Dr Pauline Anderson

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

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 research focuses on skills, jobs and working life. Prior to joining academia I worked in the voluntary and public sectors for 15 years. I am also a charted occupational psychologist, practitioner psychologist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research, teaching and publication interests are aligned to the University’s strategic priorities. My main research interests lie in the areas of: skills, skills utilisation and skill ecosystems; middle-skill jobs; apprenticeships; labour market transitions; the future of jobs and skills; gender equality; and healthy workplaces and workers. My research has a strong public policy/KE focus. I recently served as 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). 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:

    Education, Training and Skills 

    Work and Occupations

    Labour Market and Labour Process Issues

    Skill Ecosystems

    Green Jobs and Skills

    Industry 4.0 Jobs and Skills 

    The Future of Work

    Work-Based Learning (WBL)

    Gender Equality

    Healthy Workplaces and Workers


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 Nicholas, Anderson Pauline
International Labour Review (2020)
Newly professionalised physiotherapists : symbolic or substantive change?
Anderson Pauline, Warhurst Chris
Employee Relations (2019)
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)

more publications


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

Work Psychology for Human Rource Management

Work, Employment and Society

Labour and Diversity in a Global Context


Research interests

My main research interests are around: skills, skills utilisation and skill ecosystems; middle-skilled jobs; apprenticeships; labour market transitions; the future of jobs and skills; gender equality; and healthy work and workers. 

Examples of current/recent research include: attracting, training and retaining young chefs; advanced manufacturing skills; green jobs and skills; women in wind turbine technician/field roles; the professionalisation of intermediate occupations; skill ecosystems in context; and graduate apprenticeships.

Professional activities

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD (External organisation)
Studies in Higher Education (Journal)
Peer reviewer
International Journal of Human Resource Management (Journal)
Peer reviewer
European Management Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
The British Academy (Publisher)
Centre for Work-Based Learning (CWBL) (External organisation)

more professional activities


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
Catering for Scotland's future skills needs: Attracting, training and retaining young chefs
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator) Baum, Thomas (Co-investigator) Bourkel, Tom (Co-investigator)
Research Project Commissioned by SDS (CWBL)

Skills Development Scotland Co Ltd: £14,170.00
03-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2019
Work-Based Learning Pedagogy: Work-Based Learning for the 4th Industrial Revolution
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2021
Advanced Undergraduate Entrants: Enhancing Employability and Supporting Positive Graduate Destinations
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Dutton, Eli (Co-investigator) Davidson, Laura (Co-investigator)
Students entering university at second year or above face a number of challenges, such as integrating into pre-existing social groups and adjusting to pedagogical changes. The limited literature on advanced college entrants tends to focus on transitions into and through university but there is an evidence gap in relation to the transitions beyond university for this student group. This project aims to fill this gap with a view to informing practices that will enhance employability and support positive graduate destinations.

Funding (Internal)
Student Transitions Steering Group: £1,000.00
22-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2017
Women in New Green Occupations: tackling occupational segregation or blowing in the wind?
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2018
Advanced Apprenticeships in Scotland, Filling the Middle skills Gap?
Scholarios, Dora (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Pauline (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2018

more projects


Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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