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 Strategy 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).


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
Newly professionalised physiotherapists : symbolic or substantive change?
Anderson Pauline, Warhurst Chris
Employee Relations Vol 42, pp. 300-314 (2020)
Catering for Scotland's Future Skills Needs : Attracting, Training and Retaining Chefs
Anderson Pauline, Baum Tom, Bourkel Tom, Butler Joanna

More publications


Work, Employment and Society

Work Psychology for Human Resource Management

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

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 Implementation Strategy 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 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-2022
What works for 'remote first': Benchmarking best practice to attract, engage and retain talent in FinTech SMEs
Luchinskaya, Daria (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Pauline (Co-investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
This project will conduct a state-of-the-art review of evidence of ‘what works’ in attracting, developing and engaging the workforce in FinTech SMEs, in collaboration with FinTech Scotland and DirectID (FinTech SME).
07-Jan-2021 - 07-Jan-2022
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.

More projects


Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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