Dr Lilian Miles is a senior lecturer in the Management, Leadership and Organisations department. She previously taught at Northumbria University, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester. She has held visiting lecturer posts at the Universities of Hamburg, Dresden and Leipzig. She also taught Consumer Law for many years at the University of Hong Kong. Lilian is a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Research on Women and Gender, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Her interests lie in labour regulation and labour relations in developing countries. Her work focuses on how working conditions for workers (especially women workers) in these countries can be improved. She has investigated the effectiveness of Corporate Codes of Conduct, unions and NGOs in improving working conditions in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea. More recently, she has led research projects (funded by The British Council, British Academy, United Nations Gender Theme Group, Malaysia and UNWOMEN) to investigate how the sexual and reproductive health needs of local women and women migrant workers in Malaysia can be met.
Qualifications and Affiliations
English, Bahasa Malaysia
Over the years, Lilian has taught on several undergraduate modules, including Contract Law, Business Law, Company Law, and International Business Law. She also developed several postgraduate modules, namely Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Transnational Corporations and Labour Rights, and Employment Relations in Asian Countries.
For three years (2015-2018) Lilian was Programme Leader for the MA in Human Resource Management at Middlesex University.
Lilian has actively engaged in scholarly research and publication since 2005. Her interests lie in labour regulation and labour relations in developing countries. She has published widely on these topics. Much of her work focuses on the effectiveness of Corporate Codes of Conduct, unions and NGOs in improving working conditions in developing countries. A feminist lens frames her recent works. Lilian has led research projects (funded by The British Council, British Academy, United Nations Gender Theme Group, Malaysia and UNWOMEN) to investigate how the sexual and reproductive health needs of local women and women migrant workers in Malaysia can be met.
Lilian welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision from students interested in the fields of corporate governance, CSR and labour developments in developing countries.
(2019) Anjana Basnet, "Corporate Social Responsibility and its Relationship to Employees' Attitudes in Nepal"
Sabrina Akbar, "Work Commitment and Gender Roles: A Developing Country Perspective"
Master of Arts (Internal Examiner)
Elwyn Chutel, "A political elite's perception of successful development" (2013)
PhD (Internal Examiner)
PhD (External Examiner)
Charles Lam, "Confucianism and Corporate Governance in China: A Self-Regulatory Model for Directors" The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, (2016)
Croucher, Richard and Houssart, Mark and Miles, Lilian and James, Philip (2019) Legal sanction, international organisations and the Bangladesh Accord. Industrial Law Journal . ISSN 0305-9332 (Published online first)
Miles, Lilian and Lewis, Suzan and Teng, Lai Wan and Mat Yasin, Suziana (2019) Advocacy for women migrant workers in Malaysia through an Intersectionality lens. Journal of Industrial Relations . ISSN 0022-1856 (Published online first)
Croucher, Richard and Miles, Lilian (2018) Ethnicity, popular democratic movements and labour in Malaysia. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 39 (2). pp. 294-311. ISSN 0143-831X
James, Philip and Miles, Lilian and Croucher, Richard and Houssart, Mark (2018) Regulating factory safety in the Bangladeshi garment industry. Regulation & Governance . ISSN 1748-5991 (Published online first)
Miles, Lilian and Croucher, Richard (2016) Malaysian labour and the theory of interdependent power. Global Labour Journal, 7 (3). pp. 297-314. ISSN 1918-6711
Funding Success (gender, work and developing countries)
2019: Lilian Miles & Tim Freeman (US$15,000) UNWOMEN, Strategy Paper: SDG#5 Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Violence Against Women Migrant Workers Services (VAWMV) in Malaysia (Joint Project Leader)