Strathclyde Business School
Department of Human Resource Management

Professor Patricia Findlay

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Prof Patricia Findlay


Graham Hills Building

Tel : +44 (0)141 548 4858


Personal Statement

I have been in post since 2010.  I am Professor of Work and Employment Relations and my research and teaching expertise is in the study of work and the management of the employment relationship. To illustrate, my published work includes topics such as improving job quality; skills implication of automation; workplace learning, including union-led learning; skills and skills valuation; employer-employee partnerships. My research is funded by a variety of organisations including the ESRC, the Technology Strategy Board, government, public, private and third sector organisations.

I am a member of the Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College and the ESRC Future Research Leaders SIFT panel.  I sit on the Editorial Board of the Industrial Relations Journal, having previously been a board member of the journal Work, Employment and Society.  I have a long-standing association with, and have co-organised, the International Labour Process Conference and have organised streams at the Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics (SASE) Conference.  I am a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association, the British Sociological Association and SASE. I am also a long-standing member of the Employment Tribunals Service.

I am currently a member of a Scottish Government Review Group - Working Together: Progressive Workplace Policies in Scotland.  This will report to the Scottish Parliament in July 2014. I continue to support the work of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Group on Women and Work through my activities as Chair of Research and Analysis for the Women’s Employment Summit.

I am also the Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER). The Centre engages widely with relevant stakeholders and is currently engaged with multiple stakeholders on an ERDF funded project on workplace innovation in Scotland in addition to a number of smaller research, KE and consultancy projects.  A key part of my role at SCER is to support the activities and career development of SCER’s researchers. 

Research Interests

My recent research activity has focussed on four key themes:  job quality and how this can be improved; skills and learning, gender equality; and industrial relations governance within and outwith the workplace.  These distinct research themes are also relevant to my broader interest in workplace innovation within a mutual gains framework.  Current/recent research projects include:

  • The future of work, employment, skills and training in Scotland
  • Automation, organisational redesign and associated skills implications within hospital pharmacy services
  • Profiling women’s participation in manufacturing
  • Smart HR metrics and monitoring equality and diversity data
  • Occupational pay comparisons
  • Union-led employability and employment rights support
  • Making bad jobs better
  • Improving skills utilisation
  • Union-led learning and trade union revitalisation
  • Employer-employee partnerships and mutual gains organisational change
  • Teachers’ pay comparability
  • Gender inequality in financial services


  • Workplace Innovation Consortium (ERDF Project)

    Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) Chalmers, Dominic (Academic) Pascoe-Deslauriers, Rachelle (Researcher) Matthews, Russell (Researcher) Wilson, James Russell (Post Grad Student)

    Period 24-Mar-2014 - 24-Mar-2015
  • The Full Costs and Benefits of Job Quality in International Context

    Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)

    Period 01-Feb-2014 - 31-Jan-2017
  • Mapping of womens' participation within the manufacturing cluster labour market in Scotland

    Findlay, Patricia (Academic) Anderson, Pauline (Academic) Commander, Johanna (Academic)

    Period 08-Jul-2013 - 31-Jan-2014
  • Women's participation within manufacturing cluster labour market in Scotland

    Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Jul-2013 - 31-Mar-2014
  • Work, Employment, Skills and Training: what future for Scotland? (Working title for funding from Grant "ESRC Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance")

    Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Commander, Johanna (Co-investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)

    Period 01-Jan-2013 - 31-Mar-2014
  • BTG- Automated Systems

    Bennie, Marion (Principal Investigator) Van Der Meer, Robert (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator)

    Period 06-Feb-2012 - 31-Dec-2012

    Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Jun-2010 - 31-May-2012

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