Professor Upchurch has previously taught at the University of the West of England and the University of North London. Prior to becoming an academic he worked for the Department of the Environment and then for a public sector trade union in the UK as a researcher and journalist. He has served on the National Executive Committee of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association, and on the editorial boards of Capital & Class and Work, Employment and Society. He has held research grants from the Leverhulme Trust (on trade union strategies), the ESRC (partnership in the UK workplace), and the British Academy (transformation of work and industrial relations in Serbia). He has recently convened an ESRC Seminar Series on 'Beyond Global Labour Regulation'. He is also convenor of the Global Work and Employment Project (GWEp) at Middlesex.

Research web pages.


Recent selected publications

M. Upchurch and D. Marinkovic (2013) Workers and Revolution in Serbia: from Tito to Milosevic and beyond, Manchester University Press.

M. Flynn,M.Upchurch,M. Muller-CamenandH. Schroder (2013) ’Trade union responses to ageing workforces in the UK and Germany’, Human RelationsJanuary 201366:45-64

M. Upchurch, A. Daguerre and D. Ozarow (2013) ‘Spectrum, Trajectoory and the Role of the State in Workers’ Self-Management’, Labor History, on-line October 13th.

G. Taylor, A. Mathers and M. Upchurch (2012) ‘Beyond political economism: New identities for unions in Western Europe?’ Capital & Class, 36, 1: 17-34

R. Darlington and M. Upchurch (2012) ‘A re-appraisal of the rank-and-file versus bureaucracy debate’, Capital & Class, 36, 1: 77-96

M. Upchurch (2012) ‘Persistent economic divergence and institutional dysfunction in post-Communist economies: an alternative synthesis’. Competition and Change, 16, 2: 112-29

M. Upchurch, R. Croucher and M. Flynn (2012) ‘Political Congruence and Trade Union Renewal’, Work, Employment and Society.26, 5: 859 - 870

R. Croucher and M. Upchurch (2012) ‘Political Congruence in Trade Unions: A Conceptual Framework and Historical Case Study’, Labor History, 53, 2: 205-223

A. Gordon and M. Upchurch (2012) ‘Railing against Neo-liberalism: radical political unionism in SUD-Rail and RMT’, European Journal of Industrial Relations, 18, 3: 259-263

M. Upchurch and A. Mathers (2011) ‘ Neo-liberal Globalization and Trade Unionism: Towards Radical Political Unionism,. Critical Sociology, On-line first January 2011

G. Taylor, A. Mathers and M. Upchurch (2011) ‘Beyond the chains that bind: The political crisis of unions in Western Europe’ Labor History, 52, 3

M. Upchurch and D. Marinkovic (2011) ‘Wild Capitalism, Privatisation and Employment Relations in Serbia’, Employee Relations, 33,4: 316-33

M.Upchurch (2009) ‘The IFIs and Labour Reform in Post Communist Economies’, Globalizations, 6, 2: 297-316

M. Upchurch, G. Taylor and A. Mathers (2009) The Crisis of Social Democratic Trade Unionism in Western Europe: the search for alternatives, Aldershot, Ashgate 220pp

M. Upchurch (2009) ‘BUIRA Survey on the Teaching of Industrial Relations’ in R. Darlington (ed.) What’s the Point of Industrial Relations, British Universities Industrial Relations Association

M. Upchurch (with A.Danford, M.Richardson and S. Tailby) (2009) ‘Union Organising and Partnership in Manufacturing, Finance and Public Services in Britain’ in G. Gall (ed.) Union Revitalisation in Advanced Economies: Assessing the Contribution of Union Organising, London, Palgrave pp. 56-82

M. Upchurch, A. Danford, S.Tailby and M. Richardson (2008) The Realities of Partnership at Work, London: Palgrave Macmillan/ESRC 208pp

M. Upchurch and D. Weltman (2008) `International Financial Institutions and Post Communist Labour Reform: A Case of Utopian Liberalism?', Debatte, 16, 3: 309-330

A. Danford, M. Richardson, P. Stewart, S. Tailby, and M. Upchurch (2008) ‘Partnership, high performance work systems and quality of working life’ New Technology, Work and Employment, 23, 3: 151-166

M. Upchurch (2008) ‘New Labour’s Third Way to Partnership’ in Daniels, G and McIlory, J (eds.) Trade Unions in a Neo-Liberal World: The Politics of Contemporary British Trade Unionism, Routledge

M. Upchurch (2008) ‘The Organisation of Work’ in R. Croucher, M. Muller-Camen, S. Leigh (eds.) Human Resource Management: a case study approach, London: CIPD pp.395-414

  • Globalisation and work
  • Comparative industrial relations
  • Research methods (critical approaches)
  • Industrial relations
  • Transformation of work under post communism
  • Trade unions
  • social media and the workplace

Professor Upchurch has recently acted as independent consultant to Unite the union during the 2010/2011 BA cabin crew dispute.

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