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Leeds University Business School
University of Leeds
Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC)
Newsletter December 2021

Many congratulations to Professor Jane Holgate who has been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences.

Awarded Fellows are elected for their outstanding contributions to research, and for their application of social science to policy, education, society and the economy. Through leadership, applied research, policymaking and practice, Fellows help to address and deepen understanding of some of the toughest challenges facing society and the world. 

Professor Holgate's areas of expertise include industrial relations; work and employment; inequality; migration; organising and trade unions. 


I am honoured to be recommended
as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences by the British Universities Industrial Relations Association.

Congratulations and best wishes to our postgraduate researchers!

Lydia Suleh successfully defended her thesis entitled 'Learning at Work: Employer Role and Employee Agency in Sustaining Learning' (supervisors: Prof Irena Grugulis and Dr Hugh Cook).

Many thanks to the external examiner Professor Alan Brown (Warwick), Dr Jo Cutter and Dr Charles Umney (internal examiners) for making an actual face to face VIVA possible!
Felix Schulz has passed his Viva with no corrections. His thesis 'The effect of intra-workplace pay inequality on employee trust in managers and workplace performance: The interplay of fairness perceptions, shared values, and collective employee voice' was supervised by Professor Andy Charlwood and Dr Danat Valiade. External examiner - Professor Alex Bryson, internal - Professor Chris Forde

In February 2021 Felix started as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Digit Research Centre.
Welcome to new members of CERIC
Before joining us in October 2021, Dr Andrew Kozhevnikov held lectureship posts at the Universities of Coventry and Bradford. Andrew's research interests revolve around various career issues and how they can be understood using 'grand social theories' – specifically, realist social theory. He is particularly interested to explore careers at the intersection of structure and agency. 
Dr Isla Kapasi is an Associate Professor of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the LUBS Management Department and joined CERIC in November 2021. Her current research concentrates on entrepreneurship and the experiences of marginalised and disadvantaged entrepreneurs. Isla is a certified Team Academy Coach and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Our New Research Fellows

Dr Rose Smith joined CERIC in August to support Dr Helen Norman's PIECE project exploring how fathers' childcare involvement influences children's primary education.

Dr Marketa Dolezalova
joined CERIC on the ESRC 'Labour mobility in transition: a multi-actor study of the re-regulation of migrant work in 'low-skilled' sectors' (Limits) project. She is an economic anthropologist specialised in migration research.

Steve Graby joined us under an Independent Scholar Fellowship funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF). Steve is conducting an empirical research project into the involvement of disabled people in co-operatives in the UK. 
Visiting Post Graduate Researchers
In December 2021 we welcomed two visiting researchers from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil.  

Flavia Ferreira Ribeiro will spend a few weeks in Leeds working with Prof Vera Trappmann. Flavia researches the impact of productive restructuring on workers' lives and organized labour in the steel sector. The research also assesses workers' perceptions and their experiences concerning the changes caused by the reform.

Joao Gabriel Tury will be working with Prof Jane Holgate for six months. His research project aims to analyse the workers' mobilisation theories in the UK, focussing on the precarious workers. With this analysis, Joao intends to contribute to his PhD research which explores the collective actions of Call Centres' workers.

2021 Impact Leadership Awards

These awards support the Leeds University Business School's strategic mission to raise the impact of our research.

Projects funded under the School's Impact Leadership Award will lay the foundations for research impact over the next decade and help to increase the reach and significance of impact activities. The fund aims to facilitate and augment partnership-building with external non-academic organisations and communities, either in terms of new partnerships or to achieve a step-change in existing partnerships.

The winners include:

  • Dr Isla Kapasi with collaborative partners and beneficiaries Susan Harkins, Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, South of Scotland Enterprise, and Jack Evans, Scotland Policy and Partnership Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, for a project entitled Improving business development and support provision for disadvantaged and marginalised entrepreneurs (£18,974).
  • Dr Xanthe Whittaker with Dr Kate HardyProfessor Jenny TomlinsonDr Helen Norman; Megan Jarvie, Coram Family and Childcare (Partner); Sara Reis, Women's Budget Group (Partner); Neil Leitch, Early Years Alliance (Partner); and Dr Nathan Archer (Research Fellow), for a project entitled Building on strong foundations: Evidence for a sustainable early years' sector (£15,895).
Congratulations to Dr Zlatko Bodrožić who has been promoted
to Associate Professor in Technology, Organisation and Sustainability!

At CERIC we organise and host various activities throughout the year: seminars, workshops, conferences, book launches and discussion groups.
Distinguished Speaker Presentation
On the 21st of September 2021 Paul S. Adler, Professor of Management and Organization, of Sociology, and of Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California presented  'The Odyssey of a Socialist in the Business School World' as part of the LUBS Distinguished Speaker Series 2021/22.

This talk was organised by the LESS research group and supported by CERIC. 

Watch the presentation here

CERIC Seminar Series
We have an amazing line up of upcoming seminars, the details of which are to follow on our website. Make note of the following dates in your diaries:
  • 19 January 2022 - Mara Yerkes (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • 26 January 2022 - Phillip Brown(Cardiff)
  • 6 February 2022 - Edward Timmons (West Virginia University) Evaluating the costs and benefits of occupational licensing in the US and UK
  • 2 March 2022 - Pieter Verdegem (University of Westminster)
  • 9 March 2022 - Prof Candance Jones (University of Edinburgh Business School)
  • 30 March 2022 - Caroline Lloyd (Cardiff) and Jonathan Payne (De Montfort University, Leicester)
  • 4 May 2022 - Xiang Biao (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany)
  • 25 May 2022 - Maureen Eger (Umeå, Sweden)
  • 1 June 2022 - Phillip Brooker (Liverpool)
  • 29 June 2022 - Rachel Cohen (City, University of London)
Dr Louise Ashley (Royal Holloway)
CERIC PhD Conversation Series
Research-based presentations
As part of a series of presentations on the UKRI/ESRC-funded Childcare during Covid project, CERIC researchers presented their findings focusing on the experiences of childminders in England and Wales in 2020/21.

New CERIC research projects
Vera Trappmann has been awarded a grant of 556k EUR to investigate a 10-country comparison on climate change policies and just transition. This international project 'Just Transition: Debates, concepts, and strategies. An international comparison of 11 countries' is funded by Hans-Böckler Foundation. Other CERIC members on the team: Jo Cutter, Jiachen Shi, Alex Beresford. Read more about this project here

Charles Umney is a co-investigator on a £4,840 British Academy project entitled 'Just Transitions within Sectors and Industries Globally'. The project investigates industrial relations and skills development in wind turbine manufacturing, with a view to understanding the prospects and obstacles to a "Just Transition" in the industry. It is a comparative study of the UK, Denmark, Germany, and South Africa. Read more here

Chris Forde and CERIC Visiting Research Fellow Rachel Mathieson are involved in a 'Well being and burnout in teaching' project. This project, conducted jointly between the University of Leeds, the National Education Union, and the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, examines the causes of well-being and burnout in teaching, generating a range of practitioner-focused guides and support materials, focused on tackling stress, improving well-being and mental health, and reducing burnout. Read more here.

Jo Cutter and Vera Trappmann are the Principal Investigators of 'The worker voice in Just Transitions to a low-carbon economy: building evidenced based policy making in Yorkshire and the Humber' project funded by QR Strategic Priorities Fund (QR SPF). This is a collaboration between the Business School and Earth and Environment, building on previous work on trade unions and climate change and modelling regional decarbonisation pathways and its impact on employment. Read more here.

Jonathan Winterton along with Chris Forde, Ian Greenwood and Andrew Shires (Engineering) work on a 'Restructuring and crisis in UK Aerospace' project, which examines restructuring and skills development in the aerospace sector. It looks at how COVID-19 has impacted upon restructuring and considers longer-term restructuring in the sector.

£34,750 (UKRI) has been awarded to Mark Stuart (PI), Chris Forde, David SpencerChris McLachlan and Felix Schulz for a project  'Evaluating the longer-term impact of workforce furloughing as part of the UK economic and labour market recovery post-Covid-19' to explore employer strategies and responses during labour market recovery, following the end of the furlough scheme. The research will involve a survey of employers, following on from a survey conducted by the team during 2020. Read more here.

Journal Articles

Basahal A, Forde C, Mackenzie R. 2021. Labour market localisation policies and Organizational Responses: An analysis of the aims and effects of the Saudi Nitaqat reforms. International Journal of Organizational Analysis.

Greer I, Azzellini D, Umney C. 2021. Why isn't there an Uber for live music? The digitalization of intermediaries and the limits of the platform economy. New Technology, Work and Employment.

Hardy K, Barbagallo C. 2021. Hustling the Platform: Capitalist Experiments and Resistance in the Digital Sex Industry. South Atlantic Quarterly. 533-551 120.3

Holgate J, Alberti G, Byford I, Greenwood I. 2021. Trade union community membership: exploring what people who are not in paid employment could contribute to union activism. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research.

Jo H, Aryee S, Hsiung H-H, Guest D. 2021. EXPRESS: Service-Oriented High-Performance Work Systems and Service Role Performance: Applying Integrated Extended Self and Psychological Ownership Framework. Human Relations.

Kirkpatrick I, Aulakh S, Muzio D. 2021. The Evolution of Professionalism as a Mode of Regulation: Evidence from the United States. Work, Employment and Society.

Mrozowicki A, Trappmann V. 2021. Precarity as a Biographical Problem? Young Workers Living with Precarity in Germany and Poland. Work, Employment and Society. 35(2): 221-238.

Trappmann V, Seehaus A, Mrozowicki A, Krasowska A. 2021. The Moral Boundary Drawing of Class: Social Inequality and Young Precarious Workers in Poland and Germany. Sociology.

Umney C, Coderre-LaPalme G. 2021. Marketisation and regional planning in neoliberal public services: Evidence from French hospitals. Capital and Class.
Valizade D, Ingold J, Stuart M. 2021. Employer Participation in Active Labour Market Policies in the United Kingdom and Denmark: The Effect of Employer Associations as Social Networks and the Mediating Role of Collective Voice. Work, Employment and Society.

Book Chapters

Manhal Ali is a co-editor of a book entitled, COVID-19 in South Asia: Its Impact on Society, Economics and Politics, to be published by Routledge in 2022. The other co-editors are Rakib Akhtar (University of Birmingham, Oxford Brookes University), and Tarikul Islam (Jahangirnagar University and University of Cambridge).
Nicky Stubbs has a chapter accepted for publication in Education, Work and Social Change in Britain's Former Coalfield Communities, edited by K. Simpson and R. Simmons, titled 'Growing up in the interregnum: Accounts from the South Yorkshire coalfield'.
Professor Irena Grugulis co-chairs a new group of expert economic and social sciences researchers who have come together to provide independent, evidence-based advice to policymakers on work and employment as the UK emerges from Covid-19.

Other CERIC members of ReWAGE are: Profs Mark Stuart, Vera Trappmann and Chris Forde, who are on the Expert panel, and Dr Gabriella Alberti as part of one of the sub-groups.

 Read more about it. 
Dr Danat Valizade and Dr Kate Hardy have been appointed Senior Editors of the New Technology, Work and Employment journal.
Mark Butterick has been admitted as a Fellow by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA). This is Mark's fourth Fellowship award. He was previously admitted as a Fellow by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2011 (CIPD), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2019 and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in 2020
Selected Media Coverage
Visiting Professor in Industrial Relations, Gregor Gall, featured on BBC Radio Scotland on 11 October discussing proposed industrial action on Scottish rail. More...
On 11 October Dr Ian Greenwood spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield about the news that the owner of Liberty Steel has pledged to restart its plants in Rotheram and Stocksbridge. More...
On 24 November Professor David Spencer spoke on The Sound of Economics podcast discussing the impact of technology on the job market. More..

Felix Schulz, Danat Valizade and Andy Charlwood wrote a commentary for HR Magazine on pay inequality and employee trust. read the full article here.

The four-day week and the gender question

Jana Javornik featured in The Conversation Weekly podcast discussing the growing momentum of the four-day working week.

Podcast: "Educators, not glorified babysitters"

Helen Norman and Nathan Archer talk to Neil Leitch, Chief Executive at the Early Years Alliance, about how the pandemic has affected the Early Years sector and what the priorities for change are.

Podcast: System-level sustainability

Vera Trappmann and Zlatko Bodrožić talk about "green" research at Leeds University Business School, and why a system-level approach to sustainability is needed.

Podcast: Furlough and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Chris Forde and Mark Stuart discuss their findings on the practice of furlough and managers' experiences of the CJRS.
Follow us on Twitter, where CERIC academics, associates and visitors share their views on the current issues in the field of employment, future of work and labour markets. 




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