Co-Lead, Research Theme 1: The Impact of Digitalisation on Work and Employment
Leeds University Business School
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I received my PhD in Cass Business School, City University and joined CERIC in 2013. Between 2013-2015 I held a post-doctoral post between Leeds University Business School and the School of Social Sciences and in 2015 I became one of the 250 Academic University Fellows.


My work on flexible work arrangements has been recently published in Human Resource Management and earlier, in 2017, in the Journal of Industrial Relations. In 2018 I co-edited the Special issue of the WES journal “In, Against and Beyond Precarity”. Using a number of datasets in my publications, I have been involved in projects and with a number of organisations, such as with the Labour Pay Commission in 2013-2015 on a project on Zero-hour contracts, projects with trade unions and third party organisations such as Talent Match-Your Consortium on disadvantageous NEETs. I have worked in international academic contexts, such as in the USA, Greece and in the University of Cyprus, where I was also awarded the Diaspora Scholarship for Distinguished Academics in 2018.

Research interests
  • Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs) and Contingent employment (such as zero hour contracts)
  • (Flexible) working patterns in the platform economy
  • Digital (flexible) working patterns
  • Precariousness and precarity measures
  • Job security/insecurity
Research articles

Avgoustaki A. and Bessa I. (2019) Examining the link between flexible working arrangement bundles and employee work effort. Human Resource Management, 58(4): 431-449.

Alberti, G., Bessa, I., Hardy, K., Trappmann, V., Umney, C. (2018) Editorial Introduction ‘In, Against and Beyond Precarity: The Struggles of Insecure Workers’ Work, Employment and Society (WES), 32 (3): 447-457.

Bessa I. and Tomlinson J. (2017) Established, accelerated and emergent themes in flexible work research. Journal of Industrial Relations, 59(2):153-169.

Working papers

Bessa I., Stuart M. and Valizade D. (2019) Why flexible working arrangements did not protect the Greek labour market during the recession? A dual labour market perspective. Submitted in WES.

Bessa I., Charlwood A., Valizade, D. (2019) Do Labour Unions Cause Job Dissatisfaction? Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment. Under Review in the BJIR.

Bessa I., Forde C., Moore S. and Stuart M. (2019) Employer strategies and the actions of the state: Understanding the inexorable rise of Zero Hours Contracts in domiciliary care. Under Review in Human Resource Management (UK).

Bessa I., Charlwood A., Valizade, D. and Wooden, M. (2019) Does work affect subjective well-being? Longitudinal tests of the relationships between working conditions, job satisfaction and cognitive evaluations of subjective wellbeing. Working paper.

Bessa, I. and Ierodiakonou, C. (2019) Varieties of precarity in the European Union. Conference paper/Working paper.

Bessa I. (2019) Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the most precarious of all? Testing the use of flexible working options and their connection to precarity. Working paper.