Leeds University Business School
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I am the Co-Director of the Digit Research Centre, alongside Professor O’Reilly, and the Montague Burton Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, at Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds.


I have been at Leeds since 1992, studying first for a PhD and taking up a Chair in 2005. I am the Founding Director of the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change, and am currently Pro Dean for Research for the Faculty of Business. Formerly, I was Editor in Chief of Work, Employment and Society (2011-15) and President of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (2013-16). Currently, I am a sub-panel member (UoA17) for REF 2021 and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2019.

Research interests
  • Technology and the future of work
  • Work, organisation and social protection in the platform economy
  • Training, learning and skills at work
  • Trade union change and modernisation
  • Organisational restructuring and labour-management relations
Research articles

‘Work and social protection in the platform economy in Europe’, (with Joyce, S., Forde, C, and Valizade, D.) Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations. Vol 25. 2019

‘Industrial relations of training’, in Unwin, L. and Guile, D. (eds) International Handbook of Vocational Education and Training. Wiley. 2019

Policy publications

Digital automation and the future of work (with David Spencer, Matt Cole, Simon Joyce, Xanthe Whittaker) at the request of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) and managed by the Scientific Foresight Unit, within the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS) of the Secretariat of the European Parliament. January 2021

The Social Protection of Workers in the Platform Economy (with Forde, C., Joyce, S., Alberti, G., Hardy, K., Oliver, L., Trappmann, V. and Umney, C.) European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department A: Economic and Scientific Policy, IP/A/EMPL/2016-11. 125pp. November 2017

Employment and social situation in the USA (with Forde, C.), Study for the EMPL Committee, European Parliament, 2017

Human Capital Analytics and Metrics: Assessing the Evidence of the Value and Impact of People Data (with Charlwood, A. and Trusson, C.) CIPD Technical Report. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development: London. 61pp. 2017