Trevor Colling

Associate Professor, Work and Employment
Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies

Contact details

  • Phone: +44 (0)116 229 7018
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  • Office: Room 0.01, Mallard House, Brookfield
  • Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11.00 am - 12.00 noon

Personal details

I joined the School in February 2018 as Associate Professor in the Division of Work and Employment. Prior to that I was Director of Studies at King’s Business School, King’s College London with central responsibility for planning and managing workloads for academic staff across the School. I have developed and led courses on aspects of human resource management and employment law at the University of Warwick, De Montfort University Leicester, and the University of Northampton.


I am module leader, with Deborah Price, for MN7707 Managing Human Resources Strategically and I contribute teaching to other modules on human resource management and international human resource management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies, University of Leicester School of Business
  • Anti-Casualisation Officer, University and College Union (UCU), University of Leicester Branch


Previously I have researched and published on sex discrimination and collective bargaining; public sector employment relations; privatisation and outsourcing; and employment practice in multinational companies. My more recent work focuses on employment law and its impact on actors in rapidly changing workplace. I have an ongoing interest in trade union legal strategies. With Professor Ian Clark (Nottingham Trent University), I have examined developing regulatory strategies in the informal economy. With Dr Deborah Dean, I have explored the involvement of employment lawyers in HR advice and consultancy.


I have supervised students at to PhD and MPhil awards and would welcome proposals from students considering studies of employment law, particularly the legal strategies of trade unions.


Selected publications

Clark, I. and Colling, T. (2018) ‘Work in Britain’s Informal Economy: Learning from Roadside Carwashes.” British Journal of Industrial Relations. 56(2): 320-341.

Clark, I. and Colling, T. (2017) ‘Road-Side Hand Car Washes in the East Midlands: “Permissive Visibility” and Informal Practices in Employment’. In Dickens, L. and Meardi, G. (eds) Labour Market Exploitation: Emerging Empirical Evidence. Warwick Papers in Industrial Relations

Clark, I. and Colling, T. (2016, published online) ‘New Insights into Informal Migrant Employment: Hand Car Washes in a Mid-Sized English City’. Economic and Industrial Democracy.

Colling, T. (2012) ‘Trade Union Roles in Making Employment Rights Effective.’ In Dickens, L. (ed) Making Employment Rights Effective: Issues of Compliance and Enforcement. Oxford, Hart Publishing. 183-204.

Colling, T. (2011) ‘Droit Individuel du Travail et Mobilisation du Droit par les Syndicats Britanniques.’ L’Homme et la Societe: Revue Internationale de Recherches et de Syntheses en Sciences Sociales. 182: 4. 109-138.

Edwards, T., Almond, P. and Colling, T. (2011) ‘Fleas on the Backs of Elephants: Researching the Multinational Company.’ In Piekkari, R. and Welch, C. (eds) Rethinking the Case Study in International Business and Management Research. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar. 411-430.

Colling, T. and Terry, M. (2010) ‘Work, the Employment Relationships and the Field of Industrial Relations.’ In Colling, T. and Terry, M. (eds) Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice. Oxford, Wiley. 3-26.

Colling, T. (2010) ‘Legal Institutions and the Regulation of Workplaces.’ In Colling, T. and Terry, M. (eds) Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice. Oxford, Wiley. 323-346.

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