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ReWAGE Expert Group

Professor Bridget Anderson - University of Bristol

Bridget Anderson, Director of Migration Mobilities Bristol at University of Bristol understands the mobility of people in the context of mobilities of goods, finance and ideas. She has a particular interest in precarity, labour market flexibilities and citizenship rights and has pioneered an understanding of functions of immigration in essential economic sectors.

Professor Katie Bailey - Kings College London

Katie Bailey is Professor of Work and Employment at King's Business School, King's College London. Her research focuses on individuals' experiences of work including meaningful work, callings, employee engagement and temporality, as well as strategic human resource management.

Professor Catherine Barnard - University of Cambridge

Catherine Barnard, FBA, FLSW, is Professor of EU law and Employment Law and senior tutor and fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. She is the author of EU Employment Law (Oxford, OUP, 2012, 5th ed.), The Substantive Law of the EU: The Four Freedoms, (Oxford, OUP, 2019, 6th ed), and (with Peers ed), European Union Law (Oxford, OUP, 2020, 3rd ed). She is a member of the European Commission funded European Labour Law Network (ELLN).

Professor Tom Baum - University of Strathclyde

Professor Tom Baum is Professor of Tourism Employment in the Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His research focuses on policy-informing analysis of work in frontline services, specifically international hospitality, tourism, leisure and retail. He has undertaken studies on behalf of a wide range of international agencies including COMCEC, the EU, ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNWTO and the World Bank.

Professor Christina Beatty - Sheffield Hallam UniversityLink opens in a new window

Professor Christina Beatty is Professor of Applied Economic Geography in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), Sheffield Hallam University. Christina’s research interests include the uneven impact of welfare reform; economic inactivity and the geography of hidden unemployment; the long-term dynamics of labour markets and productivity. Her research considers the intersection of these policy domains and how national policy decisions can lead to varied local outcomes in different types of places and economic contexts. Her research has a particular focus on older industrial Britain, former coalfield areas, and Britain’s seaside towns.

Mike Brewer - Resolution Foundation

Mike Brewer is the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Economist at the Resolution Foundation. His research has covered aspects of inequality in income and wealth, including the role of the labour market and the impact of personal taxes and the social security system. He also has a long background in using microsimulation methods. He is the author of a book, What Do We Know And What Should We Do About Inequality? published by SAGE in 2019.

Professor Sara Carter OBE - University of Glasgow

Professor Sara Carter is Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow. As a Professor of Entrepreneurship her work focuses on structural inequalities in resource access, particularly finance, on the SME sector. She serves on several Boards, including the South of Scotland Enterprise Board, the Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board and Women's Enterprise Scotland.

Professor Kevin Daniels - University of East Anglia

Kevin Daniels is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the University of East Anglia. He has a long-standing interest in how job quality promotes workplace health, safety and wellbeing. A psychologist by training, he has worked alongside other psychologists, economists, employment relations researchers, engineers, political scientists and social scientists in multiple projects.

Professor Andy Dickerson - Sheffield University

Andy Dickerson is Director of Sheffield Methods Institute, a centre for research in quantitative and qualitative research methods in the Social Sciences. He is an applied economist with research interests in the operation and functioning of labour markets, with a particular focus on the measurement, utilisation and value of skills. Andy is also a member of the Skills and Productivity Board, an expert committee providing independent, evidence-based advice to the Department for Education on matters relating to skills and their contribution to productivity.

Professor Paul Edwards - University of Birmingham

Paul Edwards, FBA is Emeritus Professor of Employment Relations at Birmingham Business School. A former Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick, his research interests include employment relations in small firms and the impact of employment legislation within the firm. He has a particular interest in case study methods.

Professor Peter Elias CBE - University of Warwick

Professor Elias’ research interests focus on evaluation of large-scale government programmes; statistical monitoring of the status of particular groups in the labour market; the study of occupational change and the relationship between further and higher education; vocational training and labour market outcomes; the use of Administrative Data.

Professor Alan Felstead - Cardiff University

Alan Felstead is Research Professor at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. His research focuses on homeworking, skills and training, job quality and productivity. During the pandemic he has given oral and written evidence to the Department of Work and Pensions Select Committee, the House of Lords Covid-19 Committee and Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament. Immediately prior to the pandemic, he sat on the Welsh Government’s Fair Work Commission and was subsequently seconded to Welsh Government.

Professor Patricia Findlay - University of Strathclyde

Patricia’s expertise spans work and the management of the employment relationship, focusing specifically on improving job quality, workplace innovation, automation and skills. She leads a major ESRC research investment on work engagement and innovation; co-leads the PrOPEL Hub, a UK-wide research network aimed at transforming productivity; and sits on various UKRI and other research commissioning panels. She is Co-Chair of Scotland’s Fair Work Convention and a Fellow of the RSA.

Professor Chris Forde - University of Leeds

Chris Forde is Professor of Employment Studies at the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change, University of Leeds. His research interests focus on the changing nature of work and the effects for workers. Particular areas of interest are in: temporary work; zero-hours contracting; the gig economy; restructuring and redundancy; furlough, employment and unemployment during the pandemic; human resource management; migration; and worker well-being.

Professor Duncan Gallie - University of Oxford

Professor Duncan Gallie CBE FBA is an Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. His research focuses on comparative European analysis of the quality of employment. He has been an adviser to the French Government on Psycho-Social Risks and to the OECD on National Guidelines for monitoring the quality of work. He was Vice-President of the British Academy (2006-2011).

Professor Damian Grimshaw - King's College London

Damian Grimshaw is Professor of Employment Studies at King’s College London and Associate Dean for Research Impact. Previously he was Director of Research at the International Labour Organisation (2018-19) where he managed the flagship World Employment and Social Outlook reports. His published work covers international comparisons of low-wage labour markets, outsourcing, precarious work and gender inequality.

Professor Edmund Heery - Cardiff University

Edmund Heery is Professor Emeritus in Employment Relations at Cardiff Business School. Professor Heery is an expert on work and employment in the UK and has published research on trade unions, employers’ organizations and the role of civil society in promoting fairness at work. His most recent research has examined the UK’s voluntary Living Wage, a labour standard that is promoted by the community network, Citizens UK. Professor Heery was a member of the Welsh Government’s Fair Work Commission, which in 2019 produced a far-reaching report, Fair Work Wales. The report’s recommendations are currently being implemented.

Professor Terence Hogarth - University of Warwick

Terence Hogarth leads a programme of research at IER on vocational education and training (VET) with a particular emphasis on apprenticeships. This research is very much concerned with understanding the relative effectiveness of national VET systems in satisfying both current and future labour market demand. Related to this, he also leads a programme of research at IER on skill mismatches using a range of methods including surveys, forecasting, foresight and text mining techniques. His current programme of research at IER comprises several projects looking at these issues.

Professor Kim Hoque - Kings Business School

Kim Hoque is Professor of Human Resource Management and Vice Dean (People and Staffing) at King’s Business School. He conducts research in the areas of disability, equalities, and human resource management. He co-provides the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability and is a founder member of Disability@Work.

Ewart Keep - University of Oxford

Ewart Keep is emeritus chair in education, training and skills at the Department of Education, Oxford University. His research interests include the links between skills demand, supply and utilisation, how work organisation and job design impact on skills utilisation, and how AI and digitalisation is changing demand for skills.

Professor Ian Kessler - King's College London

Ian Kessler is Professor of Public Policy and Management and Deputy Director of the Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College, London. His research interests include employee voice, dimensions of pay and reward, and different aspects of employment relations in the British public services.

Professor Ian Kirkpatrick - University of York

Ian Kirkpatrick is Professor of Management at the University of York, having previously worked at the University of Warwick and Leeds. His research interests are in the management, organisation and performance of health services, both in the UK and internationally. He has made use of a variety of routine and administrative data sources to profile the nature and effectiveness of management and governance in the UK NHS and other health systems (including Spain, Italy and China).Ian is also involved in research focusing on other professional services, including management consulting, law and professional and trade associations in the United States. He served as Chair of Framework 7 European COST Action, focusing on the relationship between medicine and management, and sub-editor of the British Sociological Association journal, Work, Employment and Society. Ian has held visiting positions at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (in Barcelona) and Monash University and is currently working closely with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

Professor Ashwin Kumar - Manchester Metropolitan University

Ashwin Kumar has worked as a social policy economist for over 20 years. Prior to joining Manchester Metropolitan University he was Chief Economist of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In the past Ashwin has worked as an economic adviser to Gordon Brown, and as a Senior Economic Adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Professor Wendy Loretto - University of Edinburgh

Wendy Loretto is Dean of University of Edinburgh Business School. Her research focuses on the ways in which gender, age and health interact to affect later-life work and retirement experiences. She is leading a £2M UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge Social, Behavioural and Design Research project which aims to develop tech-led interventions to accommodate health needs of over-50s workers, enabling them to stay in work for longer. She is a member of the UKRI Equality, Diversity and Inclusion external Advisory Group.

Professor Alan Manning - The London School of Economics

Alan Manning is professor of economics at the London School of Economics and is director of the Centre for Economic Performance’s research programme on Community. From 2009 to 2012 he was Head of the Economics department at LSE, from 2004 to 2011 he was a member of the NHS Pay Review Body and from 2016-2020 Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee. His research is on labour markets including minimum wages, immigration, monopsony and the impact of technological change.

Professor Jo McBride - Durham University

Jo McBride is Professor of Work and Employment Relations at Durham University Business School. Her research expertise is based around the sociology of work and employment relations and centres on low-paid and precarious work, in-work poverty, and the value of work. Jo was President of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) 2016-2019 and a member of the UK Employee Relations Institute Executive Board.

Professor Jonathan Portes - King's College London

Jonathan Portes is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at King’s College London, and Senior Fellow at UK in a Changing Europe.. His current research concentrates on issues related to immigration and labour mobility, both within the European Union and outside; and the economic implications of Brexit. Other research interests include labour markets, fiscal policy, social security and welfare, and the use of evaluation and evidence in public policy. Website:

Professor Monder Ram OBE - Aston University

Professor Monder Ram OBE is the Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME). He researches on small firm employment relations and ethnic minority entrepreneurship. He is currently engaged on several initiatives aimed at improving management practices and business support for small and ethnic minority businesses. He is a member of the government’s Ethnic Minority Business Advisory Group, and the All Parliamentary Party Group for BAME Business Owners.

Professor Jill Rubery - University of Manchester

Jill Rubery is Professor of Comparative Employment Systems and the Director of the Work and Equalities Institute, at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and has worked extensively for the European Commission and for the International labour Organisation. Her research focuses on the inter-disciplinary comparative analysis of employment systems with a particular focus on wages, working time, labour market segmentation, welfare systems and gender equality.

Professor Eleanor Shaw - University of Strathclyde

Professor Eleanor Shaw OBE researches the practice of entrepreneurial networking and the relationship between this and firm growth. She is particularly interested in entrepreneurial diversity and her work on women’s entrepreneurship, graduate entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and creative entrepreneurship. ...Her work is internationally recognised and has been published in leading journals including Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, Human Relations and International Small Business Journal. Eleanor She is currently a Co-I of the ESRC-funded ProPEL Hub (Productivity Outcomes of workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning) - a major new initiative designed to support improvements in productivity through enhanced workplace practice and employee engagement that is also supported by CIPD. At Strathclyde, Eleanor an Associate Principal with responsibility for the University’s entrepreneurship strategy, 'Strathclyde Inspire'. She is also Director of Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Professor Tracy Shildrick - Newcastle University

Tracy Shildrick is Professor of Inequalities at Newcastle University and currently Head of Sociology and Deputy Head of the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle. She has many years of experience researching young people's transitions to adulthood in contexts of poverty and wider deprivation and her research has a particular focus on low paid, insecure work and the so called, 'low pay, no pay cycle'. Her book (co-authored with colleagues), Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low Pay, No Pay Britain (2012) won the Peter Townsend, British Academy Prize in 2013.

Professor Mark Stuart - University of Leeds

Professor Mark Stuart is co-director of the ESRC Digital Futures at Work (Digit) Research Centre and Pro-Dean for Research, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds. Areas of expertise include: union-management relations; workplace restructuring; skills, training and learning; union-led learning; new technology, digital futures and industrial relations; platform work.

Professor Vera Trappmann - University of Leeds

Professor Vera Trappmann's research engages with the comparison of labour relations across Europe. Her expertise lies on the dynamics of organisational restructuring and its impact on working biographies, and organized labour. Precarious work plays a prominent role here. Vera is also interested in trade unions and their role around Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability, climate change and just transition.

Dr Lisa Wilson - Nevin Economic Research Institute

Lisa is a Senior Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) and is based in the Belfast office. Lisa has also been appointed as a member of the Independent Fiscal Commission which is looking at the devolution of fiscal powers to Northern Ireland.

Her main research interests lie in the areas of labour markets, income distribution, poverty, public expenditure, living standards and well-being. PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast which focused on income inequality and well-being.

Tony Wilson - Institute for Employment Studies

Tony Wilson is Director of the Institute for Employment Studies. His experience has spanned central government policy and independent research and consulting, with particular expertise in labour market policy and analysis; the design, delivery and evaluation of employment and skills programmes; and supporting organisations to understand and apply evidence of ‘what works’.

REWAGE’s experts are senior researchers drawn from leading universities and research organisations from across the UK. The groups is multidisciplinary. Each expert has his or her own specialism and has typically led major research projects focused on work, employment, self employment and entrepreneurship. The experts also have a successful track record of working with local, regional and national government in the UK as well as internationally, often as expert advisors.

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