Co-Lead, Research Theme 1: The Impact of Digitalisation on Work and Employment
Alliance Manchester Business School
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I have worked at Manchester since 1989, first at the Manchester School of Management at UMIST and, since 2004, in the Alliance Manchester Business School.


I previously worked at the Department of Applied Economics at Cambridge University. I am the Director of the Work and Equalities Institute at Alliance Manchester Business School. In 2006 I was elected a fellow of the British Academy and an emeritus fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

Research interests
  • The comparative analysis of employment and welfare systems
  • The segmentation and fragmentation of labour markets
  • Gender equality
  • The organisation of employment, particularly in relation to pay and working time
Research articles

Howcroft, D. &  Rubery, J. (2019) ‘Bias in, Bias out’: gender equality and the future of work debate, Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work

Grimshaw, D, Cartwright, J, Keizer, A & Rubery, J 2019, ‘Market exposure and the labour process: the contradictory dynamics in managing subcontracted services workWork, Employment & Society 33(1): 76-95

Rubery, J, Grimshaw, D, Keizer, A & Johnson, M 2018, ‘Challenges and contradictions in the ‘normalising’ of precarious workWork, Employment & Society, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 509-527

Digit researchers at the SASE 2022 conference

26 July 2022

Digit researchers discussed their work at the SASE cofnerence, 9-11 July 2022 in Amsterdam.

Call for papers: Digit researchers edit special issue of Cambridge Journal of Economics

2 March 2021

Digit researchers have issued a call for papers for a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics on the Future of Work and Working Time.

Research working papers

Closing the protective gaps for part-time and variable hours workers:  a comparison of regulatory and social dialogue measures in Germany, France and the UK.

Minimum wages and the multiple functions of wages

Public engagement

European Commission  meeting on the future for gender equality August 2019

British Academy Future of the Corporation deliberation group

Steering committee GM4women2028 led by Helen Pankhurst