Mr Darren McGuire

Lectureship In Organisational Studies

Work, Employment and Organisation


Has expertise in:


    • Management and organisation with a focus on forced labour and labour exploitation
    • Work and employment, skills, the frontline service sector
    • Central Asia, agricultural commodities, and Uzbekistan's cotton sector
    • Capability approaches in the context of labour exploitation, human development and refugee integration 
    • Action research, participatory and creative research methods

    Alongside Dr Knut Laaser, Darren developed a new analytical framework and alternative to theory focusing on lead firm–supplier relations or global value chains when investigating violations of working conditions. They are currently working on a new approach to organisational legitimacy embedded in moral economy approaches. Darren is also researching refugee integration and has recently set up the Strathclyde research cluster on central asia and former soviet states. 


Quality of Life & Work in Mauritius and Covid-19
Sambajee Pratima, Scholarios Dora, McGuire Darren
The Information Dissemination Project : Final evaluation | July 2022
Kasem Laila, McGuire Darren, Mawson Suzanne
A neglected pool of labour? Frontline service work and hotel recruitment in Glasgow
Bolton Sharon C, Laaser Knut, McGuire Darren, Duncan Ashley
European Management Review Vol 16, pp. 567-578 (2019)
'You have to pick' : Cotton and state-organized forced labour in Uzbekistan
McGuire Darren, Laaser Knut
Economic and Industrial Democracy, pp. 1 (2018)
I'll do it step by step : care, cover and quiet campaigning
McGuire Darren, Lozada Maria
Work, Employment and Society Vol 31, pp. 175-184 (2017)
Quality work and the moral economy of European employment policy
Bolton Sharon, Laaser Knut, McGuire Darren
Journal of Common Market Studies Vol 54, pp. 583-599 (2016)

More publications


Darren is interested in challenging orthodoxies in business and management education.  A key inspiration in Darren's teaching is facilitating learning about the possibilities of theory in management and organisation and its potential to contribite towards societal challenges. He is currently contributing to a range of modules at UG and PG levels. 


Professional activities

International Labour Process Conference 2023
Strengthening the dialogue on slave like work, environmental degradation and globalised commodity chains
Business and Society manuscript development workshop

More professional activities


GCRF_NF127 A capabilities assessment of Covid-19 changes to the Workers? Rights Act in Mauritius: implications for domestic and migrant workers
Sambajee, Pratima (Principal Investigator) McGuire, Darren (Co-investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Yusof, Zatun Najahah (Researcher)
21-Jan-2020 - 20-Jan-2022

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Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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