Elizabeth Cotton is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University Business School. Her academic background is in political philosophy and current writing includes precarious work and employment relations, activism and mental health at work. Elizabeth's writing and teaching interests are interdisciplinary, looking at the link between employment relations and mental health. Her particular research interest includes the link between precarious work and precarious states of mind.
She has worked as an activist and educator in over thirty countries, working with trade unions and Global Union Federations at senior level. Some of this work is reflected in her co-authored publication, Global Unions Global Business, described as "the essential guide to global trade unionism". Elizabeth continues to work with trade unions and activist groups in building local capacity to improve working conditions.
Elizabeth lived and worked abroad until returning to the UK in 2007 to write and start the process of training in adult psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic, working for four years in the NHS as an honorary psychotherapist. She is founding director of The Resilience Space www.theresiliencespace.com and runs the Surviving Work Library on www.survivingwork.org, a free online resource with 12000 members, on how to do it.
Phd through Publication, Middlesex University: Submission date January 2015
MA Foundation in adult psychodynamic Psychotherapy, 2012, Tavistock Clinic/Essex University
PG Cert Higher Education, 2010 Middlesex University
MA, Philosophy, University College London, 1993 Melhuin Scholarship
BA, Philosophy, University College London, 1989-1992
Elizabeth has worked as an educator for twenty years, using adult education methods in workplace and developing country settings. Her background includes working with trade unions and workers' organisations in building local capacity to improve working conditions.
Elizabeth's teaching interests are interdisciplinary, looking at the link between employment relations and mental health. Her particular research interest includes the link between precarious work and precarious states of mind.
Elizabeth created and teaches the first MA module validated by the CIPD on Resilience at Work which includes teaching on decent work, inequalities and social justice to more technical areas such as therapeutic and workplace wellbeing techniques.
In addition Elizabeth is module leader for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on comparative employment relations and the regulation of work.Elizabeth is part time at Middlesex and currently teaches Comparative Employment Relations at Birkbeck School of Management and is developing a resilience curriculum for the University of Vienna.
Elizabeth's current research focusses on building capacity to manage work in health and social care sectors. She is currently working on her next book Surviving Work: How to manage working in health and social care, to be published by Gower in 2016.
Croucher, R. and Cotton, E (2011) Global Unions Global Business. Second Edition. London: Libri Publishing.
Cotton, E (2012) Resilience in a Recession. London: London School of Economics eCollection
Cotton, E (2013) "Regulating precarious work: the hidden role of the Global Union Federations" in Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Working published by Cambridge Scholars publishing, Series Editors: Tayo Fashoyin and Michele Tiraboschi, guest editors: Malcolm Sargeant and Martina Ori.
Croucher, R. & Cotton, E. (2013) Case study: AngloAmerican and HIV/AIDS. In Gooderham, P. & Nordhaug, O. International Management: Cross-Boundary Challenges. Oxford: Blackwell
Cotton, E. (2010) 'CSR and HRM' in Roper, I., Prouska, R. and ChatrakulnaAyudhya, U. Critical Issues in Human Resource Management. London: CIPD
Cotton, E. (2014) Transnational Regulation of Temporary Agency Work: Compromised Partnership between Private Employment Agencies and Global Union Federations. Work, Employment and Society. Accepted for publication July 2014.
Cotton, E. and Royle, T. Transnational Organising: A case study of contract workers in the Colombian mining industries. British Journal of Industrial Relations: 6th December 2014
Cotton, E., Kline, R. and Morton, C. (2013) Following Francis: reversing performance in the NHS from targets to teams. People & Strategy.Cotton, E. and Gumbrell-McCormick, R (2012) Global Unions as imperfect multilateral organizations: An international relations perspective. Economic and Industrial Democracy 33 4:707-728.