Associate Fellow
Work and Equalities Institute, University of Manchester

Cassandra is a Lecturer at Alliance Manchester Business School, and works in the Human Resource Management, Employment Relations and Law Group. She is a member of the Work and Equalities Institute, working in the Work Futures theme. Cassandra was awarded a grant from the Digit Innovation Fund in 2022 on: Industry 4.0 and the role of Human Resource Managers


Cassandra’s area of expertise is in collective action around skills and new technology in manufacturing, often at a comparative and/or international level.   She completed her PhD at Cardiff University in 2019, looking at the role of aerospace multinationals in shaping professional engineering skill systems in the UK and Australia.  Between 2019-2021 Cassandra was a post-doctoral researcher on a project looking at HRM innovations, I4.0 adoption, future of work and future skills in the Canadian aerospace industry.

Research interests
  • Future skills, skill systems
  • Future of work; new technologies
  • Human resource management
  • Manufacturing
Journal articles

Bowkett, C. Forthcoming. MNC effects? A cross-national comparison of the role of aerospace multinationals in the UK and Australian professional engineering skill formation systems. European Journal of Industrial Relations.

Book chapters

Lévesque, C., Bowkett, C., Hennebert, M.A. and Morissette, L., 2022. From Organisational to Institutional Experimentation in the Montreal Aerospace Industry: Understanding the Role of Trade Union Strategic Capabilities. In Trade Unions and Regions (pp. 165-183). Routledge.

Policy publications

Lévesque, C., Bowkett, C., Perez-Lauzon, S., & Émilien, B. (2021). Industry 4.0, the future of work, and skills. Building collective resources for the canadian aerospace industry. Report for the Future Skills Centre: Ryerson Diversity Institute: Toronto.

Four new projects supported in Digit’s third round of Innovation Funding

27 July 2022

The projects will explore crowdfunded work in creative industries, the use of open source digital infrastructure, the digitalisation of access work and the role of HR managers in creating 'good work' through digitalisation.