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Professor Patricia Findlay

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Prof Patricia Findlay



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Prof Patricia Findlay

Professor of Work and Employment Relations

Director, Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER)

Education: DPhil (Oxon), B.A Hons, Politics and Industrial Relations (Strathclyde), LLb (Strathclyde)

Patricia is the Director of SCER[PF1] . SCER’s purpose is to produce high quality, high impact academic research for stakeholder and policy use in public, private and voluntary sectors. Contracts have been awarded to it by government, employers, trade unions and other university research centres. The Centre promotes extensive stakeholder engagement in academic, policy and practitioner communities and networks.

Her research and teaching expertise is in the study of work and the management of the employment relationship. Her published work spans workplace innovation; skills and skills valuation; workplace and union-led learning; demand for workplace learning; gender and inequality; performance management; union representation; team-working; partnership and workplace privacy and surveillance. She is currently working on a number of research projects relating to public sector workers: with Bennie, Commander, Dunlop, Lindsay and van der Meer, she is researching technological change and job quality in NHS pharmacy services; with Findlay and Stewart she is studying occupational pay for public sector professionals; and with Findlay and Commander she is researching female academic careers. Other ongoing research includes preliminary research on skills, income and poverty (with Findlay, Wright and Commander) and on job quality measures (with Warhurst). She works closely with trade unions and other organizations in developing effective approaches to enhancing and deploying skills and learning.

Patricia is co-editor with Carre, Tilly and Warhurst of Are Bad Jobs Inevitable? (Palgrave, 2012), and with Warhurst and Kalleberg is currently editing a special edition of Human Relations on Job Quality. She co-organized an ESRC-funded seminar series on ‘Making Bad Jobs Better’  (with Commander, Keep, Lloyd and Warhurst).

She has previously received research funding from ESRC, the Technology Strategy Board, government, public, private and third sector organisations. Patricia is currently involved (with Commander, Keep, Lindsay and Mayhew) in research into skills policy and organisational capacity in Scotland as part of the ESRC’s The Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

Patricia has a long-standing association with, and has co-organised, the International Labour Process Conference. She is a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association and the British Sociological Association. She co-organised a mini-conference at SASE on job quality (with Warhurst and Osterman) and is currently organising a mini-conference on public sector retrenchment and restructuring for SASE 2013 (with Commander and Lindsay).

She is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, a member of the editorial board of the Industrial Relations Journal, a former editorial board member of the journal Work, Employment and Society and a long-standing lay member of the Employment Tribunal Service.

Patricia is currently the module co-ordinator for the MBA Managing People in Organisations module and has supervisory responsibilities for 8 doctoral students.


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