Deputy Director of the Centre and Co-Lead of Data Observatory
Leeds University Business School
+44 (0)113 3432619

I am Professor of Employment Studies and Co-Director of the Centre of Employment Relations Innovation and Change at the University of Leeds , and I am co-ordinator of the Q Step Programme at the University of Leeds, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and the ESRC. The University of Leeds is one of 15 Universities funded to promote a step change in quantitative training in the social sciences. I teach and research in work, employment relations, Human Resource Management and the sociology of work.


I have been a researcher and lecturer at the University of Leeds since 1998. My research interests look at the changing nature of work, and the implications of these changes for workers, including the gig or platform economy. My principal research interest is in temporary agency working, but I also I also conduct research into migration. I have published in a range of journals, and have undertaken commissioned and funded research for end users and policymakers, including ACAS, the European Parliament, the TUC, the Home Office, BEIS, the Welsh Assembly, and Leeds City Council.

Research interests

Work, employment, human resource management, migration, gig economy, temporary and contingent work, digitalisation of work, restructuring, job quality, quantitative and qualitative methods.

Research articles

Joyce S, Stuart M, Forde C, Valizade D. 2019. Work and social protection in the platform economy in Europe. Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations Lewin D; Gollan P (eds.). 25

Ciupijus Z, MacKenzie R, Forde C. 2018. The worker branch in Yorkshire as a way of organising Polish migrants: exploring the process of carving out diasporic spaces within the trade union structure. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Cook H, MacKenzie R, Forde C. 2017. Union partnership as a facilitator to HRM: Improving implementation through oppositional engagement. International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Policy publications

Forde, C., Stuart, M. Joyce, S., Oliver, L., Valizade, D., Alberti, G., Hardy, K., Trappmann, V., Umney, C. and Carson, C. (2017) The Social Protection of Workers in the Collaborative Economy, Report for European Parliament Employment and Social Affairs Committee, December 2017.

Forde, C. and Stuart, M. (2017) The Employment and Social Situation in the USA, Report for the European Parliament Employment and Social Affairs Committee, Digitalisation of the Labour Market Working Group, April 2017.

Researchers present at BUIRA conference 2022

30 June 2022

Digit researchers discuss their work at the BUIRA Annual Conference

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.

Technologies in the work place – Leeds University Business School podcast

28 April 2020

Podcast on technologies in the workplace.