest to Resistance: Fighting Back in Hard Times, London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Almond, P. and Connolly, H (in preparation) ‘A ‘slow’ manifesto for comparative research on work and employment, Industrial Relations Journal.

Other publications including reports, book reviews and online blogs

Connolly, H. (2017) ‘Labour struggles and acts of physical and symbolic violence’ Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, Political Economy Blog (11th January) http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2017/01/09/labour-struggles-and-acts-of-physical-and-symbolic-violence/

Connolly, H. (2016) ‘Social exclusion and labour rights in the banlieues of Paris: Part II’ Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, Political Economy Blog (14th April) http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2016/04/14/social-exclusion-and-labour-rights-in-the-banlieues-of-paris-part-ii/

Connolly, H (2016) ‘Failures and Fiascos in Public Sector Outsourcing: Will Governments Never Learn?’, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, Political Economy Blog (9th March) http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2016/03/09/failures-and-fiascos-in-public-sector-outsourcing-will-governments-never-learn/

Connolly, H (2015) ‘Social exclusion and labour rights in the banlieues of Paris’ Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, Political Economy Blog (16th December) http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2015/12/16/social-exclusion-and-labour-rights-in-the-banlieues-of-paris/

Georg Adam, Barbara Bechter, Bernd Brandl, Heather Connolly, Guglielmo Meardi and Thomas Prosser (2011) ‘Sectoral Industrial Relations Characteristics in the European Union’. European Industrial Relations Observatory.

Connolly, H. and Martinez Lucio, M. (2009) ‘Thinking outside the corporate box: how new movements are reshaping diversity politics’ Transforming Management, MBS online journal

Kemekliene, G., Connolly, H., Keune, M. and Watt, A. (2007) Services employment in Europe: Now and in the future, UNI-Europa Background Paper, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) publication.

ETUI-REHS (2007) Trade union representation in Europe, Benchmarking Working Europe 2007, ETUI publication.

Book reviews

Ruhs, M. and Anderson, B. Who needs migrant workers: Labour shortages, immigration and public policy, Work, Employment and Society February 2012 26: 172-175,

Jepsen, M. and Serrano Pascual, A. Unwrapping the European Social Model, Industrial Relations Journal, 2010

Richard Hyman: Understanding European Trade Unionism, CLR News, No 2, 2003

Bernard Keller/Hans-Wolfgang Platzer (eds): Industrial relations and European Integration, CLR News, No 3, 2003.

Selected conference papers

Connolly, H. ‘Organising in the face of austerity: (re)building collectivism in UK local government’ Society for the Advancement of Socio-economics (SASE), Lyon, France, 29th June – 1st July 2017.

Almond, P. and Connolly, H. ‘A ‘slow’ manifesto for comparative research on work and employment’ International Labour Process Conference, Sheffield, 6th-8th April (paper accepted).

Connolly, H. ‘Outsourced and/or Precarious? The decline of ‘model employer’ practice in local government’, CIPD Applied Research Conference, Westminster University, London, 19th December, 2016.

Connolly, H. and Contrepois, S. ‘British and French trade unions efforts to integrate undocumented migrants: discourses and practices’, European Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), Milan, 8th-10th September, 2016.

Connolly, H. ‘Organising in the context of austerity: (Re)building collectivism in a local union branch’, British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) conference, University of Leeds, 29th June – 1st July, 2016.

Martinez Lucio, M., Marino, S. and Connolly, H. ‘Organising as a strategy to reach the precarious and marginalised workforce’ European Work and Employment Research Centre (EWERC) conference on Precarious Work: Causes, Consequences and Counter-measure, University of Manchester, 21st-22nd April, 2016.

Connolly, H. ‘Trade Unions, Race and Migration in the UK and France: The Tensions around Class and Identity Politics’, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) 27th Annual Conference, Inequality in the 21st Century, LSE, London, 2nd-4th July 2015.

Sellers, B. and Connolly. H. ’10 years on: what have we learnt about organising with migrant workers since the 2004 A8 accession? Critical Labour Studies 11th symposium, Ruskin College, Oxford, 28th February-1st March 2015.

Connolly, H., Marino, S. and Martinez Lucio, M. ‘Justice for Janitors ‘goes Dutch’: Organising and regulation as competing models?’ Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) conference, 25th-27th October 2012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Connolly, H., Martinez Lucio, M. and Marino, S. ‘Comparing and Contrasting Trade Union Responses to Questions of Migration: A Comparison of Union Strategies for Decent Work in the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom’, 2nd Regulating Decent Work Conference, International Labour Organisation, 6th-8th July 2011, Geneva, Switzerland.

Connolly, H. and Martinez Lucio, M. ‘Transformation and continuities in urban struggles: urban movements, the labour market and migration in Spain’ Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2nd-5th January 2010, Atlanta.

Connolly, H. and Darlington, R. ‘The limits and potential of radical trade unionism in France and Britain: A Comparative Study of SUD-Rail and RMT unions’, European Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA), 28th June-1st July, 2010, University of Copenhagen

Martinez Lucio, M. and Connolly, H. ‘Employment Relations, Migration and Politics: Issues in the study of migrant communities in the European Union’, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 3rd-6th January 2009, San Francisco.

Connolly, H. ‘Trade union renewal in France and the movement/organisation dialectic’, British Journal of Industrial Relations (BJIR) conference in honour of Richard Hyman, 28th-29th May 2009, LSE, London.

Media

Twitter: @DrHMConnolly

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