Huw is Assistant Professor of Employment Relations in the University College Dublin (UCD) College of Business and works in the Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Subject Area. Huw’s area of expertise is in the broad area of international employment relations. He obtained his doctorate from Cardiff University in 2018 which focussed on the role of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in promoting decent work in global supply chains. Prior to coming to UCD, Huw was at the University of Bristol (2016-2022) and before this was a Technical Officer at the ILO in Geneva (2013-2015).

Huw has conducted empirical research in a number of economic sectors including the maritime sector, agri-food sector, the higher education sector and civil aviation. His research has looked at the transnational politics of the future of work (in particular in relation to global supply chains); activist-scholarship in the business school; and the impact of COVID-19 on social dialogue and collective bargaining.

Research Interests
  • Transnational politics of work
  • Social dialogue and collective bargaining
  • Activist-scholarship
Journal articles

Thomas, H. & Anner, M. (2022) “Dissensus and Deadlock in the Evolution of Labour Governance: Global Supply Chains and the International Labour Organization (ILO)”. Journal of Business Ethics. EPub ahead of print.

Thomas, H. (2021) “A ‘Decent Cuppa’: Worker Power and Consumer Power in the Sri Lankan Tea Sector”. British Journal of Industrial Relations 59(1): 114-138.

Thomas, H. & Turnbull, P. (2021) “Navigating the Perilous Waters of Partisan Scholarship: Participatory Action Research (PAR) with the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF)”. Work, Employment and Society. EPub ahead of print.

Thomas, H. & Turnbull, P. (2021) “From a ‘Moral Commentator’ to a ‘Determined Actor’? How the International Labour Organization (ILO) Orchestrates the Field of International Industrial Relations”. British Journal of Industrial Relations 59(3): 874-98.

Thomas, H. & Turnbull, P. (2018) “From Horizontal to Vertical Labour Governance: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Decent Work in Global Supply Chains”. Human Relations 71(4): 536-559 [runner-up for best paper in Human Relations in 2018].

Book chapters

Thomas, H. (2020) “Governing Global Production Networks in the New Economy”, in: Wilkinson, A. and Barry, M. (Eds.), The Future of Work and Employment. Cheltenham: Elgar.

Policy publications

Turnbull, P., Thomas, H., Harvey, G. (2022) Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis: Air Traffic Charging Models and Financing of Air Navigation Service Providers. London: International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

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