Research Fellow
Leeds University Business School
 
Background

Simon came to academic research recently, after 25 years in the newspaper printing industry. Simon received his PhD in Human Resources Management in 2016 from the University of Hertfordshire. He came to the University of Leeds as a research fellow in January 2017. He has conducted research on platform work and the gig economy, both at Leeds and previously at Hertfordshire.

Research Interests

Simon’s research interest centres on processes of change in employment relations: how shifts in state policy, political and economic conditions, employer strategy and management systems affect the everyday experience of work, and how, in turn, responses to those changes from the people affected by them generate resistances to, and reshaping of, management approaches. He is currently researching platform work and the gig economy.

Recent Publications

Policy publications

A global analysis of worker protest in digital labour platforms

Bessa, I., Joyce, S., Neumann, D., Stuart, M., Trappmann, V. and Umney, C. (2022) International Labour Organization

Digital automation and the future of work

Spencer, D., Cole, M., Joyce, S., Whittaker, X. and Stuart, M. (2021) Scientific Foresight Unit, Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS) of the Secretariat of the European Parliament


Other publications

Research Articles

Joyce, S. (2020) (forthcoming), ‘Rediscovering the cash nexus, again: subsumption and the labour–capital relation in platform work’, Capital and Class.

Joyce, S., Stuart, M., Forde, C. and Valizade, D. (2019), ‘Work and social protection in the platform economy in Europe’, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Volume 25, 153-184.

Moore, P.V. & Joyce, S. (2019), ‘Black Box or Hidden Abode? The Expansion and Exposure of Platform Work Managerialism’, Review of International Political Economy. Published online: 07 August, 2019.

Joyce, S. (2013), ‘The Engineering Employers’ Federation and the crisis of 1989: a case study in the decline of multi-employer bargaining’, Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, (34), 141-171.

Policy Publications

Forde, C., Stuart, M., Joyce, S., Alberti, G., Hardy, K., Oliver, L., Trappmann, V., Umney, C., Valizade, D., Carson, C. (2017), The Social Protection of Workers in the Platform Economy, European Parliament, Brussels.

Forde, C., Stuart, M., Joyce, S., Alberti, G., Hardy, K., Oliver, L., Trappmann, V., Umney, C., Valizade, D., Carson, C. (2017), The Social Protection of Workers in the Platform Economy: Annex, European Parliament, Brussels.

Huws, U., Spencer, N.H. and Joyce, S. (2016), Crowd Work in Europe: Preliminary results from a survey in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and UNI-Europa, Brussels.

Digit researchers’ findings on labour protests during the pandemic published by ILO

25 November 2022

The report documents protests by key workers in healthcare and retail against their working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New ILO paper by Digit researchers on platform labour protest

28 June 2022

A new paper by Digit researchers, published by the International Labour Organization, "A global analysis of worker protest in digital labour platforms", aims to develop an understanding of labour unrest among platform workers as a global phenomenon.

Digit researchers present at 40th International Labour Process Conference

26 April 2022

There were more than 15 presentations involving members of the Digit community at the 40th ILPC in Padua.

Digit researchers’ report for the European Parliament argues for a new ‘Digital Social Contract’

8 March 2021

Digit researchers have produced a report for the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) that argues for a new ‘Digital Social Contract’ to address the rapid technological progress underway in modern capitalist economies.   

Digit researchers deliver plenary talk on global labour unrest on platforms, using the case of food delivery workers

2 December 2020

 Digit Co-Director Professor Mark Stuart and Dr. Vera Trappman from Leeds University Business School will deliver a plenary talk on global labour unrest on platforms, using the case of food delivery workers, at the ILERA Regional Congress, Philippines, tomorrow, 03 December 2020.   You can read the abstract from their session below: Labour unrest by platform workers is an important phenomenon in the new world of work. This study examines patterns of platform labour unrest on a global scale, drawing from a database of over 500 instances of labour unrest in the food delivery sector. Results show that labour unrest […]