Professor Patricia Findlay

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I have been in post since 2010.  I am Professor of Work and Employment Relations and my research and teaching expertise is in the study of work and the management of the employment relationship. To illustrate, my published work includes topics such as workplace innovation; improving job quality; skills implication of automation; workplace learning, including union-led learning; skills and skills valuation; employer-employee partnerships. My research is funded by a variety of organisations including the ESRC, ERDF, the Technology Strategy Board, government, public, private and third sector organisations.

I am also the Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER) which aims to inform academic, policy and practice debates on work and employment. Building on our previous Innovating Works initiative, SCER has worked closely in recent years with multiple stakeholders in a project aimed at Harnessing Knowledge, Research and Networks to drive Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work (FITwork) in Scotland, funded by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council and supported by STUC. in addition, SCER has delivered a series of industry facing Workplace Innovation Masterclasses in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise and is leading an evaluation of Community Pharmacy Technology Pilots in conjunction with Scottish Government and NHS Scotland.  With Lindsay, I recently worked with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on research analysing employers' roles in addressing in-work poverty. 

I currently lead a research team of colleagues from SCER, the Fraser of Allender Institute and Global Public Health at Strathclyde University and from Eindhoven University and the Erasmus University in the Netherlands on an £861k ESRC funded project on ‘Improving management practices, work engagement and workplace innovation for productivity and wellbeing’.

I am currently the Co-Chair of Scotland’s Fair Work Convention (since 2017) having previously been a member of, and Academic Adviser to, the Convention, since its inception.  I was previously a member of the Scottish Government Review Group - Working Together: Progressive Workplace Policies in Scotland.  I am also a member of the Scottish Government's Innovation Forum; the SG Gender Pay Action Plan Steering Group; and the SG Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategic Oversight Group. I previously supported the work of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Group on Women and Work through my activities as Chair of Research and Analysis for the Women’s Employment Summit.

I currently sit as a member of SCDI’s Productivity Club and am a member of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board’s Gender Commission.

I am a member of the Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College and previously of the ESRC Future Research Leaders SIFT panel.  I am a member of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Review Panel.  I sit on the Editorial Board of the Industrial Relations Journal, having previously been a board member of the journal Work, Employment and Society.  I have a long-standing association with, and have co-organised, the International Labour Process Conference and have organised streams at the Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics (SASE) Conference.  I am a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association, the British Sociological Association and SASE. I am also a long-standing member of the Employment Tribunals Service and sit on the Steering Group of the Scottish Living Wage Campaign and the Advisory Group to the Oxfam Decent Work Project, having previously sat on the Steering Group of the Oxfam Scotland Humankind Index.  

A key part of my role at SCER is to support the activities and career development of SCER’s researchers and doctoral students attached to SCER projects. 

Publications

Influencing employers so more people break free from poverty through work
Findlay Patricia, Lindsay Colin, Watson Amy, Young Doug
(2019)
Understanding the skills opportunity for today & tomorrow in Glasgow. Report for Glasgow Chambers of Commerce.
Roy Graeme, McIntyre Stuart, Findlay Patricia, Butler Joanna
(2019)
Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?
McQuarrie Johanna, Findlay Patricia, Briken Kendra
Nordic Academy of Management (2019)
HR analytics and the monitoring of equalities data in NHS Scotland
Findlay Patricia, Dutton Eli
Nordic Academy of Management (2019)
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
(2019)
NHS Scotland Staff Experience and Continuous Improvement Model: Research Into Implementation.
Lindsay Colin, Stewart Robert, Findlay Patricia, Maguire Roma, Scholarios Dora, McQuarrie Johanna
(2019)

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Teaching

My two main areas of responsibility in teaching in recent years has been for a group of doctoral students and for the MBA Module Managing People in Organisations. I have also delivered teaching for bespoke MBA programmes through the Centre for Corporate Connections.

Research interests

My recent research activity has focussed on four key themes:  job quality and how this can be improved; skills and learning, gender equality; and industrial relations governance within and outwith the workplace.  These distinct research themes are also relevant to my broader interest in workplace innovation within a mutual gains framework.  Current/recent research projects include:

  • Harnessing Knowledge, Research and Networks to drive Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work (FITwork) in Scotland
  • Evaluation of Community Pharmacy Technology Pilots
  • Workplace Innovation Masterclasses
  • Innovating Works ... improving work and workplaces
  • The future of work, employment, skills and training in Scotland
  • Automation, organisational redesign and associated skills implications within hospital pharmacy services
  • Profiling women’s participation in manufacturing
  • Smart HR metrics and monitoring equality and diversity data
  • Occupational pay comparisons
  • Union-led employability and employment rights support
  • Making bad jobs better
  • Improving skills utilisation
  • Union-led learning and trade union revitalisation
  • Employer-employee partnerships and mutual gains organisational change
  • Teachers’ pay comparability
  • Gender inequality in financial services

Professional activities

Challenge Poverty Business Roundtable
Keynote speaker
9/10/2019
Challenge Poverty week event
Invited speaker
8/10/2019
Fair Work Measurement Roundtable
Chair
4/10/2019
CBI Scotland Business Breakfast presentation
Keynote speaker
20/9/2019
Highlands and Islands Enterprise staff conference presentation
Keynote speaker
11/9/2019
Upskilling and intensification of work; are robots the answer?
Speaker
22/8/2019

more professional activities

Projects

Improving Management Practices, Work Engagement & Workplace Innovation for Productivity & Wellbeing
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
14-Jan-2019 - 13-Jan-2021
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
JRF What works: influencing employers on work and poverty
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Review of Partnership Working in NHS Scotland
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
09-Jan-2018 - 21-Jan-2018
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
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

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Address

Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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