Dr Pauline Anderson

Senior Lecturer

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I am Senior Lecturer and Director of Knowledge Exchange in the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation (WEO). Prior to moving into academia, I worked in the public and third sectors for over 15 years. Much of my research has a strong policy focus, and I have a sustained track record of leading, managing and delivering high-quality research and consultancy projects from a range of funders - including UNDP, British Academy/Leverhulme, the Scottish Government, SDS, Close the Gap, UK Major Ports Group. I previously served on the leadership team of the Centre for Work-based Learning (CWBL) and was 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). I currently serve on the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan (CESAP) Implementation Steering Group (having previously served on the CESAP Expert Group, which oversaw the development of the CESAP).


Has expertise in:

    Green jobs and skills

    Skills, skills utilisation and skill ecosystems

    The future of work

    Inclusive growth

    ‘Decent’/ ‘fair’ work

    Labour market transitions

    Social mobility

    HRM practice

    Wellbeing at work

    Remote/hybrid working


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).


Green Jobs in Scotland : An Inclusive Approach to Definition, Measurement and Analysis
Cardenas Rubio Jeisson, Warhurst Chris, Anderson Pauline
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 Vol 32, pp. 4526-4550 (2021)
Graduate employability during a crisis : evidence from Scottish graduates during the COVID-19 pandemic
Okay-Somerville Belgin, Luchinskaya Daria, Anderson Pauline, Hurrell Scott, Scholarios Dora
SAGE Handbook of Graduate Employability (2021) (2021)
The green factor : unpacking green job growth
Sofroniou Nick, Anderson Pauline
International Labour Review Vol 160, pp. 21-41 (2021)
The Green Industrial Revolution and demand for green jobs
Anderson Pauline, Cardenas Rubio Jeisson, Warhurst Chris
The Future Ports Workforce : Towards a Competitive, 'Just' and Sustainable Transition
Anderson Pauline, Hawthorne Margaret, Scholarios Dora

More publications


People, Technology and Work

Work, Employment and Society

Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management

Labour and Diversity in a Global Context


Research interests

My research expertise lies in the broad area of skills, jobs and working life. My recent/current research and research projects are increasingly concerned with green jobs, green skills and a ‘just’ transition to ‘net zero’ (e.g. The Green Factor). Examples of current/recent research include:

  • Green jobs - workforce and demand research
  • The skills ecosystem for subsurface net zero technologies and principles for a just transition
  • What works for remote first
  • 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

Skills, jobs and a ‘just’ transition
UKCCSRC Web Event Series
Invited speaker
Building Better Local Skill Ecosystems
What is a green job?
Achieving a fair transition to 2050: A century of ideas for supporting workers
External Examiner for MSc in International Human Resource Management, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University

More professional activities


The Skills Ecosystem for Subsurface Net Zero Technologies and Principles for a Just Tansition (RSE SAPHIRE 2021
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Pauline (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2023
Green jobs in Scotland. Workforce and demand research (Skills Development Scotland)
Cardenas Rubio, Jeisson (Principal Investigator) Warhurst, Chris (Co-investigator) Anderson, Pauline (Co-investigator) Hogarth, Terence (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2022
What works for remote First? Benchmarking best practice to attract, engage and retain talent in FinTech SMEs
Luchinskaya, Daria (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Anderson, Pauline (Co-investigator) Cunningham, Tayler (Co-investigator) Lipenga, Phindu (Researcher) Cardenas Rubio, Jeisson (Researcher)
07-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2023
The future ports workforce: Towards a competitive, ‘just’ and sustainable transition
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
This research used a skill ecosystem lens to explore some of the key challenges to and opportunities for building the future ports workforce.
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

More projects


Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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