Research Fellow - EUROSHIP
University of Sussex Business School
+44 (0)1273 877300

I am a Research Fellow linked to the EUROSHIP: Closing gaps in social citizenship. New tools to foster social resilience in Europe project.


Prior to commencing doctoral research I worked for fifteen years within the trade union environment. I held full industrial responsibility for a range of public and private sector employers, carrying out all negotiations for pay and terms and conditions. I represented members with those employers up to the point of tribunal on all workplace issues. I have a sound understanding of employment, equality and diversity issues and the legislative framework within which they operate.

As a PhD researcher I have worked as a doctoral tutor on the Justice, Equality and Society, and Introduction to Business Law modules. I have gained AFHEA status.

I am also part of the Equality Committee for LPS.

Research Interests
  • Employment law
  • Socio legal studies
  • Public policy
  • Human Resources
  • Future of Work
  • Social protection
  • Organisation studies
  • Equality and diversity
Digit working papers

Measuring the size, characteristics and consequences of digital work

Verdin, R. and O'Reilly, J. (2022), Digit Working Paper No. 1

Policy publications

A Gender Agenda for the Future of Work in a Digital Age of Pandemics: jobs, skills and contracts

Verdin, R. and O'Reilly, J. (2021), Institute of Economics and Social Research (WSI)

House of Lords Committee cites Digit associate fellow’s evidence

25 November 2022

The written evidence was submitted for the inquiry 'Designing a public workforce fit for the future'.

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.

Digit Associate Fellow Rachel Verdin discusses the COVID-19 gender pay gap

4 June 2021

Digit Associate Fellow, Rachel Verdin was interviewed on CGTN's 'The Agenda' about 'The COVID-19 gender gap'.