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Prof Nicole Busby


Personal statement

I have been a Professor of Law at Strathclyde since 2012. My teaching and research interests are in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Discrimination Law and European Social Law and Policy.  In my research I explore the wider socio-economic environment in which the labour market operates, including the impact of state regulation. I use this contextual approach in my teaching wherever possible. My current research explores the relationship between paid work and unpaid care, the constitutionalisation of labour rights (with particular reference to the EU constitution post-Lisbon) and claimants’ experiences of the UK’s Employment Tribunal system.  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.

I am a member of the Scottish Government's Employment Tribunal Stakeholders' Forum which will inform policy regarding the devolution of employment tribunals and the abolition of fees.

I am a founding member of the Scottish Universities' Legal Network on Europe (SULNE).

I have been appointed to serve on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Scotland Committee (2017-2020).


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 BrexitBringing Human Rights Home? What's at Stake for Rights in the Incorporation of EU Law after Brexit, (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)
Studying EU Law in Scotland During and After Brexit
Busby Nicole, Zahn Rebecca
Regulating work/care relationships in a time of austerity : a legal perspective
Busby Nicole, James Grace
Work-Life Balance in Times of Recession, Austerity and BeyondRoutledge Research in Employment Relations, (2017)
Inaccessible Justice : What Happens to Workers Who Don't Pursue Employment Claims?
Rose Emily, Kirk Eleanor, Busby Nicole, Sims Rhiannon

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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.
Period 03-Jul-2017 - 28-Jun-2019
Work, Employment and Employment Law in Retail Fulfilment Centres - UK and India
Taylor, Philip (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Co-investigator) Busby, Nicole (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 31-Dec-2018
Research network on work/family reconcilliation
Busby, Nicole (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2011 - 31-Jul-2013
NewSites ERC Project
Busby, Nicole (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2012 - 29-Feb-2016

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