Dr Brian Garvey

Senior Lecturer

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I re-joined the Department of Human Resource Management at Strathclyde after spending several years linking participative research and education methods towards community transformation,  labour organisation and environmental management.  My research has linked social and physical sciences through Geography and Sociology and currently explores migration and worker resistance in relation to corporate agroenergy monoculture, and investigates socially committed,integrated food and energy production along with engineering scientists and rural workers in Brazil and Scotland.    


Has expertise in:

    Experienced in participative and action research methodologies; consistently worked across disciplines to place changes to work and labour in the context of new technologies, new sites of production and emerging commodity chains.  Creative group facilitation and worker representation beyond traditional academic practices.

Prizes and awards

Best doctoral presentation

More prizes and awards


Covid-19 e a etapa das carpas : como a experiência dos venezuelanos em Roraima nos informa sobre o aprofundamento do neoliberalismo autoritário no Brasil
Stefano Daniela, Virginio Francis, Garvey Brian
Direitos Humanos no Brasil 2020 Relatório da Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (2020) (2020)
A perfeita tempestade de precariedade : os novos imigrantes e a exploração do trabalho
Virginio Francis, Garvey Brian
Direitos Humanos No Brasil 2019 Relatório da Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (2019) (2019)
The mythical shapeshifting of capital and petrification of labour : deepening conflict on the agrofuel frontier
Garvey Brian, Souza Edevaldo Aparecido, Rodrigues Mendonça Marcelo, dos Santos Crispim Valmir, Portes Virginio Francis Vinicius
Antipode Vol 51, pp. 1185-1209 (2019)
The State of Northern Ireland and the Democratic Deficit : Between Sectarianism and Neoliberalism
Stewart Paul, McKearney Tommy, Ó Machail Gearóid, Campbell Patricia, Garvey Brian
A ocupação do Cerrado goiano pelo agronegócio canavieiro
Rodrigues de Oliveira Adriano, Gomes Ferreira Lara Cristine, Garvey Brian
Revista Nera Vol 21, pp. 79-100 (2018)
The perforated borders of labour migration and the formal state : meta-state and para-state regulation
Virginio Francis Vinicius Portes, Garvey Brian, Stewart Paul
Employee Relations Vol 39, pp. 391-407 (2017)

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I have taught on the Department's undergraduate course and the Masters in International Human Resource Management over the last two years. I have also taught extensively in community education settings and on the Sustainable Communities course with Queen's University Belfast

Professional activities

Public Hearings with migrant representatives
Public Hearings with migrant representatives
Seminar about the rights of children and adolescents for migrant organisations
Trainning For Multipliers
Putting the university to work: technology-mediated extraction of land and labour from UK universities
Trabalho Migrante: From research to Action in the pandemic

More professional activities


UKRI CoA Covid extension
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator)
UKRI sponsored extension of projects affected by Covid-19
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
Self-demarcation and scientific protection against pandemic, illegal logging and mining in Brazil's Amazon
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator)
15-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2022
Social impacts, exposure and resilience to the pandemic COVID-19 between Munduruku indigenous and traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Torres, Mauricio (Co-investigator)
COVID-19 emergency response towards food security, territorial security and health provision
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
Pesticide, labour and public health
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Co-investigator)
Interdisciplinary, strategic research project to link hazardous chemicals to agricultural workplace risk
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
So who is building sustainable development? Transforming exploitative labour along southern corridors of migration (ESRC Global Challenges)
Portes Virginio, Francis Vinicius (Researcher) Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Paul (Co-investigator) Alves, José (Co-investigator)
The participatory research aims to investigate and transform the increasingly widespread link between the concentration of migrants in need of humanitarian protection along migration corridors in the Brazilian Amazonia region; the requirement of large and flexible workforces for large infrastructure projects including construction and agribusiness; exploitative labour conditions in these industries that that are part of ‘sustainable development’ agendas. The project engages workers from Brazil, Haiti, Colombia, Venezuela, Senegal and various other African states in order to:
document the influence of formal and informal agents on the migrant workers' journey and employment
identify deficits in dignified work and social protection
Collectively propose transformative solutions via a range of media;
facilitate direct social dialogue between migrant workers, project partners and government, industrial, labour and non-profit agencies,at state, regional and national level
03-Jan-2018 - 26-Jan-2021
So who is building sustainable development? Transforming exploitative labour along southern corridor (GCRF)
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 28-Jan-2021

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Work, Employment and Organisation
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