Dr Pauline Anderson

Senior Lecturer

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I joined Strathclyde Business School under the Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme, which supports high-quality research and impact. My academic interests centre around skills, jobs and working life. Prior to joining academia I worked in the voluntary and public sectors for 15 years.

My research has a strong public policy/KE focus. I was an international consultant on the UNDP project Bridging the Skills Gap to Create New and Better Jobs, a member of the OECD Expert Advisory Group on the project Better Using Skills in the Workplace (in collaboration with the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – see report) and member of the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan (CESAP) Expert Group. I am also a Board member of the Centre for Work-Based Learning (CWBL), which aims to drive cultural change and create demand for work-based learning in Scotland. The Centre was founded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and we work in partnership to influence policy, practice and perception of work-based learning.


Has expertise in:

    Skills, skills utilisation, systems of skill formation, skill ecosystems

    The future of work, digitisation

    Green jobs and skills

    Social mobility and equality

    Decent/fair work


BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology (Strathclyde), Postgraduate Diploma in Alcohol Studies (Paisley College of Technology), MSc in Occupational Psychology (Strathclyde/Heriot-Watt), PhD in Human Resource Management (ESRC Case Studentship, Strathclyde), Chartered Occupational Psychologist (British Psychological Society), Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC).


The green factor : unpacking green job growth
Sofroniou Nick, Anderson Pauline
International Labour Review (2020)
Newly professionalised physiotherapists : symbolic or substantive change?
Anderson Pauline, Warhurst Chris
Employee Relations Vol 42, pp. 300-314 (2020)
Bringing positional processes back in : occupational gender segregation in 'non-academic' work
Anderson Pauline, O'Hagan Angela, Thomson Emily
International Journal of Human Resource Management (2019)
Catering for Scotland's Future Skills Needs : Attracting, Training and Retaining Chefs
Anderson Pauline, Baum Tom, Bourkel Tom, Butler Joanna
Developing the Skills System for the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS)
Anderson Pauline, Hawthorne Margaret, Findlay Patricia, Ion William, Morrison Douglas, Morrison Douglas Hamilton, Millar Stuart, Viza Evi
Occupational gender segregation in the 'non-academic' workforce : the compounding effects of simultaneous inequality-producing processes on women
Anderson Pauline, O'Hagan Angela, Thomson Emily
Work, Employment & Society Conference 2018 (2018)

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I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, director of HRM honours and class coordinator and/or lecturer on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

Work Psychology for Human Rource Management

Work, Employment and Society

Research Methods

Labour and Diversity in a Global Context


Research interests

My research expertise lies in the broad area of skills, jobs and working life, and centres on three main themes 1) skills, skills utilisation and skill ecosystems 2) labour market transitions, social mobility and equality 3) decent/fair work, the future of work and green jobs. I have a sustained track record of leading, managing and delivering high-quality research, and securing research income from a range of funders (e.g. the British Academy/Leverhulme, United Nations, Equality Challenge Unit, Skills Development Scotland).

Examples of current/recent research include:

  • The future Ports' workforce
  • Skills needs in construction, textiles and renewables
  • Graduating in a pandemic
  • Fair work in modern and graduate apprenticeships
  • Meta/future-skills mapping
  • The chef skills shortage crisis
  • Developing advanced manufacturing skills
  • Changing demand for green jobs and skills
  • Women in new green jobs (wind turbine jobs/roles)
  • The professionalisation of intermediate occupation
  • Occupational segregation in higher education institutions
  • Skill ecosystems in context

Professional activities

Achieving a fair transition to 2050: A century of ideas for supporting workers
Graduate employability during a crisis: Evidence from Scottish graduates during the COVID-19 pandemic
Nuffield Research Placement Student Supervisor
Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan (CESAP) Implementation Steering Group (External organisation)
The Green Industrial Revolution and demand for green jobs
Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan (CESAP) Expert Group (led by SDS) (External organisation)

More professional activities


The future ports workforce: Towards a competitive, ‘just’ and sustainable transition
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Hawthorne, Margaret (Researcher)
This research project was funded by the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) and Maritime Skills Commission
14-Jan-2020 - 29-Jan-2021
Bridging the skills gap to create new and better jobs (International consultant leading the assessment of future skills needs in construction, textiles and renewables in North Macedonia)
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator)
Funder: UNDP
25-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2020
Technical Support with Skills Discovery Tool
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator)
Funder: Skills Development Scotland
26-Jan-2020 - 28-Jan-2020
Graduating in a Pandemic
Luchinskaya, Daria (Co-investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Anderson, Pauline (Co-investigator) Okay-Somerville, Belgin (Co-investigator) Hurrell, Scott (Principal Investigator)
How are you navigating your transitions to work or to other activities after completing your undergraduate qualification in the summer of 2020 or 2021? Our study focuses on leavers from colleges and universities across the UK, with a special focus on Glasgow and Preston. We will conduct surveys about your experiences, feelings and hopes in relation to your transitions to work and to other activities over a period of 12-18 months.
Fair Work in Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Pauline (Co-investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2020 - 14-Jan-2021
Developing the skills system for the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS)
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) Ion, William (Co-investigator)
23-Jan-2019 - 22-Jan-2019

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Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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