Dr Reka Plugor

Lecturer in Work and EmploymentReka Plugor

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5955
  • Email: reka.plugor@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 0.06, Heron Building, Brookfield
  • Office hours: By appointment (please email)

Personal details

I joined the University of Leicester in 2009 and have held research positions at the Centre for Labour Market Studies and the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures. Prior to moving to the United Kingdom I worked as a researcher and educational consultant in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. I have a BA and an MA in Sociology from Babeş-Bolyai University, an MA in Public Policy from the Central European University and I completed my PhD studies in Labour Market Research at the University of Leicester. I am a Fellow (FHEA) of the Higher Education Academy.


  • BA HRM - MN3202 - Dissertation – Module Leader
  • BA HRM - MN3203 - Project – Module Leader
  • MSc HRM&T - MN7370 - Personal and Research Skills for HR Practitioners – Co-Module Leader
  • MSc HRM&T - MN7371 - Dissertation – Module Leader
  • DSocSci - LM8003 - Quantitative Methods and Analysis – Module Leader
  • DSocSci - LM8004 - Qualitative Methods and Analysis – Module Leader
  • DSocSci - LM8013 - Youth Transitions and the Labour Market – Module Leader

I also do qualitative and quantitative analysis workshops, including introductory and more advanced use of software packages: NVivo and IBM SPSS. See the Researcher Development website for more details. I am an NVivo 12 Certified Expert.

Administrative responsibilities

Department Co-Director of Learning and Teaching (Work and Employment / Management and Organisation)


Since the beginning of my research career I have been working on topics related to education and work, particularly transitions into and out of (higher) education and work as well as experiences in education, work and MSP (multiple status positions – like learning and working at the same time). My research interests are related to policy and organisational change and how they shape and are shaped by individual lives and career paths. I conducted empirical research in Romania, Hungary and the United Kingdom exploring people’s experiences using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods (including primary and secondary statistical analysis, narrative inquiry, semi-structured interviews, focus group interviews, case studies and mental maps).

My current areas of interest are:

  • MSP – the experiences of people in multiple status positions; how MSP are formed, maintained and used in the life course and in career development
  • Transitions into and out of work – precarious employment, retirement, sick leave and maternity/paternity leave
  • Labour turnover – particularly how it is affected by employee actions (i.e. working hours, overtime, absence)
    employee experience and employee experience management

I also retain a keen interest in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. I have an inquisitive mind, wide interests and a general curiosity about everything new and exciting, so I continuously seek out new opportunities to engage in interesting research projects.


I am happy to hear from potential PhD candidates with interests around my research areas.

Current doctoral supervision:

  • Robert Gonouya: Understanding the impact of social prescribing on the wellbeing outcomes and transitions into work of young people categorised as not being in education, employment or training (NEET): A case study of the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) NEET young people with mental health challenges in Leicester, United Kingdom.
  • Aaron Jackson: Senior Women Entrepreneurship and Mental Wellbeing: A Study on the Fashion Industry in the East Midlands
  • Rawan Kadhim: Storytelling and Narratives in Change Management in Universities: A Middle Eastern Perspective
  • Chenyiman Lou: Understanding Chinese students’ experiences in PhD studies: An exploration in a UK institutional context.
  • Tadiwa Muradzikwa: To what extent is the skills shortage debate instrumentally informing policy-makers or those driving education and training agenda?
  • David Maingi: Asset-Based Approach and Rural Youth Labour Pathways in Kenya
  • Tasneem Shaikh: Job factors that influence work-nonwork conflict and its impact on employee turnover intentions

Completed doctoral supervision:

  • Rita Singh: The Conceptualization and Experiences of Work-life Balance: A Case Study of Employees at a University in Hong Kong.


Roy, D., Weyman, A. K., Plugor, R., & Nolan, P. (2020). Institutional commitment and aging among allied health care professionals in the British National Health Service. Health Services Management Research.

Foureaux Koppensteiner, M., Matheson, J. and Plugor, R. (2019) Understanding Access Barriers to Public Services: Lessons from a Randomized Domestic Violence Intervention. Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series no. 2019013, University of Sheffield.

Hammer, N. and Plugor, R. (2019) Disconnecting labour? The labour process in the UK fast fashion value chain. Work, Employment and Society, 33(6), pp. 913–928.

Foureaux Koppensteiner, M., Matheson, J. and Plugor R. (2019). Project 360: An intervention to address victim-police engagement in repeat domestic violence cases. Final Report. Department of Economics Policy Brief, University of Sheffield.

Furlong, A., Goodwin, J., O’Connor, H., Hadfield, S., Hall, S., Lowden, H., and Plugor, R. (2017) Young People in the Labour market: Past, Present, Future. London: Routledge.

Ercsei, K., Kiss, Z., Plugor, R. and Szabó, J.(2017) Mapping leisure and life through ages in Romania, In Modi, I. and Kamphorst, T. J. (Eds). Leisure and Life through the Ages. Rawat Publications.

Ercsei, K., Kiss, Z., Plugor, R., Szabó, J., and Veres, V. (2017) Patterns of Leisure-Time Activities in the Context of a Youth Festival in Romania, In Benkő Zs., Modi I and Tarkó K. (Eds.) Leisure, Health and Well-Being, Springer International Publishing. pp. 187-227.

Foureaux Koppensteiner, M., Matheson, J. and Plugor, R.. (2017) Project 360: An intervention to address victim-police engagement in repeat domestic violence cases, Economics Discussion Paper 17/08, University of Leicester.

Hammer, N. and Plugor, R. (2016) Near-Sourcing UK Apparel: Value Chain Restructuring, Productivity, and the Informal Economy. Industrial Relations Journal, 47(5-6): 402–416.

Plugor, R. (2016) Exploring University Students’ Experiences of Double Academic Statuses in Romania. Who? When? Why?. Belvedere Meridionale, 28(2): 5–20.

Matheson, J., Koppensteiner, M. and Plugor, R. (2015) Project 360: Preliminary report.Leicester: University of Leicester.

Hammer, N., Plugor, R. Nolan, P. and Clark, I. (2015) A New Industry on a Skewed Playing Field: Supply Chain Relations and Working Conditions in UK Garment Manufacturing. Leicester, London: University of Leicester/CSWEF, Ethical Trading Initiative.

Goodwin, J., O’Connor, H. and Plugor, R. (2014) Ifjúság és Elias: A Fiatal Munkás projekt.Erdélyi Társadalom. 12(2): 83–96. (In Hungarian).

Goodwin, J., Hadas, M., Hughes, J., Plugor, R. (2014) Bevezetés: Norbert Elias és a folyamatszociológia. Erdélyi Társadalom, 12(2): 9–18. (In Hungarian).

Plugor, R. (2013) Transitions and Translations. The story of carrying out higher education field research in three languages in two countries. Narrative Works, 3(2): 92–110.

Ercsei, K., Kiss, Z., Szabó, J., Plugor, R. and Veres, V. (2005-2013) Peninsula Festival Research Report. Cluj-Napoca: Max Weber Centre for Sociological Research. (In Hungarian, Romanian & English).

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