Mrs Johanna McQuarrie

Research Fellow

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I have been with SCER since 2006 and in this time have worked across a number of projects and research areas including job quality, skill utilisation, employee relations and equality at work. My current focus concerns interrogating the links between fair work and innovation in the workplace. The aim of this programme of work is to advance understanding of the choices, capacities and constraints policy-makers and firms encounter in pursuit of inclusive growth. Feeding into that, my doctoral research examines practices and processes that facilitate employee-driven innovation in Scotland's education and computer games sectors. 



Has expertise in:

    Employee-Driven Innovation

    Fair Work

    Job Quality

    Skill utilisation

    Human Resource Development and Skill Utilisation 

    Equality at Work



Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?
McQuarrie Johanna, Findlay Patricia, Briken Kendra
Nordic Academy of Management (2019)
NHS Scotland Staff Experience and Continuous Improvement Model : Research into Implementation
Lindsay Colin, Stewart Robert, Findlay Patricia, Maguire Roma, Scholarios Dora, McQuarrie Johanna
Collaborative innovation, new technologies and work redesign
Lindsay Colin, Findlay Patricia, McQuarrie Johanna, Bennie Marion, Corcoran Emma, Van Der Meer Robert
Public Administration Review Vol 78, pp. 251-260 (2018)
Employer choice and job quality : workplace innovation, work redesign and employee perceptions of job quality in a complex healthcare setting
Findlay Patricia, Lindsay Colin, McQuarrie Jo, Bennie Marion, Corcoran Emma D, Van Der Meer Robert
Work and Occupations Vol 44, pp. 113-136 (2017)
Higher education, graduate skills and the skills of graduates : the case of graduates as residential sales estate agents
Tholen Gerbrand, James Reilly Susan, Warhurst Chris, Commander Johanna
British Educational Research Journal Vol 42, pp. 508–523 (2016)
Innovation in healthcare systems : a socio-technical perspective
van der Meer Robert, Lindsay Colin, Bennie Marion, Findlay Patricia, Corcoran Emma Dunlop, Commander Johanna, Lannigan Norman
27th European Conference on Operational Research (EURO XXVII), pp. 264-264 (2015)

More publications

Research interests

Current/ Recent Projects

  • Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work (FITwork) with the Scottish Government 2015/16
  • Choice, Capacity or Constraint? Employee-led innovation in public and private sectors 2015 (Doctoral research)
  • Women in Manufacturing (Close the Gap) 2014
  • Work, Employment, Skills, and Training: Where next for Scotland? (ESRC) 2013/14
  • The Capacity for Human Resource Development in Scotland (SKOPE) 2013/14
  • Graduate Skills (SKOPE) 2012/13

Professional activities

Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?
SCER/Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Masterclass 8
Pathways for Improvement in Health Delivery
Invited speaker
SCER/Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Masterclass 7
SCER/Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Masterclass 6
SCER/Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Masterclass 5

More professional activities


Harnessing knowledge, research & networks to drive fair, innovative & transformative work in Scotland
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Research Co-investigator) McQuarrie, Johanna (Researcher)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2018
Mapping of womens' participation within the manufacturing cluster labour market in Scotland
Findlay, Patricia (Academic) Anderson, Pauline (Academic) McQuarrie, Johanna (Academic)
Close the Gap: £19,838.00
08-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2014
Work, Employment, Skills and Training: what future for Scotland? (Working title for funding from Grant "ESRC Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance")
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) McQuarrie, Johanna (Co-investigator)
The Centre is examining the demand for and deployment of skills in employment and their place within organisations' competitive strategies.
01-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2014
McQuarrie, Johanna (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 30-Jan-2013

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Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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