Our strong research tradition in Human Resource Management draws together the disciplines of business and management, sociology, history, econometrics and economics. We adopt national and international comparative perspectives in order to study internal and external labour markets and explore the significance of social institutions, belief systems and gendered behaviours. Across varied international contexts, our research has focused particularly upon migration and solidarity, formal and informal employment relations, labour productivity, and the role of affect in work and professional socialisation.
Core themes of this research are taken forward through the Transnational Labour and Social Movements (need to link to new page)research cluster and the Alternative Organisations and Transformative Practices (need to link to new page)research cluster.
With research undertaken across the UK, Latin America, USA, Western Europe and former Soviet States, we publish widely across HRM, industrial relations and work sociology journals, including the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management and Work Employment & Society.
We encourage participation and input from a wide range of stakeholders within academia and beyond
Non-payment of wages in Britain had scarcely been studied when this research began. By focusing on this neglected issue, Nick Clark’s study demonstrated the scale of unpaid wages in the economy each year was far greater than previously thought - £1.3bn pf unpaid wages and £1.8bn of unpaid holiday pay.
Working with an advisory group including trade unions, regulators, NGOs and employment lawyers, the research identified the various methods employers used to achieve underpayment and the lack of enforced recovery of these unpaid sums. These findings have directly influenced government policy related to employment rights and their enforcement and opened up a wider public debate about the issue of workers’ “right to be paid.”