Professor Ian Cunningham

Head Of Department

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

Ian Cunningham is Professor of Employment Relations in the Department of HRM. He is an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and between 2010 - 2013 he was Treasurer of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA). Professor Cunningham's research interests include voluntary sector employment relations, sickness absence and disability management, employee involvement and participation and public sector employment relations during austerity. Professor Cunningham has published in a wide range of HR and public administration journals and has strong research links with scholars from Canada and Austrlia. He is currently supervising four Phd students.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    Non-profit employment relations

    Social Care work

    Impact of public service austerity

    Union organising in the non-profit sector

    Employment relations in the public sector

    Absence and disability management

    Involvement and participation

    Line managers and employee relations

Publications

Supply chain regulation in Scottish social care : facilitators and barriers
James Phillip, Baluch Alina M, Cunningham Ian, Cullen Anne-Marie
Economic and Industrial Democracy (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X21997564
Diaries from the front line - formal supervision and job quality among social care workers during austerity
Cunningham Ian, Lindsay Colin, Roy Chandrima
Human Resource Management Journal Vol 31, pp. 187-201 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12289
Working in the Context of Austerity : Challenges and Struggles
Baines Donna, Cunningham Ian
(2020)
Trends in collective bargaining, wage stagnation and income inequality under austerity
Cunningham Ian, James Philip
Working in the Context of Austerity Challenges and Struggles (2020) (2020)
Understanding austerity : its reach and presence in the changing context of work and employment
Baines Donna, Cunningham Ian
Working in the Context of Austerity Challenges and Struggles (2020) (2020)
Blurring allegiances within the service triangle : austerity, unemployment and customer abuse of migrant workers in the Cyprus food retail sector
Hadjisolomou Tasos, Cunningham Ian
Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand (2019)

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Teaching

Professor Ian Cunningham currently teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate in employee relations.

Along with Dr Colin Lindsay Ian has developed an Honours level module in HRM and Employee Relations in Public Services.

Research interests

Professor Ian Cunningham's research interests include employee relations in voluntary organisations, absence and disability management, employee involvement in voluntary organisations and employment relations in the public services during austerity. In recent years in has published a book with Routledge (2008) entitled 'Employment Relations in the Voluntary Sector'. In addition, with Professor Phil James he published an edited volume entitled 'Voluntary Organisations and Public Service Delivery', Routledge. This includes contributions from scholars from the UK, Canada, Australia and the United States. Ian has been involved in 7 funded research projects in recent years, including two with a international comparative aspect. Currently he is working with Professor Donna Baines of McMaster University on a project examining precarious work among the non-profit workforce. Ian is currently beginning work looking at employment conditions in voluntary and private care providers in Scotland. His other research interests include employee absence and disability, involvement and participation and public service employment during austerity. Professor Cunningham currently has four Phd students.

Professional activities

External Examiner HRM Programmes
External Examiner
1/11/2015
A view from here
Keynote/plenary speaker
21/10/2015
Sage (Publisher)
Guest editor
31/8/2015
Benchmarking Pay and Conditions in the Social Care sector
Speaker
6/5/2015
Skills for Care and Development (External organisation)
Advisor
2011
Invited seminar speaker, University of St Andrews School (29/10/10), Third Sector Research Forum, Challenging Times: Voluntary Sector Employee Relations in Recession
Invited speaker
2010

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Projects

Benchmarking Pay and conditions 5
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator)
12-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019
Understanding rationale, process and impact when third sector providers withdraw from service provision
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 28-Jan-2019
Employee Turnover in Voluntary Sector Social Care
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018
The living wage in adult social care
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 14-Jan-2018
Benchmarking pay and conditions in Scottish Social Care
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018
Redesigning Work in Social Care: An Evaluation of a Buurtzorg/Franchise Model
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator)
Redesigning Work in Social Care: An Evaluation of a Buurtzorg/Franchise Model and the use of Self-Organising Teams (SOTs) in social care delivery in Scotland
01-Jan-2017 - 14-Jan-2020

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Address

Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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