Professor Nicole Busby


Personal statement

I have been a Professor of Law at Strathclyde since 2012. I am currently Director of Research for the Law School (from Jan 2019). I teach and research in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Discrimination Law and European Social Law and Policy. My current research explores the relationship between paid work and unpaid care, claimants’ experiences of the UK’s Employment Tribunal system, the impacts of Brexit on labour and equality rights and civil society's role in governance.  I have used a range of theoretical approaches in my work including Sen's Capability Approach and Fineman's Vulnerability theory. My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the European Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Carnegie Trust and the Society of Legal Scholars.

Member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Scotland Committee (2017-2020).

Member of the First Minister's Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership which is advising the Scottish Government on Scotland's post-Brexit human rights and equality framework. Our final report was published in December 2018:

Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum's Research Network:

Member of the Scottish Government's Employment Tribunal Stakeholders' Forum which will inform policy regarding the devolution of employment tribunals.

Founding member of the Scottish Universities' Legal Network on Europe (SULNE).



Fighting with the wind : claimants' experiences and perceptions of the Employment Tribunal
Busby Nicole, McDermont Morag
Industrial Law Journal (2019)
Fathers as carers in UK law and policy : dominant ideologies and lived experience
Busby Nicole, Weldon-Johns Michelle
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law Vol 41, pp. 280-301 (2019)
The evolution of gender equality and related employment policies : the case of work– family reconciliation
Busby Nicole
International Journal of Discrimination and the Law Vol 18, pp. 104-123 (2018)
Implications for equality, employment and Human Rights in Scotland
Busby Nicole, Zahn Rebecca
Bringing Human Rights Home? What's at Stake for Rights in the Incorporation of EU Law after Brexit (2018) (2018)
Power relations in employment disputes
Rose Emily, Busby Nicole
Journal of Law and Society Vol 44, pp. 674-701 (2017)
Led up the tribunal path? Employment disputes, legal consciousness and trust in the protection of law
Busby Nicole, Kirk Eleanor
Oñati Socio-Legal Series Vol 7 (2017)

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Professional activities

Equality and Diversity Forum (External organisation)
Equalities and Human Rights Commission (External organisation)
Scottish Government (External organisation)
Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (External organisation)
ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) (External organisation)

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Civil Society and Brexit
Busby, Nicole (Principal Investigator) ZAHN, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
This joint venture between Human Rights Consortium Scotland (HRCS; a network of Scottish civil society organisations) and Scottish Universities Legal Network for Europe (SULNE) will deliver a programme of events, trainings, briefings, and information alerts tailored to the needs of civil society organisations in Scotland.
By bringing together the civil society contacts, networking, capacity building and collaborative approach of HRCS, with the legal and educational expertise of SULNE and its capacity for knowledge generation, this project will empower the Scottish third sector to engage with the process of the “EU (Withdrawal) Bill” at Westminster and in Scotland and the wider Brexit discussions. The advice generated will be politically neutral and unbiased. Findings from the project will be used to inform published research output. Impact of the project and related output on participating civil society organisations and on the third sector generally will be mapped and recorded as the project progresses.
03-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2019
Work, Employment and Employment Law in Retail Fulfilment Centres - UK and India
Taylor, Philip (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Co-investigator) Newsome, Kirsty (Principal Investigator) Busby, Nicole (Co-investigator) Minz, Johnson (Co-investigator) Paul, Bino (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2018
NewSites ERC Project
Busby, Nicole (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 29-Jan-2016
Research network on work/family reconcilliation
Busby, Nicole (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 31-Jan-2013

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