Work, Industrial and Employment Relations PhD and MPhil Supervisors

The School of Business offers PhD and MPhil supervision in areas that are compatible with the research interests of its academic staff.

Use the list below to identify one or two members of staff whose interests cover the area you would like to work in:

Feim Blakori

  • Organisational Change
  • Organisational Routines
  • Identity at the Workplace
  • Sensemaking in Organisations

Mr Paul Brook

  • Emotional Labour and Emotion Work
  • Sociology of Service Work and Customer Service
  • Labour Process Theory and Analysis
  • Trade Unions and Employment Relations

Dr Heather Connolly

  • Comparative employment relations
  • Comparative research methodologies
  • Comparative trade union responses to migrant and precarious workers (particularly in France, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK)
  • European level trade union policy and strategy in relation to immigration and migrant workers
  • Immigration and migrant workers
  • Precarious work and workers
  • Radical trade unionism in the European context
  • Social inclusion and solidarity
  • Trade union strategies in Europe (particularly France and the UK)
  • Trade union leadership and renewal strategies in the context of local government outsourcing and austerity

Paul Conville

  • Institutional change in capitalist systems
  • Social theories of Bourdieu and Boltanski
  • Language (especially definition) as an organising practice

Professor Michael Driver

  • Lacanian psychoanalysis
  • Subjective experience of individuals in organisations
  • Organisational identity and learning
  • Emotions
  • Spirituality
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Identity work
  • Creativity
  • Embodied subjectivity and leadership

Dr Doris Ruth Eikhof

  • Work and employment in the cultural industries
  • Creative careers
  • Enterprise, leadership and HRM in the cultural industries
  • Cultural industries and workforce diversity

Professor Anne-Marie Greene

  • Diversity practitioners
  • Faith workers and clergy
  • Work with a calling or mission
  • Volunteering and management in the voluntary sector
  • Trade union organisation

Dr Nikolaus Hammer

  • Global value chain analysis
  • Social compliance in global value chains
  • Labour market segmentation
  • Restructuring of work and employment in emerging economies/BRICS
  • International HRM and comparative capitalisms
  • Fundamental labour rights and corporate social responsibility
  • International industrial relations and trade unionism

Dr Benjamin Hopkins

  • Migration, immigration and emigration
  • Temporary and agency work
  • Food manufacturing
  • Youth unemployment and employment
  • Voluntary work
  • Workplace studies
  • Health, safety, absence and well-being

Professor Peter Nolan

  • Ageing in the Workplace
  • Industrial Relations
  • Inter-generational conflict at Work
  • Labour Markets and Economic Performance

Dr Reka Plugor

  • transitions into and out of work (education, precarious employment, retirement, sick leave and maternity/paternity leave)
  • (higher education) student experience
  • employee experience and employee experience management
  • MSP – the experiences of people in multiple status positions
    labour turnover – particularly how it is affected by employee actions (i.e. working hours, overtime and absence)
  • qualitative methods and analysis
  • quantitative methods and analysis

Deborah Price

  • Self and social identity

Eimer Sparham

  • The relationship of National Culture and studying via Distance Learning
  • High Performance Work Practices
  • Women Breadwinners


Dr Katharine Venter

  • I am interested in the intersections between family/leisure lives and work lives (paid, unpaid and voluntary). In particular I am interested in exploring these issues in the context of the non profit and voluntary sector and in considering the implications of changes in public service delivery for organisations and experiences of work within them. I am also interested in issues around women in management and cross cultural experiences of work and learning (including experiences of both formal education and workplace learning).

Dr Jenna Ward

  • emotion
  • emotional, aesthetic and affective labour
  • the dark side
  • identity
  • arts-based and visual methods
  • voluntary sector and the management of volunteers
  • death work

Dr Glynne Williams

  • Industrial/employment relations, particularly with a focus on: multinational companies and their contractors; outsourcing and public sector restructuring
  • Outsourcing and public sector restructuring
  • Union organising
  • International and comparative industrial relations
  • Employment relations consequences of an aging workforce

Professor Stephen Wood

  • Employment relations
  • Human resource management
  • Industrial and organisational psychology

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