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

Recent Publications

Journal articles
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

Book Chapters

Digitalised management, control and resistance in platform work: a labour process analysis

Joyce, S., Stuart, M. (2021). Chapter 7 in Work and Labour Relations in Global Platform Capitalism. Cheltenham, UK

Other publications

Journal 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

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.

Digit Co-Director presents to the Joe Isaac Symposium, Monash University

3 November 2022

Digit Co-Director Mark Stuart gave a talk about UK employers’ digital management practices at the annual Joe Isaac Symposium.

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.

Researchers present at BUIRA conference 2022

30 June 2022

Digit researchers discuss their work at the BUIRA Annual Conference

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.

Return to the office? Mark Stuart quoted in BBC article

30 March 2021

Digit Co-Director, Professor Mark Stuart, is quoted in an article by the BBC discussing the future for remote working as Covid-19 vaccinations are rolled out.

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 […]

From Emergency to Empowerment – special Soldo report featuring Digit researchers

14 July 2020

A new Special Report from Soldo discussing the future of hybrid-remote working

In an interview for Soldo magazine, Digit Co-Director Mark Stuart talks about ‘Rewriting the Social Contract’

4 May 2020

Mark Stuart discusses Mark discusses how remote working is no longer a nice-to-have.

Technologies in the work place – Leeds University Business School podcast

28 April 2020

Podcast on technologies in the workplace.